Jr Fair Book

Horses and Ponies- Department J-6

  • Judging Friday, 9:00 a.m.

 Horse and Horseless Horse Project members may also exhibit in the Horseless Horse Classes listed under Veterinary Science. (J-10 Class C, D, & F)

Be Sure You Understand Health Regulations Before You Enter

SEI approved helmets are required by all youth participating in any mounted or driving 4-H-related activity.

RULES AND REGULATIONS:

  1. Open to all 4-H Horse/Pony and Horseless Horse project members and other recognized youth groups who have met the requirements of the 4-H Horse Project. State 4-H Horse Expo is open only to 4-H members in the horse and pony project or horseless horse.
  2. All 4-H and FFA exhibitors are required to follow the rules and guidelines set up by their clubs and the Waupaca County Horse Project Leader Panel, as well as the Fair and Barn rules.
  3. In order to show at the Fair, there must be on file at the County Extension Office, an identification form for each animal you consider taking to the Fair. These are due no later than May 31St of the current year. No May 31 postmarks and no late identification forms will be accepted. Project dues also need to be paid by May 31st of current year.
  4. The “Horse Project/Fair Rules/Stall Agreement” and the “Agreement Assuming Risk of Injury or Damage” must be signed by the project member and one parent and turned in to the project Key Leader prior to participation in the project events or the Fair. To show at the Fair you must meet the requirements set forth by the Leader Panel at the first of the year. Sign-in required at each event.
  5. All horses participating in the project must be in good health and have been vaccinated for the following: Eastern, Western Encephalitis, Tetanus and Influenza (This shot can be administered in a combination shot). The horse must have a negative Coggins test, a copy of the Coggins test valid from May 30th thru September 30th (it cannot expire during this time frame), also proof of vaccinations is due to your designated Key Leader by May 30th. You will not be able to bring your animal to any event, including the Fair, until this information is on file with your Key Leader.
  6. An ownership project is one where the horse/pony is owned by the exhibitor, or immediate family, by June 1st of the project year and is cared for at least 75% of the time by the exhibitor.
  7. A managerial project is one where someone owns the horse/pony other than the exhibitor or his or her family. Managerial animals must be cared for at least 75% of the time starting June 1st by the project member.
  8. No stallion born prior to January 1st of the current year may be shown or will be allowed in the barns.
  9. Pony height is 56 inches and under. Ponies will be measured at the Fair, if questioned. Ponies shall be of pony type with no small, young horses eligible.
  10. Proper ring etiquette must be observed at all times. Exhibitors that cannot maintain control of their animals in or out of the show ring will be disqualified and required to leave the arena and/or the Fair with their animal. Animals that cannot be controlled present a danger to other horses and exhibitors.
  11. No smoking or drinking alcoholic beverages in or around the barns. Any project member smoking or drinking alcohol will be disqualified and the horse and member will be sent home.
  12. Only horse and pony project members, their parents, and/ or project leaders shall ride or handle the horse. Failure to follow this rule will disqualify the project member and their horse and they will be sent home. On the day of the show after 8:30 a.m. the exhibitor will be the only one to handle their horse inside the warm-up pen and show arena except in case of emergency.
  13. Good sportsmanship. This is important both when winning and if you do not win. Remember NO ONE is a loser! The year in the project has provided special experiences and opportunities for everyone. If a dispute arises, appropriate action will be taken. The leader panel members have the right to disqualify any member or parent from any county event or activity and have them removed from such event or activity due to infractions of the rules.
  14. When filling out fair entry forms, exhibitors are encouraged to sign up for all fair classes in which they are eligible and have interest. Premiums will only be awarded for 2 classes. The exhibitors are eligible for premiums on their top “ship” placing and their top “pleasure” placing. A maximum of 2 animals may be entered by a single exhibitor if room allows. Trail is a state qualifying canter class. An exhibitor may not enter both canter and walk trot classes.
  15. One horse shown by 2 family members can be shown in a maximum of 8 premium classes with the exception of the horseless horse classes. When filling out fair entry forms, exhibitors are encouraged to sign up for all fair classes in which they are eligible and have interest. The final class choices will be made with the leader panel at a date designated closer to the fair in order to avoid the two exhibitors from the same family showing the same horse in the same class and lot.
  16. All horses/ponies to be shown and judged must be in the barns by 7PM on entry day. They will be checked in against your registration form by the Leader Panel or designee. Horses/ponies are required to remain at the fairgrounds until release time on Sunday. Horses must be in good health. Any animal with symptoms of illness will be referred to the fair veterinarian by the Leader Panel at the exhibitor’s expense. If the fair vet diagnoses a health problem, the animal may be sent home.
  17. All stall doors must be labeled with the horses name and exhibitors first name only. Tasteful and safe stall decorations are welcome. Stalls will be judged on appearance and cleanliness. Before leaving the grounds, all decorations must be removed by the project member. The stalls must have all bedding removed and stalls must be swept. A member of the Leader Panel or designee will check the stalls prior to the exhibitor being released with their animals. If the exhibitor leaves without checking out and/or properly cleaning their stall(s) they will be charged a $20 fine per stall. The exhibitor will not be allowed to participate in the Horse Project the following year until this fine is paid in full.
  18. Horses are released from the fairgrounds between 7AM-11AM on Sunday.
  19. Horses must have water at all times and must be fed on a regular basis. If you are unable to care for your horse, please find another horse project member or parent to help you out. No hay nets are allowed in the stalls. A halter and lead rope must be attached to your stall for emergency purposes. To make it easier for the fair goers the aisles must be swept and orderly at all times.
  20. No one except exhibitors and their horses are allowed in the on deck area, warm-up ring or show ring during the fair show except for safety reasons. Then only a parent, another member or leader may provide assistance. No one on the rail can provide verbal or non-verbal coaching to the exhibitors once they enter the show ring. Also, no one except a parent, another member, or leader may provide grooming assistance at the Fair.
  21. Do not let others ride your horse. 4-H project members, parents, or leader panel members should be the only handlers. Young brothers/sisters/or friends can ride at home. At a 4-H event, project members are the only individuals covered by insurance. We as leaders are at risk and must enforce this rule. This rule has been established for everyone’s safety and for liability purposes. Failure to follow this rule may disqualify the project member from any event, and the member and their animal may be sent home.
  22. Jr. Fair exhibitors are not allowed to stay overnight with their animals for liability reasons. Parent volunteers are encouraged to stay overnight in the barns. Various Leader Panel members do stay. This is done for the safety of the animals.
  23. During the Fair, the riding arena will close at 9:00 PM and horses must be back in their stalls and exhibitors out of the barn by 10 PM.
  24. Horses must be exercised in the arena at least 3 times per day. They must be ridden or on a long/lead line.
  25. Adult supervision in the form of a parent or leader must be present when horses are being exercised in the arena. SEI approved helmets, riding boots or shoes and pants are required for members and adults while mounted. Appropriate tack that is in good condition is also required.
  26. There is no riding or sitting on the horses in the barn. Horses are not to be tied in the aisle of the barn. Stall doors are to remain shut at all times, unless horses are being put in or taken out.
  27. On the day of the show, each exhibitor must be in, or near the barns and be ready when called. There will be a one-minute maximum wait for a called class, unless you report a tack change for which you will be allowed five minutes.
  28. All Wisconsin State 4-H horse project showing rules, regarding clothing, equipment and class rules will be enforced.
  29. 4-H Exhibitors, in Grade 6-13, who win a blue ribbon in a class (other than halter, or walk/trot classes) will be eligible for the State 4-H Horse Expo. Entry forms for the State Expo will be available at the Fair and must be completed and given to the Horse Project Key Leader prior to checkout on Sunday.
  30. Privilege of showing may be revoked by the Leader Panel. Any exhibitor, parent or leader may be asked to leave for conduct not in keeping with the goals and ideas of 4-H, FFA, or other sponsoring organizations.
  31. Entries in the horseless horse class A# 7, B#10, and C#13 are open to exhibitors through the horseless horse project. Members must follow the Horseless Horse Guidelines as provided by the 4-H horse and pony project.
  32. The Premises ID number should be placed on the County Fair check-in form, and is now required for State Horse Expo. Information about the Premises ID number can be found at:http://datcp.wi.gov\animals\premises_registration\index.aspx
  33. It is permissible to wear the exhibitor number on BOTH sides of the saddle pad or back of the cart when exhibitor is in the show ring.

Premiums Offered

The Danish judging system will be used for all entries in Classes A and B and the regular judging system will be used for entries in Classes C and D. During regular judging, the judge may give only one first place, one second place, one third place and one fourth place award in each class. All entries not receiving placement will receive participation ribbons.

Blue – $8.00
Red – $7.00
White – $6.00
Pink – $5.00

Department J-6, Class A – Showmanship  (“Ship” Class)

Judging shall be based on the exhibitor’s ability to show the animal in hand. Premiums can be awarded for one ship class only per member. A Grand and Reserve Champion in the English division and the Western division will be selected if there are 6 or more entries.

  1. Showmanship. Exhibitors grades 10 & above, Western
  2. Showmanship. Exhibitors grades 7-9, Western
  3. Showmanship. Exhibitors grades 4-6, Western
  4. Showmanship. Exhibitors grades 10 & above, English
  5. Showmanship. Exhibitors grades 7-9, English
  6. Showmanship. Exhibitors grades 4-6, English
  7. Horseless Horse showmanship English or Western.

Ribbon only. See rule #31.

Department J-6, Class B – Horsemanship/Equitation 

(“Ship” Class)

Judging shall rate the exhibitor’s ability to ride a horse or pony.

Premiums can be awarded for one ship class only per member.

A Grand and Reserve Champion in the English division and the

Western division will be selected if there are 6 or more entries.

Walk/Trot classes do not qualify for state. Horseless Horse members may attend State 4-H Horse Expo.

  1. English. Exhibitors grades 10 & above
  2. English. Exhibitors grades 7-9
  3. English. Exhibitors grades 4-6
  4. Western. Exhibitors grades 10 & above
  5. Western. Exhibitors grades 7-9
  6. Western. Exhibitors grades 4-6
  7. English Equitation Walk-Trot. Ribbon only. Exhibitors cannot cross enter in a canter class.
  8. Western Horsemanship Walk-Trot. Ribbon only. Exhibitors cannot cross enter in a canter class.
  9. Driving Reinsmanship (horse, pony or other equine).
  10. Horseless Horse walk/trot equitation English or horsemanship Western. Ribbon only. See rule #31.

Department J-6, Class C – Pleasure   (“Pleasure” Class)

Judging shall rate the performance of the horse or pony as a pleasure mount or in pleasure driving. Premiums can be awarded for one pleasure class only per member. A Grand and Reserve Champion in the English division and the Western division will be selected if there are 6 or more entries. All entries not receiving placement will receive participation ribbons. Walk/Trot classes do not qualify for state.

  1. English. Exhibitors grades 10 & above
  2. English. Exhibitors grades 7-9
  3. English. Exhibitors grades 4-6
  4. Western. Exhibitors grades 10 & above
  5. Western. Exhibitors grades 7-9
  6. Western. Exhibitors grades 4-6
  7. Pleasure Driving (horse, pony, draft or other equine)
  8. Trail grades 4-8
  9. Trail grades 9 and above
  10. English Pleasure Walk-Trot. Ribbon only. Exhibitors cannot cross enter in a canter class.
  11. Western Pleasure Walk-Trot. Ribbon only. Exhibitors cannot cross enter in a canter class.
  12. Trail Walk-Trot. Ribbon only. Exhibitors cannot cross enter in a canter class.
  13. Horseless Horse walk/trot pleasure English or Western. Ribbon only. See rule #31.

Department J-6, Class D – Halter  (“Pleasure” Class)

Judging shall rate the conformation of the horse or pony. Premiums can be awarded for one pleasure class only per member. A Grand and Reserve Champion will be selected if there are 6 or more entries. All entries not receiving placement will receive participation ribbons. Classes do not qualify for State.

  1. Pony halter
  2. English-type horse halter
  3. Stock-type horse halter
  4. Draft & other equine halter
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