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EquiSmartz State 4-H Educational Contests

April 5 - 7, 2024: Virginia Horse Center, Lexington, VA


  • 4-H/FFA Hippology - Friday, April 5, Rockbridge High School and Saturday April 1, Virginia Horse Center (for horse judging phase)
  • 4-H/FFA Horse Judging - Saturday, April 6, Virginia Horse Center (reasons at Rockbridge High School Sat. afternoon)
  • 4-H Horse Bowl - Sunday morning, April 7, Rockbridge High School
  • 4-H Horse Communications Contest - Sunday, April 7 Rockbridge High School

Entry Forms, Rules & Results


Rules and Other Contest Information

  • State Horse Judging Contest Rules (PDF)

  • Entry deadline March 29, 2024
    Club Leaders/Coaches are asked to complete the registrations.
    Cost: $15/advanced contestant, includes lunch, $10/regular contestant
  • FFA Note: this contest is the official state horse judging contest for the Junior teams.  The top senior teams will still do the team part of the contest at state convention to determine who moves on to the National contests.  For questions regarding FFA please email Andy Seibel at
  • Scantron Sample - be familiar with proper bubbling of answer sheets

  • Entry deadline March 29, 2024
    See Rules and Regulations for qualifying information. 
    Club Leaders/Coaches are asked to complete the registrations.
    Cost: $10/contestant/contest


  • Contest registration deadline: March 29th
  • Cost: $10/contestant, including alternates
  • Eligibility for this contest is determined by the District Horse Council and representing VCE Agent. Each district may only send 5 Senior and 5 Junior teams. See Rules for more information.





Thank you to the Farm Credit Knowledge Center and the Virginia Horse Industry Board for sponsoring EquiSmartz!

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Hunter Liles, Youth Animal Science Extension Associate at between hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m, Monday-Friday. to discuss accommodations 15 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.

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Katherine Carter
Extension Youth Animal Science Specialist
(540) 231-2257

Hunter Liles
Extension Youth Animal Science Associate
(540) 231-6345


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To contribute to the Madagan Endowment, checks may be written to:

VA 4-H Foundation with memo Madagan endowment

Mail checks to:  

VA 4-H Foundation
902 Prices Fork Road
Attn: Gift Acct.
Blacksburg, VA 24061

This endowment funds scholarships annually to applicants active on the current VA 4-H Horse Program State Educational Teams competing at the regional and national contests to help cover their travel expenses. The larger the endowment, the greater funds available for scholarships. Thank you for your continued support!