EquiSmartz State 4-H Educational Contests

EquiSmartz - Virginia 4-H Knowledge Competitions

March 26-28, 2021 - Virtual EquiSmartz Hippology, Horse Judging, Horse Bowl

  • Virtual Schedule (tentative times) (PDF)
    • Friday, March 26 - Hippology
    • Saturday, March 27 - Horse Judging (4-H & FFA)
    • Sunday, March 28 - Horse Bowl

  • AWARDS - APRIL 11, 6:30 with State Hippology and Horse Judging Team Coaches meeting immediately following for the top 10 individuals in each contest.
    Please request a Zoom link for the awards.

  • DECISION DAY - APRIL 18 

  • Entry deadline - March 15 (see contest tabs below for links)
  • Entry fee: $10/contestant per contest

  • All contests will be finalized at the Virtual EquiSmartz contest
  • See contest details in tabs below per contest

Sunday, May 2, 2021 - Virtual EquiSmartz Communications Contests

  • Entries open April 7
  • Entry deadline April 19
  • Entry uploads due by April 25
  • Interview Zoom schedule posted no later than April 28
  • Interviews with Judges via Zoom on May 2

VISIT THIS PAGE FOR QUALIFYING EVENTS

Questions - contact Sandy Arnold email: horse4h@vt.edu

Entry Forms, Rules & Results

  • Hippology Contest Rules & Reference Materials (PDF)
    The virtual format is not an open book contest, and no other searchable devices may be used including cell phones.  In addition, no help is allowed from anyone (other 4-Hers, siblings, adults/parents, coaches, etc.).  There have been updates in 2021 to Horse Smarts and the Horse Industry Handbook that will be used for the 2022 contest.

  • Contest Registration
    Entry deadline March 15.
    Club Leaders/Coaches are asked to complete the registrations. Extension agents will verify member enrollment upon registration submission.
    Cost: $10/participant

  • Virginia Wifi Hotspot Map
    This interactive map of free, publicly available wifi hotspots can be accessed from a vehicle. For more Coronavirus broadband resources, please visit https://www.commonwealthconnect.virginia.gov/COVID-19.

  • Past Results
  • The State Public Speaking, Team and Individual presentations are limited to 6 individuals or teams per DISTRICT per age group. Qualifiers are held at the DISTRICT level.
  • Entries open Wednesday, April 7
  • Entries due Monday, April 19
  • Zoom Interview schedule posted no later than Wednesday, April 21
  • Entry uploads are due by Sunday, April 25
  • ALL COMPETITORS - SAVE THE DATE FOR Interviews with Judges via Zoom on Sunday, May 2
  • Awards - Tuesday, May 4, 7pm by Zoom - request link by emailing horse4h@vt.edu
  • Decision Day is Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The State Horse Bowl contest is limited to 5 Horse Bowl Teams per DISTRICT per age group. Qualifiers are held at the DISTRICT level.

  • Contest Registration Link (open March 1-15)
    deadline March 15
    Club Leaders/Coaches are asked to complete the registrations
    Extension agents will verify member enrollment upon registration submission
    Cost: $10/participan

  • Virginia Wifi Hotspot Map
    This interactive map of free, publicly available wifi hotspots can be accessed from a vehicle. For more Coronavirus broadband resources, please visit https://www.commonwealthconnect.virginia.gov/COVID-19.

  • Past Results
  • AYHC Horse Industry Handbook is continually updated - see this page for updates to purchase. Last updated 2021
  • Equine Science by Griffiths last updated 2020. Purchase at AYHC.
  • See all resources and links in each contest set of rules above.
  • AYHC Horse Smarts is continually updated - see this page for updates (free to download). Last updated 2021. Summary of Horse Smarts updates:
    • New chapter
      Knot Just for Fun – knots & tying knots
      Equine Detective – process involved for going from differential diagnoses to a final diagnosis – includes types of exams, diagnostic tests and treatment
      All Systems Go - molecular/cellular basics, endocrine system & nervous system including anatomy, physiology & common disorders
    • Major edits
      It’s a Hot Topic – previously only covered fire safety – disaster preparedness added
      Learn from the Best – updated & activity level added
      Oh, My Aching Feet – detailed hoof/lower leg anatomy (support & suspension components) added – hoof disorders (especially laminitis) updated
      Healthy Habitat – now includes information from several of the deleted chapters
    • Other notable edits
      All of the health & disease chapters have been reviewed and many have had additional details added (i.e. additional cardiac system anatomy & EKG, additional information on ticks, additional information on sarcoids, EHV-3 added, Romifidine added to medications, equine respiratory diseases expanded/updated
      Additional details added (including foundation sires and/or notable horses) to Parade of Breeds, Pony Power and Where in the World
      Evolution updated
      Additional details on racing, types of carriages etc. added
      Updated and additional details added to Family Resemblance (basics and other lethals) & Code Behind the Color
    • Chapters that were deleted & information added to another chapter
      I Like Mine Green
      Tidy Up
      Money, Money, Money

Thank you VHIB for sponsoring EquiSmartz!
 

Thank you to the Farm Credit Knowledge Center 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 Sandy Arnold, Youth Equine Extension Associate at (540-687-3521/TDD*) between hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m, Monday-Friday. to discuss accommodations 15 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.

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Contact

Youth Equine Extension Associate
Sandy Arnold
horse4H@vt.edu

 

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