EquiSmartz State 4-H Educational Contests

EquiSmartz - Virginia 4-H Knowledge Competitions

2021 EquiSmartz - March 26-28, 2021

2020 EquiSmartz Make-up Dates

  • Virtual Communication Contests - May 20-22, 2020
  • Virtual Horse Judging - June 20, 2020
  • Virtual Hippology Contest - September 26, 2020

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

Entry Forms, Rules & Results

  • EquiSmartz Virtual Hippology Contest Review Q & A Video Link


  • Hippology Contest Rules and Regulations (PDF)
    Rules for 2020 are modified slightly for a virtual format
    - any enrolled Virginia 4-H member may participate
    - this is not be a qualifying contest for Southern Regionals or Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup
    - awards will be mailed. A virtual awards ceremony TBD
    - FREE entry
    - this 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.)
    - a practice test will be available the week of the contest, to get a feel for the system- entry deadline Sept. 20
    - Q&A Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, 7pm by Zoom (recorded for contestants not able to attend)

This contest will serve as the EquiSmartz replacement and the qualifier for the state team. More information will be provided soon. Coaches were emailed confirmations of their entries. Any changes need to be emailed to leonar@vt.edu by May 29th


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.

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

Thank you to the Virginia Horse Industry Board for sponsoring EquiSmartz!

2019 EquiSmartz Cash Prize Winners

2018 EquiSmartz Cash Prize Winners

Thank you to the Farm Credit Knowledge Center for sponsoring EquiSmartz Horse Judging lunches!

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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Sandy Arnold


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