EquiSmartz - State 4-H Educational Contest Weekend

EquiSmartz - Virginia 4-H Knowledge Competitions

EquiSmartz Horse Bowl and Hippology (Saturday), Hippology Horse Judging Classes and Full Horse Judging Contest (Sunday)
Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22, 2020  DATE POSTPONED
    Saturday - Rockbridge County High School, Lexington VA
    Sunday - Virginia Horse Center, East Arena, Lexington, VA
Entry Deadline:
March 3, 2020

EquiSmartz Communication Contests (Individual and Team Presentations, Public Speaking)
This event has been rescheduled for May 20-22 using computer webcams for a virtual contest using Zoom online for the purpose of qualifying Seniors for Southern Regionals and Eastern Nationals. Juniors may also participate in the junior divisions. All contests (Team Presentations, Individual Presentations, and Public Speaking) will be live judged with pre-scheduled times over the three days. Online access may be tested prior to contest dates by appointment by emailing Sandy Arnold at horse4h@vt.edu . Complications with the network and/or computer systems during the contest will not discount contestant scores. If you wish to participate and do not have access to a computer with a webcam, please reach out to Sandy Arnold for alternative plans. The District pre-qualifying requirement this year has been waived. Placings will be announced the following week and awards will be mailed. No entry fee will be collected for this contest. To enter please sign up online here by April 14:

·  Individual Presentation

·  Public Speaking

·  Team Presentation

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

Entry Forms, Rules & Results

  • FFA Entry Form (team) Waiver (per youth) and Media Release (per youth) for practice contest
    FFA teams are invited to PRACTICE at EquiSmartz but will NOT be scored FOR AWARDS. Scores will be calculated for their information/practice, however, they will be treated as if they are competing and all rules still apply (no talking, teams cannot sit together, etc). No refunds past the entry deadline date.

  • Scantron Sample - be familiar with proper bubbling of answer sheets

  • Contest Volunteer Needs
  • 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.



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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Mounted Activities:
Specialist - Leona Ransdell

Unmounted Activities:
Associate - Sandy Arnold


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