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)
SEE TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (copy from 2019 contest) PDF)
Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22, 2020
    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)
Sunday, May 3, 2020
Location: Meadow Event Park, Doswell, VA
Entry Deadline:
April 14, 2020

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). The FFA State Contest will be held at the FFA Convention, June 18, 2019. 

  • 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.

Please note that Horse Smarts will be used for both Junior and Senior Hippology and Horse Bowl Contests beginning 2020.

Horse Smarts (newest resource) updates from AYHC:

New Index page - https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/b38028_06010487d83c42259dde32f5d7002552.pdf

Content Corrections:  

The Inside Story
Pg HS 325-3   change nose bot to throat bot in 2nd paragraph
Pg HS 325-19  change nose bot to throat bot in #7 of Riding Further activity
Pg HS 325-23  change nose bot to throat bot on playing card
Pg HS 325-10  delete 2nd option on 8 and 10 in Riding Further activity

Tract to Success
Pg HS 405-2   Feeding Management Guidelines  (paragraph re-written)
Specific nutrient requirements for horses are determined based on their body weight and physiological status. In general, forage based diets and small frequent meals should be the foundation of all feeding programs to ensure digestive and overall health. Forage (pasture and/or hay) should account for a minimum of 1% of their body weight per day. For example, a 1,000 pound horse would require at least 10 pounds of forage per day.

Pg 405-5 and 405-12  A Weightier Problem activity
calculate all forage at 1% of body weight

Horse Sense
HS 330-3 and HS 330-9 correct spelling of agnostic to agonistic

Don't Bug Me
HS 320-4, HS 320-12, HS 320-24  correct spelling of gastrophilus to gasterophilus

Tally Ho
HS 180-3  correct spelling of barium to borium

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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