Virginia State 4-H Championship Horse and Pony Show


  • 2020 59th Virginia State 4-H Championship Horse and Pony Show CANCELLED

  • 2020 59th Virginia State 4-H Championship Horse and Pony Show non-riding contest awards evening - Oct. 24, 2020, 7pm
    •     All entries due Oct. 1, 2020
    •     District Challenge Contest, Friday, Oct. 23, 1-5pm
    •     Contact Sandy Arnold at to request Zoom Awards Link

  • 60th Virginia State 4-H Championship Horse and Pony Show - September 9-12, 2021  Share your stories for a 60th Yearbook!!

Community Service Book Drive

Every year at the State 4-H Show, the Ambassadors initiate a statewide horse project Community Service effort. This year the 4-H Horse Ambassadors invite you to join in a statewide Horse Book Drive! The goal is to collect as many horse-subject related books of all kinds, new and used. Please mail your donations the collection site:  
Washington County VCE
Attn: Crystal Peek, Extension agent
234 West Valley Street, Suite B
Abingdon, VA 24210

The book drive was inspired and initiated by Audrey Allen’s desire to spread the love of horses through books, combining it to combat the great potential of the COVID-19 slide of young learner’s literacy rates.  All types of horse-related books are being accepted to include picture books, chapter books, fiction and non-fiction, new or used, paperback or hardback! All donations will be used to set up free libraries at various local 4-H offices.  We ask club members to please extend this invitation out to their community and horse friends beyond 4-H! This is a unique opportunity to share the love of horses with reading and help prevent the COVID slide!  Please have your donations arrive no later than Oct. 22 so that we can snap a picture of the donations and report it in the Zoom Awards!

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The SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELED, but there will be a Virtual Awards Evening for the non-riding State Show contests - See Virtual Awards tab for entry information



New Show Schedule is HERE

Important items outlined below:

  • Move in will start Thursday, October 22nd at 12:00pm. There will be no early arrival.
  • Entry fees will remain the same
  • Seniors may still bring two horses
  • No walk/trot classes, Cloverbud Camp, Western Dressage, District Challenge, Silent Auction, Skills Level 3 & 4 tests, and tentatively no Evening Event with awards
  • No Trail and Jumper pre qualifying for 2020. Jumpers will not be held with less than 10 entries
  • If VHC regulations are still in place – clubs will need to submit an RSVP list with entries listing the names of those who will be attending the show with the youth. This will include any and all family members. Those that arrive at the show and are not on the list, will have to be approved through me and VHC management.

Ranch and Drill Information:

  • The Ranch Horse and Drill Team Show have been removed from the State Fair for this year only. They have been added to the 2020 Virginia 4-H Horse and Pony Championships schedule. The Ranch and Drill Show will be treated as separate events from the 2020 Virginia 4-H Horse and Pony Championships. Entry fees are in the Google Drive folder. The following will apply:
  • Qualifying will remain the same at the 2020 Virginia 4-H Horse and Pony Championships as it was previously announced this year.
  • There will be separate entry fees for both the Drill Team and Ranch Horse Show
  • Drill Team Entry fees will be: $20/class + $50 for a stall (stalls must be purchased)
  • Ranch Horse entry fee will be: $150. This includes all classes and a stall.
  • Since the Drill and Ranch Horse events are being treated as separate shows, youth will be allowed to bring different horses for each.
  • Juniors and Seniors may bring 1 horse for the ranch or drill show and another horse for the Virginia 4-H Horse and Pony Championships. Juniors and Seniors may also bring and use the same horse for the Ranch and Drill events and also enter that horse into the Virginia 4-H Horse and Pony Championships. Separate entry fees will apply

May 1 Declaration Deadline of Project Animal

  • Link to ONLINE Declaration Form (available until 11:59pm, July 28)
  • Paper Copy of Declaration Form due to your Extension agent in your County NO LATER THAN JUNE 1, 2020
  • Declaration Guidelines (PDF). DECLARATIONS ARE NOT CONSIDERED COMPLETE until you receive a confirmation email!!
  • Remember all youth must submit a paper form to their county office AND declare online by MAY 1!! Absolutely NO EXCEPTIONS! DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO DO THIS!!

Declaration Eligibility List

  • 2020 Declaration List - All information must be confirmed and corrected by June 17, 2019
    • This list is a summary version of what was submitted online. Only exhibitor name, exhibitor club, horse show name and horse height are shown! It was downloaded EXACTLY as it was typed in.
    • Youth are listed in semi-alphabetical order by last name by county.
    • Please make sure you check the ENTIRE listing before YOU HAVE YOUR AGENT CALL THE OFFICE
    • If there are youth missing call your agent FIRST and then have YOUR AGENT call 540-231-6345
    • If your youth’s name is highlighted in GREEN, the county office/4-H Agent will need to call to verify information. 540-231-6345
    • If your youth’s name is highlighted in YELLOW, the parent/guardian will need to call to verify information. 540-231-6345

2020 Video Qualified Youth

All Previously Qualified Youth

  • Show and Clinic Qualified List of Riders and their Project Animal
    This list is compiled from information sent from the show and clinic managers. If a youth's name does not appear on this list - please contact the show or clinic manager as the state office has posted all received information. Please allow at least 2 weeks after a qualifying event for the information to be posted.



4-H Certified Horse Measurer

  • Horse Measurers (PDF)
    Measurers on this list have completed a USEF led measuring class and are approved for measuring 4-H project horses. Each district now has an official dual bubble USEF measuring stick for loan throughout the district.
  • Horse Measurement Guidelines (PDF)

60th Year Celebration

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Youth Equine Extension Associate
Sandy Arnold


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