Virginia State 4-H Championship Horse and Pony Show

62nd Virginia State 4-H Championship Horse and Pony Show

  • Date: September 7-10, 2023
  • Location: Virginia Horse Center, Lexington, VA
  • Contact: Sandy Arnold -
Future Dates
  • 63rd Championship - September 5-8, 2024

Entry Information - all forms to be sent in by Extension agent with the Orientation Report Form

  • Entry Deadline July 17
  • Scratch Deadline August 24 for refund on Primary Division entry fee only
  • Alumni Showmanship Form
  • Art Entry Form
  • Connie Collier Scholarship Application and Reference Form
  • District Challenge (Hippology, Horse Judging, Horse Bowl) - enter at show
  • Drill Team Entry Form
  • Hall of Fame Nomination form
  • Horse Show Hero Information & Sponsor Form and Excel Summary Form
  • Jumper Qualifying Entry Form
  • Leg Up Nomination Form
  • Orientation Report Form
  • Photography Entry Form
  • Portfolio Entry Form
  • Record Book Entry Form
  • Senior Stampede Entry Form
  • Trail Qualifying Entry Form
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Competitor Hotel Room Blocks
  • special room rates for "4-H Competitors" only
  • please do not overbook rooms
  • Days Inn, Lexington, VA - Call (540) 463-9131
  • Quality Inn, Lexington, VA - Call (540) 463-6400
  • Sleep Inn, Lexington, VA - Call (540) 463-6000
  • Super 8, Lexington, VA - Call (540) 463-7858

Checklist of Qualifying Requirements

Horsemanship Skills Level 1 and 2

Qualifying Shows and Clinics

Horse Show Declaration Deadline of Project Animal

2023 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.

Jumper Qualifier Form

Trail Qualifier Requirements

Horse Record Keeping Books


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 has an official dual bubble USEF measuring stick for loan to listed horses measurers in the district. Horse height is declared with the horse information through member's individual accounts at If your horse has not been measured by May 1, give your best estimate and email with corrected height when horse is measured at your District Show. Be sure to request this need prior to the show with your show manager.
  • Horse Measurement Guidelines (PDF)
Helmet Safety
Gymkhana Panel Setup


TELL YOUR STORY - we want to hear from you about your favorite State Show Memory.  Visit this PDF book of state show memories and make your contribution today to be added!

ADD HISTORICAL PHOTOS -  - email photos to

SPONSOR A RIDER- connect with your old 4-H Club if it's still around - ask the leader how you can pledge a rider to the show through the "Ride to the Show Ride-A-Thon".  Riders - use this form for sponsorships!

SUBMIT A GOOD LUCK AD or Sponsor Classes! See the Advertisment and Sponsorship Form.  

VISIT THE SHOW! Best days to visit the show will be Friday and/or Saturday. Enjoy a day reminiscing at the show.  Wear your favorite 4-H T-shirt or buy one at Stoneyfork, our longtime vendor state t-shirt vendor!

SHOP AT THE SILENT AUCTION & VENDORS! Lots of good finds are to be had, plus great raffle items are available! All of this supports the State Show expenses! We love your patronage! Thank you!

VOLUNTEER FOR 2 HOURS!! We need you! Help is needed to hand out awards, and other special jobs. Please contact Debbie Agnew, volunteer coordinator, as soon as possible to let her know! email Debbie at

SHOW IN ALUMNI SHOWMANSHIP! Participate with a sponsorship entry fee and show a 4-H Horse already on the grounds! Connect with your 4-Her today!  

BRING ITEMS FOR THE SILENT AUCTION! Contact Rose McDonald at and let her know what you are able to bring so she can plan for space needed. Bring this copy with you and your items.  Silent Auction Letter  Silent Auction Donation Form

DONATE to the State 4-H Horse Program directly by clicking on this link! We can always use your continued support to keep the program strong and thriving!  

PARTICIPATE IN THE ANNUAL STATE SHOW SERVICE PROJECT! When this project is announced over the summer, please consider joining us!

DONATE HOSPITALITY ITEMS. We love to feed our volunteers! To donate Items please use this Sign Up Genius link (TBA).  

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Katherine Carter
Extension Youth Animal Science Specialist
(540) 231-2257

Sandy Arnold
Extension Program Associate- Youth Animal Science
(540) 687-3521

Horse Program Advising Leadership

Social Media


This program is supported by a grant through the Virginia Horse Industry Board.

State Show Sponsors:
Virginia Horse Industry Board
Virginia Thoroughbred Association - 60th Anniversary Sponsor

Ice Cream Social Sponsor
Virginia Farm Bureau

Division Sponsor
Virginia Horse Council

Jump Sponsor
Sweet Briar College

Arena Sponsors:
Nutrena Feeds
Blue Ridge Trailers - Ruckersville, VA

Diamond Level Sponsor
Jeff & Ann Shawver
Kairos Counseling

Emerald Sponsors
Averett University
Western Ways
HyVal Industries

Ruby Sponsor
Virginia Quarter Horse Association
Crooked Creek

Sapphire Sponsor
Harry & Stacy Daugherty

Topaz Sponsor
Virginia Paint Horse Club
Milton Construction Company

Class Sponsors:
Carol Miller
Umberger Show Horses / Alison Umberger
Professional Horse Services, LLC
Father's Cafe & Bakery