1. A member may use any of their project horses which must also be shown/exhibited in another class for showmanship. Refer to 4-H Department ZS.
  2. To qualify for the All-Around Award, you must compete on only one (1) horse in same age division.  All Around is based on the horse.  Hi-Point is based on the rider.
  3. Only 4-H & FFA members with Horse Projects are eligible for competition.
  4. For detailed information on the judging of Horsemanship I - VII refer to MONTANA 4-H HORSEMANSHIP PROJECTS,  #1160 (Reprinted, May 1997).  This is a seven (7) part program covering training, care, riding, equipment and anatomy of the mature horse.
  5. This show will determine eligibility for the State Horse Show. Member can use only the horses which he/she has competed on in this show.
  6. Age of 4-H member is determined as of October 1, 2021 and age of horse is determined as of January 1, 2022.  For the purpose of determining eligibility for competition, the age of the horse shall be computed by the calendar year starting January 1 of the year foaled. (Example: a horse foaled anytime in 2021 will be termed one-year-old on January 1, 2022)
  7. Entry blanks must be into the County Extension Office by MONDAY, JULY 18, 2022.
  8. Project rules are listed on pages 4 & 5 of Revised Bulletin #1160. Please read before you attend the show.
  9. For each horse being entered/exhibited at the far, an identification card must be on file at the Valley County Extension Office by June 1st to participate in the Fair and/or the State Horse Show. The identification cards can be obtained at the Extension Office.
  10. Appropriate dress attire. (long sleeve shirt, boots, hat and helmet)
  11. A certified equestrian Horse helmet with safety harness fastened in place is required in over fence classes and gymkhana events, activities, and practice sessions.
  12. Signed Form on file in the office - acknowledgement of receiving horse helmet education.
  13. All entries will be veterinarian inspected upon arrival at the Valley County 4-H Horse Show.
  14. Refer to overall livestock exhibit rules, livestock building rules, large animal showmanship rules and 4-H Code of Ethics.

    4-H Horse Point System - note:  If only one in the class and they are not awarded top of class - 9 points.


    1 10
    2 9
    3 8
    4 7
    5 6
    6 5
    7 4
    8 3
    9 2
    10 1

    The Judge will still award blue-red-white ribbons along with placing them.

    We will announce placing for age divisions:  
    11-13 and 14 and over
    10 and under we will just announce top of class and ribbons

    JR HORSE - Colt to Maturity and Green Horses may only enter Colt to Maturity, Green Horse, and Jr Horse classes.  Horsemanship and Ranch Horse  project classes may be used in the age group classes.


    RANCH HORSE –Members must be enrolled in the Ranch Horse Project to participate in Ranch Horse.  Must be 12 years old or older to do cattle work.  Must be assessed by superintendents to advance to the next level.


    CLASS 1 – (open to any 4-H member enrolled in a horse project)

    NOTE:  Refer to Department ZS to enter Showmanship: 
    Sr. (14 & over); Jr. (11-13); Pre Jr. (4-H age 8 - 10)

    Lot Number  

    1. English Horsemanship VII
    2. English Horsemanship VI
    3. English Horsemanship V
    4. English Horsemanship IV
    5. English Horsemanship III
    6. English Horsemanship II
    7. English Horsemanship I
    8. English Pleasure 14 and over
    9. English Pleasure 11 - 13
    10. English Pleasure 10 and under
    11. *English Equitation Jr. Horse
    12. *English Pleasure Jr. Horse
    13. Hunter Hack I
    14. Hunter Hack II
    15. Western Pleasure 14 and over
    16. Western Pleasure 11 – 13
    17. Western Pleasure 10 and under
    18. *Western Pleasure Jr. Horse
    19. Western Horsemanship VII
    20. Western Horsemanship VI
    21. Western Horsemanship V
    22. Western Horsemanship IV
    23. Western Horsemanship III
    24. Western Horsemanship II
    25. Western Horsemanship I
    26. Bareback 14 and over
    27. Bareback 11 -13
    28. Bareback 10 and under
    29. Free Style Reining 14 and over
    30. Free Style Reining 11-13
    31. Free Style Reining 10 and under
    32. Trail 14 and over
    33. Trail 11-13
    34. Trail 10 and under
    35. *Trail Jr. Horse
    36. Trail Yearling
    37. Ranch Horse Project Level 4
    38. Ranch Horse Project Level 3
    39. Ranch Horse Project Level 2
    40. Ranch Horse Project Level 1
    41. Ranch Horse Pleasure 14 and over
    42. Ranch Horse Pleasure 11 - 13
    43. Ranch Horse Pleasure 10 and under
    44. *Ranch Horse Pleasure Jr. Horse
    45. Ranch Horse Reining Level 4
    46. Ranch Horse Reining Level 3
    47. Ranch Horse Reining Level 2
    48. Ranch Horse Reining Level 1
    49. *Ranch Horse Reining Jr. Horse
    50. Ranch Horse Trail Level 4
    51. Ranch Horse Trail Level 3
    52. Ranch Horse Trail Level 2
    53. Ranch Horse Trail Level 1
    54. *Ranch Horse Trail Jr. Horse
    55. Ranch Horse Cattle Work Level 4
    56. Ranch Horse Cattle Work Level 3
    57. Ranch Horse Cattle Work Level 2
    58. Ranch Horse Cattle Work Level 1 note: must be 12
    59. *Ranch Horse Cattle Work Jr. Horse
    60. Barrels 14 and over
    61. Barrels 11 - 13
    62. Barrels 10 and under
    63. Flag Race 14 and over
    64. Flag Race 11 – 13
    65. Flag Race 10 and under
    66. Poles 14 and over
    67. Poles 11 – 13

    68. Poles 10 and under

    69. Stake Race 14 and over

    70. Stake Race 11 - 13

    71. Stake Race 10 and under

      * Jr Horse is a horse that is 2-5 years old or any horse enrolled in the green horse project.



    1. Age of Member - - 4-H members enrolled in Class 2 horse project must be twelve years old
      by Oct. 1, 2021 and have completed Horsemanship Level III.
    2. You may bring your 1 - 5-year-old horse project to the Horse Show on Thursday to compete. You may not compete on two horses in the same lot number and Training Horses may not compete in Horsemanship Classes, unless assessed at that level.  This does not apply to state competition.
    3. 4-H members will show their horses in the five (5) divisions as follows: Refer to "Training Horses" Yearling to 5-year-old, Bulletin # 353.
    4. Stallions will not be allowed.

    Lot Number

    1. Yearlings
    2. Two-year-old
    3. Green Horse Level 1
    4. Three-year-old
    5. Green Horse Level 2
    6. Four-year-old
    7. Green Horse Level 3
    8. Five-year-old
    9. Green Horse Level 4

    Options for Lots 6 – 9

    1. 4-H members and horses exhibiting in 4-H Class 2, Lots 6 - 9 will be required to complete 1 or 2 of the listed assessments of his/her level in his/her project.
    2. Superintendent will determine which events are suitable to exhibit at the fair.
    3. 4-H members completing a Training Horses (Yearling to Five Year Olds) will be eligible to sell their horse during the Valley County 4-H & FFA Livestock Sale.

    The following will receive a Rosette:  4-H Grand & Reserve Champion Yearling Horse

    Selling a “Training Horses Project” (Colt to Maturity) at the Valley County 4-H & FFA Livestock Sale

    Requirements - -

    1. Must be brought through the Training Horses (Colt to Maturity) Yearling to Five-Year-Old Years.
    2. Must exhibit each year at the fair this included interview judging with activity book or have a vet certificate.
    3. A pre-vet exam must be given at the member’s expense.
    4. The fee for selling a horse is set by the Livestock Committee. This fee will be deducted from the member’s sale check.
    5. Member does have the option to No Sale during the Valley County 4-H & FFA Livestock Sale. If they choose to do so a $20.00 fee will be paid by the 4-H member if he/she “no sales” their horse.
    6. Refer to Livestock Sale Rules.