Horse Project


La Crosse County 4-H Horse Project Bylaws

Horse Project Handbook

Horse Project Registration Form – complete one form for each horse that you may exhibit at the fair and submit to the UW-Extension office by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018! No registration=No exhibition!

Keep checking back to this site for more information and as always, pay attention to the monthly Cloverline newsletter.

 County Fair Requirements


Each member must participate in an educational event or clinic with their horse at least one week before Fair. The Project will provide various opportunities throughout the year, and information on these events will be announced in the Cloverline, at meetings and on this site. Most clinics are free and are an opportunity for members and horse(s) to learn new skills, gain confidence, and “polish up”. It is strongly encouraged that members attend Horse Camp in May as their clinic/educational event.

To get credit for attending a clinic/educational event, members must fill out the Horse Educational Clinic, Training or Workshop Form. This form must be turned in to the UW-Extension office one week prior to Fair and within 30 days of attending your event.

Remember to bring a copy of your Coggins test to any event!

Safety Testing

It is a requirement that all 4-H Members that will be exhibiting a horse (their own or managerial) pass Safety Certification Level 1 and/or Level 2 with each horse they plan to exhibit. All Safety Testing will be done at the La Crosse Interstate Fairgrounds with an approved Safety Testing Leader. Please see the Handbook for a current list of approved Safety Testing Leaders and their contact information.


Volunteering is an essential part of the 4-H experience!  All project members, leaders, parents and families are encouraged to get involved within the Horse project.

 horseHorse Project Calendar

The 2017-2018 Horse Project Calendar gives a listing of all scheduled meeting and activity/event dates approved by the 4-H Horse Project Executive Committee.

How do I get an event on the Horse Project Calendar?

  • Prior to the event complete the Activity or Event Planning Form — This tool helps club and/or committee groups plan a successful event or activity.  Submit this form to the 4-H Horse Project Executive Committee and the UW-Extension office ( for discussion.
  • After the event complete the Activity or Event Report Form –This form helps club and committee groups report how an event or activity happened. It also gives suggestions for the next group.  Submit this form to the 4-H Horse Project Executive Committee and the UW-Extension office ( for discussion..

Events & Activities

44th Annual Western District 4-H Gymkhana Horse Show

When: Saturday, August 18th at 8:00 a.m.
Where: Polk County Fairgrounds, St. Croix Falls, WI
Cost: $4.00 per class
Who: all 4-H, FFA or other youth group project members in good standing who have exhibited at Fair
Registration: Registration forms must be postmarked by Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 to be accepted.

All State 4-H Gymkhana rules will be followed and 4-H policies will apply. All entrants must have a legal guardian or certified 4-H volunteer leader with them on the grounds at all times. For more information and the registration forms, visit

State 4-H Gymkhana 

When: Saturday, September 8th-Sunday, September 9th, 2018
Where: Wisconsin State Fair Park, 640 S 84th St., West Allis, WI 53214
Registration forms are due to the UW-Extension office with payment by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 27th

Gymkhana Entry Form

Gymkhana Dorm Reservation

 State 4-H Expo

When: Friday, September 14th-Sunday, September 16th, 2018
Where: Wisconsin State Fair Park, 640 S 84th St., West Allis, WI 53214
Registration forms are due to the UW-Extension office with payment by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 27th

Horse Expo Entry Form

Horse Expo Dorm Reservation

T-Shirt Design Contest

The Wisconsin 4-H Horse Association is holding a contest for a T-shirt design to be used in 2019 State Horse events. Entries are due on Monday, October 1st, 2018. The idea you provide can be enhanced for the printing process, so it need not be perfect to be entered. The design must be neat and legible, however. The design must say “2019 Wisconsin 4-H Hunter & Dressage Show” or “2019 State 4-H Horse Expo.” Designs must also include the 4-H Clover and the UW-Extension co-branded logo. If you need help finding these graphics, please contact the La Crosse County UW-Extension office. For more information on how and where to send entries, visit 

Horse Bowl

Do you want to learn more about horses and make friends in the La Crosse County 4-H Horse Project? We invite you to consider joining the 4-H Horse Bowl Team. Horse Bowl is an educational activity in which four-person teams compete head-to-head, with the first person to ring in given the opportunity to answer a horse-related question. Think Jeopardy! but all the questions are horse-related. Topics include horse anatomy, breed characteristics and history, equipment, training, nutrition, disease prevention and treatment, etc. Membership is open to any youth in grades 3 -13 enrolled in the La Crosse County 4-H Horse Project.

Horse Camp 

Sponsored by the La Crosse County 4-H Horse Project, this FREE and FUN event helps La Crosse County 4-H youth learn new or refresh skills. This experience provides hands on education and it helps youth meet the requirements for showing at the Fair. It is also an opportunity for youth to get safety certified in Safety I (ground only) or Safety II (ground & riding), which is a requirement for exhibiting. Horse Camp will be held this year on Saturday, May 12th, 2018 from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the La Crosse Interstate Fairgrounds in West Salem. Click on the links below for all the details!

Horse Camp Introduction Letter

2018 Horse Camp Schedule

2018 Horse Camp Registration Form

Horseless Horse or Horse?

According to the Wisconsin 4-H Horse Guidelines, a Horseless horse project is one in which the 4-H member has no one on one contact with a horse. They do not own, their family does not own or lease (managerial contract) a horse. They work with a currently enrolled horse project member or leader to learn about the horse (including grooming, clean up, tack, riding, etc).  Horseless Horse members may only show in Horseless Horse classes.  A horseless horse project member can only show the horse that they were working with; this horse can also be shown by the horse project member in horse classes.  There cannot be two horseless horse members showing the same horse.  Further clarification can be found on the Wisconsin 4-H Horse Association website.