Horse Project


La Crosse County 4-H Horse Project Bylaws

Horse Project Handbook

2018-19 Calendar Updated 10.16.18 – subject to updates throughout the year – check back often!

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. Drill team members are NOT exempt from this requirement.

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.

 horseEvents & Activities

2019 Champ Show Planning Meeting

When: Monday, October 29th, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Hamilton Town Hall (N5105 Leonard St. N, West Salem, WI 54669)

An effort is brewing to resurrect the Champ Show next year! Would you like to help? Have any great ideas? Anyone interested in being part of this project is welcome!

Horse Project Leadership Conference

When: Friday, November 9th at 6:30 p.m.-Sunday, November 11th, 2018 at 11:45 a.m.
Where: UW-River Falls
Cost: $50.00 per person
Contact: Liv Sandberg, 608-263-4303,

The annual State 4-H Horse Leadership Conference is open to all 4-H Horse Project members in grades 7 and above as well as adults. The purpose of the workshop is to:

  • Offer educational workshops which include both information and hands on activity ideas for leaders to utilize when teaching youth
  • Provide a forum for strengthening communications relative to the 4-H Horse and Pony Project
  • Provide an opportunity for participants to network and share experiences

Registration is due via mail by Monday, October 15th. For more information and a copy of the registration form, visit

Fond du Lac County 4-H Horse and Pony Holiday Tack & Craft Sale

When: Saturday, November 10th from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Where: Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds Expo Center
Contact: Pam Bartoli, 920-979-9181,

This event will be held in conjunction with the 4-H Model Horse Show! Tables can be rented for $15. New/used tack, food, crafts, clothes, books, games and more will be available as well as model horse vendors. Come out and help support the Fond du Lac County 4-H Horse and Pony Project!

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. To join, contact Lise Graham at

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.

2019 Horse Camp info coming this spring

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.