Horse Camps, Clinics & Workshops

Related 4-H activities & programs

District & State Horse show

Visit the District & State Horse show page for information on:

2/8/24 - Virtual Judging Camp   Join us for the Annual Virtual Horse Judging Camp, which offers 4 weeks of instruction from collegiate judging team coaches from across the country. Hone your skills in judging performance halter, reining, western riding and oral reasons for the upcoming competition season. In addition to material you can review on your own, each week there is a live Zoom session with one of the presenting coaches. For more information contact: Dr. Kris Hiney, Oklahoma State University (; Dr. Kathy Anderson, University of Nebraska ( or Dr. Colleen Brady, Purdue University, (

 2/17/24 -  It's back! The 2024 Hippology Academy kicks off on February 17. Topics for this year include toxic plants of the northeast, horse evaluation, feeding myths, soil testing and usage, identifying feeds, and fencing. Content for each topic includes practice tests, slides, and digital learning stations in addition to twice weekly lectures. 

There are three enrollment levels to choose from: 

1. Bronze: All content listed above, accessible until August 31, 2024. 

2. Sliver: Everything included in Bronze, plus can ask teacher questions, participate in discussion board, and have access to course material until November 31, 2024. 

3. Gold: Everything included in Silver, plus opportunity to participate in live virtual office hours with instructor (Thursday evenings) and access to course material until December 31, 2024. 

Learn more and register here:

5/29/24 -  4-H Horse Judging Contest - Pitrzer Ranch, Ericson, NE

5/29/24 - Animal Science Discover Day - NCTA Campus in Curtis, NE Ag Education Center

6/6-6/8/24 -  Fort Robinson, 4-H Horse Camp - Fort Robinson State Park - Crawford, NE -   Scholarship application  -   Horse Camp Registration Form

6/15 - Perkins Co. Trail Riders 4-H Horse Show - Perkings County Fairgrounds - Grant, NE

6/22 -  Horsemanship Clinic with Rebekah Irish - Stevens Indoor Arena - Lexington, NE

6/22 -  Horsemanship Clinic with Rebekah Irish - Sandhills Global Event Center - Lincoln, NE

 6/29/24 -  Silver spurs 4-H Horse Show - Chase County Fairgrounds - Imperial, NE

7/7/24 -  4-H Invitational Horse Show - Buffalo County Fairgrounds - Kearney, NE

Horse Judging School

Coaches and Teams designed to provide you the opportunity, resources and skills needed to pursue horse judging at any level!  

This school is an excellent place for youth and collegiate team members, coaches and anyone interested in preparing for horse judging contests. Coaches and leaders will be able to use this course to help their team members  thrive within the different aspects of horse judging which include halter classes, numerous performance classes, and oral reasons. The course con/tains videos and interactive activities to learn the criteria on how to judge the various classes typically found in horse judging contests. Also, you will find useful tools on oral reasons such as setting up notebooks, notetaking, organizing reasons, terms for numerous classes and sample reasons. 

This course covers the following:

  • Classes
    • Conformation/Halter
    • Reining
    • Western Pleasure
    • Western Horsemanship
    • Hunter Under Saddle
    • Hunt Seat Equitation
    • Western Riding
    • Ranch Riding 
    • Trail
  • Oral Reasons
    • How to set of your notebook for both Halter and Pattern classes
    • Sample Written Reasons
    • How to Calculate Judging Scores
    • Sample Halter Class with reasons
    • Sample Reining Class with reasons

To register, go to UNL  Marktplace  at and search for Horse Judging School – Coaches and Team Members.

The cost for a 6 month subscription is $50.

Contact: Kathy Anderson: , 402/472-6414 OR Rebecca Gunderson: 

The Animal Science Horse Extension program strives to serve a diverse and expansive Nebraska horse industry. The 180,000 horses in the state are used for leisure, competition, and work. To serve this industry, the extension program focuses on both youth and adult audiences. Sign up for the UNLhorse Info List Serve. Type "Subscribe" in the subject line.

equine webinar information

Monthly online meetings for 4-H Leaders/parents and senior aged youth to gain knowledge in many different equine areas.  You must register in advande to take part in the meetings.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  All webinars will be recorded so that if you cannot participate at the time of the event you can watch the webinar at a later time.