The first several years of 4-H can feel like a fog. Don't worry we've all been there! Any large program like this has so many facets it can feel like you'll never find your way or be able to particiapte in a conversation about an event without thinking "What is that!?!" or when one of your veteran friends says something about hippology.......WAIT, WHAT?

Hopefully, this page will help you to navagate your way through the program. But remember you have another fantastic resource......your leader. It's their job to help you on this journey, but those of us that have been in this program often forget what it was like to be confused when we hear words like judging......showmanship.....public presentation and so on. So NEVER hesitate to ask questions! 
Remember, the only stupid question is the one you don't ask!
That being said we wanted to provide you with some quick links that you can use as much as you want. 


"Making The Best Better"
Quick help for the new 4-H'er
CLICK HERE  to learn rules about western bits for the performance section

CLICK HERE to answer questions about what your horse needs to have to show

CLICK HERE to answer questions about what your child needs to wear to show

CLICK HERE for a check list for what to put in the trailer for horse shows

CLICK HERE for a definition list (yes all those weird words you keep hearing at your meetings)


Please click on this link for age division breakdowns

  • Novice is a riding level NOT an age division. So your rider can be a Novice Junior or a regular Junior.
  • Novice program does not involve Driving, Over Fences, Dressage or Gaming. A novice rider entered in these sections will compete with their age division, but still use their novice number. In Over Fences novice riders will only be allowed to enter ground poles, and in Dressage Intro A or B.
  • The letter after your number is your age division so your number should look like 42-J for a Junior.
  • Novice riders can be in any age division. 
  • Novice is defined as a rider that can not safely controll their horse at the canter/lope. 
  • They can only be in their 1st year of showing but can be a novice for up to 2 years.
  • If the rider has ever shown in 4-H in their regualr age divisions they are not eligible to be a Novice.
  • Novice riders are encouaged to attempt to safely canter/lope in the practice arena, under parent supervision. 
  • Always be present when your novice is riding or handling a horse. 
  • Novice riders only walk and trot/jog in their classes, classes are limited to 11 riders.
  • Danish ribbons are an award that tells you how you place against the standards in the rule book, they don't place you against others in your class.
  • High Blue-exceeds the standards set for your age division and riding level 
  • Blue-meets standards
  • Red-close to meeting standards, may meet some but not all
  • White-needs to work towards meeting standards in the rule book.
  • The order they are announced is all whites first, followed by all reds, then blues then high blues. They are announced in the order they are written on the forms by the secretary, not in the order they are placed. Remember there are no placings with danish ribbons. The last red announced before the blue ribbons start does not mean that rider was almost a blue.
  • The 1st-8th place ribbons that are also awarded place the rider against the others in their class. 
  • The important thing to remember about Danish ribbons is they are a true statement as to how you performed in the class regardless how many riders there are in the class.
Have a question that you can't find the answer to?
Fill out the "Contact Us" form on the right and we'll get your question answered and posted to this page!
We will try to make references to the rule books when possible so you know where to look for more info on that subject. 
  • To find more detailed on what tack and attire are required for your event look in the PNW contest guide on the Publications tab to your left.
  • To find out how programs work and the rules regarding events in our county look in the 2018 King County Rules and Guidelines on the publications tab.
  • To learn about the Medals program look in the 2018 King County Medals Book on the publications tab.
  • To find leaders meeting minutes go to the Horse Committee Tab, and click on Horse Committee Docs.
This will help you when going to many of our show and event venues
Enumclaw Expo Center: 
Can pay for a stall or tie to your trailer
No parking on grounds
Keep horses off grass
No riding on cement areas (leading horses only)
Donida Farms:
Must pay for and use a stall
Can drive up to barns just long enough to unload horse and tack, but must then park rig in designated area away from barn
No dogs!
Green River Saddle Club:
No stalls, but small paddocks available for charge
Keep horses away from clubhouse and kitchen area, stay on the other side of the fences
Meridian Saddle Club:
No stalls or paddocks available
Keep horses out of the fenced area around clubhouse
Frontier Park in Graham:
Can pay for stall or tie to trailer
Horses must stay in the equine area, don't wander through the park
There are trails past camping available to ride on

  • First thing you need to know is that Fair is NOT A SHOW! Fair is a culmination of our members achievements and the State Qualifying Event. The worst thing you can do is to go into fair thinking it is.
  • There will be a "Vet Check" at the Big Oak for each section.
  • Do not drive to the barn. Only the tack tractor is allowed at the barn. 
  • Danish ribbons are awarded, for lot classes. Placings are only given for Championship classes. 
  • We don't want horses down the center aisle, it's dangerous for the public and management......what if we exit the horse barn office as you are leading your horse down the aisle.........that's why :)
  • Dumping shavings....not in the corner by the ecology blocks, but instead go up the ramp and dump in the big dumpster....... just don't fall in :)
  • We are there during the FAIR, there will be balloons, rides, bulls, clowns, donkeys, loud noises, loud music, and lots of people that know nothing about horses. 
  • If you miss your Showmanship class you can't ride in any of your other classes. 
  • You will be expected to help with herdsmanship for your club. This is the job of keeping your stalls and aisle area clean and talking to the public about your project. 
  • The barn opens at 6am, which is when you are expected to feed your horse. 
  • It closes for the night at 10pm you can feed your horse their dinner whenever you need to but before 8pm.
  • Instead of managers the fair is run by Horse Barn Superintendents, if you have a problem you are welcome to ask them for help. 
  • Sportsmanship is VERY important all year long, and is very important at fair! It is our job to show the public that we are a great program. Good sportsmanship can win you awards and poor sportsmanship can remove your ability to return to fair the next year or attend the state fair with your horse.
  • Shavings are provided by the fair.
  • No riding double or with a halter.
  • If time there is usually a costume class in the performance section! :)