The first couple 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 participate 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 navigate your way through the program. But don't forget you have another fantastic resource; your leader! It's their job to help you on this journey. Unfortunately, those of us that have been in this program for a long time forget how confused we got in our first years when we heard the terms; judging, showmanship, herdsmanship....and so on.
So your most important job is to ask questions! The only stupid question is the one you don't ask.
That being said we wanted to provide you with some quick grabs of info to be at your fingertips whenever you need them.
Enumclaw Expo-pay for stall or tie to trailer, stay off grass inside facility, park outside, no horses on concrete
Donida Farms-must pay for stall, no dogs, pull up to unload
Green River & Meridian-no stalls, keep horses away from club houses
Frontier Park-horses in equine area only, stall or trailer
Novice is a riding level and not an age division. It's for kids that can not safely canter in an arena. It is only present in the performance discipline, and limits riders to Dressage Intro tests that are walk/trot, and ground poles in jumping. Limited to rider's first 2 years of showing. Never leave a novice rider unattended.
All ages are based on member's age on October 1st of that 4-H year.
Junior is 8 through 10
Intermediate is 11 through 13
Senior is 14 through 18
A novice rider will compete with their age division in Dressage, jumping, driving and gaming. Novice classes are only offered in the Performance division. The letter after their number lists their age division; J, I or S.
The danish system is amazing! It lets you know how your performance looked when compared with the rule book. It does not place you against the other riders.
A High Blue means you exceeded the standards
Blue; you met the standards in the rule book.
Red; close to meeting the standards, you may meet some but not all.
White; you need to work towards meeting the standards in the rule book.
Being the last red called in the class does not mean you were almost a blue, they are announced in the order they were listed on the class sheet by the show secretary 3 days before the show. Danish ribbons are a true picture of how you did, regardless how many riders there were.
The Fair is not a show, it's ran differently for a reason. It is our State Qualifying Event.
We are the guest of the Fair, we did not rent the facility.
We are there during the Fair, there will be balloons, rides, bulls, clowns, donkys, loud noises, loud music and lots of people that know nothing about horses.
Sportsmanship is very important at all times. It's our job to show the public that we are a great program, we take good care of our horses and have worked very hard to get there.
Our barn is ran by our Superintendents, Lori Glasgow and Kari Ward. Each section has a manager and a secretary.
You will come in through vet check at the Big Oak, and not leave till the barn is excused at the end of your section.
Only Danish ribbons are awarded till championship classes, those are placed.
Do not drive to the barn, there is a tack tractor.
Everyone does herdsmanship; keeping the barn & stalls clean at all times.
You can not miss your Showmanship class, those are required for continued participation at fair.
Barn opens at 6am, closes at 10pm. We have a special dumpster for shavings, shavings are provided by the fair.
No horses or wheelbarrows down the center aisle, and don't miss the welcome meeting at the start of your section.