State 4-H Hippology Contest
April 1-2, 2017
UF Straughn Center and HTU, Gainesville
Contest Structure New for 2017
The 2017 State 4-H Hippology contest will be split into two consecutive days in different locations. The Judging phase of the contest will be in conjunction with the State 4-H Horse Judging Contest on April 1 at the UF Horse Teaching Unit. Entrants will be placing four of the same live classes that the Judging contestants are placing. Youth will be allowed to enter both the Horse Judging and Hippology contests. The bulk of the Hippology contest (Stations, Written Test, and Team Problems) will be Sunday, April 2 at the Straughn Extension Professional Development Center (next to Animal Sciences; quick photo tour). Be sure to refer to the contest description for a more thorough description of the Hippology rules and procedures and to see what is new.
On April 2, contest will begin at 9:30 a.m. (check-in at 9:00) and will run through the afternoon with the awards presentation being in late afternoon. Lunch will not be provided so you should plan on packing a lunch or having someone available to go get something for your group. All contestants must bring their own pencils.
County Entry Allowances & Registration
Each county is eligible to enter up to two (2) intermediate teams and any number of senior teams of four members (Intermediate is 11-13 and Senior is 14 & over, both as of 9-1-16). Schedule and space limitations allow for a maximum of 50 participants in each division. If the total number of youth exceeds 50 in either division, counties with excessive entries may be limited. Please be sure that those you register are committed to participating. Once they are included in the count and change their mind, they would be taking spots from other youth who wanted to enter.
Hippology is a long and challenging contest. It is limited to Intermediates and Seniors because the reading, math, and comprehension skills required may be above that of the juniors members.
All teams must register for the Hippology contest by March 20, 2017 (online form submitted). Additional submissions of the entry form can be made if there are more than one team in eaither division. Additions to entered teams received after March 22 will not be accepted, although minor changes/replacements may be made. No teams or individuals will be added on the day of the contest. You can check the "Current Entries" page to see if your team has been entered.
A detailed description of the contest can be found here.
Information tested in the contest (with the exception of the judging phase) will be taken from the references listed on this page.
As always, we will ask leaders and other adults traveling with the team to help score, monitor, etc. on the day of the contest. Please contact me if you are willing to help and want to request a specific role.
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