University of Florida

Area and State 4-H Horse Show Rules

2018 Area & State 4-H Horse Show Rulebook:

2018 Florida 4-H Area & State Horse Show Official Rules
 (Click above to download entire PDF rulebook)

  -Please note that on pg. 72, the Dressage tests are referenced as USDF, where that should be USEF. To quickly find the tests used by FL 4-H each year, look here.

-For an explanation of the procedure for Intermediates to be eligible to qualify for Regionals, read here.


Body Condition resource page for help meeting the new body condition rule.


Rulebook Receipt Form (<-click to download)
The form above is to ensure that all youth who enter the Area shows receive a rule book and acknowledge their responsibility to understand it. This “Acknowledgement of Receipt” form should be given with the rule book and signed by the youth and parent. All youth who enter the Area horse shows are required to have this signed form on file at the County. The procedure for collection of this form at the time of Area show entries will be similar to that of the Participation Form. In order for the Area entry to be accepted, it must be accompanied by the Participation Form and the Acknowledgement of Receipt of rule book form. For those who qualify for State, both forms will be forwarded to the state office so they are in hand when the State entries arrive.

Bit Rules with Examples

Bit Details, 2018

(There have been no changes in bit rules since 2015. So any version of this document dated 2015-2018 still applies in 2018.)

This pdf file contains explanations of the bit rules with examples of acceptable and unacceptable bits. If there is any question about a bit being allowed at an Area show, please refer to this document. If there is still a question, take a few pictures and email them to your county 4-H Agent to forward for an official answer.

How to Check and Measure Bits

Step by step explanation of how to check bits to determine if they are acceptable for Area & State 4-H Horse Shows. It is only procedures and should be used with the Rulebook and Bit Supplement for reference.



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