April 4-5, 2020
UF Department of Animal Sciences, Gainesville
Hippology is an activity that can enhance learning for 4-H members by letting them exhibit their knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry in a competitive setting. The term "Hippology" comes from the Greek "hippo", meaning horse, and "ology", meaning "the study of". Participants will be able to demonstrate their experience and knowledge gained in horse judging, quiz bowl, speeches, and practical horse management.
Phases of the contest include a written exam, identification of items shown on slides, judging, ID stations including feedstuffs, and team problems. Read the full contest description.
The State Hippology Contest is held in Gainesville at the Straughn Extension Professional Development Center (next to Animal Sciences; quick photo tour). The Judging portion will be at the UF Horse Teaching Unit.
First and second place teams in the State 4-H Hippology Contest will earn the right to compete at the Regional competition in North Carolina in the end of July. The first place team at the State contest is also eligible to compete at Eastern Nationals in Louisville, KY in November.