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Animal Sciences

Florida Horsemanship School

May 31 - June 5, 2020 - Cowboy Camp
June 7-12, 2020 - Western week
June 14-19, 2020 - English week

Tthe 2020 Horsemanship School information is being revised. It will be on this page, so no need to look in any other place. In the mean time, you may refer to the 2019 information as many of the details will be similar. Applications will be through an online form that will be available when the 2020 information is posted. There is no form you should fill out in the mean time.

  • School Overview

    Three weeks of Horsemanship School will be held in Gainesville at the UF Horse Teaching Unit.

    • May 31-June 5, Boys only
    • June 7-12, Western (horsemanship, ranch, trail, speed)
    • June 14-19, English (hunt seat, dressage, saddle/gaited)

    4-H Horsemanship School is open to 4H members who are between the ages of 11-18 years old as of September 1, 2019. Instruction will place emphasis on horsemanship and equitation during morning and evening riding sessions. Ground work: safe handling, grooming, tack, behavior and psychology, roping, suppling exercises. Mounted: suppling exercises, developing core strength, aids, rail work, posting, 2 point, dressage, trail obstacles, patterns, cavalletti, and trail riding. Additional sessions are planned for lecture/demonstration as well as recreation. 

    For the first time, UF/Florida 4-H is offering a "Cowboy Camp" for young men to have an opportunity to become better horsemen through riding instruction and curriculum from the Center for Cowboy Ethics and Leadership. All School details in the Information Packet, application procedures, costs, etc. are the same as for the English/Western week, but for boys only.

    Youth in any week are required to bring a quiet, well-mannered horse that is safe for the rider and will get along well with other horses. Horses must tie. The Horse Health form contains advice on preparing your horse in addition to just documenting its health care. Please look through it now when you register and not right before the school.

    --Information below this point is from 2019, still to be updated for 2020--

    **Read the Information Packet and Tentative Schedule for complete details about the School.**

  • Chaperones

    Adults are needed to accompany youth with an ideal ratio of 1:5 chaperones to 4Hers. Chaperones must be willing to supervise youth from other counties if needed. Members from counties that provide a chaperone will have first priority for school slots. Members from counties that do not have a chaperone traveling will be asked to assist with the chaperone fees (5 youth/chaperone = $65/youth).

    Cowboy camp must have all male chaperones.

    Adult chaperones will have to complete the chaperone/training required to supervise 4-H'ers at overnight programs, if they are not already certified.

  • Fees and paperwork required

    Registration fee for the 2019 Horsemanship Schools is $525.00 for youth and $325.00 for adult chaperones. Fees cover five nights lodging in Hume Hall, 14 meals, snacks (during riding sessions, and afternoon & evening recreation), over 25 hours of instruction, transportation to and from campus, t-shirt, stall and bedding, and 4H insurance. Participants from counties without a chaperone will have $65 added to their fees to cover a portion of an out-of-county chaperone.

    Participants must bring the following completed and signed paperwork to the school to turn in at check-in: FL 4-H Participation form, Statement of Risk, Horse Health Form, and current negative coggins. These do not need to be mailed/faxed ahead of time.

    For questions, County Agents may contact Wendy DeVito at or 352-392-1912, or Saundra TenBroeck at or 352-392-2789.

  • Application/Registration Procedures

    ** See the 2019 Information Packet for detailed application and registration procedures. This is only a summary.**

    The maximum number of participants per week is 20. If requests exceed available spots, groups providing chaperones will have priority.  Additional participants will be selected by a random draw.

    Wednesday, May 8, 10 am - **Extended to noon May 17 for English week only**
    Application to attend is due by online submission by May 8, 10:00 am (ET). A refundable deposit will be due with the application – $150 for youth, $65 for chaperones. Adults who want to chaperone should use the same form. If you miss the registration deadline, please email your request to Wendy DeVito ( and we may accommodate you if there is space.

    Thursday, May 9
    Applicants will be notified of their selection status by Thursday, May 9th. This notification will be sent to the email submitted in the application, so please use an account that is monitored regularly.

    Monday, May 13
    Accepted participants must reply to the above notification email by Monday, May 13 to confirm participation or to “pass” on being accepted. Deposits will be refunded for anyone who chooses not to register via written (email) notice by May 13.

    Wednesday, May 15, now Friday, May 17
    Formal invoices will be sent to each county which contain the total due from that county (amounts paid as deposit will already be subtracted).

    After the invoices are sent, and before final payment is due at UF, youth may cancel for any reason and not owe the balance of their $525 fee. However, they will still owe any chaperone fees due and the $150 deposit will not be refunded (unless another youth is waiting to take that spot).

    Tuesday, May 28
    Payment is due in the Animal Sciences office by Tuesday, May 28. Depending on what works best for each County, payment may be made directly by the participants, or collected by the County and one County check sent. Checks should be written to "Florida 4-H Foundation," or counties may email to pay with a credit card via PayPal.

    Cancellations after May 28
    After May 28, refunds for cancellations will only be considered with a doctor or vet notice which preclude that youth or horse from participating. Once rooming lists are sent to UF for the dorms, we MUST pay for all reservations. Therefore, even with a doctor/vet explanation, neither the initial $150 deposit (basically the dorm fee) nor any extra chaperone fee owed will be refunded.