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All Florida face-to-face 4-H activities through July, 2020 have been postponed or cancelled in accordance to UF and Florida 4-H guidelines regarding COVID-19. This event is in an alternate format.

2020 State 4-H Horse Demonstrations and Horse Public Speaking

Online Submissions due by June 1

For 2020, the Horse topic Demonstrations and Public Speaking contests will follow the same procedures as the rest of the State 4-H Presentations. The Horse Presentation contests have always been held earlier than 4HU so Florida can qualify participants for Regionals (which is usually the same time as 4HU). With Regionals being cancelled, we are free to keep the process simple and have the Horse topic Demonstrations and Public Speaking follow the same procedure as all of the State Competitive Event submissions. Therefore all communications from 4-H Headquarters regarding State Competitive Events apply to the Horse topic presentations as well.

2020 Florida 4-H State Competitive Events flyer with online submission details.

The first place winners at the State contest are eligible to compete at Eastern Nationals in Louisville, KY in November. (Note: Southern Regionals is cancelled for 2020, so the State events will be qualifying youth to Nationals only.)

  • Eligibility

    For 2020, the Horse topic Presentations and Speeches will follow the same eligibility rules as those for all State level topics.

    • Horse Demonstration/Illustrated Talk -- All Seniors who earned a blue ribbon at County Events in Demonstrations/Illustrated Talks may submit one (1) video for State Competitive Events. If district events were able to take place, then all blue ribbon Seniors from Districts may advance.
    • Horse Public Speaking -- All County first place Senior winners advance and may submit one (1) video for State Competitive Events.

    All of these State events are for Seniors only, just like most other State Presentation events (14 & over as of September, 1, 2019).

  • Horse Quiz Bowl - 2020 contest details still TBD

    Details that follow are the typical procedure, but subject to change when the final platform for QB is determined.

    The State 4-H Horse Bowl is open to one Senior team and one Jr/Int team per county without qualifying. Registration will be through 4HOnline when final event plans are set. Senior teams should be 4 or 5 members who are 14 or over (as of September 1, 2019). There will also be a Jr/Int Division so counties may enter one 4 or 5 member team of J/Int aged youth as well (8 to 13 on 9/1/19). However, at least two Senior teams must be entered for the contest to be held (i.e., if only one senior team and 4 Jr/Int teams enter, the contest for all ages will be cancelled). Please note that a county does not need to enter a Senior team in order to enter a Jr/Int team. However, a total of two or more Senior teams must be entered in order for the competition in either division to take place. See the registration sections above for info on how to register.

    This double elimination quiz bowl contest offers horse club members the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and earn the right to represent Florida at the regional and national competition. A detailed description of this competition can be found in the 4-H publication #4H504. In order to participate in the state Quiz Bowl contest, a team must submit 30 questions to the Animal Science office. Question difficulty should reflect the age division of the team. Details on references used and question categories may be found on these pages.

  • "In a nutshell" Entry Review - Does not apply for 2020

    Please ignore these procedures for 2020. But the process will likely return for 2021.

    Horse Quiz Bowl
    --County Agent submits online registration form by May 24 (goes to Wendy DeVito)
    --Counties may enter 1 Senior team and one Jr/Int team
    --Team (coach) submits 30 questions by May 31 to Wendy DeVito

    Horse Public Speaking
    --County Agent submits online registration form by May 31 (goes to Wendy DeVito)
    --Copies of speech no longer need to be submitted ahead of time.
    --If someone outside of the County office completes form, 4-H Agent will be contacted to confirm qualification eligibility

    Horse Individual & Team Demonstrations
    --County Agent submits online registration form by May 31 (goes to Wendy DeVito)
    --If someone outside of the County office completes form, 4-H Agent will be contacted to confirm qualification eligibility

    Horseman of the Year and Dallas C. Osborne Scholarships
    --Refer to the Florida 4-H Equine Scholarship Summary for scholarship requirements specifically for these two Equine scholarships (some requirements are in addition to the regular scholarship application)
    --Submit Scholarship Application Portfolio by June 1 (goes to Tara Mercurio)
    --4-H Agents of applicants will be called with interview status
    --Interviews of finalists at State 4-H Horse Show in Tampa on July 10

  • Registration - Does not apply for 2020

    PLEASE IGNORE THESE PROCEDURES FOR 2020. BUT THE PROCESS WILL LIKELY RETURN FOR 2021.

    The above parameters determine who is eligible to participate at the Horse Events, not necessarily who is planning to participate. Because the Horse Events are at a different time and location from 4-H University, please register online (not open yet) by May 31 for this event separately if your qualified youths plan to participate in these contests. Entries received will have their eligibility confirmed before the vent date.