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Florida Horsemanship School

June 5-10, 2022 - English week
June 19-24, 2022 - Western week
June 26 - July 1, 2022 - Cowboy Camp

Horsemanship Schools are back on track to happen in their typical format. The details for 2022 are being revised as we can confirm them. 

Information for 2022 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 2022 information is posted. There is no form you should fill out in the mean time.

  • School Overview

    The information to the right from 2019 will show you typical Horsemanship School plans. It may be used as a reference as we confirm plans for 2022.

    Three weeks of Horsemanship School will be held in Gainesville at the UF Horse Teaching Unit over the course of two or three weeks -- one for Western, one for English, and if interest warrants, one that is a "Cowboy Camp."

    • June 5-10, English (hunt seat, dressage, saddle/gaited; Coed)
    • June 19-24, Western (horsemanship, ranch, trail, speed; Coed)
    • June 26-July 1, Cowboy Camp (same as Western week, but boys only)

    4-H Horsemanship School is open to 4H members who are between the ages of 11-18 years old as of the beginning of the 4-H year. Instruction places 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. 

    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.

    Refer to 2019's Information Packet and Schedule for details about previous Schools that may be used for reference when planning for 2022.

  • 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.

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