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Florida 4-H Horsemanship School

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June 5-10, 2022 - Western week
June 12-17, 2022 - English week
June 19-24, 2022 - Cowboy Camp

Applications for participation are on Eventbrite.

Join us in Gainesville at the UF Horse Teaching Unit for one of three weeks of immersive education and fun with your horse!  The weeks are focused as one for Western, one for English, and one that is a "Cowboy Camp."

Read on to the next section for a synopsis!

  • School Overview
    • June 5-10, Western Week
      Instruction places emphasis on horsemanship and equitation during morning and evening riding sessions. Ground work: safe handling, grooming, tack fit, behavior and psychology, roping, suppling exercises. Mounted work: suppling exercises, developing core strength, aids, rail work, posting, trail obstacles, patterns, and cattle work.
    • June 12-17, English Week
      Instruction places emphasis on horsemanship and equitation during morning and evening riding sessions. Ground work: safe handling, grooming, tack selection and fit, behavior and psychology, suppling exercises. Mounted work: suppling exercises, developing core strength, aids, rail work, posting, 2 point, dressage, patterns, cavalletti/fences, and trail riding.
    • June 19-24, Cowboy Camp
      Offered for male 4H members in an effort to increase male enrollment in the 4H Horse program. Same curriculum as western week. Must have 15 enrolled to offer this week.

    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.  Registration fees are $550 for youth and $325 for adult chaperones. Fees cover five nights lodging in UF dorms, 14 meals, snacks (during riding sessions, and afternoon & evening recreation), over 25 hours of instruction (mounted & classroom), transportation to and from campus, t-shirt, stall/bedding, and 4H insurance.

    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.

    Please read the Information Packet and Schedule for complete details about the School.

  • Chaperones

    Adults are needed to accompany youth with an ideal ratio of 1:5 chaperones to 4-Hers. 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 must be 4-H/UF screened and approved volunteers (have completed Youth Protection Training and fingerprint background check). If they are not already approved volunteers, they need to work with their 4-H Agent to get the process completed ASAP.