4-H girl with horse
    4-H Youth taking a horse test
    Girl Showing Horse Halter

    The Utah 4-H Western Horse Program focuses on teaching youth to work with a project horse throughout the year, and be tested on their equine knowledge. The youth are given the opportunity to show their horses in multiple western disciplines including western horsemanship, showmanship at halter, western pleasure, trail, western riding, and reining. The shows also offer three speed events that may include barrel racing, pole bending, key hole, gymkhana, scurry, and quadrangle. The Western horse program is one of the largest project areas within Utah 4-H. 


    • Western Show Events Rotation
    • Events for the 2019 and 2020 show season for the Individual Show are: Test, Showmanship at Halter, Western Horsemanship, Ranch Riding, Barrels, Poles, and Key-hole
    • Events for the 2019 and 2020 show season for the Two-Handed Show are: Test, Showmanship at Halter, Western Horsemanship,Western Equitation, and Western Trail. 
    • Study material for the 2020 year for ALL EXHIBITORS will come out of the Utah 4-H Horse Program Study Guide Volume I as well as the Biosecurity at State Horse Events Policy and the Rule Book. You can find the link to download the study guide at the bottom of the page HERE.


    • Access a collection of approved patterns HERE.
    • Horse show management is encouraged to create their own patterns. Pattern requirements are in the rulebook (number of maneuvers, required maneuvers, etc.).
    This sheet has been created as a helpful tool to track Speed Events and is not required.

    2018 Horse Show Results

    2017 Horse Show Results

    2016 Individual Western State Results

    2015 2-Handed Western State Results

    2015 Individual Western State Results

    2014 2-Handed Western State Results

    2014 Individual Western State Results

    Contact Us

    Western Horse Council

    Katie Ovard-Smith

    Terry Jones
    1st Vice President

    Kim Byington
    2nd Vice President


    Denilyn Ormond
    Horse Council Secretary

    Laura Ogden

    McKenzie Anderson

    Aurora Quinn
    Assistant Judge-at-Large

    Jessie Hadfield
    State 4-H Horse & Livestock Specialist


    State 4-H Office

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