Volume 8  | Issue 3 | May 2022
2022 Horse Judging Contest Results
Champion Senior Team- Chatham County
Champion Junior Team- Currituck County
The 2022 NC State 4-H and FFA Horse Judging Contests were held on April 9 at Martin Community College. One-hundred and thirty-one 4-H’ers competed in the Senior, Senior Rookie, Junior, Junior Rookie, and Cloverbud divisions. Contestants placed four halter, and nine performance classes. Special thanks to the staff and students of Martin Community College for hosting the event and allowing us to use their excellent facilities.

Mary Dickerson and Ruth Vorder Bruegge coached the Chatham senior team to champion honors. Team members were Kyra Worth, Sara Richardson, Hannah Williams, and Samantha Durham. Hannah Williams, representing Chatham county, was the high overall senior individual.

The Currituck county junior team, coached by Tom Harrell, captured the champion team prize. Team members were Carsyn Sawyer, Emerson Page, Poppy Wright, and Leah Suthers. Carsyn Sawyer captured the high individual in oral reasons and the overall high-scoring junior title.

Harnett county 4-H’ers Mei-Yao MacKinnon and Koltlyn Cotten took home the high individual Junior Rookie and Senior Rookie titles, respectively. Both young ladies are coached by Karen Jones.
2022 Artistic Expression & Creative Writing Contest
The online registration forms for all Artistic Expression and Creative Writing contests are now open! The forms must be completed by June 1 and the deadline for entry fees to be received by NCSU Extension Equine Husbandry is June 15.
2022 State Horse Show | July 6th - 10th
The NC 4-H State Horse Show will be held July 6-10, 2022, at the James B. Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh.

NEW for 2022 is an exhibitor sponsorship incentive! 4-H’ers that submit completed and paid sponsorships with their State Show Entry form will receive 20% of the sponsorship fees collected off of their total show bill.

Youth that attend qualifying shows, please be sure to pay close attention to the due dates for your entries to be submitted.

East & West: May 11, 2022

South: May 25, 2022
North: June 1, 2022

Dressage Entries: June 1, 2022

For more information!

State Horse Show | Sponsorship Opportunities
Horse Show sponsorships span a wide variety of levels. Division, Reserve Champion, and Major Show Sponsors include their choice of an advertisement in the show program or indoor vendor space. If you are interested in being a Sponsor, please check out our attached letter and packet.
Horse Program Aging Out 4-H'er Recognition
4-H'ers that are aging out of 4-H (will turn 19 before January 1, 2023) will be recognized during the opening ceremonies at the State  4-H Horse Show. Please complete this form so we can add them to the list!
State Horse Show | First Time Exhibitor
We want to recognize our first time exhibitors at the NC State 4-H Horse Show.  If you are a first time exhibitor, please complete the linked form!
2022 Candace Norman Service Award Application
Nominate a deserving youth and/or adult volunteer for the 2022 Candace Norman Service Award! Applications are due June 8. Winners will be announced during the Friday night Opening Ceremonies at the State 4-H Horse Show.

You can find the application here.

Southern Regionals 2022 | August 3rd - 7th
In accordance with 4-H Horse Program rules, the top seventy horses and exhibitors will be eligible to compete at the Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships in Perry, Georgia on August 3-7, 2022.

2022 Southern Regional 4-H Horse Show entries will close PROMPTLY AT 12:00 Noon at the State 4-H Horse Show Office on Sunday July 10, 2022.  

One qualifying position is reserved for a 4-H member exhibiting in Roping classes and one position is reserved for the highest Dressage Division ride score from either the Training or First-Level Dressage classes at the State Show. The State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee executive committee shall select a 4-H member based upon participation in 4-H Horse Program activities and performance in roping events. Exhibitors wishing to be considered as a Roping representative must submit a letter requesting consideration to the state Extension horse specialist’s office before the State 4-H Horse Show.

Wake County Open Horse Show | May 21, 2022
Wake county is hosting a youth open horse show at the Hunt Horse Complex on May 21.

English and Western Classes!!
$10/class if you register in advance
$20/class the day of
$45/stall for the weekend

Click here for more details!
2022 Horsemanship Camp | June 12-17 @ Millstone
Bring your equine partner to camp!  A signature Millstone camp for over 45 years, Horsemanship Camp will improve your horsemanship skills while having fun with other campers.  

All breeds and disciplines welcome!  Classes are divided by skill level and riding style. For campers aged 8 - 18. Campers will have the opportunity to:
  • Have riding lessons on their own horse twice daily, taught by qualified staff
  • Participate in and watch training demonstrations from professionals
  • Play games on horseback
  • Learn new and better horsemanship skills and techniques
  • Participate in trail rides
  • Practice new skills, such as horse judging, equine first aid, and much more!

Campers must supply own feed, tack, horse, etc. Register today, there is only a few spots remaining.

Intro To Western Dressage | May 22nd
Date: May 22, 2022, Start Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Union County Saddle Club
Cost: $100/rider, $25/audit

Have you been hearing about Western Dressage? Wondering what all the excitement is all about? Join us for a day of Western Dressage to learn the basics you need to know to help get you started in the arena! All breeds and styles of riding are welcome!

We will start by developing an understanding the goals and biomechanics of Western Dressage. Review of showing procedures, gaits, tack and attire, basic rules, and strategies for learning a test. You will learn about the different organizations and many ways to show.

Then we will move to working in the saddle by practicing some of the gaits, transitions and elements needed to ride a Western Dressage test well. We will top off our day by having each person practice riding a current test. (WDDA 2022 - Introductory Test 2)

9:30 AM start time—introductory section on foot.

11:00 AM – Begin riding some exercises
Lunch (please bring your own)

Shannon St. Clair Hoffman has over 20 years, experience Judging Open Shows in several states. She is certified in all four categories for the NCSU Open Horse Shows Judges' Certification Clinic list. She regularly judges Hunter and Open Shows, including Ranch and Gaited classes in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. In the past she has successfully competed at the AQHA Congress, Dressage at Devon and the Western Dressage World Show, along with multiple Trail and Ranch events.

Her mule, Queen of the Savanna was Open Western Dressage Introductory Division NCDCTA Horse of the Year Reserve Champion in 2020 and NCDCTA Horse of the Year Champion in 2021.  
Shannon taught at the Millstone 4-H Horsemanship Camp for several years and owns, St. Clair Equine, a business that offers training and lessons to kids and adults at all stages of working with their horses, mules, and donkeys. Shannon is available for private lessons at your farm.

Space is limited so sign up NOW!

PayPal using friends and family please note “Western Dressage Clinic”
West District 3-Day Horsemanship Camp
Date: June 20 - June 22, 2022
This horsemanship clinic is designed for youth to increase their horsemanship knowledge and riding skills. Each child brings his/her horse and throughout the three-day clinic, participants will receive instruction in riding classes by selected disciplines. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced rider, this clinic has something to offer you!

For more information or to get a registration packet contact Shannon Coleman at: or 828-837-2210 ext. 4 or Tamara Tally at If you would like to attend please contact Shannon Coleman to get information.
2022 Calendar of Events
Make sure to mark your calendars and stay up to date with all the upcoming events!
May 14, 2022         |  South Qualifying Show @ Lake Waccamaw
May 21, 2022         |  North Qualifying Show @ James B. Hunt Horse Complex
June 1, 2022          |  Deadline to enter the Artistic Expression & Creative Writing Contests

July 6-10, 2022      |  State Horse Show @ James B Hunt Horse Complex
August 2-7, 2022   |  
Southern Regionals Championship @ Georgia National Fairgrounds
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