The History of the Horse Program in Cleburne, Texas

The horse committee was formed back in 1990-1991 as a result of several people having an interest in establishing a 4-H Horse program in the county. Prior to that time there was no organized 4-H horse activity in the county, no horse shows, no judging team, no clinics, only scattered club activities. When this interest came up, Ed Bader, through the advice of the JC Booster Club and others, approached the JC Youth Fair Committee about adding horse activities to the county youth fair. The idea was rejected because they said their insurance would become too expensive due to the dangerous nature of horse activities. It was suggested by the county agent at that time, Bob Harrington, to organize a JC 4-H Horse Committee.

The program started with one county qualifying show for the year. Now we offer three shows in the Fall (that includes our famous Halloween costume class), Winter ride nights with limited instruction, and four Spring shows designed to help prepare those who want to go on to 4-H District and State competition. Our county awards and recognition banquet is held in June.

The committee also sponsors and helps support the Horse Judging team, the Horse Quiz Bowl team and the Hippology team as non-horse learning activities.

The Horse Committee is open to anyone interested in the county's 4-H horse activities. We meet on the last Monday night of each month. We look forward to new ideas and programs that we may not have thought of.

Our Objectives

The main objective of the horse committee has always been to provide the best educational training and life lessons we can. The programs, formats, schedules, and people have changed over the years, but the goal remains the same. The committee tries to schedule and coordinate the county's 4-H horse activities so that every child from 9 to High School Senior has a safe environment in which to grow up with their horse.

We hope our shows will help our Youth learn about competition so they might do well at the District and State 4-H shows. As a by-product, hopefully our non-4-H Youth as well as adults might enjoy their time as well.

About the Committee

We have been very fortunate over the years to have had the consistent support of several parents whose children have gone through the 4-H program. Those children have grown up and gone on to manage their own lives and families, but the horse program still remains for those children who show a passion for riding.

Ed and Kay Bader and John Robker have been in the the 4-H program for many years and remain some of the most dedicated people throughout all the shows and judging. Over the years, we have also managed to add Sherry Jones, Vickie Money, Nancy and Charlie Hogg, Melinda Clark, and Glynda Clark, and Chad Hamill and Shari Whitmire to our core team of volunteers.

If you are interested in contributing what you have to offer as a volunteer in our horse program, come to our committee meetings to meet us and see what we are all about. Please email Sherry Jones for meeting dates, time and location.

2020 JC4H Horse Judging Contest

Contact Ed Bader at 817-447-1704, or
Rhonda Huff at 817-487-5484, or
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Horse Shows General Information- Cleburne, Texas

Johnson Co. 4H Horse Shows

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2019 Show and Activities Calendar

Shows for 2019 are again sched

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2020 Horse Show and Activities Calendar

Spring Shows are
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John Robker


Advocate for 4H. Announces show commands and class placings, general straw boss, answers questions

Ed Bader

Judging Team Coach/Horse Committee Vice Chair

Strong advocate for 4H. Loves working with the kids.

Rhonda Huff

Registration table- Judging Event

Nancy Hogg

Catch All

Advocate for 4H. Strong history with horses and riders.

Vickie Money

Committee Treasurer

Keeps the committee on track financially.

Robin Hardin

Horse Quiz Bowl leader

Melinda Clark, Glynda Clark

Exit Gate

Melinda Clark announces at the shows, helps tally points. Leader of 4H Wild Riders.

Sherry Jones

Committee Chair

Helps with registration and does ring steward duty at the shows