Equine Science and Husbandry in a Competitive Setting
Hippology is an activity that can enhance learning for 4-H members by letting them exhibit their knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry in a competitive setting. The term "Hippology" comes from the Greek "hippo", meaning horse, and "ology", meaning "the study of". Participants will be able to demonstrate their experience and knowledge gained in horse judging, quiz bowl, speeches, and practical horse management.
Phases of the contest include a written exam, identification of items shown on slides, judging, ID stations including feedstuffs, and team problems. This contest is fairly new to Texas and to Johnson County and has become very competitive over the last 6 years. There is a state competition for senior and junior teams, and individuals, that is usually held in August at a location to be announced.
Teams of three or four members participate in horse evaluation, team problem, written exam, slide exam, and station phase. Many of the 4-H members have commented that this is one of the "most fun" horse contests that they participate in. The winning senior team goes on to compete in January in Denver at the National Western 4-H Horse Classic competition.
You do not need to own a horse to be on the judging team, the horse bowl team or the hippology team.
THIS PROGRAM IS INACTIVE NOW AS WE NEED A LEADER. PLEASE CALL AND VOLUNTEER
For more information please contact
Ed Bader 817-447-1704 or Nancy Hogg 817-269-5574