Free Opportunity for Young Horse Enthusiasts

— Written By and last updated by Stacy Hairfield

Many kids dream of having a horse or pony of their own, but for most, it just isn’t possible. But don’t despair — N.C. Cooperative Extension in Currituck County has wonderful opportunities for all young horse enthusiasts, regardless of horse ownership. Two of these opportunities are set to begin soon. It is time for young equine enthusiasts to brush up on their knowledge and start preparing for 4-H Horse Bowl and Horse Judging Contests.

In a horse bowl competition, a series of questions are asked to teams of four players. The first team to “buzz-in” with the correct answer receives a point and the team with the most points wins the round. Teams participate in local educational workshops to prepare and compete against teams from across the Northeast region of North Carolina. Teams that perform well enough on the district level, go on to compete for the state title.

In a horse judging competition, participating youth individually judge and place a variety of classes composed of four horses. They are then allowed to present “reasons” to explain their placings of predetermined classes. The individual scores of the four member teams are compiled and the team and individual with the best scores win. Youth participating in horse judging compete against young people from across the entire state of North Carolina. Those that score high enough in the senior division are invited to compete on the state team which represents NC at a variety of regional, national and even world competitions.

Horse Bowl and Horse Judging Contests are enjoyable educational experiences and offer an opportunity for youths, interested in horses, to study and obtain a more thorough knowledge of horses and related subject matter. Staff and volunteers of N.C. Cooperative Extension in Currituck County work with youth to prepare for these educational contests.


2016 4-H Horse Bowl Participants

An informational meeting will be held at 6 p.m., on Friday, September 29th, at the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Currituck County Center located at 120 Community Way in Barco, NC. All youths with a love for horses are to encouraged to attend, ask questions and hopefully join in on the fun by being part of one of these teams! You do not have to own a horse, have experience with horses, or be in a 4-H Club to participate.

Please pre-register online by September 27. You can register online at or by calling the office at 252-232-2262.

For more information or accommodations for persons with disabilities please contact Tom Harrell at 252-232-2262 or email no later than five business days before the meeting.

NC State University and N.C. A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, political beliefs, family and marital status, sex, age, veteran status, sexual identity, genetic information or disability. NC State, N.C. A&T, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating.