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Horse & Pony Department



Welcome to all new and returning Dane County 4-H Horse & Pony project members and Non-4H Organization Members. Please carefully review the Horse & Pony educational requirements for the 2022-2023 project year.

  • All youth planning to show at the Dane County Fair must complete and meet at least one of the education requirements listed to the right and submit their education card online by June 15, 2023.
  • NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED
  • All horses that will be exhibited at the Dane County Fair must be declared by May 1 at 11:59 PM. (The same horse declared must be the same horse used in the clinics.)
  • Dane County Fair entry forms have a separate process. Please refer to the Department 6 Rules & Regulations and times below for additional information related to Fair deadlines and processes.

Non-4-H organization members

  • Those in grade 13 are exempt from bringing their horse to a 4-H approved clinic, provided they have fulfilled this requirement for the previous three (3) years.
  • Participants must sign the roster for each Dane County Horse & Pony Education Committee event attended.
  • If attending a pre-approved event not sponsored by the Dane County Horse & Pony Education Committee, the participant must have the clinician sign the education card.


Education Card Submission Information

Horse and Pony Education Requirement Card – Complete all sections of the Education Card and save as LastName.FirstName.Species (e.g.,Smith.Chris.Horse) before uploading to the online portal.

How and when to submit education requirements:

  • To qualify to show at the Dane County Fair with 4-H, FFA, or other Dane County youth organization, youth exhibitors must meet species education requirements and submit proof by June 15, 2023 at 11:59 PM by using the Education Requirement Upload Portal (to come)
  • If showing in more than one species, youth must complete and submit the requirements for each species.
  • Access to a Google Account is required to upload documents in the portal. This helps keep documents secure. Youth can utilize their school account or utilize a family account. If the youth does not have access to a Google Account, please email info@danecountyfair.com for an alternative option.
  • To upload the education card, please save the document as a JPG, TIFF, or PDF. Youth can take a picture of the education card to upload.
Education Requirement Questions?
Email info@danecountyfair.com.



4-H Horse & Pony Education Committee 4-H Horse & Pony Education Committee

4-H and Non-4H education requirements for Horse and Pony and Horseless Horse members to show at the Dane County Fair

All members Grade 3 or higher are required to attend a Dane County 4-H Horse and Pony Education Safety Orientation clinic once prior to showing at the Dane County Fair. Members who have successfully completed a safety orientation in prior years do not need to repeat the training.

  • 2023 4-H Horse & Pony Education Clinics are listed below. These opportunities are free and available for all Horse & Pony Project Members. All clinics will be held at the Alliant Energy Center, Pavilion #1, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI 53713.
      • See the list of clinics and registration links below (links to come soon).
      • Review the Dane County Horse & Pony Clinic Reminders before attending a clinic.
      • For those attending 4-H Horse and Pony Education Clinics at the Alliant Energy Center, please note that you should enter through the Main Gate off of Rimrock Road and park vehicles and trailers in the South Lot 2 or Southeast parking lot map. This is a change from years past.
  • Private lessons, farrier appointments, and vet appointments do not count toward the educational requirement.

More education links are available on the Dane County 4-H Horse & Pony Education Committee Facebook group.




Clinics at the Alliant Energy Center

Hunt Showmanship Clinic
Hunt Showmanship Clinic
Registration Coming Soon
Morning at
Alliant Energy Center, Pavilion #1
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
Madison, WI 53713
Hunt Pleasure and Equitation Clinic
Hunt Pleasure and Equitation Clinic
Registration Coming Soon
Afternoon at
Alliant Energy Center, Pavilion #1
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
Madison, WI 53713
Fun with Obstacles Clinic
Fun with Obstacles Clinic
Registration Coming Soon
Morning at
Alliant Energy Center, Pavilion #1
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
Madison, WI 53713
Trail Clinic
Trail Clinic
Registration Coming Soon
All Day at
Alliant Energy Center, Pavilion #1
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
Madison, WI 53713
Western Showmanship Clinic
Western Showmanship Clinic
Registration Coming Soon
Morning at
Alliant Energy Center, Pavilion #1
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
Madison, WI 53713
Western Pleasure & Horsemanship Clinic
Western Pleasure & Horsemanship Clinic
Registration Coming Soon
Afternoon at
Alliant Energy Center, Pavilion #1
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
Madison, WI 53713




Safety Clinic ONLINE

2023 Horse and Pony Safety Clinic ONLINE
2023 Horse and Pony Safety Clinic ONLINE
If you missed the in-person Safety Clinic, this is an online alternative. In order to show at the Dane County Fair (grades 3-13) with a live horse, youth must attend the in-person clinic OR the online clinic if new to this project.

Safety Clinic at 4-H Office

2023 Horse and Pony Safety Clinic In-Person
2023 Horse and Pony Safety Clinic In-Person
Mar 04, 2023 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Registration is Closed
Dane County 4-H Horse & Pony Safety Clinic (humans only, no animals)
Dane Co 4-H/Extension Office, 5201 Fen Oak Dr, Madison

In order to show at the Dane County Fair (grades 3-13) with a live horse, youth must attend this clinic if new to this project

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