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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 2023-2024 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, 2024.
  • NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED
  • Contact the Fair Office at info@danecountyfair.com to receive approval for educational opportunities not listed.
    • 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.
  • 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) Fair years. Please contact the Fair office at info@danecountyfair.com by June 15 to request the exemption in order to verify Fair involvement.
  • All horses that will be exhibited at the Dane County Fair must be declared by May 1. (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) Fair years. Please contact the Fair office at info@danecountyfair.com by June 15 to request the exemption in order to verify Fair involvement.
  • 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, 2024 at 11:59 PM by using the Education Requirement Upload Portal.
  • 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 and at least one session of education at an approved 4-H Horse and Pony in-person clinic 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.

  • 2024 4-H Horse & Pony Education Clinics are listed below. Contact the Clinic Coordinator on the registration form (links below) with any questions. These opportunities are free and available for all Horse & Pony Project Members - 4H and Other Youth Groups. 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. Contact the clinic coordinator listed on the registration form with any questions.
      • 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.




2024 Clinics

Dane Co 4-H Horse & Pony Q & A Zoom (Gr 3+)
Dane Co 4-H Horse & Pony Q & A Zoom (Gr 3+)
Apr 23, 2024 | 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
If you have any questions about the Horse & Pony Clinics offered by the Dane County Horse & Pony Education Committee, join us. No agenda. Does NOT count as education.
Hunt Showmanship Clinic
Hunt Showmanship Clinic
May 05, 2024 | 9:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Clinician: Megan Sacia
Location: Alliant Energy Center - Pavilion 1
Sessions:
9:00 – 10:00 AM Beginner Showmanship
10:15 – 11:15 AM Intermediate/Advance Showmanship
Huntseat Pleasure and Equitation Clinic
Huntseat Pleasure and Equitation Clinic
May 05, 2024 | 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Clinician: Megan Sacia
Location: Alliant Energy Center - Pavilion 1
Sessions:
12:00 – 1:30 PM Walk Trot Equitation and Pleasure
1:45 – 3:15 PM Beginner Equitation and Pleasure
3:30 – 5:00 PM Intermediate/Advanced Equitation and Pleasure
Western Pleasure & Horsemanship Clinic
Western Pleasure & Horsemanship Clinic
May 19, 2024 | 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Clinician: Sara Gronski
Location: Mandt Equestrian Center
Sessions:
8:00 – 9:30 AM Beginner Walk/Trot
10:00 – 11:30 AM Intermediate Walk/Trot
12:00 – 1:30 PM Intermediate Walk/Trot/Canter
2:00 – 3:30 PM Advanced Walk/Trot/Canter
Trail Clinic
Trail Clinic
June 08, 2024 | 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Clinician: Jessica Cole
Location: Alliant Energy Center
Sessions:
8:00 – 10:30 AM Trail in Hand
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Beginner/intermediate trail (under saddle)
12:30 – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 PM Intermediate/Advanced Trail (under saddle)
Trail Fun Day
Trail Fun Day
June 09, 2024 | 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Alliant Energy Center
Session Times:
8:00 – 9:30 AM
9:30 – 11:00 AM
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM


Safety Clinic at 4-H Office

2024 Horse and Pony Safety Clinic In-Person (humans only, no animals)
2024 Horse and Pony Safety Clinic In-Person (humans only, no animals)
Mar 03, 2024 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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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