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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 2021/2022 project year.


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.,Clover.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, 2022 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 4Hinfo@countyofdane.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 4Hinfo@countyofdane.com or 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.

  • 2022 4-H Horse & Pony Education Clinics are open for registration. These opportunities are free and available for all Horse & Pony Project Members, not just those who are interested in showing at the Dane County Fair. 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.
      • 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. A parking pass is also attached as parking is free for the clinics.
  • 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.





Online Clinic

2022 Horse and Pony Online Safety Clinic
2022 Horse and Pony Online Safety Clinic
This is an requirement if youth missed an in-person training. Youth should review the six reference resources listed in link above. After reviewing the information, youth should complete the Safety Clinic Quiz (link in Safety Clinic resource document).




Clinics at the Alliant Energy Center

Trail Fun Day
Trail Fun Day
May 14, 2022 | 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Registration Closed
Alliant Energy Center - Pavilion 1
Line-Driving & Cart Clinics
Line-Driving & Cart Clinics
May 21, 2022 | 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Saddle Seat Clinic
Saddle Seat Clinic
May 21, 2022 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Western Showmanship Clinic
Western Showmanship Clinic
May 22, 2022 | 9:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Western Pleasure & Horsemanship Clinic
Western Pleasure & Horsemanship Clinic
May 22, 2022 | 12:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Hunt Showmanship Clinic
Hunt Showmanship Clinic
June 04, 2022 | 9:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Hunt Pleasure and Equitation Clinic
Hunt Pleasure and Equitation Clinic
June 04, 2022 | 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Fun with Obstacles Clinic
Fun with Obstacles Clinic
June 11, 2022 | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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