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Interested in learning more about the 4-H Horse Project?
More Info Here!

If you are enrolling in ANY livestock or horse project this 4-H year you MUST have an animal care form on file for each species. These need to be in the office by your species enrollment deadline. For example, if you are taking a horse project you will need to have your form in by May 1st.

Important Documents

New Horse Member Night

Thursday February 6th at 6:30-8:00pm in Kirk Hall on the DC Fairgrounds

Meeting for all 4-H Youth (and families) who are participating in the Horse Project for the first time!  Extremely important to attend in order to set yourselves up correctly for the upcoming year!

*If you missed this meeting, contact the extension office to get everything you might have missed!*

Interested in Horse Juding?

Join Lindsay Griffith on February 27th at 6pm in the Extension Office Basement Conference Room for an interest meeting!

Riding Levels

Level Testing Opportunities

Every rider begins 4-H unrated, and can level up throughout the year. But you must be at least level 1 to ride and participate at Fair! So, schedule testing early. The test is two parts, a written and riding part, and the rider must test and pass in every discipline they plan to show in.

Unrated members can come to most rides, workouts, and fun shows, though some workouts/clinics may require passing the Riding Safety Test to participate.

Written Tests

Written tests are the same for all disciplines and progress from level 1 to level 4.
With the exception of the level 1 written exam which has two sections of tack I.D. (English and Western). Members must take both tack I.D. sections of the test.

All Written levels exams must be taken at the Douglas County Extension office, or at County organized Study/Exam nights.

Written tests must be taken before riding tests can be taken.

Riding Tests

Level 1 riding test must be schedule with county-approved leaders through the Extension Office, while Level 2 and above riding test must be scheduled with State approved Level raters. You can contact a rater by looking them up on the state list.  When in doubt, contact the extesion office.

Jumping Competency Test

The horse committee has added this competency test that will allow members to jump even if they haven’t passed Level 3 on their advancement tests. This will be a simple test that will prove you are capable of safely clearing fences.

If you pass this test, you will be allowed to jump fences in the Hunter Hack class at the County Fair no matter what level you are. (You must still pass Level 1 to show at the County Fair).

You can take this test from any level rater that is certified to test Hunter Hack Levels 3 and above. Or, a Douglas County horse leader who has been certified to give this test can administer it.

We will be offering opportunities to pass at certain Wednesday night rides and the Monday of Horse Camp during level testing. The competency test MUST be on file with the Extension office by the level test deadline that will be published in this newsletter for you to jump at County Fair.

Jumping Competency Certified Raters
Please Contact the Extension Office

  • Jumping Competency Test Form *Coming Soon*


Written Levels Study & Test Night

Thursday February 20th in Multi-Purpose Barn (South Side) on DC Fairgrounds

  • Study Session ~ 5:30-7:30
  • Testing ~ 7:30-8:00

Level I Riding Test Night

Monday May 4th in the outdoor at the Douglas County Fairgrounds from 5-8:30pm

  • RSVP *Coming Soon*

Note – Other levels have the potential to be tested, but those interested must RSVP with their requests

2020 Douglas County Horse Camp

Week of June 7th

TENTATIVE Scheudle – *More Information Coming Soon!*

  • Monday June 7th  – TBA
  • Tuesday June 8th-Thursday June 10th – Camp
  • Friday June 11th – Levels Testing (?)
  • Saturday June 12th – Dougles Count 4-H Buckle Series Show
  • Sunday June 14th – Working Ranch Horse Clinic

Working Ranch Horse Clinic

TENTATIVLY set for Sunday June 14 at the DC Fairgrounds

*More Information Coming Soon!

  • Registration Information *Coming Soon*
  • WRH-Flyer-2020 *Coming Soon*

Other Educational Opportunities in our Community

Note – Not necessarily 4-H related or in Douglas County, but great learning opportunities

  • Pony Club Horse Management & Quiz Bowl Weekend
    • February 29th – March 1st
    • Registration Closes February 15th
    • Held at the Kiana Creek Ranch in Sedalia
    • There will be guest speakers, presentations, demonstrations, and interactive learning stations all about horse management and safety. Topics for example – Lyme Disease, Poisonous Plants, Veterinary, Farrier, conservation, tack cleaning, types of feed/hay, trailer safety, how to wrap legs/bandaging, confirmation, stall cards, etc.
    • Register Here
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  • Boulder County 4-H Hunter Jumper Clinic & Open Show
  • Showmanship Clinic
    • March 7th from 9-1pm
    • Held at Kiana Creek Equestrian Center in Sedalia CO
    • Full or Half Day Options – Lots to learn from the basic of showmansip to perfecting showmanship patterns and presentation!
    • Clinic Information Here
  • Pueblo County 4-H Regional’s Horse Clinic
    • April 4th & 5th
    • April 4th – Ranch & Cattle Clinics
    • April5th – Trail, English, & Western Clinics
    • Clinic Information Here

Horse Shows

Buckle Series

The Douglas County 4-H Open Horse Show Buckle Series is a welcoming, educational, and FUN environment where both 4-H youth and community members alike gain experience working with and showing their horses!

The 2020 Series will offer five shows with overall highpoint awards given out upon completion of the series!

THANK YOU to sponsors: The DC Horse Steering Committee

All proceeds directly benefit the Douglas County 4-H Horse Program

2020 Show Dates:
January 25th
February 23rd
April 26th
May 31st
June 13th

Douglas County Buckle Series Horse Show

* Please see the Buckle Series website for more information such as Show Bill, Prize List, Entry Form, and Release of Liability!

Buckle Series Hoodies & Hats!

Can be purchased at all Buckle Series Shows or by contacting the extension office

Horse Show Organizational Guide

Have you been thinking about holding a show, but you just don’t know what all goes in to it and how to get it all done? Well, here’s the guide for you with great advice, time lines, checklists and sample show bills and tabulation sheets. So, read all about it and give it a try!

  • Horse Show Organizational Guide*Coming Soon*

Douglas County Fair

*More Information Coming Soon*

Open Riding

4-H Open Ride Nights

Sponsored by the Douglas County Horse Steering Committee

With the idea to give our Douglas County 4-H Horse project members more experience and educational opportunties the Douglas County Horse Steering Committee is sposoring a series of open ride nights this spring.  Each night will have a theme/topic of what the instruction will be on.  We ask that everyone RSVP to the event and also to provide feedback before and after!  We want these to be educational, safe, and fun learning environments for all so please help us do so!

Please note – These are nights dedicated to the education of the 4-H members, parents should be present, but please do not expect to ride.  To give the 4-H kids the best atmosphere to learn and for safety, we ask that only active 4-H members in good standing participate in these ride nights.

  • March 2nd 2020 from 6-9pm – Riding Levels Practice
  • March 30th from 6-9pm – Gymkhana Drills
  • April 20th from 6-9pm – Pattern Practice
  • May 18th from 6-9pm – Trail & Ranch Practice

Public Open Riding

Public open riding schedule is published at—click on the EVENT CALENDAR. Call first before you drive to the Fairgrounds as the open riding schedule is subject to change 720-733-6900.  Douglas County reserves the right to cancel open riding at any time without notice.

Open Riding Rules:
No stallions allowed.
Horses must be kept under control at all times.
No racing, roping, barrel racing, jumping, trick riding, etc allowed.
No Lunging in Indoor or Outdoor Arena. Lunging only allowed in warm-up arenas.
No lessons allowed.
A parent or guardian must accompany anyone under the age of 18 (riders and/or spectators).
All riders must check in, sign a waiver and pay fee prior to riding.
Riders ride at their own risk.
Parking in designated areas only.
Open riding in designated areas only.  Weather and schedule permitting,
Dogs are not allowed in the open riding area.
Stalls are NOT provided for open riding.
Riders are expected to clean up after horses.  Wheelbarrows and shovels are provided.
Do not tie horses to temporary panels.
Alcohol is not permitted.
Anyone not complying with these rules, will be asked to leave.
$5.00 per session per horse or rider:  Cash only / no change given