Horse & Pony

Welcome to our Barry County 4-H Horse & Pony page. Our 4-H Horse program is managed by our 4-H Horse Developmental Committee which is comprised of 4-H adult and teen volunteers. Under the guidance of 4-H staff, our volunteers create project guidelines, rules and manage our 4-H Horse events.

Events include sponsoring shows for our 4-H members. These are considered 4-H Point Shows as members earn points towards State 4-H Horse Show participation and year end high point awards. Individual clubs and our 4-H Horse Developmental Committee also sponsor horse shows that the public can attend. These events help 4-H members not only build their horsemanship, public speaking and animal science skills they also learn event management and record keeping as they assist in running the shows

We also have a club that is centered around trail riding. No you don’t have to have a horse to be in a 4-H horse club! You can join a 4-H horse club just to learn about horses.

Pre-registration Forms 

Youth Club Pre-registration Form Ages 5-18 Due March 1

Fair Horse Pre-registration Form Ages 9-18  Due April 30

Fair Horse Pre-registration Form Ages 5-8 Due April 30

Guidelines and Information

Below you will find information on policies and requirements for our 4-H horse project.

2024 Horse Packet - This includes important show bills, class sheets and rules for all ages. 

Community Service – our 4-H members can earn extra points towards the State 4-H Horse Show qualification by completing a community service project. Here is the link to the 4-H Horse Member Community Service Form .

Workbooks, Notebooks and Educational Projects

Part of the requirements for our Barry County 4-H Horse and Pony project are notebooks, workbooks and educational displays. 4-H members are required to complete a section of the notebook guidelines or complete an educational project each year. The horse/pony record book/workbook is required to be completed by every member each year in addition to their notebook or educational project. This is where 4-H members can show off their knowledge of the horse project! Links to guidelines, workbooks, score sheets and Young Clover workbooks (ages 5 – 8) can be found below.

Barry County Horse Shows and Events  

Here you will find the latest information on upcoming horse shows and events sponsored by 4-H Clubs and the Barry County 4-H Horse Developmental Committee.

4-H Point Shows are for Barry County 4-H members only. Dates are tentative at this point.  The links below will take you to a separate show bill for ring 1, ring 2 and ring 3 along with sign up sheets.


Fair Schedule

Here is the link for Sign In Instructions for both the shows and fair.

Upcoming State Events

State 4-H Trail Ride information to come

State 4-H Horse Show

MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI 

Project Snap Shot