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Jeffco 4-H Horse Project

2019 Jeffco Fair & Festival Information

There is a lot of information available for the 2019 Jeffco Fair and Festival.  The 2019 Fairbook is available!  Please also check out our Prepare for Fair! which is a new site full of information to help get you ready for Fair.  Lastly, you need to have your Fair Entry done by July 12.  You can also access it through the Jeffco Fair & Festival webpage:  https://www.celebratejeffco.com/p/getinvolved/4h_ffa.

Fair Entry instructions for the fair and the county fair horse show are below in this email.  Our amazing horse show superintendents also created a show bill for the county that is attached as well as the pattern book that we may be using for fair.  Please refer back to these as well as the fair book when using fair entry.   There is always confusion on what classes you should enter.  You can look over the show bill and mark in the box next to each class you plan to compete in.  Then when you complete the fair entry, you can look for those classes.   NOTE: Fair entry will show you all classes and levels but you can only enter in classes that are for your current level.  The exception to this is listed in the beginner section below.  You have until July 7th to level up in order to ride at the higher level at county and state fair.  Of course you may level up at anytime, but after July 7th, it won’t count for the county fair or state fair horse shows and you will ride at the level you were listed at in our office on July 7th.

YOU MUST bring a current health certificate with you to the Jefferson County Fair and Festival that is no older than 5 days.   If you are interested, the Pleasant Park 4-H Gymkhana on 8/4 will be offering free health certificate to anyone that attends their show that day.  More details will be sent out prior to the show and pre-registration will be required.  You may also obtain your health certificate on your own with your own veterinarian.

Record Books in Fair Entry: 

  1.  All 4-H members are required to choose department “1 Record Books Required” when they first sign up.
  2. Members must choose the project area (horse, dog, etc.) next and then choose to do one of the following:
    1. Complete:  Turn in completed record books to Jude no later than September 1 in order to have completed the project for the year.
    2. Compete:  Participate in judging interview day on August 6th.  This is required if you plan to participate in the County Fair Horse Show on August 8th. 
    3. Incomplete: Not complete the project for the 4-H calendar year.
  3. This is required for each project that the member is enrolled in for the 4-H year.  (For instance, if you are doing dog, horse and swine, you will sign up for record books 3 times.)  Please contact our office with questions on this.

Penny Crosby Nominations:

Prior to your horse entries being completed, you must nominate someone for the Penny Crosby award.  Your entries in horse will be listed as incomplete until this is done.   Please nominate the person you feel is best for this award.

Below is specific information by level for you to go by when completing your entries.  Please contact Lisa Stavig or Jude Terrill in the Extension office with any questions while you are registering.

Beginner Level

  • If you are a Beginner (not yet level 1), you MUST have a horse safety test on file by July 7th to compete at the Fair and you can only show in the Beginner-Walk Trot or Novice-Walk, Trot Canter Classes and you are required to enter in showmanship.
  • You cannot compete in gymkhana.
  • Your points will not count towards year end high point.
  • NOTE: As stated in the 2019 Jeffco Fair and Festival 4-H Fairbook, members may show as a beginner or novice for only one year.  If you participated as a beginner at the County Fair Horse Show last year, you will be required to ride up to Level 1 in your age group.  (Please reference page 33 in the fairbook for questions.)

Level 1

  • If you are a level 1, you can compete in all classes marked level I.
  • You must compete in showmanship for your points to count towards show and year end high point.
  • Showmanship is by age and not by level.
  • You CAN compete in gymkhana.
  • You MUST do showmanship on 8/8 for your gymkhana points to count toward show and year end high point.
  • Your equitation/horsemanship classes will be rail classes.
  • You cannot compete in ShowHack, Hunter Hack or Reining.

Level 2

  • If you are level 2, you can compete in all classes marked level II.
  • You must compete in showmanship for your points to count towards show and year end high point.
  • Showmanship is by age and not by level.
  • You CAN compete in gymkhana.
  • You MUST do showmanship on 8/8 for your gymkhana points to count toward show and year end high point.
  • All classes except ShowHack will be patterns.
  • You cannot compete in Hunter Hack (Jumping).

Level 3 & 4

  • If you are level 3 or 4, you can compete in all classes marked level III & IV.  These classes are combined and all ages.
  • You must compete in showmanship for your points to count towards show and year end high point.
  • Showmanship is by age and not by level.
  • You CAN compete in gymkhana.
  • You MUST do showmanship on 8/8 for your gymkhana points to count toward show and year end high point.
  • All classes except ShowHack will be patterns.

If you plan to level up for fair, it MUST be by July 7th.  Make sure you pass your written test at the Extension Office and then you may contact a level rater.  This site has study guides and the approved level rater list.   Level 1- the rater can be a leader in your club. Level 2- the rater can be in your county but not in your club.  Level 3 and above- the rater must be from out of county.    If you have questions on the leveling program, please ask your club leader or contact our office for assistance.

http://co4h.colostate.edu/program-areas/horse-resources/levels-testing/

Sign Up Genuis for Interview Judging Day (August 6th, 2019):

If you chose to COMPETE when you entered the record book division, the final step in entering the Jeffco Fair & Festival is choosing a time slot for your judging interview on August 6th.  This is not on the Fair Entry website.  It is a separate link that will be emailed out to all 4-H members.   You are asked to pick one 15 minute time slot.  Make sure that you choose the horse judge and that the time will work with your schedule.  On August 6th, all participating 4-H members will receive a credential that allows them free access to the fair for the duration of the event.  They must be wearing the credential or they will be charged the entrance fee.

For further help or to get questions answered, please call the Extension Office at 303 271-6620.

Record Books

4-H Record Books are also called e-Records. They can be downloaded from the State 4-H Website. Each project has its own record book that members are required to complete each year. The links to e-Records in the specific project areas are below. Record books are turned in at Interview Judging before the Jeffco Fair & Festival. In June, you will need to schedule an interview for each of your project areas and bring your record book with you to Interview Judging the week of the Jeffco Fair & Festival.

Jeffco 4-H Horse Council

Horse Judging Team

Flyer with information and schedule

2019 Horse Show Schedule AND Showbills (When Available)

2019 Show Schedule Document (Subject to Change)

  • Contact the Extension Office for information at 303-271-6620.

2019 Rules and Guidelines for Show Season High-Point

Other Events

  • Stan Sours Versatility Award.  This award is given in honor of Stan Sours who touched and influenced so many lives through his horsemanship and love of people. Stan Sours
    symbolized VERSATILITY.