Horse Project


La Crosse County 4-H Horse Project Bylaws (Last Update April 2019)

Horse Project Handbook Updated 03.12.19

2018-19 Calendar Updated 05.20.19 – subject to updates throughout the year – check back often!

Horse Project Registration Form – complete one form for each horse that you may exhibit at the fair and submit to the UW-Extension office by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019! No registration=No exhibition!

Keep checking back to this site for more information and as always, pay attention to the monthly Cloverline newsletter.

 County Fair Requirements


Each member must participate in an educational event or clinic with their horse at least one week before Fair (Drill team members are exempt from this requirement due to weekly practices). The Project will provide various opportunities throughout the year, and information on these events will be announced in the Cloverline, at meetings and on this site. Most clinics are free and are an opportunity for members and horse(s) to learn new skills, gain confidence, and “polish up”. It is strongly encouraged that members attend Horse Camp in May as their clinic/educational event.

To get credit for attending a clinic/educational event, members must fill out the Horse Educational Clinic, Training or Workshop Form. This form must be turned in to the UW-Extension office one week prior to Fair and within 30 days of attending your event.

Remember to bring a copy of your Coggins test to any event!

Safety Testing

It is a requirement that all 4-H Members that will be exhibiting a horse (their own or managerial) pass Safety Certification Level 1 and/or Level 2 with each horse they plan to exhibit. All Safety Testing will be done at the La Crosse Interstate Fairgrounds with an approved Safety Testing Leader. Please see the Handbook for a current list of approved Safety Testing Leaders and their contact information.


Volunteering is an essential part of the 4-H experience!  All project members, leaders, parents and families are encouraged to get involved within the Horse project.

 horseEvents & Activities

Horse Project Clinics

When: Thursday, June 13th and/or Tuesday, June 25th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: La Crosse Interstate Fairgrounds, N4985 Co Rd M, West Salem, WI 54669
Cost: Free

This is a time to get in your educational session for Fair showing requirements and also to get out into the ring before Fair starts in July. Please contact Nancy at or 608-780-6248 with any questions.

Champ Show

When: Saturday, August 31st, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.
Where: La Crosse Interstate Fairgrounds, N4985 Co Rd M, West Salem, WI 54669

The La Crosse County 4-H Horse Project is proud to sponsor and welcome you to the 4-H Champ Show! This show is open state-wide to 4-H horse project members who have received a 1st or a 2nd in qualifying classes at their county fair. The purpose of the 4-H Champ Show is to provide opportunities for horse project members to grow in their project. The goals of this show are to provide a positive atmosphere of learning and camaraderie; build members’ self-confidence; allow members to demonstrate their skills; while focusing on safety and good sportsmanship. NOTE: ENTRIES MUST BE POST MARKED WITHIN 7 DAYS OF THE QUALIFYING SHOW. If your fair is after the deadline date, please give us a call. We want you to join us!

Champ Show Information & Registration Packet

State Horse Expo & Gymkhana

The State 4-H Horse Gymkhana is set for Saturday, September 7th-Sunday, September 8th, 2019 at 7:00 a.m. and the State Horse Expo is set for the following weekend on Friday, September 13th-Sunday, September 15th, 2019. Both events will take place at Wisconsin State Fair Park, located at 640 S 84th St., West Allis, WI 53214. Visit for more information.

Horses for Clean Water Clinic

When: Tuesday, July 2nd from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: La Crosse County Admin Center, 212 6th St N Room 0430, La Crosse, WI 54601
Cost: $30 per person

Alayne Blickle from Horses for Clean Water is coming to educate local horse owners on the best techniques in the horse keeping industry! Horses for Clean Water is a program developed by horse owners for horse owners whose mission is to help owners manage their land in the best way possible for horse health and the environment.

Alayne will be giving her Simple Solutions presentation, which will cover waays to put native plants to work on your farm including rain gardens, dust barriers, trail courses, visual screens, pollinator hedgerows, summer shade, and low-cost.low-care native landscaping. She will also discuss easy and fun ways wildlife can work for us, odor control, water conservation, and pasture management. For more information or to RSVP today, please contact the Extension La Crosse County office at 608-785-9593 or

Horse Bowl

Do you want to learn more about horses and make friends in the La Crosse County 4-H Horse Project? We invite you to consider joining the 4-H Horse Bowl Team. Horse Bowl is an educational activity in which four-person teams compete head-to-head, with the first person to ring in given the opportunity to answer a horse-related question. Think Jeopardy! but all the questions are horse-related. Topics include horse anatomy, breed characteristics and history, equipment, training, nutrition, disease prevention and treatment, etc. Membership is open to any youth in grades 3 -13 enrolled in the La Crosse County 4-H Horse Project. To join, contact Lise Graham at

Horse Camp 

Sponsored by the La Crosse County 4-H Horse Project, this FREE and FUN event helps La Crosse County 4-H youth learn new or refresh skills. This experience provides hands on education and it helps youth meet the requirements for showing at the Fair. It is also an opportunity for youth to get safety certified in Safety I (ground only) or Safety II (ground & riding), which is a requirement for exhibiting.

When: Saturday, May 11th, 2019 from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Where: La Crosse Interstate Fairgrounds, N4985 Co Rd M, West Salem, WI 54669

Registration is due to the Extension La Crosse County office by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2nd. Since no payment is needed, scanned and emailed or faxed copies are acceptable as long as they are legible.

Horse Camp Introduction Letter

2019 Horse Camp Registration Form

Horseless Horse or Horse?

According to the Wisconsin 4-H Horse Guidelines, a Horseless horse project is one in which the 4-H member has no one on one contact with a horse. They do not own, their family does not own or lease (managerial contract) a horse. They work with a currently enrolled horse project member or leader to learn about the horse (including grooming, clean up, tack, riding, etc).  Horseless Horse members may only show in Horseless Horse classes.  A horseless horse project member can only show the horse that they were working with; this horse can also be shown by the horse project member in horse classes.  There cannot be two horseless horse members showing the same horse.  Further clarification can be found on the Wisconsin 4-H Horse Association website.


Horse Association

Due Friday, March 1st, 2019 via mail. The Wisconsin 4-H Horse Association will award up to 6 scholarships to high school seniors or 1st year post-secondary students who have participated in the 4-H Horse & Pony Project for at least 4 consecutive years. Applicants must be pursuing higher education of any major. For details, eligibility and application, click here.