The conference provides judges with updates in riding styles, class scoring, breed differences in events, and techniques to be better communication.

Attend a weekend full of fun, educational, hands-on opportunity for equine enthusiasts! Learn about equine judging, horse bowl, equine massage and much more!

Horses & Ponies

Horse and riderLove horses but live in town?

When you own or care for a horse or pony, you experience pride and responsibility, and develop valuable social and physical skill. You can be involved in a 4-H horse project in lots of ways, and many activities don’t require horse ownership. You can participate in show, trail or endurance riding, study horse science, participate in quiz bowls, rodeos, judging teams and much more!

4-H Proud Equestrians Program (PEP)

Riders with disabilities and the volunteers who work with them can gain great satisfaction through this therapeutic horseback riding program. With the help of trained and caring volunteers, riders can improve balance, coordination, posture and muscle tone. Horseback riding also increases self-esteem, self-confidence, discipline and social growth. But more importantly, riding is fun!

For more information about horse programs for youth, visit the MSU Horse Youth Programs web page.


For more information on how to get involved as a youth or volunteer, contact your county MSU Extension office or:

Karen Waite, 4-H Equine Specialist
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Phone: 517-432-0383 or

Taylor Fabus, Instructor
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Phone: 517-353-1748

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