4-H'ers who earned blue and purple ribbons at one of Nebraska's six district 4-H horse shows are qualified to compete in their specific events. Members enrolled in the 4-H horse project may enter the showmanship and halter competitions as well as the advanced classes at the state horse show.
The exposition begins July 14 with horse check-in from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The hippology competition check-in starts 5:30 p.m. and the oral presentation and written exam start at 6 p.m.
July 15 starts with the halter competitions and showmanship trials at 7:30 a.m. and is followed by the showmanship finals at 5:30 p.m. The judging phase of the hippology contest is at 1 p.m., along with the horse judging contest. The results of these contests are announced at 6:30 p.m. in the Thompson Arena. Check-in for the next day's (July 16) events goes from noon until 7 p.m. The trail horse competition starts at 7 p.m. and ends the day's events.
July 16 begins with hunter under saddle and hunt seat finals at 7:30 a.m. Western horsemanship trials begin at 8 a.m., followed by the hunter hack trials at 9:30 a.m. The 3-year-old western pleasure finals start at 10 a.m. Finals for western pleasure ponies and trials for western pleasure horses begin at 10:30 a.m. The 2-year-old western pleasure trials begin at 4 p.m. Finals for the hunter hack and western pleasure start at 6:30 p.m. The scholarship winners are announced after the western pleasure horse trials. The day ends with the Mane Event pizza party in the cafeteria at 4p.m. A 4-H exhibitor party will be in the grandstand from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
July 17 begins with the western riding competition at 7:30 a.m., immediately followed by advanced western horsemanship at 8 a.m. Also at 8 a.m. is the pole bending trials and barrel racing trials, immediately followed by their respective finals. The advanced western pleasure, advanced English pleasure and advanced English equitation competitions follow at 9:30, 10:30 and 11 a.m. At 1 p.m. is the dressage competition. The reining trials begin at 2:00 p.m., immediately followed by the finals. Those participating in July 18 events may check in between noon and 7 p.m. on July 17.
July 18 begins at 7:30 a.m. with the working ranch horse competition. The break-a-way calf roping, calf roping and dally roping competitions begin at 8 a.m. with the finals immediately following the preliminaries for each class.
For more information about the 2013 Fonner State Park State 4-H Horse Exposition, visit the website at http://animalscience.unl.edu/