Since the early 1900’s 4-H youth have been exhibiting their projects, from food to livestock, at the local County Fairs. In the Pierce County’s 4-H Horse project we use the County Fair as a qualifier to determine our State Fair Teams. (Each County sends their top 4-H exhibitors to compete at the Washington State 4-H Fair held in Puyallup every September).
To qualify for our County Fair with the Horse Project the following criteria must be met:
- Youth must be enrolled in the horse project(s) by May 1st and be in good standing with a local Pierce County 4-H Club
- The Pierce County 4-H Club and youth must in in good standing with the County Extension and Pierce County 4-H Horse Department; to include but not limited to:
- Representation at all General Horse Department Meetings
- In good financial standings
- Have a Horse Certificate turned into the Superintendent by May 1st (Horse Certificates can be found under “Resources”)
- Complete at least three (3) approved Educational Activities by Fair entry deadline (See the GET QUALIFIED form more specifics)
- Must attend a Pierce County 4-H Qualifying Show and participate in a Showmanship class receiving at least a white ribbon, as well as at compete in at least one division class for each division (Gaming, Performance, Sport Horse, Harness) you wish to compete in at County Fair.
- Fair entries are be entered through FairEntry.com by July 20th!
State Fair Teams
In September the Washington State 4-H Fair takes place in Puyallup, WA. 4-H programs from all Washington State counties send their top youth to compete in a variety of competitions. For the Horse Project only Intermediate and Senior exhibitors can compete at State in the following horse/handler divisions: Performance, Gaming, Dressage, and Driving. Youth can also participate on Judging and Groomsquad teams.
To qualify for a (horse/handler) State Team youth must complete one additional Educational Activity by County Fair, so at total of (4) four.
Team members are first chosen per State Fair Guidelines; ribbon placings
(2015 Pierce County Leaders voted to use a ladder system placing those youth who qualified with a Medals Class to be ranked over those who qualified in regular classes)
- Blue Showmanship & Blue division riding/driving class
- Blue Showmanship & Red division riding/driving class
- Red Showmanship & Blue division riding/driving class
- Red Showmanship & Red division riding/driving class (White ribbons do not qualify youth for State Fair)
Ribbon placings are then ranked using points (as noted below) to create a list of team members and alternates, per State Fair allocations
- Highest showmanship "score" from a qualifying show
- Highest ribbon placings in (2) two different riding/driving classes from the qualifying shows
- Highest showmanship "score" from County Fair
- Highest ribbon placings in (2) two different riding/driving classes from County Fair
(See the Handbook for point allocations)