The Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup provides a place for youth to compete nationally while encouraging teamwork and self-confidence, and while focusing on the 4-H Mission Mandates: Science, Engineering, Technology, Mathematics, Healthy Living and Citizenship. Each participating youth participates in one contest. Individual and team excellence is rewarded at a breakfast award ceremony, building personal pride and reinforcing the benefits of setting goals. Leadership is developed at these events by encouraging decision-making and teamwork skills, critical thinking, and independence. Healthy Living is demonstrated at the dance and through the lifestyle that is shown through each contest. Entertainment provides service learning and community-based learning opportunities, focusing on the importance of each youth's citizenship within his or her team, community, and nation. Participation in the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup is open to 4-H member delegates, volunteer leaders and Extension/FFA professionals approved by their respective state offices. Educational programs of Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin. Disabilities accommodated with prior notification.
About Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup
The 4-H horse program has an enrollment of over 260,000 – the largest of the animal-oriented projects and one of the most popular projects with great appeal to both boys and girls. Beginning in 1968 as the Northeast Regional 4-H Horse Judging Contest, held at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the activities were expanded in 1972 to include a 4-H Horse Bowl Contest. The event was officially approved as the National 4-H Horse Roundup in 1978. Three new contests – 4-H Horse Public Speaking, 4-H Horse Demonstration-Individual, and 4-H Horse Demonstration – Team – were added in 1982.
Read how former Vermont contestants are seeing their children continue to showcase their equine knowledge at Roundup.
Thank You 2021 Sponsors!
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Sponsors and partners of the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup Contest have provided funding, goods, or services in support of 4-H. Acceptance of these sponsorships/donations does not imply endorsement by 4-H of any firm, product, or service.