Hippology State Contest

April 9, 2017


Animal Science Center

University of Missouri, Columbia, MO


Hippology is an activity that can enhance learning for 4-H members by letting them exhibit their knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry in a competitive setting. The term "Hippology" comes from the Greek "hippo", meaning horse, and "ology", meaning "the study of". The primary objective of the Hippology Contest is to provide an opportunity for youth enrolled in a 4-H Horsemanship and Horseless Horse projects to demonstrate their depth and breadth of their horse knowledge in competitive setting where attitudes of friendship and fairness prevail. The Hippology contest has four (4) phases: examination phase, station phase, judging phase and team problems.

There will be no limit on the number of teams sent, but counties are responsible for pre-assignment of contestants to teams with 3 minimum or 4 maximum youth. Hippology is a team event; however, individuals may participate in the test, judging and station sections of the contest. Individual participants are not eligible for team awards. They will be considered for the high point individual belt buckle award. Please clarify on the form those on the team and those registering as individuals.

A team is composed of three (3) or four (4) members. The team may be a county, multi-county, or a regional team. There is not a national contest available for junior teams.



This contest is open to all 4-Hers, but is limited to the first 180.  Registration is open through March 15 in 4HOnline.