Hippology State Contest

April 28, 2019


Animal Science Center - Map

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 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 April 1 in 4HOnline.


The Hippology contest will be in the University of Missouri Animal Science Center.

9:00 a.m.        Hippology Registration/Check-in for Jr. and Sr. Hippology Teams!

9:30 a.m.        Orientation and Questions

10:00 a.m.       Junior and senior hippology teams begin contest

Lunch is on your own.  Boone County 4-H is sponsoring a food stand.

Important Notice:

Individual entries are welcome and will be eligible to compete for the top individual award.  These individual entries will be grouped into a team in order to do the team problem.  This is for experience purposes only and they will not be eligible for the team award. Hippology is a “team event” and a team is defined as not more than 4, but not less than 3 members.