Rules and Resources

Resources for Training a Hippology Team

There are four phases to the Hippology contest. Each phase is worth 100 points. The first three phases are completed individually with each individual's points added for the team points.

  1. Test phase: Questions may be multiple-choice or true false. Study the same resources as the horse bowl contest. Contestants may be required to look at slides and/or objects and identify certain facts (for example: color of the horse, blemishes, markings).
  2. Judging Phase: see resources for horse judging. Usually judge one halter and one performance class. No oral reasons.
  3. Stations: There may be 5-10 stations for a total of 100 points. Each station requires the contestant to look at a group of objects and be able to identify what it is and may be required to tell its purpose. There are hundreds of different subjects for stations. Some examples might be: (identify the parts of the hoof, identify different feeds, identify the parts of the male or female reproductive tract, identify grooming tools etc.).
  4. Problem Solving: The team works on this together. Each team will be given a problem to solve.  They are given the problem to read and 5-10 minutes to work together to prepare a solution. They present their solution to a judge. The judge evaluates the knowledge they have used to solve the problem, their work as a team (each person should present part of the solution), and their poise and speaking skills. The judge may ask questions to clarify or test the knowledge of the team. See judges score sheet below.




Please note the following clarification on sources for the State Hippology contest:


  • Horses and Horsemanship
  • Horse Science
  • CHA Manual
  • American Youth Horse Council Youth Leaders Manual (notebook) Horse Industry Handbook



  • All of the above and:
  • Horse Anatomy by Kainer and McCracken
  • The Horse by Evans


The information from all of these sources is available in question form on the Horse Bowl CD. The CD will work in preparation for the test and station portion of the contest.  However, the stations portion of the contest will be in video format and the CD may not be adequate as a stand alone study guide.