Hippology

Equine Science and Husbandry in a Competitive Setting

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". Participants will be able to demonstrate their experience and knowledge gained in horse judging, quiz bowl, speeches, and practical horse management.

Phases of the contest include a written exam, identification of items shown on slides, judging, ID stations including feedstuffs, and team problems. This contest is fairly new to Texas and to Johnson County and has become very competitive over the last 6 years. There is a state competition for senior and junior teams, and individuals, that is usually held in August at a location to be announced.

Teams of three or four members participate in horse evaluation, team problem, written exam, slide exam, and station phase. Many of the 4-H members have commented that this is one of the "most fun" horse contests that they participate in. The winning senior team goes on to compete in January in Denver at the National Western 4-H Horse Classic competition. 

You do not need to own a horse to be on the judging team, the horse bowl team or the hippology team.

THIS PROGRAM IS INACTIVE NOW AS WE NEED A LEADER- CALL AND VOLUNTEER

For more information please contact

  • Ed Bader
    817-447-1704

  • Nancy Hogg
    817-269-5574

Hippology

4-H Horse Programs

Horses and Horsemanship Education

The Johnson County 4-H Horse Program is designed for youth with an interest in horses and horse events. Youth will be provided with experience to help develop leadership, citizenship, self-esteem, social, and horsemanship skills. This program is for youth ages 8 years to 18, as of September 1st. The 4-H Horse Program includes programs for both those youth who own/have access to horses and those who do not, but still want to learn about the science of equine care and management.

4-H Horse Programs

Horses and Horsemanship Education

The Johnson County 4-H Horse Program is designed for youth with an interest in horses and horse events. Youth will be provided with experience to help develop leadership, citizenship, self-esteem, social, and horsemanship skills. This program is for youth ages 8 years to 18, as of September 1st. The 4-H Horse Program includes programs for both those youth who own/have access to horses and those who do not, but still want to learn about the science of equine care and management.

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The Johnson County 4-H Horse Project is Open to Clovers - Seniors

Take Part in the Many Activities in the Johnson County 4-H Horse Program