Equine Workshops

Aggiefest Horse Judging Workshop gives youth an opportunity to practice horse judging in a comfortable, learning environment. The workshop includes what to look for when judging performance classes and halter and how to develop effective and accurate reason presentations. English and western classes and an optional halter class are provided for youth to judge. Placings, cuts and critiques are discussed following each class with ample opportunity to address participant questions. Equine Reproductive Management Short Course is tailored for horse owners and breeders who want to learn effective and efficient breeding practices for running a successful breeding program. This three day course is designed to familiarize participants with breeding practices and management strategies with innovative and hands on learning. A online option is also available.
The State 4-H Horse Show has been the pinnacle of the 4-H horse project for 56 years. Every year it takes place the last full week of July and offers many opportunities to 4-H youth including up to 40 classes of competition, educational programs, scholarships, and college preparation opportunities. Over 350 youth and their families attend the show every year! You can learn more about competing at the State 4-H Horse Show by contacting your local county agent. For 45 consecutive years, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has trained instructors to teach the basic horsemanship skills to youth in various counties across Texas. The program has played a vital role in the improvement of riding abilities and general knowledge of the participants, advancing leadership and communication skills of the instructors, and developing a network of positive relationships throughout the state.
The Texas A&M University Horse Judging Camp is a three-day event in which youth will be instructed in judging performance and conformation classes along with giving oral reasons. Camp fees include housing, food, instruction, and evening fun. This program is designed to offer practical and beneficial management tips to owners and managers of the working ranch horse.  Participants will gain insight into topics such as Nutrition, disaster preparedness, health care, hoof and dental maintenance, and more from knowledgeable professionals.  Sessions will also be conducted in the arena to provide insight on training principles for starting, finishing and using the ranch horse prospect.

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