EquiSTEP for 4-H Horse members


New is 2023, EquiSTEP an equine safety, training, and education program becomes an annual requirement for all Ohio 4-H youth enrolled in a horse project. You have two options to complete the requirement for 2023.

  • Complete the online self-paced course by enrolling at http://cfaesosu.catalog.instructure.com/courses/equistep-2023 and completing the quiz at the end of the course.
  • Attend the face-to-face training on May 1st from 5:30-7 PM at the Extension Office meeting room 155 Main St. McConnelsville Room 325 Riecker Building and completing the online Quiz after the training online or complete it online at home.


NOTE: You need to have an individual email address for each youth completing the course. This is a requirement to take your project and participate PAS shows, state fair and the county fair as a 4-H Equine Exhibitor.

Horse Immunization Clinic Opportunity

Washington County 4-H Saddle Horse Committee Horse Immunization Clinic

Date: April 29, 2023

Time: 9:00am– 11:00am

Place: Washington County Fair Grounds 922 Front Street, Marietta Ohio

Link for additional information on how to register and prices.

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REMINDER of immunization rule change for 2023:  5-Way plus rhino shot is required to be given by a veterinarian and member should have a veterinary certificate with the horse’s name. Shot is to be given January 1, 2023 to August 1, 2023. Contact Senior Fair Board with questions.

Updates for 2023 4-H Projects

Change in Vaccination requirements for 2023 Morgan County Junior Fair: 5-Way plus rhino shot is required to be given by a veterinarian and member should have a veterinary certificate with the horse’s name. Shot is to be given January 1, 2023 to August 1, 2023. Contact Senior Fair Board with questions.


EquiSTEP is an annual requirement for all Ohio 4-H enrolled in a horse project starting in 2023. It is an equine safety, training, and education program. It can be completed by attending the county training May 1 from 5:30-7 PM or by completing an online self-paced course.



Here are the correct show and crowning start times for Morgan County Fair 2022. (please disregard the last page of the schedule for shows on Tuesdays the fair book)

There has been some miscommunication so for clarification these are the CORRECT times.

Tuesday, September 6th

9:30am Junior Dairy Goat Show

9:30 am Junior Rabbit Show

4:30pm Royalty Crowning

6pm Junior Fair Sheep Show

Wednesday, September 7th

9 am Junior Fair Horse Show

10 am Junior Fair Meat Goat Show

7 pm Junior Fair Swine Show

Thursday, September 8th

9 am Junior Fair Beef Showmanship, followed by Junior Fair Beef Breeding Show

9:30 am Junior Fair Poultry Show

5 pm Junior Fair Market Beef Show (feeder calves, dairy beef feeders, market beef)

Friday, September 9th

10 am Junior Fair Dairy Show

6 pm All Around Showman Contest

Saturday, September 10th

9:30am Parade

11 am Sale

Do not forget to complete your DUNF Forms, due Tuesday the 6th! Another post talked more in depth about this.

We wish everyone luck at the Morgan County Fair!


Junior Fair Equine Exhibitor Reminders

ITEMS to Remember

  • Your completed paperwork is due to your 4-H Club Advisory by May 20th so it can be turned into the office by the June 1st deadline.
  • If you plan on trying out for the State Fair a Coggins test must be turned in with your paperwork. It is required that you have one by June 1st to exhibit at the State Fair.
  • All first year equine exhibitors need to watch two safety videos and complete 4-H 191 R, Horses, Safety, and You.


Updates for Equine Projects

4-H members taking an equine project were mailed their annual letter with the 2022 4-H Saddle Horse & Pony Program Rules and Horse ID forms. 4-H members need to get their Horse ID forms and photos to their 4-H Advisor by May 20th so 4-H Advisors can turn them into the OSU Morgan County Extension Office by June 1st.

We are excited to welcome back to the county a PAS show for the first time in over 15 years. A special thank you to the Morgan County Agricultural Society (Senior Fair Board) for helping to make this happen.

Here is the link to the Show bill: https://morgan.osu.edu/sites/morgan/files/imce/PAS%20Horse%20Show%20Bill%202022.pdf

VIRTUAL State 4-H Horse Advisor/Volunteer Training Session

This year’s State 4-H Horse Advisor/Volunteer Training will be held virtually via OSU Scarlet. Modules of content to explore will be open from 9:00 am Thursday, January 28th through 9:00 pm Sunday, January 31st. There will also be an optional Q&A Zoom meeting Saturday, January 30th from 10-12 pm. We are excited to say that there are changes to the Uniform Rules for 4-H Horse Shows.  New scoring systems for pattern classes and the expansion of our ranch horse division to now include a separate showmanship and horsemanship class.

Registration is required, although there is no cost to participate. Information can be found online at https://ohio4h.org/events/virtual-state-4-h-horse-advisorvolunteer-training-session including an event schedule.

If you have any questions, please email cole.436@osu.edu or stutzman.34@osu.edu