Horse Committee to host Wendy’s Fundraiser Night – Oct 12

The Washington County Saddle Horse Committee is hosting a fundraiser night at Wendy’s located at 105 Pike Street Marietta.  Everyone is invited to Get Together and invite your friends and family to join us on October 12, 2023 from 4pm- 8pm.  The saddle horse committee will earn 10% of the total restaurant sales during this time.  Let us serve you- committee members and youth will be on hand to help you in the dining room, and the Wendy’s Prize wheel will be on site with some cool prizes for participants.  Coloring pages for youth and learn about 4-H and the horse program at our Get Together event.

Horse Stalls Assigned

The horse stalls have been assigned for the Washington County Fair.  Members may decorate their stalls beginning Thursday.  Horses are moved in on Friday from 3pm to 7:30pm and will remain stalled until Tuesday at 4pm.  Please review the list for your stall assignments.  Also there will be a clean stall award this year so be sure to keep those stalls and barn areas neat and clean. 

Horse Patterns for Washington County Fair

The horse patterns for the Washington County Fair Junior Horse show may be found at the link below.

If an exhibitor would like the patterns printed off they may contact our office at 740-376-7431 for a printed copy.  The copies may be picked up from our office Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm.  Horse exhibitors are reminded that move in day is Friday September 1 beginning at 3:30pm and the horses must stay until released from the fair Tuesday, September 5 at 4pm.  Horse shows are Saturday and Sunday of the fair with additional activities and a cookout on Monday.  Refer to your junior fair guide for the schedule of events and best of luck at the fair.

Forages for Horses – Virtual Course

Beginning August 30, 2023, Ohio State University Extension will be offering Forages for Horses- a virtual course for equine managers. The course will utilize a combination of live webinars on Zoom with equine and forage experts, along with an in-depth online course accessed through the platform Scarlet Canvas. The Forages for Horses program is a collaboration between Ohio State University Extension, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ohio Department of Agriculture, and the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council.

Each webinar will be offered live on Zoom at 7 P.M. and feature presentations in a 60-minute span. Attendees will be able to interact with the speakers and ask questions in real-time. Once registered, attendees will be granted access to the full online course including the live-webinars, webinar recordings, and complementary resources, which includes a digital copy of the full class manual. Participants that attend all four webinars will have the opportunity to earn a certificate of completion.

The webinar schedule and topics are as follows.

  • Wednesday, August 30th– Hay Day
  • Wednesday, September 13th– Maximizing Pasture
  • Wednesday, September 27th– Grazing for Health-Pasture Myth Busters
  • Wednesday, October 11th– Heavy Stocking Rates & Associated Issues

“Straight from the Horse’s Mouth” a Q&A session with experts will follow each webinar until 8:30 PM.

The Forages for Horses course utilizes Scarlet Canvas (which is OSU’s platform for online learning) to house additional videos, presentations, articles, and digital access to the traditional course manual. For best performance, Canvas should be used on the current or first previous major release of Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Safari. Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser.

Cost of the course is $75. Registration includes access to all online content through August 30, 2024. Current and new members of the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council are eligible for a $15 discount on registration. You may still register after the live webinars have occurred.

Register for the course by visiting

Questions about the course or the OFGC member discount code can be directed to Christine Gelley of Noble County OSU Extension at

June 1st Deadline for Horse Project Members

ATTENTION ALL HORSE MEMBERS!!  Our horse paperwork deadline is quickly approaching on June 1, 2023.  Members will need to turn in their horse declaration form, Immunization form, stall reservation for County Fair, Lease agreements, and PAS forms for those participating.  The Saddle Horse Committee is hosting a PAS show on Saturday June 3, 2023 and we will conclude with a Fun show following the PAS events/classes.  The PAS show is the state qualifying event for horse members to be eligible to compete at the Ohio State Fair.  This event will be held at the Washington County Fair located at 922 Front Street Marietta Ohio.  Horse members in Washington County will not be charged a fee for PAS classes, however all other out of county participants must pre-register with a $10 fee per class by May 27th.  The Fun show will immediately follow the PAS event and all participants must be 4-H / FFA members of 4-H project age and follow all 4-H Uniform Horse Rules.  Fun Show classes are $2 per class with a fee of $10 max for the day. PAS Fun Show 2023 Participants will register at the event approximately 1 hour before the show.

The last Educational Equine Session is scheduled for June 24th from 9am to noon at the Washington County Fair, any horse member planning to exhibit at fair must attend one Equine Session to be eligible to show.  For questions please call OSU Extension 740-376-7431.

Horse Equine Riding Session Scheduled

The second educational equine session is scheduled for May 20th from 10am to 12noon. The event will be held at the Washington County Fair horse arena.  This is an open workout with a focus on understanding PAS patterns and riding.  Members may bring their horses to this event.  All 4H riding rules will be enforced according to the uniform horse rules book.  Any member who missed the mandatory parent meeting must arrive at 9am to complete the required  training.  Any member who has not completed the Equistep training must watch the modules and complete the quiz prior to the session.  Members who complete the Equistep training must email their results to by May 17th.  For more details please call the office at 740-376-7431.

Congratulations Horse Bowl Teams!

Congratulations to the Washington County Junior Horse bowl team placing 5th in the state. Members Maddie Starkey, Ashlyn Carson, Carlos Beatty! And our Senior Team placing 8th with Zoey Carson, PJ Harshberger, and Ryace Boyer. Special shout out to Maddie for placing 8th overall individual. Thank you to their coaches and parents for helping them achieve the dream!
The state event was held in conjunction with the Ohio Equine Affaire at the Ohio Expositions Center in Columbus.

The primary objective of Horse Bowl Competition is to provide an opportunity for 4-H members enrolled in horse projects to demonstrate their knowledge of equine-related matters in a competitive setting, where attitudes of friendliness and fairness prevail. The competition provides an educational experience for both participants and the spectators.

Mandatory Parent / Member Horse Meeting

The mandatory Parent / member horse meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 17th from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the Extension Office.  All 4-H members enrolled in a horse project must attend.  Members will be learning about the new Equistep Requirement which is mandatory for 2023.  Horse committee members will also be present to  answer questions for parents and youth.  The agenda will also include instruction on 2 hand vs 1 hand riding, goal setting, and more.  Please plan to attend, our meeting will be in the conference room on the second floor at 1115 Gilman Ave, Marietta.  For additional information please call our office at 740-376-7431.

Trailblazers 4-H Club Tack Auction

Trailblazers 4-H club along with Broken Wheel Tack will be hosting a tack auction on April 22, 2023 and 6pm.  The event will take place at the Barlow Fairgrounds with doors opening at 4pm.  New and used tack and other items will be auctioned.  Trailblazers will have a food booth on the grounds.  For more information contact Pam Moore 740-516-4157.

Horse Immunization Clinic

The Washington County 4-H Saddle Horse Committee is hosting a Horse immunization Clinic.  The clinic will be held at the Washington County Fairgrounds at 922 Front Street Marietta, Ohio.  4-H horse members may trailer their horses in for the clinic and receive the required immunizations for fairs.  The clinic will be held Saturday April 29, 2023 from 9am to 11am.  We would like to thank Dr John Groah from Morgan Veterinary Services for his time and helping us host the clinic.  Please sign up at the sign up at the link on the flyer.  Payment (cash or check only) for services must be paid for at the clinic regardless if horse owner has an account with Morgan Veterinary Services.  For additional questions please contact the Extension Office at 740-376-7431.