Applebees “Together We Care Night” to Benefit 4-H Horse Program

The Washington County Saddle Horse Committee is excited to announce their partnership with Applebees to host a fundraising event.  Mark your calendars for June 29, 2021 and stop in and order off the “Together We Care Menu”.  If you prefer not to dine in then call for your curbside to go order and help raise funds to support the 4-H horse program in Washington County.  The 4-H horse program will receive 50% of the menu item profit for all items purchased off the “Together We Care” menu on Tuesday June 29th.  We are encouraging all of our 4-H members, volunteers, business supporters and others to order lunch or dinner to help us with needed supplies and awards for the horse program.  This event will run all day and the Washington County Saddle Horse Committee Members and 4-H members will be present to greet guests from 4-8pm.  Please review the attached menu to see qualifying items. 

PAS Horse Show cancelled

It is with regret that we are cancelling the 2021 Performance Against Standards (PAS) horse show scheduled for June 12, 2021.  There are still many opportunities for members to travel to neighboring counties and many counties across Ohio.  Please visit for a complete list of shows.  Horse members who wish to qualify to attend state fair may attend up to 2 shows and must qualify in 2 classes to attend the Ohio State Fair.  Those members who are attending shows in other counties need to have paperwork signed by our 4-H professionals in Washington County a week before the show and they must also preregister for the show.  All horse paperwork including animal declarations and immunization records must be on file by June 1 and the member must have attended an educational equine session prior to attending the PAS show.  The member will need to pay any associated class fees and obtain a receipt to submit to the saddle horse committee.  The committee will then review the classes and receipts and offer a reimbursement for Washington County Horse members up to $40.  For more information please call us at 740-376-7431.

Mandatory Horse Parent Meeting

The Washington County 4-H Saddle Horse Committee and the Extension Office will be hosting a mandatory parent meeting for all horse project members on Thursday May 13,2021.  The meeting will be at the OSU Extension Office located at 202 Davis Ave Marietta beginning at 6:30pm.  Social distancing and masks are required for the program.  For more information call the office at 740-376-7431.

Horse Equine Session #1 held Sunday

Our first Educational Equine Session will be held Sunday April 25th at 1pm in the afternoon.  The horse session will be held at 1430 Rosemar Rd. Vienna WV.  The session will consist of showmanship and we will be hosting a Chiropractic Speaker.  Members may bring their horses to the session and new horse members will be required to watch the safety video before they can participate in the session.  The video will be shown at the beginning of the event.  Masks and social distancing is required for all those attending.  Please bring your own water bottle to the event as well.  No food will be served.  For more details contact Kathryn at 740-376-7431.

Washington County Horse Packet 2021

The horse packet for Washington County is posted and available at the OSU Extension Office.  Members may print off the packet from this link:  Horse Packet 2021  Animal Declaration and immunization forms are due June 1 to the extension office and a reminder that enrollment is online this year and members must be enrolled in their project by April 15th.  For questions please call Kathryn or email

State 4-H Horse Advisor/Volunteer Training

The State 4-H Horse Advisor Volunteer training event will be held virtually this year.  Participants can watch presentations via OSU Scarlet which is the platform where modules of information will be posted to listen to at your own pace. Registered participants will be sent a link for an optional Q&A Zoom meeting on Saturday, January 30, 2021 from 10:00am to 12:00pm with the State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee. The modules will be available for viewing from 9:00am Thursday, January 28th through 9:00pm Sunday, January 31st.  Interested volunteers should preregister by January 22, 2021.  Visit to find more details and register for the event.  A link will be sent to you for the scarlet modules and zoom session link once registration is complete.

Ohio 4-H Horse Program Updates – Aug 12

Due to recent university restrictions related to COVID-19 concerns, the several changes to the remaining Ohio 4-H horse events in 2020 and the year-end awards program.  Additional updates will be posted on Ohio 4-H Horse Facebook page or refer to for complete details!

The State 4-H Competitive Trail Ride and Groom & Clean contest, in their original format, have been cancelled.  However, 4-H & FFA members may participate in designated alternative opportunities to receive participation credit towards the modified year-end awards for 2020.  A community service opportunity has also been approved by the State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee as an alternative for the Ohio State Fair Junior Horse Show that was cancelled earlier this year.  Members must complete all of the requirements to receive participation credit for each event.  Please note that these alternative opportunities require members to submit an online participation form or documentation that will need your signature or email for approval.

Since all of the Ohio 4-H Horse Program state contests were transitioned to online contests or alternative activities due to COVID-19, the year-end awards will be slightly modified.  The State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee will award certificates to all 4-H/FFA members that participated in at least 4 of the 8 state contests or alternative activities, as has been done for the past several years.  4-H/FFA members that earn participation credit for all 8 state contests or alternative activities this year will be receive specially designed year-end award t-shirts.

A pdf copy of the updates with additional details is attached here: 4-H Horse Program Update Aug12

Educational Equine Session

The educational equine session will be held on July 14, 2020 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Washington County Fair Grounds.  Social distancing will be followed and masks are expected to be worn.  Educational Equine Session are mandatory to exhibit at the Washington County Fair.  The safety videos will also be shown at this meeting for members and parents who need to view the videos.  Members must bring their own drink and snacks.  No food or drinks will be provided at this meeting.  This session is an open workout for members, and horses are encouraged but not required.  Please call the extension office for more information 740-376-7431.