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Mark Anderson
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Event Information:
Date/Time:  Tuesday @ 1p (Buses leave at 12:45) AND Wednesday @ 8a (Buses leave at 7:30)
Location:  Ag Arena
Review Time:  15-20 minutes after the last set of reasons on Wednesday (average time in past is 1:30-2p)
Review Location:  Ag Arena
Attire:  Official Dress on both days; no open toed shoes

Event Type: 
Individual and/or Team of 4 (all scores count)

Individual Materials:  
2- #2 Pencils
Notebook paper or Portfolio for taking notes on classes
Group Materials:  
same as individuals

Before the Contest:
Review CDE Guidlines
Secure appropriate dress
Prepare and review for all components

Causes for Disqualification:
Cheating in any way; talking during exam or judging; and use of electronic device

Tie Breaker:
Written Exam then 
Halter class #1 then 
Performance class #1 then 
Halter class #2 then 
Performance class #2

Resources:  Includes but not limited to...
4-H Horse Judging Guide. PSU, College of Agriculture Extension Service, University Park, PA.
Horses and Horsemanship. Ensminger, M. E. Interstate Printers and Publishers.
Equine Science 2nd Edition, Parker, Rick. Delmar Publishers
American Quarter Horse Association, Amarillo, TX
American Paint Horse Association, Fort Worth, TX
Other breed associations


Major Components

CDE Component


Component Description

Written Exam – 50 questions

50 pts.

General equine knowledge – multiple choice

5-6 Judging Classes

50 pts. each

3-4 Halter, 2 Performance

2 Sets Oral Reasons

50 pts. each

1 Halter and 1 Performance

Team Event Scenario

100 pts.

Team members work to solve problem in the scenario and present results to judges.

Example team scenarios:  marketing/current trends, animal welfare/first aid, nutrition, anatomy, and management


Career Opportunities

  • Agricultural and Forestry Production – horse trainer, horse rancher, artificial breeding technician
  • Marketing, Merchandising, and Sales – equine sales, horse buyer
  • Science and Engineering – equine veterinarian, equine nutritionist, equine dentist
  • Education and Communication – postsecondary teacher 




Career Clusters

  • Agricultural and Forestry Production
  • Management and Financial Specialties
  • Marketing, Merchandising and Sales Careers
  • Science and Engineering
  • Social Services
  • Education and Communication 


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