Equine Guidelines:

  •  All classes are open to Knox County 4-H and FFA horse and pony projects.

  •  Any class with 20 entries or more will be split at the judge’s discretion. (With exception of Versatility and Challenges).

  •  Any exhibitor that rides walk trot in Royalty, PAS or any show prior to a Challenge or Versatility will not be eligible to participate in a Challenge or Versatility.

  • All youth age 19 and under, participating in any 4-H equestrian activity, are required to wear properly fitted protective headgear which meets or exceeds current ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials)/SEI (Safety Equipment Institute) standards with the chin harness securely fastened at all times while riding or driving an equine.

  • Gate call of 2 minutes will be adhered to for all equine classes.

  • Walk trot classes are for 1st and 2nd year members, unless medically indicated. (Medical documentation should be provided to Equine Coordinators)

  • If a mount breaks into a canter during a walk trot class, the rider has 2 strides in which to correct the gait.

  • If you scratch a class you may not re-enter the same class.

  • Poor sportsmanship and/or abuse of the horse will not be tolerated in or out of the arena. The Judge, Junior Fair Coordinator or Senior Fair Board member may dismiss an exhibitor from a class. Repeated offenses will eliminate the exhibitor from the entire show. Any exhibitor exhibiting poor sportsmanship will forfeit eligibility for high point awards.

  • To participate in Versatility and Challenges you must participate in at least 2 shows prior. 

  • Classes with no entries will be announced 2 classes prior to allow preparedness for the next class.

Open Pee Wee Class General Rules:

  • Participants must be 5 through 8 years of age.

  • Must be led by a Knox County 4-H horse exhibitor.

  • Must have a signed waiver on file prior to participation.


  • Equine judges will judge in accordance with 4-H #179 – Uniform Horse Rules.

  • All Junior Fair Judges decisions are final.

  • No one is to address or confront a Junior Fair Judge. All questions need to be directed through the Junior Fair Coordinator or Equine Coordinator.

Cloverbud Participants:

  • Participants must be 5 through 8 years of age and enrolled in kindergarten.

  • Must be enrolled in a 4-H club.

  • When participating must wear boots, long pants, and long sleeve shirts.

  • All participants must use a handmade stick horse. No store-bought stick horses allowed.

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