University of Florida

State 4-H Horse Judging and Hippology

April 6 - Horse Judging
April 6-7 - Hippology

This page has some more details to help you know what to expect with the combined Horse Judging and Hippology format.

Basic schedule

This isn't a "hard" schedule as much as a framework. Read the logistics below it for details.

Saturday, April 6 - HTU - Horse Judging & Hippology
8:30 am - FFA Judging teams check-in;
FFA members on 4-H Hippology teams pick up separate placing cards.
9:00 - FFA contestants take written test
- 4-H Judging teams check in
(those in State Horse Judging contest, whether in Hippology also or not)
9:30 - Judging contest begins for 4-H & FFA
- Contestants in Hippology contest only check in.
~10-10:15 - Hippology-only contestants join groups in the arena to judge classes 3 - 6.
~11:15-11:30 - Hippology-only contestants are finished for the day after 2nd performance class (no reasons)
Noon Lunch provided for Judging Contest entrants
Afternoon - Judging contest reasons on 4 classes
~4:30 pm* - Awards presented for 4-H Judging
-Results announced for FFA Judging
Sunday, April 7 - Straughn Center - Hippology
9:00 am Check-in for Hippology teams
9:30 Hippology contest starts (w/ Introduction)
- see schedule for current timetable
Noon Lunch on your own
~3:30 pm* Awards presented for Hippology (2-day total)
*Awards times are estimated and may vary

Event interaction logistics

Hippology-only entrants do not need to pay the $25 Horse Judging entry fee. That fee mostly covers lunch, and the Hippology-only kids will be done before lunch time.

Saturday check-in

Youth entered in Horse Judging (whether also entered in Hippology or not) will check in at the regular Horse Judging check-in time of 9:00 am. They will be given 1 set of cards – Judging-only entrants will have white cards, and entrants in both Judging & Hippology will have a different color card. When the cards are turned in, we will score the colored cards in both contests.

The intent is that all Judging contest participants, whether also in Hippology or not, should be able to go about their time in the contest thinking only about Judging, and not worrying about additional logistics for Hippology.

Once the Judging contest starts at 9:30, the Hippology-only entrants may check in and receive cards for their 4 classes. Those cards will be a different color than those described above and will only be scored for the Hippology contest. This procedure applies to all Intermediates in Hippology as all of them are "Hippology-only."

If Hippology youth are in FFA Horse Judging, the coach will need to check the team in with FFA, then also go to 4-H for the Hippology cards. These FFA Judging/Hippology youth are the only ones who will have to mark their class placings twice -- once on their FFA scanner cards, and once on the Hippology card.

Judging Classes

Hippology entrants will judge the second two halter classes and the first two performance classes (i.e., the 'middle' 4 class in a row). So their classes will begin 30-40 minutes after the regular HJ contest starts. Those not already in the Judging contest will join in with the HJ entrants closer to 10am, and follow the same Judging contest procedures until their 4 classes are done. The Hippology-only youth should be done for the day by between 11-11:30am.

There is no need for them to stay at the HTU after their four classes are finished. If interested, they may stay and quietly watch the last two judging classes, but after that, there is nothing to see or do there for them. When the judging classes are complete, the Judging contest contestants have lunch and give reasons in to the afternoon. If the adult traveling with the Hippology youth is at the judging contest for the day with a judging team, entrants may stay for lunch and quietly pass the time with the waiting coaches. Lunch is $5 for anyone not entered in the Judging contest. But we suggest that teams plan another adult to leave with Hippology-only entrants, especially for the Intermediate youth.

*If you have anyone that is staying for lunch (and not already accounted for in the HJ entry form), please let us know so we can order accordingly. The $5 may be paid at check-in.


We do not have a specific hotel with blocked rooms, but there are a number of hotels in town that have discounted rates for IFAS events. Those hotels are listed here. Each one has its own instructions for what the discount is and how to ask for it. There are also a couple brand new places that might have opened after that list – Drury Inn (right at I-75 Archer exit), and Fairfield Inn (37th Blvd) and they might offer a rate if you ask about UF/IFAS.

We have a list of almost all of the Gainesville hotels here (includes the two new properties just mentioned). Any of the ones on SW 40th Blvd or SW 42nd St are in a convenient area clumped at the Archer Road exit. It’s a good area, convenient to shopping and all levels of food. You might want to avoid the ones on SW 13th St. and the Williston Rd exit, as they probably are not the best for traveling with youth.


The procedure on Sunday will be similar to previous Hippology contests. Teams will check-in at the Straugh Center beginning at 9:00am, and we will start the introduction at 9:30am. The details for the schedule from there depend on how many teams are registered in each age group. Refer to last year's schedule as a rough guide to the format for the day. If there are enough teams that we have to break them into groups (like shown in last year's schedule for Seniors), teams will draw at check-in for which group they are in and their Team Problem rotation order.

As usual, we will be asking adults to help monitor and facilitate the various components.

Lunch will be one your own, and everyone should have almost 1 ½ hours. You may bring a picnic and eat at the Straughn center, or there should be enough time to go to any number of restaurant options nearby (most are on Archer Road).

We should be finished with everything (awards) by 4 or 4:30-ish, but that could fluctuate depending on entry numbers and how the day proceeds.

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