University of Florida

State 4-H Horse Demonstrations, Public Speaking, and Quiz Bowl

Deomonstrations, Public Speaking, and Quiz Bowl, Gainesville.
June 20, 2015

The information below (and linked) was for the 2014 event and has not been updated for 2015. However, many of the details are similar year to year, so this may be used as a reference. The eligibility procedures will be the same (aside from the dates). Check back here as the event draws closer for more current information.

**Horseman of the Year Interviews - July in Tampa**
(Wednesday of the State Horse Show)

- Online Registration Form
- Schedule
- Gainesville Motels
- Map to UF Animal Sciences
- Regional Competitions
- National Competitions
- Demonstration Scoresheet
- Public Speaking Scoresheet

Event Description

The State 4-H Horse Events will be held in Gainesville at the Animal Sciences Building on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. This event will include the Horse Demonstration/Illustrated Talk and Horse Public Speaking contests, and Horse Quiz Bowl. Like the past couple years, interviews for Horseman of the Year and the Dallas C. Osborne Horsemanship Scholarship are not part of this event - those interviews will be in Tampa before the State 4-H Horse Show. First and second place participants in the Individual Demonstration, Team Demonstration, Public Speaking, and Quiz Bowl Contests will earn the right to compete at the Regional competition in Raleigh, NC. The Regional event is July 29 - August 2, the same week as 4-H University, thus the need to hold this contest much earlier than Congress. The first place winners at the State contest are also eligible to compete at Eastern Nationals in Louisville, KY in November.

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"In a nutshell" Entry Review:

Horse Quiz Bowl
--County Agent submits online registration form by June 9 (goes to Wendy DeVito)
--Team (coach) submits 40 questions by June 13 to Wendy DeVito
Horse Public Speaking
--List on County Form B: County-State (last page), due by May 15 to Travis Shepard
--County Agent submits online registration form by June 9 (goes to Wendy DeVito)
--Youth or Agent submits 3 copies of speech by June 13 to Wendy DeVito
Horse Individual & Team Demonstrations
--District Coordinator lists on District Form A: County-District-State, due by May 15 to Travis Shepard
--County Agent submits online registration form by June 9 (goes to Wendy DeVito)
Horseman of the Year and Dallas C. Osborne Scholarships
--Refer to the Florida 4-H Scholarship Summary for requirements in addition to the regular scholarship application
--Send Scholarship Application Portfolio by June 1 to Travis Shepard
--4-H Agents of applicants will be called with interview status
--Interviews of finalists at State 4-H Horse Show in Tampa on July 9

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Even though this competition will be held at a different time than 4-H University, elegibility for the speaking events should still be reported on the County or District to State forms used to submit names for the other State level events. Horse Demonstration/Illustrated Talk entrants qualify from County to District to State (District Form A) -- all District blue level demonstrations qualify for State. Horse Public Speaking and Quiz Bowl entrants qualify from the County directly to State (County Form B) -- first place County Horse Public Speaking qualifies for State. The forms are on the 4-H County/District Events website and are due by May 15 to Travis Shepard in the 4-H Events office. All of these State events are for Seniors only, just like the other 4-H University events (14 & over as of September, 1, 2013).

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The above forms tell us just who is eligible to participate at the Horse Events, not necessarily who is planning to participate. Because the Horse Events are at a different time and location from 4-H University, please register online for this event separately if your qualified youths plan to participate in these contests. Entries received will be compared to those eligible on the County or District to State forms. Qualifiers in Horse Public Speaking must also submit three copies of their speech to our office in Animal Sciences by June 13 (or email speech to

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Horse Quiz Bowl

The State 4-H Horse Bowl is open to one Senior team per county without qualifying. Teams should be 4 or 5 members who are 14 or over (as of September 1, 2014). There will also be a Jr/Int Division so counties may enter one team of J/Int aged youth as well. However, at least two Senior teams must be entered for the contest to be held (i.e., if only one senior team and 4 Jr/Int teams enter, the contest for all ages will be cancelled.)

This double elimination quiz bowl contest offers horse club members the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and earn the right to represent Florida at the regional and national competition. A detailed description of this competition can be found in the 4-H publication #4H504. In order to participate in the state Quiz Bowl contest, a team must submit 40 questions to the Animal Science office by June 13, 2014. See the registration sections above for info on how to register. Details on references used and question categories may be found on these pages. There are also links to practice questions on the 'questions catergories' page.

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The following is not part of the State Horse Events, but is listed here because it shares the same June 1 deadline of other 4-H University events and scholarships...

Horseman of the Year

Application procedures for the Horseman of the Year Scholarship are detailed here. The Dallas C. Osborne Horsemanship Scholarship follows the same procedures. You can find the application form online. Please be sure to look up the Horseman of the Year section in the Awards and Recognition Handbook because there are additional requirements for this portfolio beyond the regular scholarship application. As with the other Awards Portfolios, these application are due in the 4-H Events office by 4:30 pm on June 1st. Only the finalists will be interviewed on Wednesday, July 9. Horseman of the Year finalists will be selected in June and all applicants will be notified if they were selected for an interview or not. The interviews will begin at 6:00pm at the host hotel, Hilton Garden Inn, Tampa East/Brandon.

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