University of Florida

4-H Horsemanship Schools

June 5-10, 2016, Western
June 19-24, 2016, Engllish

We are working to get the 2016 Horsemanship School information. It will be on this page, so no need to look in any other place. Applications will be through an online form that will be available when the 2016 information is posted. There is no form you should fill out in the mean time.

Two weeks of Horsemanship School will be held in Gainesville at the UF Horse Teaching Unit. 4-H Horsemanship School is open to 4H members who are between the ages of 11-18 years old as of September 1, 2014.

  • June 7-12, English (hunt seat, dressage, gaited)
  • June 21-26, Western (horsemanship, ranch, trail, speed)

Application to attend is due by online submission by 9:00 am (ET) May 12. The maximum number of participants per week is 20 and participants will be selected by a random drawing. Adults who want to chaperone should use the same form. If you miss the registration deadline, please email your request to Wendy DeVito and we will accommodate you if we have space.

Applicants will be notified of their selection status no later than Thursday, May 14th (but more likely by Tuesday evening or Wednesday). More detailed instructions will be sent to participants with notification.

Registration fee for the 2015 Horsemanship Schools is $500.00 for youth and $325.00 for adult chaperones.  Fees cover five nights lodging in Hume Hall, 15 meals, snacks (during riding sessions, and afternoon & evening recreation), over 30 hours of instruction, transportation to and from campus, t-shirt, stall and bedding, and 4H insurance.

For questions, County Agents may contact Saundra TenBroeck at or 352-392-2789, or Wendy DeVito at or 352-392-1912.

Payment and forms from the selected participants are due in the Animal Sciences office by Monday, June 1st, 2015. Checks should be written to "Florida 4-H Foundation". Those interested in paying with a credit card via PayPal should email for instructions

Instruction will place emphasis on horsemanship and equitation during morning and evening riding sessions.  Ground work: safe handling, grooming, tack, behavior and psychology, roping, suppling exercises. Mounted: suppling exercises, developing core strength, aids, rail work, posting, 2 point, dressage, trail obstacles, patterns, cavalletti, and trail riding. Additional sessions are planned for lecture/demonstration as well as recreation. 

Youth are required to bring a quiet, well-mannered horse that is safe for the rider and will get along well with other horses. Horses must tie.

Adult volunteers are needed to accompany youth with an ideal ratio of 1:5 chaperones to 4Hers.  Chaperones must be willing to supervise youth from other counties if needed.  Members from counties that provide a chaperone will have first priority for school slots. Members from counties that do not have a chaperone traveling may be asked to assist with the chaperone fees. (targeting 5 youth/chaperone = $65/youth)


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