University of Florida

4-H Horsemanship Schools

June 26-July 1, 2016, Western
June 19-24, 2016, Engllish

Applications have closed for Horsemanship School.


Read the "2016 Information Packet" in the right menu -->>
Complete & sign the forms listed and bring them with you to turn in when you arrive at the School.

Contracts for the dorms have been signed based on the number of youth who have been accepted, and those beds have to be paid for whether we use them or not. Cancellations after 10am June 1 will still be resposible for paying $150 for their committed dorm cost.

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, 2015.

  • June 26 - July 1, Western (horsemanship, ranch, trail, speed)
  • June 19-24, English (hunt seat, dressage, gaited)

Application to attend is due by online submission by 9:00 am (ET) May 10 5:00 pm Friday, May 13. 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 Friday, May 13th (but more likely by Tuesday evening or Wednesday). More detailed instructions will be sent to participants with notification.

Registration fee for the 2016 Horsemanship Schools is $525.00 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.

Updated 5/25: Payment from each county covering all of that county's participants is due in the Animal Sciences office by Monday, May 30, 2016. Checks should be written to "Florida 4-H Foundation". Those counties interested in paying with a credit card via PayPal should email for instructions. Counties may set their own protocols and deadlines for collecting payment from participants.

Participants must bring the following completed and signed paperwork to the school to turn in at check-in: FL 4-H Participation form, Statement of Risk, Horse Health Form, and current negative coggins. These do not need to be mailed/faxed ahead of time.

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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