University of Florida

4-H Horsemanship Schools

June 8-13, 2014, Western
June 22-27, 2014, English

The information below (and linked) was for the 2013 event and has not been updated for 2014. However, many of the details are similar year to year, so this may be used as a reference. Check back here as the event draws closer for more current information.

*PARTICIPANTS* - please review the details in the "Information Packet" for details on arrival, what to bring, what to excpect, etc.

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, 2012.

  • June 9 – 14, Western (horsemanship, ranch, trail, speed)
  • June 23 – 28, English (hunt seat, dressage, gaited)

Online registration was due by May 10. If you missed the registration deadline, please email your request to Wendy DeVito and we will accomodate you if we have cancellations.

Registration fee for the 2013 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, 4H insurance, and supplies for crafts.

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 May 30th, 2013. The registration form that was attached to the 5/21 email is due with the payment. Checks should be written to "Florida 4-H Foundation".

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 and crafts. 

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

Adult volunteers wishing to accompany youth may apply and must be willing to chaperone youth from other counties if needed.  Staff will be provided if adult volunteers are not available.


Return to top