University of Florida

4-H Horsemanship Schools

June 7-12, 2015, English
June 21-26, 2015, Western

**Online Applications, 2015**
Open until noon, May 21

(for Adult chaperones too!)

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 12:00 noon (ET) May 21. 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 Tuesday, May 26th (but more likely by Thursday evening or Friday). More detailed instructions will be sent to participants with notification.

Registration fee for the 2014 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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