University of Florida

4-H Horsemanship Schools

June 11 - 15, 2018 - Western
June 25 - 29, 2018 - English

We are working to get the 2018 Horsemanship School information up by March 5. 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 2018 information is posted. There is no form you should fill out in the mean time.


Read the "2017 Information Packet" in the right menu -->>

School Overview

Two weeks of Horsemanship School will be held in Gainesville at the UF Horse Teaching Unit.

  • June 5-9, Western (horsemanship, ranch, trail, speed)
  • June 12-16, English (hunt seat, dressage, saddle/gaited)

4-H Horsemanship School is open to 4H members who are between the ages of 11-18 years old as of September 1, 2016. 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. The Horse Health form contains advice on preparing your horse in addition to just documenting its health care. Please look through it now when you register and not right before the school.

**Read the 2017 Information Packet and Tentative Schedule for complete details about the School.**


Adults 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 will be asked to assist with the chaperone fees (5 youth/chaperone = $65/youth).

Adult chaperones will have to complete the chaperone/training required to supervise 4-H'ers at overnight programs, if they are not already certified.

Fees and paperwork required

Registration fee for the 2017 Horsemanship Schools is $525.00 for youth and $325.00 for adult chaperones. Fees cover four nights lodging in Hume Hall, 13 meals, snacks (during riding sessions, and afternoon & evening recreation), over 25 hours of instruction, transportation to and from campus, t-shirt, stall and bedding, and 4H insurance. Participants from counties without a chaperone will have $65 added to their fees to cover a portion of an out-of-county chaperone.

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.

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

Application/Registration Procedures

** See the 2017 Information Packet for detailed application and registration procedures. This is only a summary.**

The maximum number of participants per week is 20. If requests exceed available spots, groups providing chaperones will have priority.  Additional participants will be selected by a random draw.

Wednesday, May 10, 9am
Application to attend is due by online submission by May 10, 9:00 am (ET). A refundable deposit will be due with the application – $150 for youth, $65 for chaperones. 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 may accommodate you if there is space.

Friday, May 12
Applicants will be notified of their selection status no later than Friday, May 12th. This notification will be sent to the email submitted in the application, so please use an account that is monitored regularly.

Wednesday, May 17
Accepted participants must reply to the above notification email by Wednesday, May 17 to confirm participation or to “pass” on being accepted. Deposits will be refunded for anyone who chooses not to register via written (email) notice by May 17.

Friday, May 19
Formal invoices will be sent to each county which contain the total due from that county (amounts paid as deposit will already be subtracted).

After the invoices are sent, and before final payment is due at UF, youth may cancel for any reason and not owe the balance of their $525 fee. However, they will still owe any chaperone fees due and the $150 deposit will not be refunded (unless another youth is waiting to take that spot).

Monday, May 29
Payment from each county covering all of that county's participants is due in the Animal Sciences office by Monday, May 29. Checks should be written to "Florida 4-H Foundation," or counties may email to pay with a credit card via PayPal.

Cancellations after May 29
After May 29, refunds for cancellations will only be considered with a doctor or vet notice which preclude that youth or horse from participating. Once rooming lists are sent to UF for the dorms, we MUST pay for all reservations. Therefore, even with a doctor/vet explanation, neither the initial $150 deposit (basically the dorm fee) nor any extra chaperone fee owed will be refunded.

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