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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Horse Project Forms- Must be turned in to the local OSU Extension office no later than April 15th 

Horse Registration (1 per animal)

4-H Horse Leasing Guidelines

Horse Safety & Ethics Training

This online certification course is required for ALL 4-H youth participating in a 4-H Horse project.  Completion of this online course serves as the AQCA qualifier for the 2024 Lorain County Jr. Fair

EquiStep 2024 Course

Horse School

   May 4, 2024 Rescheduled Event coming Soon!

Lorain County Fairgrounds

This fun, hands-on learning opportunity will be a one-day school offered for youth enrolled in 4-H equine projects.  Youth will gain knowledge and guidance from well-respected and state-approved workshop instructors. 

Youth and a registered project horse will participate in hands-on instruction.

Three tracks will be offered: Saddle Horse, Small Equine, and Draft Horse.  Youth will choose one track to participate in throughout the day.  Tracks will be divided into two groups to ensure the safety of youth and horses.  Workshops will be approximately 60 minutes long.  Youth will participate in two-morning workshops and two-afternoon workshops.   

Additional Horse School Information


Horse Show Opportunities 

Performance Against Standards- PAS Shows

4-H’ers must qualify to compete at the Ohio State 4-H Horse Show.  Qualifying shows are called Performance Against Standards (PAS) Shows.  Classes offered at these shows are graded according to a set of standard guidelines.  These guidelines can be found on the state website.

Huron, Erie, and Lorain counties work together to offer our youth a local PAS try-out option.

Tri-county PAS Show CLuster Rules

The deadline to register for these shows is June 1, 2024.  Complete the PAS form below and return it to the OSU Extension office with a $40.00 payment by the deadline.

2024 Lorain County PAS Form

2024 OSF Jr. Horse Show Classes

If you have an interest or need in attending another county show, please be sure to note their requirements and deadlines.  You will need to complete the Out of County Form below AND follow their PAS Show registration process.  

PAS Out of County Approval Form

**Coggins test results will be due with State Fair entries

Horse Show Opportunities- Lorain County Jr. Fair Week

Groom & Clean


Fun Show

Other Horse Show Opportunities 

Angels Haven Fun Shows

Avon Lake Saddle Club Open Miniature Show Series

Lorain County Horse Club Open Youth Show Series

Medina County 4-H Show Series

Portage-Summit-Stark Show Series

Valley City Saddle Club Show Series

Wayne County Fun Shows

Wayne County Saddle Club Series


Does your 4-H Club or group want to host a 4-H Horse Show or other hands-on educational events?  Complete and submit the County Event Request form to the Extension office.  This will be forwarded to the 4-H Educational Board to assist you in the planning process!  

Lorain County 4-H Show SOP

County Event Request Form

Directions to Lorain County Metroparks Equestrian Center

Other Horse Judging and Contest Opportunities 

Horse Communications Contest

An opportunity for youth enrolled in a 4-H horse project to demonstrate their communication and media skills on a specific equine or equine-related topic.

Horse Bowl

An opportunity for 4-H members enrolled in horse projects to demonstrate their knowledge of equine-related matters through a quiz bowl-style competition.


This opportunity is for youth enrolled in a 4-H horse project to demonstrate the breadth of their knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry and the application of this knowledge and skill.

Horse Judging

In this opportunity, youth participants learn and apply knowledge of the ideal features of a variety of breeds and a variety of riding styles. They must evaluate, or place, each horse in relation to the ideal for the breed and in relation to the other horses or riders in the class.  Competitors provide a brief oral presentation explaining their placings.     

Horse Poster Contest

A diverse visual demonstration of equine project knowledge.



OSU Equine Animal Science Website