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  Horse Evaluation  
In the Horse Evaluation CDE, students evaluate and rank horses based on breed characteristics, conformation and performance. As a team, students cooperatively solve problems related to equine selection, management, nutrition and production.

Entries are due by March 23rd. 

Event Date:
Saturday,  April 1st, 2023 is Day 1 of competition for Senior Teams. The top 5 senior teams will advance to Day 2 at 2023 State Convention. 

The Junior Contest will begin and end on April 1st. 

April 1st Contest Details:
4-H & FFA Horse Judging – East Arena, Virginia Horse Center, Lexington, VA (indoor arena)
487 Maury River Road
Lexington, VA 24450

All Contestants - bring clipboards, #2 pencils, dress appropriately for the weather.

  • 8:00 AM – Registration
  • 8:45 AM – Contest begins
  • 9:00 AM - Hippology Contestant Registration for those not doing full Horse Judging contest
  • 12:00 PM – Contestant lunch for those giving reasons
  • 1:30 PM – Reasons begin
  • ~4:00 PM – Officials given from Horse Judging Classes
  • ~4:30 PM – Awards for 4-H/FFA Hippology and Horse Judging

    (No late registrations accepted)

    Virginia FFA will have a senior and junior division or the Horse Evaluation CDE. If advisors in grades 7-9 wish to have their students compete at the senior level, they must register their students as a senior competitor with the understanding that those students (even if eligible by grade level for junior awards) will only be eligible for senior team and/or individual recognition and awards. Only students in grades 6-9 are eligible to compete in the junior division.

NameDate AddedSize
2021 VIRTUAL EQUISMARTZ 2/15/2021 590 KB
Virginia Horse Evaluation Rules (Senior & Junior) 5/25/2020 1298 KB

Event Information
Event Format:
Team of Four (No Drop Score)
FFA Waiver: 
Download PDF of VA FFA Waiver

Sandy Arnold
Youth Equine Extension Associate
Virginia Tech M.A.R.E. Center
5527 Sullivans Mill Road
Middleburg VA 20117

Event website and entry form

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