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Welcome to the 2015 Weld County 4-H show season. The information in this website will help the member successfully complete their 4-H Horse Project. Any updates will be published in the Weld County 4-H Newsletter either accessed at or through special member mailings. Additional resources are available with updated information, downloadable forms and the latest horse events and clinics at CSU Equine Extension web site. If you have any questions contact the individuals below or any appropriate resource listed on the Contacts page.

Project ID Requirements
Premesis ID Requirements
Helmet Policy
e-Record Project Book
Levels Advancement
Project Interviews


Weld County 4-H/FFA Horse Project ID Requirements
Horse Project ID forms due May 1, 2015. Members must:

New this year! 4-H Horse Project members must submit their Horse ID online through for each of their project horses by May 1st. Detailed instructions on this new procedure are found online at
Each year, the age of each identified project horse must be updated to reflect the actual age of the animal.
Also new this year is a rule change about siblings sharing one project horse. The rule states “Siblings may share one horse as an identified Project Horse as long as this horse is the only horse identified by the family and the siblings do not share the same age division and discipline. (The only way that siblings of the same age can share a horse is, if they are each in a separate discipline). A shared backup horse may also be utilized.”

Online identification must include:

  • • Uploaded color identification photos;
    • Copy of one of the following proof of ownership documents: brand inspection paper; breed registration paper in the name of the project member or immediate family member; bill of sale; or signed lease agreement. Note: Lease agreements must be updated every year.

“Back up” horses may be identified and used only if project horse is declared unserviceable.

  • ID form submitted Online by May 1
  • Records must be kept on “Back-up” horse by all who identify it, even if not used
  • Color photo is uploaded on identification form
  • Acceptable proof of ownership
  • Please mark “BACK UP HORSE” next to horse’s name

Use of back up horse:

  • Project horse must be declared unserviceable by a veterinarian
  • Horse must have been ID’d according to project rules
  • Back up horse may be identified by multiple family members but can only be put into use as project horse by 1 family member (ie: siblings may not show the same horse).

Any member that loses their project horse to injury or death & does not have a “back up” horse ID’d cannot replace the animal for the 4-H year except with another animal currently identified for the year. To complete their project year, the member MUST still complete their record book for the project year, even if they have lost their project horse.

Premesis ID Required for Weld County Fair
The Premesis ID provides quick and accurate traceability of livestock and locations in the event of an animal health concern, which will help maintain the health of all Colorado livestock. For this program, a premises is defined as a location or site where livestock are born, handled, housed, managed, marketed, processed or exhibited. Premises ID is managed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. A Premises ID is required to exhibit at the Weld County Fair and Colorado State Fair. If you don’t already have a Premises ID, you can obtain one by calling the Colorado Animal ID coordinator at 303-869-9134.

Helmet Policy
Colorado State 4-H policy reads: A certified equestrian helmet with safety harness fastened in place is required in, over fences classes and gymkhana events, activities and practice sessions (including the Schooling Equitation Over Obstacles class). It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian of the 4-H member to ensure the headgear worn complies with such standards and is in good condition. The State 4-H office encourages the use of ASTM certified/SEI approved safety helmets in all equine events. Protective headgear may be used in all classes and shall not be discriminated against. Gymkhana generally refers to horseback speed events (timed or un-timed) that do not use livestock. Events that usually fall in this category of include, but are not limited to: barrel racing, pole bending, keyhole and flag race, stake race, rescue race, pony express race, etc. Events that are not intended to be included in the helmet policy are events such as calf roping, team roping, goat tying, and team penning that may be timed but use livestock.

e-Record Project Book

The Horse e-Record Project book is specifically designed for the Horse Project. A new version of the e-Record book is available at From there, select the appropriate Horse e-Record link for your age group (junior, intermediate or senior). The Horse e-Record book is available in a Excel and PDF format. If you do not have Excel on your computer you may obtain a free copy of Open Office software for your computer by going to and downloading it from there.

Colorado 4-H Horse Project Advancement Levels
The Colorado 4-H Horse Project Advancement Levels program focuses on individual development of youth through proper care and use of the horse with an emphasis on horsemanship and knowledge of the horse. The 4-H Horse Advancement Levels 1-4 are described in the Horse Project Manual. Study guides are available from the Extension Office or at A written test must be taken and passed before the riding test is taken. Separate riding (horsemanship) tests are given for Western, English and Ranch riders. Written tests II-IV are administered through the Extension Office. For a list of current administrators of riding tests, contact the Extension Office or go to the Equine Extension web site.

Weld County Fair Horse Show requirements: All exhibitors must have completed Colorado Horse Project Advancement Level I - Western, (with the exception of Novice Riders) to be eligible to compete in the Western Division, Green Horse Division or the Timed Events Division. Advancement Level I - English, to compete in the English Division. Ranch Horse Advancement Level
II - to compete in the Ranch Horse Division of the Weld County Fair Horse Show. The Novice division is limited to horse project members who have attempted, but not passed, Level I written& riding tests. Yearly attempts must be made to successfully pass the Level I Test. First year project members are encouraged, but are not required to attempt Level I. All Novice classes are performed in a walk-trot only.

Please be aware that roping live animals and jumping both require that Certificates of Competency be on file with the Extension Office by the Weld County Fair entry deadline. Look for detailed explanation of these requirements in the 2015 Horse Packet.

Colorado State Fair Horse Show Requirements: All exhibitors must have completed Colorado Horse Project Advancement Level II to enter and show at the Colorado State Fair. Advancement Level III is required for some classes, please refer to the Colorado State Fair Entry Book.

Horse Project Levels Rater Training
Adults interested in becoming a levels rater, check out for upcoming training sessions that will help you qualify to help with this ongoing program.

Horse and Livestock Project Interviews
In a manner similar to interview judging for general and natural resource projects, 4-H & FFA members with livestock projects
will go through an interview process as a prerequisite to show at the 2015 Weld County Fair. Interviews will be conducted
throughout the county, at a reserved time. Watch your newsletter for updates.