Register Now for the West District 4-H Horsemanship Clinic

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June 20-22 in Fletcher, NC will be some of the best days for area 4-H horse club members. June 20th is the start of the West District 4-H Horsemanship Clinic. Participating youth with get professional instruction in their horse riding discipline of their choice for the first two days and then on Wednesday we will have a full day of fun. Youth will get to test their riding skills in the arena with cattle, learning the basic of cattle sorting with Justin Gillespie and they can see how their horse will handle obstacles while getting pointers by our special clinicians for a day Jackie Turnbull and Trent Rhea and they can see how they handle their horse doing a dressage test with a dressage clinician.

Two teenagers ride horses in a ring.

Riders will also be able to not only ride in one discipline but also try out other riding disciplines if they would like too. Cost for the clinic is $80 per youth and an additional $20 for sorting cattle. Shavings, RV hook ups, and additional picnic tickets for non-participants (like parents of youth attending) are also available at an additional cost.

People walk horses around an arena with orange traffic cones.

Riders are welcome from all across the West District and other areas of the state to participate in this fun, Learn by Doing activity. Each morning starts with a safety meeting where the youth will be comically entertained by our Western/Ranch riding instructor, James Lamb. Then on Monday and Tuesday, they will saddled up and ride in their chosen discipline of either Cloverbud, Novice/Beginner, Western/Ranch, English/Hunt Seat, Games, and even a Non-trotting/Gaited horse classes will be offered. On Wednesday we have a full day of fun cattle sorting, dressage lessons, and obstacle courses before heading home.

During the day if participants have down time they can make horse related crafts. Participants are also encouraged to make sure their stalls are clean and horses cared for by participating in the Golden Shovel Award. On Tuesday evening, participants, their families, and volunteers, are able to share in a picnic dinner and then play horseless games, which usually ends up with a huge water balloon fight. The kids have a blast and some of our adults join in with their own water guns from the stands.

A group of children in front of a statue painted with scenes of horsemanship.

This year for the first time we are offering a two-footed/unmounted two day clinic experience. This is to allow our youth that participate in 4-H horse clubs or are interested in horses but do not currently have a horse of their own to bring to clinic. Check out the activities and days available for our two footed unmounted clinic!!

A flier with the West District 4-H Horse Clinic activities.

Check out your 4-H members events on your 4-H Online page to pre-register or contact Shannon Coleman, at or call 828-837-2210 ext. 4, to receive a registration packet or for more information. Registration postmark deadline date is June 10, a late fee applies after that date. Do not send packets in the mail after June 10.