Three 4-H youth from Pope County participated in the Minnesota 4-H State Horse show Sept. 16-19, 2022. This year, 591 youth from across the state participated in the annual event at the Minnesota State Fair.  4-Hers demonstrate their skills and knowledge in hippology (showing knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry), horse judging (study of an animal, measuring it against an accepted ideal), horse training and achievement, speech and demonstrations about interest in horses or the horse industry, showmanship and drill team skills. 

Youth who participate in the Minnesota 4-H Horse Project learn about show, trail and endurance riding; test their horse knowledge at quiz bowls or on judging teams, and study horse science. Youth may participate if they own or lease a horse. There are even options for youth who are interested in horses, but don’t have access to one in their community.

“Through the Minnesota 4-H State Horse Show, youth build communications skills, gain deeper learning and interest in horses, and build relationships with caring adults,” said Renee Kostick, Extension Educator who manages the 4-H horse project in Minnesota. “These experiences contribute to their success in school, community and futures.”

The following youth were members of the Pope County delegation:

Jenna Drewes– 2nd Place Pony English Pleasure all Grades, 5th place Pony Western Pleasure all grades, participated in Western Showmanship, Western Horsemanship, Key Race and Barrels

Ana Engen– participated in Poles, Key Race and Jumping Figure 8

Avery Fier– 2nd place English Pleasure grade 10, 4th place English Equitation grade 10, 3rd place Horse Training Step 3, 9th place Western Showmanship at Halter grade 10, 3rd place Trail grade 10-11, 4th place Western Pleasure grade 10, 6th place Western Horsemanship grade 10

To learn more about Minnesota 4-H Horse Project, contact Pope County 4-H at or 320-634-7734 and visit the website,

  About Extension 4-H: 4-H is a youth development program of the University of Minnesota Extension.  Available for youth grades K-1 year after high school, 4-Hers participate in hands-on learning experiences in STEM, citizenship & leadership, animal science, creative arts and much more. Through this learn-by-doing process, youth obtain essential life skills such as problem solving, decision making, coping and communicating that help them succeed in their school, college, community and career. Research shows that youth who participate in 4-H have better grades and are more emotionally engaged with school, are more than twice as likely to be civically active and contribute to their communities, and are 47% less likely to have risky or problem behaviors.