Elkhart County 4-H Saddle Club

  PO Box 211, Wakarusa, Indiana, 46573 

The 4-H Horse and Pony Project provides youth a fun and hands-on learning experience that develops life skills, as well as teaches valuable information about properly caring for their animal. Subjects such as general management, training, nutrition, housing, and health care are presented in the curricular materials, through workshops and activities such as horse bowl, Hippology and judging, and in preparation of an exhibit. Youth also have the opportunity to develop responsibility, decision-making, nurturing, and communication skills through active participation in the 4-H Horse and Pony Project.

Hippology Team

The objectives of Hippology are to provide an opportunity for youth to learn and demonstrate their breadth of knowledge and understanding of horse management and to learn life-skills such as acquiring knowledge, communicating, solving problems, relating to others and applying leadership skills.‚Äč These are opportunities for 4-H members to learn more about all aspects of horses and ponies. A lot of research is required. Members can compete at the area, state, and national level. Members may compete individually or as a team. The team will travel to Purdue to compete.

Team Meeting: Jan - March on Thursday Nights @ 6:30 PM

Location: Check Calendar

Leader: Visit Contact Us page.

Judging Team 

The judging team is a way for 4-H members to learn about the confirmations and movements of horses. They can compete at the local, area, state, and national level. Members can compete individually or on a team. Classes of halter and performance will be judged with each person giving 2-4 sets of oral reasons depending on division. 

Team Meeting: Jan - March on Tuesday Nights @ 6:30 PM

Location: Check Calendar

Leader: Visit Contact Us page.

Horse Bowl Team

The primary objective of Horse Bowl Competition is to provide an opportunity for youth enrolled in 4-H horse projects, to demonstrate their knowledge of equine- related matters in a competitive setting, where attitudes of friendliness and fairness prevail. We hope that this competition will provide an educational experience for both participants and the spectators. The team studies the horse using research and written material. In the contest with other 4-Her's, they respond aloud in a QUIZ BOWL format. The team will travel to Purdue to compete.

Team Meeting: Jan - March on Thursday Nights @ 6:30 PM

Location: Check Calendar

Leader: Visit Contact Us page.

MidStates Team

The Team Tournament began in 1979 at the Noble County Fairgrounds in Kendallville. It was developed to encourage the various individual county 4-H members to work together as a unit to display their abilities in team competition with other counties. Tournament classes are provided for both pony and horse teams and include Showmanship, Horsemanship, English Equitation, Western Pleasure, Pole Bending, Barrels, Flags and Speed & Action. This event is usually held on the Saturday closest to the 4th of July.  An assigned group of adult leaders will select a horse and pony team, each consisting of 8 members and 1 alternate to represent the best of Elkhart County. Members are selected by signing up, by show or exhibit performance at open arenas, as well as sportsmanship and a team player.

Sign ups @ Club meetings in Feb, March, & April

Leader: Visit Contact Us page.

Drill Team

Drill Team is a group of horses and riders performing choreographed maneuvers to music. Drill team is intended to entertain, show sportsmanship, horsemanship and team work as well as to teach the importance of professionalism, team preparation, execution, teamwork, and to instill pride in a job well done. It requires great discipline, commitment, dedication, and many hours of practice for a team to present just minutes of a well-manicured drill to the public.

Leader: Visit Contact Us page.

Contact Leader for dates & times

4-H Jr. Leader Team

4-H members in grades 7-12 may enroll in the Junior Leader project.  This program focuses on the development of leadership skills, as well as service learning and fellowship.

Members assist with local club activities such as meetings, horse camp, shows, fun events, and help in planning future activities. 

Contact: Club Leader