NYS 4-H Horse Communications

The NYS 4-H Horse Communications contest is an event for qualifying youth to compete and show off communications and public speaking skills. The event is centered around the horse world, encompassing a wide variety of topics. As this is a state level event, youth will be evaluated at a high level with constructive comments offered to help youth improve. The NYS 4-H Horse Communications Program is one of our most beneficial programs as it allows youth to learn and practice public speaking skills that can be used in the future.

How to get involved:

  1. Become a 4-H member at your local county office
  2. Contact your local 4-H county educator
  3. Join a Hippology team, or study as an individual
  4. For more information you can also contact jms943 [at] cornell.edu (Jessica Tyson), NYS 4-H Horse Educational Events Coordinator

2023 Contest Information

Contest Date:  Saturday, May 6, 2023

Contest Time:   9:00 AM - Contest begins for both juniors and seniors at this time.

Individual schedules will be emailed to youth and CCE educators on or about May 1, 2023.  Any specific time requests must be made at the time of registration, and will be considered on a first-come, first-service basis.  Every effort will be made to grant special requests but are not guaranteed.

Youth should arrive at least one-half hour prior to their scheduled time.

Registration:  Registration opens on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, and must be completed online by a CCE County Educator or staff via the CCE Registration Portal.  Click on the event category below to register:

Deadline to enter is Friday, April 28, 2023!

Location:  Dept. of Animal Science, 507 Tower Rd., Frank B. Morrison Hall, Cornell University.  Parking is available in either the North Frank B. Morrison Parking Lot or across Tower Road in the Peterson Lot and is free on weekends. A registration table will be set up in the main lobby of Frank B. Morrison Hall.


  • Youth must have presentations saved on an USB as we will be using the computer system that is currently set up in the presentation room.  Remember to bring any other items needed for presentations as well (props, easels, etc.).  If you feel more comfortable using your own computer, please feel free to bring it.
  • Please be familiar with the state rules that are published in the current NYS 4-H Horse Educational Events Rulebook dated January 2023. The rulebook is posted here.
  • Room monitors will not be making introductions. Contestants may introduce themselves.
  • Youth should bring their own lunch, drinks and refreshments.

Categories, Qualifying & Awards

Presentation Categories:  Youth may compete in one of the following categories:

  • public speaking
  • individual presentations
  • team presentations

Qualifying:  Any youth selected by their region is eligible to complete at the state contest.

    Awards:  Placings will be announced at the end of the contest.  Each participate will receive a rosette and certificate.

    The top seniors competing in public speaking, individual presentation, and team presentation will be asked to join the NYS 4-H Horse Nationals Team and will travel to Louisville, KY, to compete at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup.

    For more information

    For more information, contact your local 4-H county educator, sab423 [at] cornell.edu (Sarah Wilhelm)title="Sarah Wihelm", NYS 4-H Horse Communications Chairperson or jms943 [at] cornell.edu (Jessica Tyson)title="Jessica Tyson", NYS 4-H Horse Educational Events Coordinator!