Contact Chris Kendle for more information or any questions concerning the 4-H Equine program in Tuscarawas County.


If you do not have your project book and Horse Record Book (for all except those in Beginning Horse Management), you need to order your books directly from OSUE Publications ( There is a coupon available for free shipping on orders of $20 or more.

2021 4-H Horse Packet

The packet will only be available online this year once it is released.

2020 Safety and Ethics Training

We are currently unable to hold an in-person Horse Safety and Ethics training. The state has approved an online safety and ethics training called EquiStep.

To access the Safety and Ethics training, you must register through the following Qualtrics link:

Each member in a household must register separately. Upon completion of the Qualtrics registration, we will order the program for you. You will be sent an invitation to take the course along with a username and password. The online training must be completed by May 29. Upon completion of the EquiStep program, you need to contact Chris Kendle to receive the link for the Safety and Ethics Test and Verification survey.

Helmet Form and Permission to Participate

All members must purchase and wear an ASTM/SEI helmet at all 4-H Horse activities, including club workouts and 4-H shows.

Every member must sign a Permission to Participate and Disclosure Form every year in order to participate in any 4-H Horse activity. This is available through your 4-H Online enrollment profile.


Please note that Horse Registration Forms, Lease agreements (if applicable), and Production Registration Forms and Contracts (if applicable) forms are all due May 29. These DO NOT require an advisor’s signature. Advisors are not to collect these and turn them in as a group. Members can mail them to our office (OSUE Tuscarawas County, 419 16th Street SW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663) or place them in the drop box at the office.

State Fair Qualifying (PAS) Shows and Dressage Qualifiers

There will be no PAS Shows or Dressage Qualifiers in 2020. The Ohio State Fair and OSU Horse Program have worked out a process for individuals to register for the Ohio State Fair Horse Show. It is not a perfect process but given the size of the state horse program and its many facets, as well as necessary timelines for establishing stalling and classes, this is the best solution at this time. Please see the full notice in the horse packet.

Each county has been asked to determine a “right fit” process for their members to “enter” the state fair at the county level. All Tuscarawas County horse members wishing to enter the OSF Horse Show must complete an Ohio State Fair Class Declaration Form. This form is found in the horse packet and is due to our office (or e-mailed to Chris Kendle, by May 29. Additionally, members must have completed their Horse Safety and Ethics training and submitted their county horse registration form to be eligible to submit an entry. Advisors will be contacted to certify that those requesting entry are both a safe horse/rider team and skilled to enter the classes they have selected.

As in the past, members must also submit an online entry to the Ohio State Fair. The online entry system ( opens June 1. Available spots for the OSF Horse Show will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Members are encouraged to register early.

New for 2020 (even before COVID-19), all horses must have a current Coggins Test to participate in the OSF. Those must be submitted to our office by 4 p.m. on June 28.

For those wishing to show in the OSF Dressage Show, the Dressage registration form must be completed. Scores and an Extension educator signature are not required in 2020.

2020 Horse Workout Schedule

We are working on a plan with the Senior Fair Board that allows members to practice at the fairgrounds while maintaining appropriate social distancing. As it currently stands, clubs will be assigned a workout day as they have in the past. These assignments will be made available after May 1. We are asking that advisors work with their members to assign times for members to utilize the fairgrounds on their club’s assigned day. No more than 3 members may workout at a time. We ask that you respect this policy; if the policy is abused, we are in danger of losing privileges at the fairgrounds for everyone.

2020 4-H Horse Committee

All horse advisors are welcome to attend Horse Committee meetings. Contact Chris Kendle to request the Zoom meeting information.

2020 Meeting dates:

May 5 7:00 PM Online
June 2 7:00 PM Online
August 11 7:00 PM Junior Fair Board Office
September 1 7:00 PM Junior Fair Board Office
November 3 7:00 PM New Philadelphia Bob Evans

Those serving on the committee are as follows:

Mike Dotts President 2021 Term Boots N Bling
Shelby Randulic Vice President 2020 Term Country Wild Childs
Marci Galbraith Secretary 2020 Term Horse Key Leader
Open Treasurer 2020 Term  
Open 4-H Committee Rep 2020 Term  
Katie Weaver Member-at-Large 2021 Term Quest
Open Member-at-Large 2019 Term