4-H horse validation is due this month

By Chrissy Karrer | Published Wednesday, April 10, 2013

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It’s time to validate horses for the District and State 4-H shows. Horses that have the potential to be shown at the District and State 4-H Show must be validated on 4-H Connect.

You did not have to qualify at the Wise County Youth Fair horse show to advance to District. The District 3 Horse show will be held in Vernon June 19-22. This validation is not the same as the Youth Fair validation and must be completed.

To validate your horse, log into your 4-H Connect family profile. Select edit by the individual’s name under which you would like to validate the horse. At the top left, you should see an animal link. Select it, and follow the registration process. All horses validated last year should still be in the system; you just have to reactivate each animal.

If you validate your horse by April 15 the cost is $10. Between April 16 and May 1 the cost to validate is $20. Payment is by personal credit/debit card.

Validation and payment is required on every horse to be shown. Registration must be in the name of the exhibitor or an immediate family member.

State horse show rules can be found at


State steer and State Fair sheep, goat and swine tag orders are due April 16. The state steer tag is required for steers entering the major shows, like the State Fair and those in Fort Worth, San Antonio, San Angelo, Houston and Austin.

The State Fair tag orders for sheep, goat and swine will just validate the animal for the upcoming State Fair. They will have to be retagged in the fall for the spring major shows. The cost is $10 per tag.

If you have questions, call the Extension office at 940-627-3341.

Chrissy Karrer is a Wise County Extension agent.

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