National Contests

Participating in National Competitions

All expenses, planning, and paperwork are the responsibility of the team selected. First place teams would be offered the opportunity first and so forth. The State 4-H Equine Education Programs will provide some financial support depending upon availability of funds.


For each contest area, a 4-H adult volunteer leader will be selected as a coach of the CA Delegation to participate in the national competition. Duties will include coaching the team for competition and supervising their participation in the virtual event.

One coach will be appointed to serve as the state team coordinator.

Coach applications will open on TBD. Selections will be made by the State 4-H Office TBD. If a coach is not named for a team, the team will be ineligible to attend the national event.


Eligibility for National Education Contests (per National 4-H policy)

Only Senior 4-H members can compete in national competitions. Members must be age 14 or older as of December 31, 2020.

California 4-H must verify that "This contestant has not participated in post-secondary coursework in the <subject area> of the National 4-H/FFA competition, nor has he or she participated in training for post-secondary competition in the subject area of the National 4-H/FFA competition."


Qualifying Placement

State Level Qualification is needed to represent California 4-H at the following national competitions:


  • Senior individuals who place in the top 5 and have a score in the 80th percentile
  • Senior Teams who place 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Public Speaking & demonstrations

Senior individuals who place in the top four.


Western National Roundup

Update August 7, 2020: The 2021 Western National Roundup has been canceled. Some virtual activities may be scheduled, but none at this time.

Participants who previously competed at a Western National Round Up competition as an individual or adult will not be able to sign up for the same event.

Hippology, Public Speaking


All American Quarter Horse Congress

October in Columbus, OH



Other National Competitions

Due to limited resources during the pandemic, we are not holding state-level qualifying events in 2020 for Horse Bowl and Judging. California 4-H will NOT be participating in the following in events 2020/2021.

  • All American Quarter Horse Congress - October in Columbus, OH (Horse Bowl & Judging)
  • US National Arabian/Half Arabian Championship Horse Show October (TBA)  (Horse Judging only. Two teams per state.)
  • AQHYA Youth World Show, August (Horse Judging only. Two teams per state.)