The virtual equine events all require a reliable internet and the use of certain online technologies in order to compete.

Live events require a consistent and reliable internet connection. It is the responsibility of the individual contestants to secure all needed technology requirements and ensure that they are working properly PRIOR to the scheduled event.


Technical Support and questions

Please contact Scott Mautte at, 530-750-1335.

Hippology Contest Technical Needs


  • Laptop or Desktop computer preferred; tablet ok. Accessing the system by cell phone is strongly discouraged.
  • Speaker
  • Microphone
  • Reliable internet connection


eXtension Learning Management System

You will use the learning management system for both the Practice Session and the Hippology Competition.

You must create an eXtension account PRIOR to the Practice Session.

See helpsheet: Creating an eXtension Account (pdf)

REQUIRED: Complete the Practice Session by August 20 at 9pm

Please login to the eXtension system to complete the Contest Practice Session courses listed in "My Courses" in your account. Practice Session details (PDF)

If the contest is not listed in your account, please contact Scott Mautte immediately at Please include your name and phone number so this can be resolved.

Public Speaking Contest Technology Needs


  • Computer with webcam, microphone, and speakers
  • Smartphone or tablet with camera, microphone and speakers.
  • Reliable internet connection.
  • Optional - tripod if using a tablet or smartphone for your webcam.


Zoom technology

The Zoom app should be installed on the computer, tablet or smartphone. Download the software at

If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, please see their Zoom Video tutorials.

ZORMS (Zoom meeting norms and good practices)


Check your tech

Hint: You may want to sign up for a free Zoom account to practice at home!

  1. Connect and test your Zoom audio.
  2. If you're calling in, enter your participant ID number to link your computer and phone. Find it next to your name in the "Participants" sidebar. On your phone, press #[number] # to connect.
  3. Activate your camera.
  4. Use Zoom's Gallery View to see the whole group.
  5. If you need help, type [Scott or Keely] in the Zoom chat box for assistance.

Prepare to participate

  1. Remain on-camera at all times (except if you are experiencing Internet bandwidth issues).
  2. Remain available to be on-mic. Mute while others are speaking/presenting, but be ready to participate.
  3. Turn other devices near you to airplane mode and close other windows on your computer to avoid distractions.
  4. Use the phrase "I'm complete..." or "I'm done..." when speaking.
  5. Use nonverbal tools in Zoom to raise your hand.