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NC 4-H Horse Program- Horse Drawing Contest


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The Horse Drawing Contest will encourage the 4-H member to broaden his or her horizons and utilize creative talent within the Horse Project while increasing awareness of the Horse Project through drawing exhibitions.

2013 Horse Drawing Contest Entry Form


Open to Junior and Senior participants. Each participant must have reached age 9 on or before January 1 of the current year and must not have reached age 19 before January 1 of the current year.

Juniors are participants who have not reached age 14 before January 1 of the current year. Seniors are participants who have reached age 14 as of January 1 of the current year and who have not reached age 19 as of January 1 of the current year.

Participation is open to Cloverbud members. Youth ages 5 to 8 may participate in this noncompetitive division.

State winners in the Junior Division are ineligible for future competition in the Junior Division in this event. Juniors are eligible to compete in other Artistic Expression Events in which they have not won a state championship. State winners in a Senior Division of an Artistic Expression Event are ineligible to compete in that same event in future years. Senior state Artistic Expression Event winners are eligible to compete in other Artistic Expression Events in which they have not won a state championship.



Only one entry per participant permitted. Each entry must be the original work of the participant, that has been completed since the previous year’s contest and that relates to the Horse and Pony Project.

The minimum size is 9 inches x 12 inches, and the maximum size is 18 inches x 24 inches. This indicates the finished matted size.

All work must be matted with suitable matting board, with a maximum 3inches border. Recommended matting boards are Crescent, Alphamat, and Bainbridge brand name matting board. All drawing entries are not to be framed. No captions are permitted.

Pencil, chalk, charcoal, pen and ink, or pastels. Cloverbud members, however, may use any medium of their choice.Sketched Horse Picture

All items must include the following on the back: participant’s name, address, county, and age as of January 1 of the current 4-H year, and age division, mailing address, and phone number. (No signatures or identification will be allowed on the front of the artwork).

A Grand Champion State Level award plus the top 10 ribbons in the Junior and Senior Divisions will be awarded. Cloverbud participants will not be ranked but will be evaluated and receive participation ribbons. Ties will be broken starting with the judging criteria with the highest point value and continuing on in decending order. If ties are still present, the NC 4-H Horse program will award multiple prizes of the same rank.

Entries failing to conform to contest rules will be disqualified.


Evaluation Criteria

Award rankings will be based on the following criteria:

Composition, balance, harmony and overall design

40 points

Use of materials and appropriate media selection

20 points

Skill level and degree of difficulty

 30 points

Completed Appearance and neatness

10 points


100 points


Please thoroughly read the Horse Drawing Contest section in the NC 4-H Horse Program Rulebook (updated annually) for additional information on contest rules, regulations, submission procedures, etc.


2013 Horse Drawing Contest Entry Form

Please note that this form must be postmarked by May 1st, 2013 or your entry will be disqualified.


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