Standardbred Horse Project
4-H Alberta offers an opportunity for young people to develop mentally, emotionally and socially through association with others.
4-H Horse projects have been developed with assessment tools (benchmarks), set up in skill and knowledge levels. These assessment tools help members with know what they are expected to learn and will be used to assess each member’s knowledge and skills in each project.
Before a member can participate in any of the varied horse projects offered, they must complete the first three levels in the Horsemanship Project, which focuses on general horse care and safety.
More information can be obtained on the various 4-H Alberta Horse projects by click here to go to the available resources.
Alberta 4-H Standardbred Horse Project
The 4-H Standardbred Yearling Program coordinated by ASHA in a joint effort between Alberta Standardbred breeders and 4-H Alberta administer by the 4-H Section of Agriculture and Forestry.
Successful applicants to the Standardbred 4-H Project will be matched with a Standardbred breeder late in the fall of 2016. The breeder and the member will arrange for a weanling to be delivered to the farm or acreage where the weanling will remain unti lthe ASHA Yearling Sale is held in the fall of 2017.
During the project period (9-10months) the member will learn how to responsibly care for, feed, manage health requirements and the economics of raising a horse. Expenses, growth, and special conditins of the yearling, will be regularly reported, with open line of communication between the breeder and the member being encouraged throughout the project's durations.
With this project, the members will gain valuable knowledge and expertise relating to raising a Standardbred yearling. The member will receive support, leadership, information and advice throughout the project. The Standardbred Project culminates at the 4-H member's Achievement Activity and then at the sale of the yearling at the SHA Yearling Sale.
Previous participants in this project have gone onto careers in support sectors such as veterinary medicine, retail sales, and day to day care of Standardbred horses. Many have become enthusiastic race fans and have kept a close eye on how the yearling they helped to raise progressed!
Who Can Apply?
Open to 4-H members who are 12 years of age or older and have completed Rider Level 3 Dismounted who have the permission of their parent(s) and a recommendation from their 4-H leader. Participants must be a member in good-standing of a 4-H club. Applications must demonstrate adequate stabling, feeding and grazing facilities. Applicants will be expected to have horse experience, knowledge and adult assistance.