Kennebec 4-H Horse Show Rules and Regulations

Kennebec 4-H Horse Shows Rules and Regulations

  • Kennebec County has adopted the New England 4-H Rule Book to govern the operations of this show. Please see our state Equine Program site for complete New England Rules:
  • Open only to bona fide 4-H Members, in good standing and enrolled by December 31, 2017.
  • 4-H’ers must be 9 years old by December 31, 2017 to show.
  • Only 4-H Members with questions may approach the show secretary or steward, who will in turn answer your question or will permit you to approach the judge. Parents and Members shall not approach judges directly.
  • Judges’ decisions are final.
  • No stallions allowed.
  • Exhibitors shall only show animal(s) listed on Animal Approval Form (due June 30 annually) and will ride the animal shown in the showmanship and fitting class (Class 1, 2, or 3).
  • Western Pony is defined as being 14 hands and under, English Pony is defined as being 14.2 hands and under.
  • Exhibitor must be 13 years or younger to ride a pony in this event.
  • “Holds” between classes shall be no longer than 3 minutes, only one hold per class is allowed.
  • See the Grievance Committee for any issues; all decisions from Grievance Committee are final.
  • Showmanship patterns (if any) and English/Western riding patterns will be posted day of the show.
  • All exhibitors must wear ASTM/SEI approved helmets and shall produce signed helmet waiver at registration if it was not sent in with registration paper work.
  • No additional classes will be accepted or added the day of the show; classes may be removed day of the show.
  • Exhibitor shall show proof of liability insurance either by Certification of Liability Insurance reflecting name of Fair as Certificate holder or by proof of membership to Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors (Male membership). Application is found at For details regarding minimum coverage amounts, please check with Fair Officials.
  • Exhibitors are expected to show their horse project to the best of their ability including but not limited to: grooming, clipping, and handling their horse with minimal support.
  • Exhibitors riding horses age 5 years and under may ride two handed with regulations snaffle bit, Bosal, or Hackamore.
  • Dropped or figure 8 nose band and running martingales are allowed in jumping classes only.
  • Numbers shall be worn and visible while in the ring.
  • Warn other riders of a horse with kicking tendencies with a red ribbon in its tail.
  • The only dogs permitted on fairgrounds are service dogs. If your service dog behaves inappropriately during or near the horse arena area you may be asked to leave.
  • Exhibitors shall not ride outside of the arena or designated practice area.
  • Exhibitor shall present a neat and clean appearance and be attired in riding clothes appropriate to their seat. Riding boots with heels are required. No sneakers.
  • Monmouth Fair Specific: Exhibitors and horses shall remain visible from the secretary’s booth at all times.
  • Monmouth Fair Specific: Horse manure shall be picked up and delivered to the designated area.

4-H programs are open to all young people. Any questions or need for a physical, language, learning, developmental accommodation in a 4-H show or exhibit?

Please contact Melissa White or Alisha Targonski, 125 State Street 3rd Floor, Augusta, ME 04330 or call 207.622.7546 or 800.287.1481 (in Maine) between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.  Email is or  If you would like to request an accommodation please contact us 14 days prior to the event.