4-H Animal Science Knowledge Contests provide the opportunity for youth to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in a competitive setting. Youth 8 - 19 who have a serious interest in learning more about horses and dairy cattle participate in a rigorous 8 - 10 week study course - preparing them for the Hippology and Quiz Bowl contests. Species specific knowledge contests are also held at the 4-H Youth Fair for dairy, horse, goats, sheep and rabbits.
The District Hippology (the study of the horse) event is held in early March at El Rancho De Paz in Owego, NY. Participants rotate through a series of topic "stations". Members participate as a team, as well as for individual placings. Top individuals are invited to participate in the NYS contest held at the NYS Fair in August.
Horse and Dairy Quiz Bowl is a "game style" contest where members of the team answer individual and team questions as well as compete for the chance to answer questions in the buzzer round. The top four individulas from the Regional Contest participate in the state contests at Cornell in April. The top four individuals from the state contests move on to national competition.
Last updated January 26, 2015