Horse and Pony


Jefferson County Horse & Pony Project welcomes all 4-H members to join and learn and ride with us! Our “Project” is our horses (and see below- you don’t even have to have a horse to participate!), and we demonstrate what we are learning all year long by showing at County Fair. We grow in horsemanship and leadership and teamwork, striving to be a friendly welcoming group of horse-crazy kids, and the adults who help make things happen.

Horseless Horse

Horseless Horse: You do not need to own your own horse to belong at JCHP! “Horseless Horse” is an exciting part of JCHP that is designed to give kids who don’t own/borrow/lease a horse a chance to participate in the Horse Project, including showing at Jefferson County Fair. HH kids tend to be beginners, with less experience and ability and they share a horse with a designated “Buddy”- another Project member, who is a more experienced horse owner owner/borrower/leaser and is expected to be working with the HH member throughout the year to teach them the basics on care, handling, showmanship, riding, safety, horse behavior and to assist them with improving their ability to handle the animal safely and with confidence. At Jefferson County Fair, HH members and their buddies share one horse in one stall.  HH members can show their horses in Horseless Horse Showmanship and Horseless Horse Walk/Trot riding classes, and may show at a walk or trot in the fun classes. No cantering/loping is allowed. 

When you are either a traditional (horse owner) or a “managerial” (horse borrower or leaser) member, you are responsible financially and physically for the care, maintenance and development of the horse. At Fair, you may show in whatever classes suit your age and abilities. If you enter as a walk/trot exhibitor, you may only walk/trot in all classes, including the fun speed classes. Traditional and Managerial members who are more experienced riders are encouraged to help out by taking on the role of “Buddy” to a Horseless Horse member.  

Please email if you are a HH kid or would like to volunteer as a buddy.

JCHP Committee

Chair– Jenn Olson (Adult); AnnaLisa Boshart (Youth)
Vice Chair– Jessica Pfeiffer (Adult), Marissa Blazewicz (Youth)
Secretary– Erica Neis (Adult), Rylie Neis (Youth)
Treasurer– Lori Hogan (Adult), Celia Olson (Youth)
Reporter– Jordan Soleska (Adult), Aubree Soleska (Youth)
At Large Members– Terri Besch (Adult), Julie Lohman (Adult), Gracie Lohman (Youth), Kinsley Kutz (Youth)
Ambassador- Sydney Streich


Countywide Meetings for all Youth Members in the Horse and Horseless horse projects. Meetings are generally held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Fair Park Activity Center in Jefferson. There is no Countywide Meetings in the months of July, September, November and December.  

JCHP Board Committee Meetings: Adult and Youth Board Members are held every month on the 1st Tuesday of the month

Special Events

Tack Sale: Thank you for a great 2024 sale! See you in 2025!

Vaccine Clinic 2024: April 6, 2024. Email to sign-up. Must be pre-registered. 

May Clinic: May 26, 2024 Watch your emails for sign-ups! Contact with any questions.

Open Pleasure & Speed Horse Shows: May 27, 2024
For show bill, please go to

Jefferson County Fair: July 10-14, 2024

To-Do at Home

Explore raising and showing horses while developing life skills here!

Horse Education – Horse Education Quizlet Lessons 

Educational Opportunities

Monday Night Lessons/Fun Night: Optional educational opportunities for members to meet at Fair Park with or without horses to learn and ride together. Watch your Clover Connection emails for further information!

4-H Drill Team: contact with questions.

Horse Education: An optional meeting where members learn about horses and have the opportunity to compete against each other and potentially in the Statewide Horse Bowl contest. Practice and test your horse knowledge here:  Horse Education Quizlet Lessons


Mission statement : The Jefferson County Horse & Pony Ambassador program strives to provide an opportunity to practice advanced leadership skills related to mentoring other project youth and to represent and promote the 4-H Horse program for public relations purposes at county and state events. 

Equine Ambassador Program Details

Poster and Speech Guidelines

JCHP Equine Ambassador Application– Application due on March 1, 2024. 

Current Ambassador- Sydney Streich (2023-2024)

Past Ambassadors:

Ava Armstrong (2022-2023)

Kiana Mitchell (2021-2022)
Hailey Besch (COVID Ambassador 2020-2021)
Virginia Klecker (2019-2020)
Micah Yaeggi (2018-2019)
Kayla Donaldson (2017‐2018)
Melissa Melcher (2016‐2017)
Destiny Donaldson (2015-2016)
Natalie Ciciva (2014-2015)
Holly Graffin (2013-2014)
Amanda LePak (2012-2013)
Amanda French (2011-2012)
Caitlin Finger (2010-2011)
Morgan Endl (2009-2010)
Jason Kissner (2008‐2009)

JCHP Handbook & By-Laws

JCHP Handbook

JCHP Constitution & Bylaws – JCHP Constitution and Bylaws 2021 Draft (will be approved at Jan. 2022 Countywide)



Awards & Additional Resources

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