Horse Advancement Levels
- All horse project members must have passed Advancement Level 1–Western, to be eligible to compete in the Western Division or the Timed Events Division
- Advancement Level 1 – English, to be eligible to compete in the English Division; and
- Advancement Level 1 – Ranch Horse, to be eligible to compete in the Ranch Horse Division.
- (Exception: First year project members can choose to compete in the Novice Division whether or not they pass Level 1. They are encouraged, however, to attempt Level 1. For 2nd year and over project members, if you have not passed Level 1, you must have attempted it this year (to be eligible for the Novice Division.) Also, to compete at the Colorado State Fair, you must be Level 2 (or higher for some classes) certified.
All certifications, for the Weld County Fair and Colorado State Fair, must be completed by July 1st.
For each level, there is a written and riding test. Written tests are to be taken, and passed, before you take the riding test. Written tests for this year only are available to be taken online. To take the test, you will need to contact Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org and a link with password will be sent. You will have 24 hours once the test is sent to you for it to be completed. No tests will be sent over the weekend or holidays.
Riding tests must be administered by a certified levels rater. You can arrange to be level certified on your own. A list of qualified raters can be found on the Colorado 4-H website. Riding tests can also be completed virtually; contact Kim for more information on how to complete this.
Members must have a Jump Certification on file to be eligible for English Equitation Over Jumps and Hunter Hack classes. Members must have a Roping Certification to be eligible to rope cattle in the Ranch Horse Cattle Sorting and Individual Cattle Work classes