Horse Skillathon - San
Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
Young horse enthusiasts will have the chance to compete in the
second annual Horse Skillathon on February 16th at the 2013 San
Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. The Horse Skillathon is a contest
designed for students to showcase their knowledge of horses and the
4,000 students already participate in a variety of educational
contests at the San Antonio Stock Show& Rodeo (S.A.L.E.).
Patterned after the popular livestock skillathons, this horse
contest will offer an opportunity for young people to display their
knowledge, skill and talent.
Contestants will be divided into three different age groups;
junior (8-10), intermediate (11-13) and senior (14-18). This
contest will be open to youth with a Texas residency. A membership
with a 4-H program or FFA Chapter is not required.
The contest combines three important elements: book knowledge,
hands-on experience and ability to communicate knowledge and
awareness of industry issues. Participants will study materials and
then apply their knowledge on the written exam. For the next phase,
they will perform tasks at hands-on stations. Finally, participants
in the senior division will present a public speech focusing on
current issues within the horse industry.
To enter or learn more about the Horse Skillathon, please visit http://www.sarodeo.com/horse-show/horse-skillathon.
Horse Skillathon Potential Speech Topics
Describe a practice or practices employed by the Bureau of Land
Management to manage wild horse populations.
Describe a technique currently being employed by breed and/or
discipline associations to attract new members, particularly youth
Explain what the phrase "form to function" means, as well as how
you would evaluate it.
Describe attributes that increase a horse's value. What tips
would you give a horse owner about increasing the value and
marketability of their herd?
Horse Skillathon Resource List
Illustrated Dictionary of Equine Terms
Horizons Equine Education Center, Inc., Alpine Publications, P.O.
Box 7027, Loveland, CO 80537.
The Horse (2nd Edition) by Evans, Borton, Hintz
Van Vleck, W.H.Freeman and Company, 660 Market Street, San
Francisco, CA 94104.
The Coloring Atlas of Horse Anatomy
, by Robert
Kainer and Thomas McCracken, Alpine Publications Inc., P.O. Box
7027, Loveland, CO 80537.
Horse Industry Handbook by the American Youth Horse
, The Equine Collection-Dept. AYHC, PO Box 1539,
Fort Lee, NJ, 07024-1539.
American Youth Horse Council Youth Leaders' Manual by the
American Youth Horse Council
, the Equine Collection-Dept.
AYHC, PO Box 1539, Fort Lee, NJ, 07024-1539.
Feeding and Care of the Horse (2nd edition)
Lon D. Lewis, paperback version from Williams and Wilkins, P.O. Box
1496, Baltimore, MD 21298-9724.
Equine Science: Basic Knowledge For Horse People of All
By Jean T. Griffiths, www.horsebooksetc.com or call
1-800-952-5813 or ISBN#978-1-929164-42-4 to order from your local
Youth and Collegiate Horse Judging Leader Guide
By Teri J. Antilley and Clay A. Cavinder,
Youth and Collegiate Horse Judging Manual
Teri J. Antilley and Clay A. Cavinder,
The Texas 4-H Horsemanship Leader Guide
, By Teri
J. Antilley, Michael Benefield and Pete G. Gibbs,