Horse Skillathon - San
Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
Young horse enthusiasts will have the chance to compete in the
third annual Horse Skillathon on February 15th at the 2014 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 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
-Discuss arguments for and against cloning and how it differs
from other assisted reproductive technologies.
-Discuss the difference between the concepts of animal welfare
and animal rights, as well as the role of equine industry
participants in defining standard practices pertaining to horse
management and care.
-Discuss the various roles of breed organizations and make an
argument for what you believe is their most important
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,