Equine-Events
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 horse industry.

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 responsibility.

Horse Skillathon Resource List


Illustrated Dictionary of Equine Terms , New 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 Council, 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) by 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 Ages, 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 bookstore.

Youth and Collegiate Horse Judging Leader Guide, By Teri J. Antilley and Clay A. Cavinder, https://agrilifebookstore.org/publications_search.cfmAS 1-2.210.

Youth and Collegiate Horse Judging Manual, By Teri J. Antilley and Clay A. Cavinder, https://agrilifebookstore.org/publications_search.cfmAS 3-2.051.

The Texas 4-H Horsemanship Leader Guide, By Teri J. Antilley, Michael Benefield and Pete G. Gibbs, https://agrilifebookstore.org/publications_search.cfm AS 3-2.032.

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