The NYS 4-H Horse Communications contest is an event for qualifying youth (decided at the Regional Level) to compete and show off communications and public speaking skills. The event is centered around the horse world, encompassing a wide variety of topics. Winners at the Senior Level will be invited to attend the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup in Louisville Kentucky in November. As this is a state level event, youth will be evaluated at a high level with constructive comments offered to help youth improve. The NYS 4-H Horse Communications Program is one of our most beneficial programs as it allows youth to learn and practice public speaking skills that can be used in the future.
This year, the 2020 NYS 4-H Horse Communications contest will be conducted virtually using Youtube as a platform.
Regions may choose four senior individual presentations, four junior individual presentations, four senior public speeches, four junior public speeches, four senior team presentations, and four junior team presentations from their regions. These can be those who qualified at the regional contest, or those chosen in any other manner that seems fit for your region.
Registration will begin on Friday, July 31st using the registration link below. Only CCE County Educator or staff can register youth; all registrations need to be submitted by August 21st at 11:59pm. Beginning Friday, July 31st, educators will be able to upload their youths videos as unlisted so that only those who have the link can view, and these links will be shared with the appropriate judges. The registration form will ask for youth’s contact information, speech information, an unlisted Youtube link to their speech, and permission to share the link to their video with judges and other participants.
Link to registration form: 4h.ansci.cornell.edu/horse-communication-entry/
Please share the link to the Youtube tutorial below with participating youth that shows how to set up a Youtube account and upload an unlisted video.
Link to Youtube tutorial: https://youtu.be/Ena6nxDiXzQ
Judges will have one week to watch and judge the videos. Placings will be announced via email by Tuesday, September 1st, along with a listing a speech titles and corresponding Youtube links so that youth may enjoy the speeches from their peers. The award announcement will also include a signup list with available times slots for youth to arrange for a one-on-one session with a judge to go over their speech over zoom or phone call. Ribbons, scoresheets, and certificates will be mailed to participants.
REMINDER: Be familiar with the NYS 4-H Horse Communications rules. They will be used for this event.
If you have more questions, please contact:
NYS 4-H Horse Communications Chairperson
Phone: 585-394-3977 x428