Horse Communications – Cancelled as of March 30, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, all Spring 2020 NYS 4-H Horse Educational Events have been cancelled.  More information to follow. 


DATE: May 30, 2020 (registration deadline May 15, 2020)

TIME: 9:00 AM – Contest begins for both juniors and seniors

*PLEASE NOTE – Individual and team schedules will be emailed to participants and CCE Educators approximately one week prior to the event.  If a participant(s) needs to request a specific time, please indicate when registering. All participants should arrive at least one-half hour prior to their scheduled presentation time.

PLACE: 507 Tower Road, Morrison Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (Corner of Judd Falls and Tower Roads)

Print the 2020 NYS 4-H Horse Communication Announcement

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.

Register for the NYS 4-H Horse Communications Event here

On Arrival:

  • Please enter Morrison Hall by the East Morrison Hall parking lot entrance, which is easily accessible by the East Morrison parking lot. Please look for signs.
  • Put belongings in Rm. 101 (holding room).
  • Register in the Lobby.

Schedules – will be posted in the lobby, on the appropriate contest room, and in the holding room.


  • Be familiar with the NYS 4-H Horse Communications rules. They will be used for this event.
  • Contestants may introduce themselves. Room monitors will not be making introductions. Refer to rules.
  • The top presenters will be invited to participate at the NYS 4-H Horse Communications Invitational in the 4-H Building at the NY State Fair.  This event is for:
    • both Juniors and Seniors Presenters
    • top five Individual Presenters
    • top two Public Speakers
    • top Team Presenters
  • Bring your own lunch, drinks and refreshments.
  • Bring your own equipment and props (easel, DVD player, computer, etc.), these will not be supplied for you.

LODGING: A limited number of rooms have been blocked at the Clarion Inn (formally Ramada Ithaca), 2310 N. Triphammer Rd, under “Horse Communications 2020”, for the night before the event.  Call 607-257-3100 to reserve a room.

          The rooms must be booked by May 15, 2020.  After that date, they will be released to the general public.

If you have more questions, please contact:
Sarah Bagley
NYS 4-H Horse Communications Chairperson
Phone:  585-394-3977 x428


Parking – in the east Morrison Hall parking lot – If you are unfamiliar with the Cornell campus contact your county 4-H staff for directions and more information. Please enter Morrison Hall by the East Morrison Hall parking lot entrance, which is easily accessible from the East Morrison parking lot. Please look for signs.