State 4-H Horse Leadership Conference

Wisconsin 4-H Horse Leadership Conference in 2023

November 11, 2023 at UW-River Falls

Open to 4-H volunteers and 4-H members grade 7 and older.
All youth members need to be accompanied by a guardian or chaperone for this experience.

*Payment Update – as you register, you may notice at the payment screen, it says to send it to your county 4-H program. Please, do not do send it there. It is a part of the registration system that cannot be changed at the moment. You can either pay online when you register or send your payment to the state 4-H office along with your confirmation e-mail to the address listed under payment information below. 

*** Please note the updated schedule listed below
Dates: November 11, 2023
Location: UW River Falls Campus and Lab Farm
Cost: $75.00 per person (includes breaks, lunch, and dinner on Saturday and a breakfast break on Sunday morning)
Registration Deadline: November 3, 2023; space is limited – we encourage you to register early. Please note that Nov. 3 is also the last day to withdraw a registration. Any registration withdrawal after this date will be responsible for payment regardless of attendance.

Tentative Schedule:
Saturday, November 11
8:30 am – 9:00am – Registration: UW River Falls Lab Farm
9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Lab Farm Rotating Sessions,
you will need to provide your own transportation from the lab farm to the University Center

12:15 – 1:15 pm – Buffet Lunch: University Center Ballroom

1:15 – 4:15pm – All Conference and Breakout Sessions, University Center rooms

4:30 – 5:30pm – District Meetings

5:30-6:30 pm – University Center Ballroom
Sportsmanship Awards
Buffet Supper

6:30 pm – State 4-H Horse Association Meeting – University Center Ballroom
6:30 pm – Youth meeting – (youth to join association meeting when finished or as needed)

We are excited for the  2023 WI 4-H Horse Conference at UW River Falls. On Saturday, you will have an opportunity to you will have an opportunity to go to the UW River Falls lab farm and experience sessions there with faculty from UW River Falls and other presenters and attend a number of rotating sessions on topics related to horses, developing your leadership skills, learning more about UW River Falls and so much more. 4-H Horse Association District meetings will happening right before dinner. On Saturday evening, State 4-H Horse Association and Youth Associations will take place in the University Center. all members and volunteers are encouraged to attend those meetings.

Session Information:
More information about rotating sessions will be added to the website prior to the conference. Workshops will be offered throughout the conference by invited instructors including 4-H youth and adult volunteers.  These topics are a mix of horse, youth and leadership related topics.  Workshop participants will also benefit from talking with leaders from across the state to gain new ideas and insights into the 4-H Horse Program.

Registration: Registration for this event will be completed through 4-H online. 
1. Go to
2. Sign-in to your account and re-enroll if you have not done so already.
3. Click Events (on the left or on the drop down menu)
4. Locate the event you are looking for: 2023 WI 4-H Horse Conference
5. Click on the event and proceed through the registration process.
6. Payment Screen – you can pay online at this point or send in your payment. Please note: it will say to send the funding to your county – do not send it there. This is a feature in this program that cannot be changed. Please pay online or send it to the state 4-H office with the information located under payment.
7. You will receive a confirmation email.

If you are a parents/ guardian and need to register as a participant, there are some helpful directions at this link:

If you are a current 4-H member or volunteer, screenshots of how to register are available here:

If you require assistance with registering, please contact Jill at (920)391-4659 or at for help and we will be able to assist you.
If you have not paid online, and Send registration e-mail confirmation along with payment. Payments should be made by November 6th.

Make check payable to: UW-Madison Extension( do NOT send cash) to:
WI State 4-H Office
Attn: 4-H Horse Conference
432 N. Lake St.,
Madison WI 53706.

There are no room blocks set for this event. You do not need to stay at one of these places – but these are some options available in the area. You will need to make your own lodging arrangements for the conference.

Chaperones: If you are acting in a chaperone capacity, you will need to work with your local county educator to ensure you have all the pieces in place for that role.

Mission of the Horse Leaders Conference

To offer educational workshops which include both information and hands-on activity ideas for leaders to utilize when teaching youth.

To provide a forum for strengthening communications relative to the 4-H Horse and Pony Project.

To provide an opportunity for participants to network and share experiences

This program is supported by the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation.  For more information please go to

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