Jake Paradisin, age 7, shares his public presentation on "How to Draw a Dragon" at a Namaste Friends 4-H Club Meeting , 2010
Image by Bridgid Beames

A 7-year-old 4-H member gives a presentation on "How to Draw a Dragon" .


4-H Presentation


Mills Family setting up!




4-H presenters with their certificates

4-H Public Presentations & Horse Communications

Why Public Presentations?

Learning to do public presentations is a focus of the 4-H Program in Madison County. We feel this life skill is important because speaking in front of a group is a scary thing, yet a skill you will use often throughout your life. All 4-H members are encouraged to do presentations. Horse Communications contest is another presentation opportunity. The basic format is the same, however the topic must be horse related and some of the rules vary. 4-H'ers in the county can participate in regular presentations, horse communications or both. For more information contact the 4-H office.

Public Presentations should have the following format:

  • Introduction – Think of a catchy way to get the audience attention
  • Body – give the audience the facts you want them to have
  • Conclusion – Summarize what you just told the audience

We encourage youth to participate in:

  • Club Public Presentation Workshops (Schedule with the 4-H office)
  • Club Presentations
  • County Presentation (held in the early spring each year)
  • District or Regional Presentations (if presenter qualifies)
  • State Presentations or Horse Communications (if presenter qualifies)
  • National Horse Communications (if presenter qualifies)
  • Public Presentation Spaghetti Dinner – Dinner to celebrate the accomplishment of the presenters and the volunteers who make the program possible. (Date to be announced)

There are three basic types of presentations:

  • Demonstration or Illustrated Talk
  • Speech
  • Dramatic Interpretation

To find out more about regular presentations click here.

To find out more about Horse Communications check out the rule book.

For more information:  publicpresentationsinfo.pdf

For tips and tricks: Public Presentations

Last updated January 11, 2021