4-H horse club members from throughout the state will be participating in the New Jersey State 4-H Championship Horse Show, Aug. 23-25, at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown, NJ in Monmouth County. Over 200 4-H members from throughout New Jersey will gather to compete in the English, Western, Dressage, Driving, Very Small Equine, Challenged Rider and Game Divisions.
The State 4-H Championship Horse Show is an annual three-day event that offers 4-H’ers an opportunity to compete at an advanced level and meet other 4-H horse project members from around the state of New Jersey. “The competing 4-H’ers are the best of the best from each county; they have earned the right to participate through county-level qualifying shows.” says Carol Ward, Rutgers Cooperative Extension agent for Somerset County and State 4-H Horse Program liaison.
To compete in the state horse show, 4-H members must qualify with their horse by riding in a series of qualifying shows on the county level. The top two scoring riders in each class are then eligible to take part in the state event.
The State 4-H Championship Horse Show is sponsored in part by the New Jersey Equine Advisory Board as well as by businesses and individuals from throughout the state.
The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13(one year out of high school), on an age-appropriate basis.
For more information about the New Jersey 4-H Program, administered by Rutgers Cooperative Extension, visit the website at http://nj4h.rutgers.edu.