4-H horse club members qualify for State horse show

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Fifteen 4-H horse club members represented Monmouth County at the New Jersey State 4-H Championship Horse Show, on Aug. 23-25 at the Horse Park of New Jersey, in Allentown.

“The Monmouth County 4-H horse club members have a tradition of demonstrating wonderful horsemanship and passion for their mounts at the three-day State competition,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the County 4-H Association. “Many, if not all of these members, dis- covered their love for horses and horseback riding here in the County. On behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, I wish the 4-H horse club members the best of luck and encourage those competing to meet other 4-H horse project members from around the State.”

4-H members from throughout New Jersey with more than 175 horse and rider combinations will compete in Ranch Horse Classes and the English, Western, Dressage, Trail, Very Small Equine, Games and Therapeutic/Challenged Rider Divisions.

“It took a lot of hard work and dedication for these young people to qualify for the State 4-H Horse Show,” said Matthew Newman, Monmouth County 4-H Agent. “All of us in Monmouth 4-H are proud of them.”

To compete in the State 4-H Championship 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 eligible to take part in the State event.

State 4-H Horse Show participants include Sarah Donnelly, Hazlet; Rachel Funk, Howell; Amalia Goushy, Atlantic Highlands; Juliet Kelly, Millstone; Ava Matuza, Jackson; Sarah Mullen, Howell; Sophia Ramos, Howell; Gianna Givera, Howell; Avery Ryan, Howell; Olive Scaff, Cream Ridge; Kiera Sievewright, Freehold; Gianna Tanzi, Howell; Jacqueline Tanzi, Howell; Delaney Wiggins, Howell and Tierney Wiggins, Howell.

The State 4-H Championship Horse Show is sponsored in part by the New Jersey Equine Advi- sory Board as well as by businesses and individuals from throughout the State.

The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station – Cooperative Extension. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13 (one year out of high school), on an age-appropriate basis.