Local 4H members qualify for State Horse Show

Championship show to take place Aug. 21 to 23

FREEHOLD, NJ – Ten 4-H horse club members will represent Monmouth County at the New Jersey State 4-H Championship Horse Show that takes place from Aug. 21 to 23 at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown.


FREEHOLD, NJ - 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 New Jersey. More than 200 New Jersey 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 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,” said Roberta Hunter, County 4-H Agent.

To compete in the State Horse Show, 4-H members must qualify with their horse by riding in a series of Tri-County qualifying shows at the county level. The top two scoring riders in each class are then eligible to take part in the state event. State 4-H Horse Show participants are Alicia Chapman, Arianna Ciccone, Natalie Cribbin, Erin Doyle, Katie Kalyfan, Maya Konefal, Caitlin Lanigan, Samantha Puccio, Olive Scaff and Taylor Toris.

County coordinators for this event include Jaime Kelly for Dressage; Linda Cribbin for the English Division; and Kim Toris for the Western and Games Divisions. 

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, 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, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status and any other category protected by law.

For more information about the Monmouth County 4-H Program call the 4-H office at 732-431-7260 ext. 7264 or visit the New Jersey 4-H website at http://nj4h.rutgers.edu.