Photo: Barrel turn.

Ongoing Programs

Gerry Leonarski 'Making the Best Better' Memorial Awards

The Gerry Leonarski "Making the Best Better" Memorial Awards are being instituted starting this year specifically for 4-H members enrolled in the NJ 4-H Equine Program. [more info...]

Mary & Fred Kossatz Awards for Scholarly Achievement in the NJ 4-H Horse Program

This scholarship recognizes a junior and senior 4-H member who have had exemplary accomplishments in multiple 4-H Horse project activities. [more info...]

Past Events

NJ State 4-H Competitive Trail Ride

October 12, 2014

The 4-H trail ride program is designed to stimulate greater interest in trail riding, to teach proper methods of training and conditioning horses for trail riding, to encourage good horsemanship and safety on trail rides. Trail riding is a healthy, enjoyable recreation. It is fun and gives one the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of the Garden State. Riders have the responsibility to respect the property rights of others and to share the trails with other trail users. [more info...]

NJ State 4-H Model Horse Show

January 30, 2016

The Model Horse project is is a great opportunity for 4-H members who do not own real horses. 4-H members "show" model horses and tack that they have purchased, made, or customized. The contest is open to all 4-H members enrolled in the horse project. [more info...]

NJ State 4-H Horse Bowl Competition

February 20, 2016

The horse bowl is based on the collegiate bowl contests that used to be on TV. Contestants are asked questions which have been assigned a point value. Contestants use buzzers to be recognized to respond. By studying for the contest, 4-H members gain knowledge about animal science and horsemanship. [more info...]

NJ State 4-H Equine Arts Show

February 20, 2016

The 4-H Equine Arts Show is a creative and instructional program that invites 4-H members to display their artistic talents and imaginations, while developing life-time skills and abilities. Participants are able to express their appreciation of the horse through various art mediums, while they are expanding their cultural knowledge. Art projects enable 4-H'ers to learn the value of developing visual exhibits in areas of specific interest. [more info...]

NJ State 4-H Equine Presentation Contest

March 20, 2016

The New Jersey 4-H Equine Presentations Project is a project area that is beneficial to the total 4-H Horse Program. By learning to give presentations and demonstrations, 4-H'ers gain self-confidence and speaking abilities that are valuable in life situations such as school, the work place and the community. [more info...]

NJ State 4-H Hippology Contest

April 9-10, 2016

Hippology combines horse judging, the technical knowledge learned in horse bowl, and the practical application of various horse related skills. 4-H members put their knowledge to use as they complete an examination phase, a station phase that includes identifying horse-related items, a judging phase, and a team problems phase that emphasizes teamwork and planning. [more info...]

NJ State 4-H Horse Judging Contest

April 10, 2016

In horse judging, 4-H members make a careful study of animals measuring them individually against a commonly accepted ideal. 4-H members learn to look at a group of four horses (a class) and compare the balance and type, as well as the correctness of the structures of the horses. Generally, 4-H members also have an opportunity to give oral reasons for why they rated the classes the way they did. 4-H members who participate in horse judging become keen observers, poised and confident speakers, and learn that doing their best is a positive contribution to the team. [more info...]

NJ State 4-H Equestrian of the Year

August 13, 2016

The Equestrian of the Year contest is an ambassador program that encourages 4-H'ers to become well-rounded individuals with a comprehensive background in the horse field. Emphasis is placed on participation in the educational equine events such as Horse Bowl, Horse Judging and Hippology; Public Speaking skills through county, state and the Equine Presentation contests; Leadership proficiency by participation in State Horse Project Teen Council (HPTC) and county level teen leadership programs; Community Service Projects; and other equine related activities. [more info...]

NJ State 4-H Championship Horse Show

August 26-28, 2016

The New Jersey State 4-H Championship Horse Show offers 4-H youth the opportunity to compete at an advanced level and meet other 4-H horse project members from around the state. [more info...]


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