February 16, 2017

News Release

For Immediate Release

EDITOR'S NOTE: Members of the media may contact Jeannette Rea-Keywood, Rutgers 4‑H Youth Development by phone at 609-898-0928, ext. 11 or by email at reakeywood@njaes.rutgers.edu.

State 4-H Horse Bowl Competition to Be Held February 25

Over 100 4‑H horse club members from 12 counties (Atlantic, Burlington, Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem, Somerset, Sussex and Warren) will be competing in the New Jersey State 4‑H Horse Bowl Competition on February 25 in Westampton (Burlington County).

The New Jersey 4‑H Horse Bowl is an educational project, in which 4‑H members learn a variety of horse related information including equine anatomy, conformation, feed and nutrition, evolution, breed characteristics, reproduction, horse management, tack and equipment, styles of riding, and the exhibition of horses. Participants enhance their study skills by using selected reference materials.

The accumulated knowledge is tested in the form of a contest, similar to a "College Quiz Bowl" competition. At the horse bowl contest, 4 H'ers must work together with three other team members to answer questions to the best of their ability. Questions read by a moderator will focus on topics in Anatomy and Physiology, Reproduction, Evolution, History and Uses of Horse, and Equine Management. Contestants vie against one another to be the first to buzz in, winning the opportunity to answer the question. Correct answers earn points toward individual and team awards. Teams are divided into two divisions, junior division (grades 4–8) and senior division (grades 9–13).

The knowledge and skills gained in the participation in the NJ 4‑H Horse Bowl are useful in other aspects and projects of the New Jersey 4‑H Horse Program, including Horse Judging, Hippology and possibly in a career or work field in the future.

The 4‑H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. 4‑H offers educational programs 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, gender, sexual orientation or disability. For more information visit the New Jersey 4‑H website at http://nj4h.rutgers.edu.

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Cooperating Agencies: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and County Boards of Chosen Freeholders. Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is an qual opportunity program provider and employer.

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