March 5, 2018

News Release

For Immediate Release

EDITOR'S NOTE: Members of the media may contact Jeannette Rea-Keywood, Rutgers " Youth Development by phone at 609-827-0199 or by email at

4-H Teams Capture Top Awards at State 4-H Horse Bowl Competition

Twenty-nine teams consisting of approximately one hundred (100) 4‑H horse club members from 12 counties (Atlantic, Burlington, Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem, Somerset, Sussex and Warren) competed in the New Jersey State 4‑H Horse Bowl Competition on February 24 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).

There were 15 teams competing in the Senior Division this year. Winners were:
1st Place Team - Warren County. Team members included Maddie Crisp, Brittany Smith, Rachel Vence, and Alexis Grogan.
2nd Place Team - Somerset County. Team members were Shay Fleming, Kara Johnson, Leigha Giranda, and Anthony Leone.
3rd Place Team - Atlantic County. Team members included Caroline Rockhill, Mackenzie Esposito, Amanda Sisco, and Gwen Moran.
4th Place Team - Team members were Abigail Schiattarella and Ashley Erikson from Ocean County and Justine Patnode from Sussex County.

The top individuals in the Senior Division were: Anthony Leone (Somerset County), Rachel Vence (Warren County), Shay Fleming (Somerset County), Caroline Rockhill (Atlantic), Maddie Crisp (Warren County), Erin Drake (Middlesex County), Ashley Erickson (Ocean County), Mackenzie Esposito (Atlantic County), Kara Johnson (Somerset County), and Morgan Puglisi (Burlington County).

Of the 14 teams competing in the Junior Division, the 1st place team members were Annabella Sefa and Amanda Schwegler from Middlesex County and Abbey Schneider from Burlington County. The 2nd Place team consisted of Liana Trebour, Alex Morgan, and Nora Hansen from Ocean County and Alissa Monetti from Warren County. Hunterdon County captured the 3rd Place Team award with team members Christina Piparo, Mackenzie Snyder, Emma Jackson, and Meagan Connolly. The 4th Place Team was Atlantic County and team members included Samantha Ingerson, Bailey Passalaqua, and Samantha Passalaqua.

The top ten individuals who captured the best scores in three rounds in the Junior Division were Christina Piparo (Hunterdon County), Abbey Schneider (Burlington County), Samantha Ingerson (Atlantic County), Alexa Cook (Hunterdon County), Kazzandra Higgins (Sussex County), Alissa Montetti (Warren County), Liana Trebour (Ocean County), Alexa Hoelterling (Ocean County), Camryn Downey (Sussex County), and Jacqueline Tanzi (Monmouth County).

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


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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