RARITAN TWP., N.J. Centaurs 4-H Horse Club is accepting new members. The first meeting of the new 4-H year is Sept. 20, at 7 p.m.

The 4-H Youth Development Program uses a learn-by-doing approach to enable youth to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to become competent, caring and contributing citizens of the world. This is accomplished by using the knowledge and resources of caring adults. 

The Centaurs club is busy throughout the year, with club business meetings held on the third Friday of every month in Building 2 at the Hunterdon County Complex on Route 12.

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County-wide events are held at various times of the year. Past field trips have been to Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center, local breeding farms and to workshops at Rutgers University.

Members compete in various state competitions such as Horse Bowl, Hippology and Horse Judging. Study sessions are held twice weekly from January until the competitions. Sessions are taught by a local veterinarian and guest speakers. These contests quiz the members’ knowledge of horses. This year two members are headed to national competition in Kentucky. There is also the state Model Horse Show and Equine Arts show.

Centaurs also do community service all year round. At the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event older members serve as crossing guards making sure that people were safe while horses were on the course. Throughout the year Centaurs members also work with Team Velvet, and organization that uses horses to help children who have suffered trauma.

Centaurs members may also ride on the Hunterdon County Drill Team. The horses and riders perform synchronized maneuvers to music. They participate in the Readington Memorial Day Parade, the Lebanon 4th of July parade and perform at the 4-H Hunterdon County Fair.

The year culminates with the Hunterdon County 4-H & Agricultural Fair.

This year, Centaurs will be accepting Cloverbud members in kindergarten through third grade. Cloverbuds do not compete but focus on learning and exploring. Older members will mentor the younger ones. Regular membership is for grades 4 through one year out of high school.

Members do not need to own a horse or even ride to join the club, they just need to love horses and want to learn as much about them as possible.

Additional adult leaders are also needed. Training is provided.

To learn more about Hunterdon County’s two horse clubs see https://www.facebook.com/Hunterdon-County-4-H-Horse-Clubs-142721445842836/

To RSVP for the meeting e-mail lrshupe@frontiernet.net or call/text 908-892-3255.

To learn more about other 4‑H clubs and activities, contact the Hunterdon County 4‑H Office at 908-788-1341 or see www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/rutgers/4H.htm or visit the New Jersey 4‑H website at www.nj4h.rutgers.edu for information on other counties.