Madeline Crisp, 17, of Great Meadows, NJ will serve as the 2018 New Jersey Equestrian of the Year.

In August, 2017 she was named New Jersey 4-H Equestrian of the Year which made her eligible to compete for the state title.

A senior at Hackettstown High School, she has been in 4-H for nine years, and is part of the Stablemates Club, Warren County Teen Council, and the Warren County Equine Science Team.

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To be eligible to compete foe the title of New Jersey Equestrian of the Year, a candidate must be between 15 and 19 years of age. Candidates must represent an organization which is a member of the New Jersey Equine Advisory Board and a resident of New Jersey.

As the new Equestrian of the Year, Crisp will make appearances at various equestrian events over the next year. She will then pass her crown to her successor in 2019.

The winner is selected on the basis of poise, personality, ability to communicate and knowledge of horses. Contestants were interviewed individually by the judges in a private session and had to answer the question: “What is the New Jersey Equine Advisory Board and how does it help the NJ equine industry?”

Crisp was crowned on Jan. 28 at the N.J. Breeder’s Luncheon.

To learn more about the New Jersey 4-H program see www.nj4h.rutgers.edu

To learn more about the Equine Advisory Board see jerseyequine.nj.gov/horsebreeding.htm

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