STONE TAVERN, N.J. — Grayson Link of Gloucester County was crowned as the New Jersey 4-H Equestrian of the Year in ceremonies at the Horse Park of New Jersey before the State 4-H Horse Show.
According to the New Jersey 4-H website: 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.
Contestants are first crowned as their county equestrians. The winner of the state 4-H contest will go on to compete at the New Jersey Equestrian of the Year contest in January. Several different equine organizations will send contestants.
At the state contest, Hunter S. Morgan of Ocean County was first runner up, followed by Minta Caune, of Middlesex County; Mackenzie Esposito, of Atlantic County; Mina LaFrance, of Cape May County and Katherine Inscho, of Warren County
To learn more about the New Jersey 4-H Program see http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/
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