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.

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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

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