EAST AMWELL TWP., N.J. — Hunterdon County’s two 4-H horse clubs will be busy at the Hunterdon County 4-H & Agricultural Fair, Aug. 21-25 at the Roger K. Everitt Fairgrounds on Route 179 just south of Ringoes.
There are two horse clubs in Hunterdon County — Centaurs and Round Valley Riders. Some members also participate in the Hunterdon County Drill Team and the Pink Ladies, which perform precision riding patterns to music.
On Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. there will be a Parade of Breeds. At 2 p.m. members will demonstrate how to groom a horse. The 3 p.m. demonstration will be about getting the horse ready to ride. At 7 p.m. the horses will be dressed up for a costume contest.
On Thursday, Aug. 22 members will demonstrate the different styles of riding at 12:30 p.m. and then the riders will test their horses’ skills on an obstacle course. At 4 p.m. is a show jumping demonstration followed by a performance by the Hunterdon County Drill Team. The Pink Ladies will perform at 6 p.m.
The Drill Team and Pink Ladies will come back at 8 p.m. for back-back performances under the lights.
New this year, on Friday Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. the Chelee Mounted Warriors will display their mounted archery skills. Learn more about them at https://www.facebook.com/cheleemountedarchery/
The Drill Team will ride at 3 and 6 p.m. The Pink Ladies perform at 4:30 p.m. and then at 7 p.m. they will appear on the main stage to share their story of how they raise funds for breast cancer research.
The horse barn will close to the public at 8 p.m. on Friday to allow the horse to relax before the fireworks which go off at about 9 p.m.
On Saturday, Aug. 24 club members will participate in a schooling show. The Drill Team will ride at 4 and 7 p.m., the Pink Ladies at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.
On Sunday, Aug. 25 members will participate in a fun and friendly competition — a gymkhana, a.k.a. games on horseback.
The day will conclude with the Round Robin in which all the animal clubs send teams of four to try their hand at showing all the different species. The horse clubs will bring a miniature horse for the other animal project members to show.
Throughout the fair, when not participating in events, the horses will be available to meet the public. Children can also decorate a horse shoe or get their face painted by horse club members for a suggested donation, as long as supplies last. Funds raised will go toward club activities such as entry fees for state educational contests.
For more information on the fair see www.HunterdonCountyFair.com.
To learn more about Hunterdon County’s two horse clubs see https://www.facebook.com/Hunterdon-County-4-H-Horse-Clubs-142721445842836/