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12/8/2009 - Love Horses?! Join A 4-H Horse Club

Cumberland County 4-H Horse Clubs are now taking applications for new horse club members. Youth in grades K-13 (one year out of high school) are invited to join one of the 15 4-H horse clubs with openings for new members. Members do not need to be a horse owner but only to have an interest in learning about horses.

The Cumberland County 4-H Horse Program offers educational activities covering a wide range of horse events. As well as English and Western riding programs, members are encouraged to participate in dressage, driving, jumping, trail riding, vaulting and gymghana events. The county-wide program includes horse shows, dressage shows, clinics, horse camp, trial rides as well as horse bowl, which is a team activity where children learn vast amounts of equine information, horse judging and hippology. Volunteer leaders are knowledgeable horse people from a large array of equine backgrounds.

The Cumberland County 4-H Horse Program offers several award and recognition opportunities for members of all ages. Individual horse clubs meet on various week nights, usually once or twice a month with state and county horse activities offered each month.

4-H is a family activity and parents are encouraged to become involved with their child. 4-H is a great opportunity for beginner riders as well as those more advanced.

The 4-H Youth Development Program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is open to all youth in grades K-13 (one year out of high school) on an age appropriate basis, without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation or disability.

For more information on becoming a Cumberland County 4-H Horse Club member call the 4-H office at 856/451-2800.