Members of the 2017 CMC 4-H NJ State Championship Horse Show Team at the Parade of Counties during the horse show's Opening Ceremonies. From left, Coryn Dykhouse, Elizabeth Schalick, Maysen Gibboni, Kate Pantelione and Mina LaFrance.
Cape May County 4-H horse club members competed recently (August 25-27) in the State 4-H Championship Horse Show held at the Horse Park of New Jersey at Stone Tavern. This is an annual event involving 4-H representatives from throughout the state competing in the English, Western, Dressage, Very Small Equine, and Game divisions.
Over 160 4-H members participated in the prestigious 4-H Championship Horse Show at the beautiful 147 acre Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown. Cape May County captured the Reserve Championship in the English Division for the third year in a row, thanks to the excellent performance of eight 4-H youth members and their horse projects.
Alexa DiPalantino, of Cape May Court House and the Star Hollow Riders 4-H Club, was the Reserve Champion in Hunter Hack Horse, 6th in Junior English Showmanship & Grooming, 3rd in Junior Hunter Under Saddle, 4th in Junior Equitation on the Flat and 9th in Junior Equitation Over Fences.
Coryn Dykhouse, who also lives in Cape May Court House and is a member of the Star Hollow Riders 4-H Club as well as the Teen Ambassadors 4-H Club, was the Reserve Champion in Senior English Pleasure Horse. She placed 3rd in the Intro Level Walk, Trot, Canter Dressage Division and 6th place in Senior Dressage Seat Equitation.
Robbie Elwell, of West Cape May and the Shore Blazers 4-H Club, earned Grand Champion awards in English Halter and Hunter Hack Pony as well as a Reserve Champion ribbon in in Hunter Under Saddle Pony. He placed 3rd in Handy Working Hunter Pony and 6th place in Working Hunter Pony and Junior Equitation Over Fences.
Kate Pantelione, of Belleplain and the Wranglers 4-H Club, placed 5th in the Intro Level Walk, Trot, Canter Dressage Division, 8th place in Junior English Showmanship and Grooming, 5th place in Hunter Under Saddle Pony, 6th in Handy Working Hunter Pony and 5th in Working Hunter Pony.
Jessica Raymond, a Star Hollow Rider 4-H Club member from Cape May Court House, placed 8th in both Senior English Pleasure Horse and Senior Equitation Over Fences.
Elizabeth Schalick, of Dias Creek and the Whinny Pigs 4-H Club as well as the Teen Ambassadors 4-H Club, also competed at the state horse show in Hunter Hack Pony.
Erin Schalick, of Dias Creek and the Whinny Pigs and Teen Ambassadors 4-H Clubs, competed in Senior Hunter Under Saddle and Senior Equitation on the Flat. In addition, Erin, as Cape May County Senior 4-H Equestrian of the Year, competed in the 2017 NJ State 4-H Equestrian of the Year contest.
Kelly Suter, of Erma and a member of the Shore Blazers 4-H Club did very well at her last 4-H horse show, winning Grand Championships in Senior English Showmanship and Grooming as well as Senior Hunter Under Saddle. Suter won Reserve Championships in Senior Equitation on the Flat, Working Hunter Horse and Handy Working Hunter Horse. In addition, she placed 3rd in English Halter and Senior Equitation Over Fences and 5th in Hunter Hack Horse.
The State 4-H Championship Horse Show is an annual three-day event that offers 4-H’ers an opportunity to compete at an advanced level and meet other 4-H horse project members from around the state of New Jersey.
“Competitors at the state show are the best of the best from each county; they have earned the right to participate through county-level qualifying shows and lots of hard work,” said Linda Horner, Cape May County 4-H Program Coordinator. “I am very proud of our Cape May County Team; they are all champions.”
The State 4-H Championship Horse Show is sponsored in part by the New Jersey Equine Advisory Board as well as by businesses and individuals from throughout the state, including Shellbay Campground in Cape May Court House.
The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth grades K – 13 on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, natural origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
Learn more about the Cape May County 4-H Youth Development Program at the 4-H Foundation website cmc4h.com or call 609-465-5115 ext. 3605.