Ag Secretary and Center Director to Visit 4-H Equine Clubs

New Brunswick, N.J. (June 5, 2014) – Karyn Malinowski, director of the Rutgers Equine Science Center will join New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher to kick-off June as the Month of the Horse in New Jersey on Friday, June 6 by highlighting the state 4-H equine clubs. They will be treated to a demonstration by the Gloucester County Equine Science Club at the Gloucester County 4-H Fairgrounds, organized by New Jersey Equestrian of the Year Angela Howard.

Gloucester County 4-H offers 21 different clubs for youth interested in horses. Other New Jersey counties also offer 4-H equine clubs, all of which are open to all children whether or not they own a horse.
New Jersey is home to thousands of pleasure horses, show horses and race horses. In 1977, to honor the important place horses play in New Jersey’s economy and quality of life, the horse was named the official State Animal. This is the fifth year Governor Chris Christie has proclaimed June the Month of the Horse in New Jersey.

New Jersey has many top equine centers, facilities, and events. The Equine Science Center at Rutgers University, a valuable resource for everything equine in the Garden State, is dedicated to better horse care through research and education. The United States Equestrian Foundation headquartered in Gladstone funds programs that train and support top athletes and horses to compete at the Olympics, World Championships, Pan American Games and other top international competitions. The Horse Park of New Jersey at Stone Tavern in Allentown hosts the Jersey Fresh Three-Day Event, which has become one of the world’s top eventing competitions. And, the Gloucester County Dream Park is a state-of-the-art equestrian complex created to provide opportunities for horse owners to participate in shows and competitions and for the public to experience horse events firsthand.

Secretary Fisher and Dr. Malinowski will kick-off the Month of the Horse 4 p.m. Friday, June 6 at the Gloucester County 4-H Fairgrounds, 275 Bridgeton Pike (Route 77), Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

For additional information, please contact Tiffany Cody at cody@njaes.rutgers.edu or 848-932-9419.