Cape May Court House – Cape May County 4-H’ers competed at the 2022 NJ State 4-H Championship Horse Show held in August at the Dream Park in Gloucester County. Three young equestrians took home multiple awards in both the English and Western Divisions.
Abigail Kitner and Callie Carney of the Star Hollow Riders 4-H Club, and Caitlyn Schaffer, Hy-Riders 4-H Club represented Cape May County at the state event. “We are so proud of the small but mighty contingent that represented Cape May County 4-H at the state horse show – they worked hard, and it paid off,” said Linda Horner, Cape May County 4-H Program Coordinator.
In the English Day competition, Abigail Kitner with her horse, Pixie Dust, took home a Reserve Championship in English Equitation on the Flat, a Grand Championship in Hunter Under Saddle, 6th place in English Pleasure Pony, a Reserve Championship in English Hunter Hack, a Reserve Championship in Equitation over Fences, a Grand Championship in Working Hunter Pony, and a Grand Championship in Handy Working Hunter Pony.
Callie Carney and her horse, King Solomon, won 3rd place in English Equitation on the Flat.
Caitlyn Schaffer and her horse, Google It, earned a Reserve Championship in English Showmanship & Grooming, a Grand Championship in English Halter, 3rd place in Hunter Under Saddle and 5th in English Pleasure.
Also, in Western Day competition, Caitlyn Schaffer and Google It finished 6th in Western Showmanship & Grooming, 3rd in Western Halter Geldings, 4th in Western Pleasure, 4th in Western Horsemanship, 5th in Ranch Trail, 3rd in Ranch Riding, 4th in Ranch Pleasure and 10th in Ranch Conformation.
Whinny Pigs 4-H Club Member Caitlyn Martindale also qualified to show at the state competition in the English Division, but due to an injury to her horse, she was unable to attend.