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Cape May County 4‑H Announces 2020 4‑H Equestrian of the Year Contest Winners

Cape May Court House-The Cape May County 4‑H Youth Development Program congratulates the winners of its 2020 4‑H Equestrian of the Year Contest.

Elise Heim was selected by a panel of judges as the 4‑H Senior Equestrian of the Year. Elise is an 11th grade student at Lower Cape May Regional High School and a member of the Shore Blazers and Star Hollow Riders 4‑H Clubs.

Caitlyn Schaffer, sixth grade student at Upper Township Middle School and member of the Hy-Riders 4‑H Club, is the new Junior Equestrian of the Year.

The contestants were judged on a written resume and 4‑H story, a personal interview and a 4 to 6 minute stage presentation on the importance of good sportsmanship in the 4‑H equine program. Both young women did an excellent job in the contest and are outstanding representatives of the Cape May County 4‑H Equine Program.

Elise will go on to represent the county at the NJ State 4‑H Equestrian of the Year Contest in August.

Special thanks to contest judges Amanda Burnell and Anna Oney, both alumna of the Cape May County 4‑H Youth Development Program.

For more information about 4‑H opportunities for youth, visit or call (609) 465-5115, ext. 3606.

The 4‑H Youth Development Program is part of 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, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

April 27, 2020