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posts on upcoming 4-H events for Sussex County 4-H members

NJ State 4-H Equine Arts Show

Photo of Shya Beth and Dave Foord with Equine Art and ribbonsThis year’s NJ 4-H Equine Arts Show will be held in conjunction with the N.J. State 4-H Horse Bowl Contest on Saturday February 15th, 2014, Somerset County 4-H Center.

It is open to any 4-H member grades 4 to 13

You may display any type of art, craft, or photo may be entered as long as it has an equine theme.

Entries must be received by 10 a. m.

To enter, please use the link below to download an information packet.

Information Packet

4-H Equine Arts Project

The New Jersey 4-H Equine Arts Project is a creative and instructional program, which invites

4-H members to display their artistic talent and imagination, while developing life-time skills and abilities. Participants are able to express their appreciation of the horse through various art mediums, while at the same time they are expanding their cultural knowledge. Art projects enable 4-H’ers to learn the value of developing visual exhibits in areas of specific interest.

Through the various forms of equine art, club members learn about the physical anatomy of the horse, its proportions, skeletal structure, musculature, colors, markings, and behaviors and attitudes. They practice math skills in measuring fabric and patterns, or calculating distance and light settings on a camera.

Equine related craft projects are fun activities for club meetings. Many of the projects can be done together as a club, as well as individually. The “Clothes Horse” division teaches skills that can be economically beneficial to the 4-H’er from a savings and money-making point of view.

The culmination of the project is for the 4-H’er to be able to express him/herself, and to increase the awareness of the 4-H Horse Program to others through the use of graphics and photography. It also allows 4-H’ers who do not have a horse to create their “ideal” stablemate. The boundaries for this project are set by your imagination.

4-H Climate & Environmental Summit

On December 12, 2013 & March 27, 2014, students in grades 8-12 are invited to work with Rutgers University scientists to learn about climate change science. Student teams of 5-10 youth and an adult advisor will participate in a series of activities to enrich their understanding of climate change science. They will discuss climate change research and gain exposure to career and research opportunities in climate change related sciences. As part of the summit, students will engage in planning and implementing climate change related service projects in their local communities. Each team will need to be accompanied by a school appointed adult advisor who will also mentor and guide the team in the implementation of their service project.

For more information visit the website at:

4-H Goat Extravaganza

4-H member shows breed picture
WSU Jefferson County 4-H member

The 4-H Goat Extravaganza will be held on Saturday, January 11 at the Hunterdon County Senior Center in the Route 31 County Complex, Gauntt Place in Flemington. This year’s event will include a poster/presentation contest, skill-a-thon, quiz bowl, art show, workshop for parents and volunteers, and an ice cream social.

Entry forms are due by December 6.

For more information and entry forms visit the website at:

New Jersey 4-H Model Horse Show

4-H model horse club member with project
4-H model horse member sets their exhibit (courtesy: Annette Devitt)

The NJ State 4-H Model Horse Show is scheduled for Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Middlesex County 4-H Center in East Brunswick. This event is open to 4-H members in good standing. Juniors are in 4th to 7th grade and Seniors are in 8th to 13th grade as of September 2013. Registration opens at 8:30 AM and judging begins at 9:30 AM.

Fees are $1.50 per model up to 19 horses; $30 flat fee for 20 to 30 horses; $40 for 31 or more models.

Entries must be postmarked by January 17 and mailed to Carol Ward.

For more information contact Lillian Shupe by e-mail ( or phone (908-948-1271 or 908-892-3255 or Carol Ward by e-mail ( or phone (908-526-6644).

How to Show Model Horses

Info Packet

About The 4-H Model Horse Program

The New Jersey 4-H Model Horse Project is an educational program, entailing the collecting, photographing and showing of model horses. This sincere hobby inspires 4-H’ers to pursue perfection, authenticity and artistry. The “world of the model horse show” involves a vast equine knowledge and skill to reproduce the realism needed to portray the image of a live horse. The world of model horses is both interesting and informative. 4-H horse lovers of all ages will enjoy participating in this project. It is especially accommodating for 4-H’ers who do not have horses or for 4-H’ers who, because of health reasons, cannot physically work around live horses.

Exhibiting and photographing model horses can be a total learning experience. 4-H’ers discover the structure of the horse – anatomy and conformation; way-of-going; colors; markings; proper tack, equipment and attire; and styles of riding and showing. Numerous skills are developed in sculpting, painting, leather-work, photography, collecting and record keeping. The only limitations are your knowledge and imagination. The ultimate goal is to take the specific action of a live horse, freeze it in time and portray it in model size. Realism and correctness are the intent.

Model horse shows were started by adults in the mid-1960s, first with the “photo” show and later the “live” show. In a photo show, a picture of a model horse is assessed. The horse is photographed at halter or in a performance class. The photo is sent to a “photo show” to be judged. A “live show” is where the actual model is exhibited and judged.



NJ 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl

Dairy Cow
Dairy Cow by Markku Akerfelt

The New Jersey 4-H Dairy Project Advisory Council will host the 13th Annual New Jersey 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl competition on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Monmouth County Extension Office.

The Junior Division will be a team competition, with each team consisting of four members. The members on the team can be from different clubs or even different counties.

The Senior Division will be an individual contest and the top placing individuals will have the opportunity to form the State Team to attend the National 4-H or Holstein competitions.

Any 15 year old junior member should take the written senior test if they wish to be considered for the Junior Holstein team.

For more information or questions, call Melanie Richman (856-935-8818) or Carol Ward (908-526-6644). Registration is due by no later than March 1.

Science of Soil 4-H Youth Summit

Registration is open for the Science of Soil 4-H Youth Summit scheduled for January 15, 2014 at Rutgers University. During the summit, teams of youth in grades 6-8 will participate in a series of activities to enrich their understanding of soil science and soil conservation.

Each team will work on a soil science related service project in their local community.

Participants must register as a team with a maximum of eight youth and one adult per team.

Teams from public, private or parochial schools, as well as young people involved in 4-H clubs, school clubs, after-school programs, or home-school group groups are invited to participate.

Visit the website for more information:

Rutgers Science Saturday: Spy Technology

digital hand connected to circuitsIn this program we will explore the world of spies working with Dr. Athina Petropulu, to explore the engineering and technology of forgery detection.

Join graduate students from the Engineering program at Rutgers University to do exciting hands on activities building security systems, exploring face recognition technology, and much more!

Download our registration and permission form today.

When: March 29, 2014

Where: Rutgers University Engineering Department, Busch Campus

We must have both forms by March 14, 2014 to consider your child registered for the program.