Update on a virtual horse show from Cristina L.

By Cristina L.
Y.A.L.E. School Standard 9 Program

I started working with horses when I was 14 and joined a 4H club my freshman year of high [school]. I started building my skills and learning how to care of horses. At 16, I began teaching other kids. This October will mark five years since I started working at the barn.

In late May, my horse Shooter and I participated in a virtual New Jersey Horse Association (NJHA) show. The show is an open competition to exhibitors across New Jersey. We are awaiting results, but depending on what we place, we can win ribbons, stuff for our horses or even money. Right now, due to the virus, we have to virtually show, but normally we do in-person 4H and open pleasure shows under the guidance of the F&M horse program, as well as participate in Gloucester County’s 4H program.

Outside of showing, I assist in teaching children lessons at F&M and take care of Shooter, plus the other five horses on the property.