Caitlyn Schaffer, 2020 Cape May County 4-H Junior Equestrian of the Year.

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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.

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