4-H horse club members qualify for State horse show Fifteen 4-H horse club members represented Monmouth County at the New Jersey State 4-H Championship Horse Show, on Aug. 23-25 at the Horse Park of New Jersey, in Allentown. “The Monmouth County 4-H horse club members have a tradition of demonstrating wonderful horsemanship and passion for their mounts at the three-day State competition,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the County 4-H Association. “Many, if not all of these members, dis- covered their love for horses and horseback riding here in the County. On behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, I wish the 4-H horse club members the best of luck and encourage those competing to meet other 4-H horse project members from around the State.”
4-H members from throughout New Jersey with more than 175 horse and rider combinations will compete in Ranch Horse Classes and the English, Western, Dressage, Trail, Very Small Equine, Games and Therapeutic/Challenged Rider Divisions. “It took a lot of hard work and dedication for these young people to qualify for the State 4-H Horse Show,” said Matthew Newman, Monmouth County 4-H Agent. “All of us in Monmouth 4-H are proud of them.” To compete in the State 4-H Championship Horse Show, 4-H members must qualify with their horse by riding in a series of qualifying shows on the County level. The top two scoring riders in each class are eligible to take part in the State event. State 4-H Horse Show participants include Sarah Donnelly, Hazlet; Rachel Funk, Howell; Amalia Goushy, Atlantic Highlands; Juliet Kelly, Millstone; Ava Matuza, Jackson; Sarah Mullen, Howell; Sophia Ramos, Howell; Gianna Givera, Howell; Avery Ryan, Howell; Olive Scaff, Cream Ridge; Kiera Sievewright, Freehold; Gianna Tanzi, Howell; Jacqueline Tanzi, Howell; Delaney Wiggins, Howell and Tierney Wiggins, Howell. The State 4-H Championship Horse Show is sponsored in part by the New Jersey Equine Advi- sory Board as well as by businesses and individuals from throughout the State. The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station - Cooperative Extension. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13 (one year out of high school), on an age-appropriate basis.
NJ Challenges EPA Rollback of Federal Auto Fuel Economy Standards Attorney General Grewal Joins Multi-State Fight to Uphold Existing Limits, Protect Air Quality Acting to protect the safety of New Jersey residents, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today joined California in petitioning a federal appeals court to stop the Trump Administration from undermining federal vehicle fuel economy standards that were designed to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In a petition for review filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the participating states challenge a recently-announced decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to begin the process of cutting back on the 2011 fuel economy standards. These standards were projected to result in a 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gases and 40 percent reduction in fuel consumption by 2025. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced earlier this month that he found the current standards “inappropriate,” which triggers a new rulemaking process. The EPA decision was immediately attacked by air quality advocates and states as a decision that will inevitably result in significant harm to the environment – and one that goes even further than what the auto industry had sought. “I oppose in the strongest terms EPA’s ill-conceived and dangerous decision to roll back a landmark agreement to combat climate change,” said Attorney General Grewal. “As the EPA itself noted in 2016, New Jersey’s climate is changing due to greenhouse gas pollution, which increases the potential for more life-threatening storms like Superstorm Sandy. As an environmental matter and as a matter of public safety, this EPA action is wrong, and we are commit- ted to fighting it.” “As we aggressively tackle the complex issue of fighting climate change, particularly vital for a coastal state such as New Jersey, this administration stands committed to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and will not stand for any proposal that would put those efforts at risk,” said Department of Envi- ronmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe. In summer 2011, the White House, California and major auto manufacturers reached an agreement to raise fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks between 2017 and 2025. The agreement called for U.S. vehicle fleets to average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, which would also significantly reduce the level of harmful emissions from cars and trucks. A publication generated by the EPA – entitled What Climate Change Means to New Jersey – reported that greenhouse gas emissions are changing New Jersey’s climate, leaving residents more likely to experience heavy rainstorms, rising seas, intensified beach erosion and flooding. “In the coming decades, changing the climate is likely to increase coastal and inland flooding, harm coastal and inland ecosystems, disrupt fishing and farming, and increase some risks to human health,” the EPA publication noted.