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Centenary College Held First Annual Crowd the Rail Event at the Garden State Horse Show

05/13/2014, 09:57 AM

Hackettstown, N.J.– Centenary College recently held its first annual Crowd the Rail event on May 3, 2014 at the Junior Essex Troop’s Garden State Horse Show at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. 

The Crowd the Rail event was a gathering of Centenary alumni, family and friends for the purpose of fundraising for the facility driven needs for Centenary College’s Equestrian Center, which is located in Long Valley, N.J. 

Timothy Cleary, Associate Professor of Equine Studies and Chair of the Equine Department, is also a member of the Junior Essex Troop and manages the Garden State Horse Show annually.

“Centenary College and the Garden State Horse Show have been teamed up together since 2001,” says Professor Cleary.  “Centenary College has received donations towards scholarships and endowments from the non-profit horse show.  And, there are a lot of opportunities for the students to be involved at the show as exhibitors and members of the staff.  It is a good match.  The Crowd the Rail event is simply another great example of both institutions working well together.”

Six students were awarded with a Junior Essex Troop Garden State Horse Show Scholarship during Crowd the Rail that collectively equaled $10,000.  The scholarships are based on merit and need.  This year’s scholarships were made in memory of Patrick Devlin, who was on the Board of Trustees for the Junior Essex Troop and was on the Horse Show Executive Committee for the Garden State Horse Show.  The recipients were as follows: Lauren Buettner (Clemsford, Mass.); Jacquelyn Ferguson (Oak Ridge, N.J.); Margaret Hill (Westbrookville, N.Y.); Sarah Hinkle (Wardela Springs, M.D.); Bethany Lawler (East Greenwich, R.I.); and Gabrielle Smith (Highland Lakes, N.J.).

“This is an event that we will want to continue,” says Kelly Martin Munz, Professor of Equine Studies and the Major Gifts Officer for Equine Projects at Centenary College.  “The Garden State Horse Show is a wonderful opportunity to bring people who have a long history associated with Centenary College to meet new families associated with the institution.  It is such a good fit and everyone had an exceptional time.”

Since 1984, Centenary has awarded associate of science and bachelor of science degrees in Equine Studies. It is the only four-year institution in New Jersey that grants such degrees, allowing students with a love of horses to transform their interests and talents into solid career opportunities.

Today, the College’s Equine Studies graduates are highly sought after as industry professionals, including competitive riding coaches, trainers, instructors, breeders, therapeutic riding and dressage specialists, barn managers, veterinarians and communications specialists.

About the Garden State Horse Show
The Garden State Horse Show, presented by the Junior Essex Troop, is New Jersey’s premier horse show held annually in May at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta.

Started in 1951 by the Junior Essex Troop, this AA-Rated five day horse show is home to the Ted Grant Welcome Stake Grand Prix.  The show offers classes for all levels of Equitation, Hunters, and Jumpers, with Hunter Classics, Hunter Derbies, and Jumper Derbies, including the AA Garden State Jr/AO Hunter Classic and the USHJA National Garden State Hunter Derby.  Along with a full complement of divisions, the Preview also offers multiple Hunter Classics and Wildcard Classes for the John H. Fritz Challenge and the Junior Essex Troop Jumper Derby.

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.
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