Celebrate June is Horse Month at the Library! Meet a Standardbred horse and some mighty miniature horses. Learn about the horse industry in New Jersey at an expert panel discussion.
Each year, the Monmouth County Library holds special programs for all ages to mark June is Horse Month. This annual observance provides an opportunity to focus on New Jersey's state animal as well as the recreational, economic, social, and therapeutic benefits provided by the equine industry.
New Jersey's equine industry is valued at $4 billion and generates more than $1 billion annually in positive impact to the state's economy. A recent Rutgers University Equine Science Center study shows there are 7,200 equine facilities on 176,000 acres and 42,500 equine animals in New Jersey.
The horse was proclaimed the state animal by the Legislature in 1977, and in May 1998 Governor Christine Todd Whitman proclaimed June as the Month of the Horse.
Read on for programs!
Meet the Minis
Thursday, June 26 at 11 AM
Eastern Branch, 1001 Route 35, Shrewsbury 07702
Miniature horses are not just pets! Meet Buster and Star and their owner, Erica Todd of the Knight Riders 4-H Club of Monmouth County, and learn about this special breed of horses and the work they do.
Meet Indy, a Standardbred Horse
Monday, June 30 at 6 PM
Library Headquarters,125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan 07726
Come greet Independent Act, affectionately known as Indy, a retired Standardbred, who was a champion harness racer and winner of several show ribbons. You may even get a chance to feed him a carrot.
Owner Suzanne D'Ambrose will tell us about these solid, well-built horses with good dispositions that are also used under saddle for a variety of equestrian activities.
June is Horse Month Panel Discussion
Monday, June 30 at 7 PM
Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan 07726
Moderated by Dr. Bill Sciarappa of Rutgers' NJ Agricultural Experiment Station, this panel will discuss aspects of the horse industry in New Jersey. Topics will include open space initiatives and the care and nutrition of horses.
The panel will include:
Harriet Honigfeld, Administrator, Farmland Preservation Program, Monmouth County Planning Board
Brett Taft, Event Coordinator, Open Space Pace
Dr. Carey Williams, Rutgers Equine Center
Elden V. Klayman, DVM, CVA, Colts Head Veterinary Services, P.C.