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54th Annual Breeder's Luncheon












Friends and Supporters of the
Equine Science Center Earn Accolades
During Award Ceremony





Equine industry executives, students, and horse enthusiasts associated with the Rutgers Equine Science Center earned top honors during the 54th Annual New Jersey Breeder’s Luncheon in Eastampton on Sunday, January 30.


Equine Science Center Director, Karyn Malinowski, and Chairwoman of the Rutgers University Board for Equine Advancement, Sandy Denarski, presented the Center’s annual Spirit of the Horse award to Peter J. Cofrancesco, III. The “Spirit of the Horse” award recognizes individuals whose lives have been profoundly changed because of their involvement with horses and who have acknowledged the impact by giving back to the horse industry.


Cofrancesco, First Vice President of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), has served within the AQHA for almost 20 years. In 2012, through ascension in the AQHA governance process, Cofrancesco will have the distinction of being the youngest president in AQHA history.


Thomas Luchento, President of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOA-NJ) earned the 2010 Governor’s Trophy for co-Horseperson of the Year. The New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s Equine Advisory Board presents the annual award to honor superior achievement to the state’s best in the equine field. The SBOA-NJ is a Partner of the Equine Science Center.


Melissa Reese, a senior at Rutgers’ School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS), is the recipient of the Ernest C. Bell Scholarship for 2011. The Ernest C. Bell Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to perpetuate Mr. Bell’s memory and his ideals of courage and determination. The scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior at SEBS who is majoring in Animal Science with an emphasis in Equine Science. The recipient must be a New Jersey resident and demonstrate a high level of scholastic achievement, involvement with New Jersey’s horse industry, and financial need.


Anna Matthews was named the New Jersey Equestrian of the Year, representing the New Jersey 4-H Program. Matthews, 17, has been involved with 4-H for eight years. She was 2010 New Jersey State 4-H Equestrian of the Year and Warren County 4-H Equestrian of the Year. Matthews was chosen based on her ability to communicate and her knowledge of horses, as well as being well-versed in many phases of the horse industry. In December 2009, Matthews presented “Lights, Cameras, Equine!” with Julie Vence during the Center’s Equine Science Update. Matthews placed first recently in the Individual Demonstration contest at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-Up competition for 4-H Horse Project members from around the country, in Louisville, KY.


“The Center has a distinguished and direct connection with all users of horses in New Jersey,” said Malinowski. “I am proud of the significant accomplishments and achievements our friends and supporters are making within the equine industry. I wish them all continued success.”















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