Truly one of the premier social events of the season, the 95th running of the Far Hills Race Meeting takes place this Saturday, October 17. This event’s rich history traces its origins to the Essex Hunt, a fox hunt founded in Montclair in 1870. In 1913, the organizers of the Essex Hunt incorporated as the Essex Fox Hounds. In the tradition of these clubs, the Essex Fox Hounds established an event to thank the farmers and landowners who allowed them to hunt on their property. The Farmer’s Day Race Meeting, as was originally known, included the New Jersey Hunt Cup Steeplechase, a race that remains on the Far Hills Race Meeting card today.
Eventually becoming the Far Hills Race Meeting, the races have been continually run—with the exception of a short hiatus during World War II—on the same site. In 1916, the event moved from the original club site to the Grant B. Schley estate, today’s Moorland Farm. The farm is located at 50 U.S. Route 202 North, right across the street from the Far Hills office of Turpin Real Estate. In addition to the steeplechase itself, the race has a designated family area, shopping in the Vendor Village, food and unparalleled tailgating.
The Far Hills Race Meeting is a major fundraiser for programs and services of the Somerset Medical Center. The Steeplechase Cancer Center at Somerset Medical Center, which opened in 2007, was named in honor of the Far Hills Meeting Association. Gates open at 8:00AM and post-time for the first race is 1:00PM. Children 14 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. For complete instructions on getting to the Far Hills Races and more information, visit www.farhillsrace.org.
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