A Visit to Hunt Country featuring Mars Essex Horse Trials in Far Hills and Beval Saddlery in Gladstone
After a 19-year hiatus, the Mars Essex Horse Trials will return to the Somerset Hills for a memorable country weekend of on June 24 and 25. The two-dayeventing program features Beginner Novice through Preliminary level competition at Moorland Farm, the scenic home of the annual Far Hills Race Meeting. In addition to the beauty and spectacle of the horse trials and the setting, visitors will be treated to a classic car show, children’s activities, local fresh eateries and boutique shopping, all of which make this a can’t-miss event in Somerset Hills’ legendary Hunt Country.
“Eventing” is a test of skill, precision, communication and endurance that has been referred to as an equestrian triathlon. Horse and rider work over flat and fences in three phases: dressage, cross country and show jumping and are judged on their performance. More than 200 competitive entries are expected to compete in this year’s event.
For thirty years beginning in 1968, the Essex Horse Trials grew from a preliminary level competition hosted at a Hoopstick Farm, a private home in Bedminster, to a major international event drawing world-class competitors and thousands of spectators to the US Equestrian Team headquarters at Hamilton Farm in Gladstone.
“The outpouring of interest for the 2017 return of this event has been heartwarming,” said Ralph Jones, Co-chair of the organizing committee along with Morgan Rowsell. “First and foremost has been the support of Guy Torsilieri and Ron Kennedy, who thought that beautiful Moorland Farm would be the right venue. Morgan Rowsell, the Cross Country Course Designer, has created an imaginative layout that riders and spectators will enjoy. With the generosity of local sponsors and the hard work of the many volunteers, the 2017 Essex Horse Trials will be the first of many to come.”
The weekend schedule runs from 8am to 7pm on Saturday and 8am to 4pm on Sunday. General admission is $10 in advance or $20 at the gate, and includes free parking both days. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Greater Newark LifeCamp, which provides an enriching summer day camp experience for 300 Newark-area children every year.
Mars Essex Horse Trials | Moorland Farm, 50 Route 202, Far Hills, NJ | 908-234-9115 | Saturday, June 24 8am-7pm and Sunday, June 25 8am-4pm
Pair it with…
Beval Saddlery has been a treasured destination for all things equestrian since 1955. A staple for saddles, tack, riding apparel, stable equipment and more, this homegrown American saddlery provides superior customer service and develops its own products from start to finish. With headquarters in Gladstone, just a country mile down the road from Moorland Farm, no Hunt Country weekend would be complete without a visit to Beval.
Although Bev Walter originally set up shop in a one-car garage in Bernardsville (later moving to Gladstone) and was widely known for the industry-leading saddle collection he developed, not too many people realize how instrumental he was in outfitting equestrians with clothing that emphasized style and performance. Bev introduced the double-vented show coat and stretch breeches, items that few riders today could live without. The Beval reputation for quality became so renowned throughout the riding community that people came from all over the East Coast to be outfitted in the most fashionable show attire…the coveted “Beval Look.”
Today, Beval has five locations on the East Coast,] plus the Beval Mobile Saddlery, a customized tractor trailer that travels the circuit providing service and convenience for top exhibitors on the road. While you’re out at the Essex Horse Trials, stop by Beval, 10 Park Avenue, Gladstone, NJ | 908-234-2828 | Open Saturday 9-5, Sunday 11-4