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Garden State Horse Show Set For May 2 to 6

The 2018 Garden State Horse Shoe is scheduled fot Aug. 2 to 6 in Augusta, N.J. Credits: Lillian Shupe

AUGUSTA, N.J. — Kick off your spring show season with the Garden State Horse Show May 2-6 New Jersey’s US Equestrian Premier, AA-rated horse show held annually at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta.

Offering a full range of classes from lead line to equitation, hunters and jumpers, it features classics, hunter derbies, including a USHJA National Hunter Derby and is a USHJA World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) event. The Garden State Horse Show is home to the Ted Grant Welcome Stake, the John H. Fritz Challenge and the Junior Essex Troop Garden State Grand Prix. The Sussex County Fairgrounds offers multiple rings for competition and schooling with natural, all-weather footing.

The Garden State Preview Show, a two-day C-rated event held the weekend before the Garden State Horse Show, April 28-29. and provides an opportunity to warm up on the grounds with a full complement of divisions, including multiple hunter classics and wild-card classes for the John H. Fritz Challenge and the Junior Essex Troop Jumper Derby.

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The Garden State Horse Show was founded in 1951 by the Junior Essex Troop, a cadet auxiliary born out of the 102nd Cavalry – New Jersey National Guard Essex Troop, to teach young men ages 11-18 cavalry-style horsemanship. In 1983 the Junior Essex Troop became coed. Though the Troop ceased daily operations in 1989, the organization continues its mission to foster education and horsemanship by supporting to youth organizations, collegiate equine programs, scholarships, and animal rescue. Members of the Junior Essex Troop produce the show and many members will be on hand to keep the New Jersey tradition going strong.

 “I am pleased to be back to manage this iconic show,” said show manager and Junior Essex Troop member Timothy Cleary. “It has been a spring tradition for as long as I can remember. It will be a special show and we look forward to seeing you this year.”




What: The Garden State Horse Show, presented by the Junior Essex Troop, is a spring tradition for New Jersey equestrians.

When: The Garden State Horse Show May 2-6

The Garden State Preview April 28-29

Where: The Sussex County Fairgrounds 37 Plains Road, Augusta, New Jersey 07822


Entries close April 5:

Sponsorship and Vendors: Kim Beckwith Walker, or 917-207 2243

Entries/Show Secretary: Garden State Horse Show, c/o Laura Marcelli, P.O. Box 408, Oldwick, NJ 08858, 201-210-8517,

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Show Office During Show: 201-210-8517

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