Gladstone, N.J. – May 5, 2017 – Manhattan Saddlery will host a celebration of equestrian history and Monmouth at the Team, Monday, May 22, from 4-7 p.m. at the iconic store located at 117 East 24th St. in New York. Manhattan Saddlery is a founding sponsor of the show at its new venue, the Gladstone headquarters of the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation.
Originally known as the Monmouth County Horse Show, the show was purchased in 2016 by Tucker Ericson and Michael Dowling and revived with the move to the historic facility. At 123 years, it is the oldest continuously-running horse show in the U.S.
“We thought it would be really great to use the beautiful space of our store to give everyone an excuse to come into the city and get excited for the show,” said Jessie Lochrie, Manhattan Saddlery general manager. “We will have food and cocktails, plus 20 percent off most items in the store. Callidae and Ruespari are going to be giving away great prizes.”
Ericson, a US Equestrian “R” judge, will host an “Ask the Judge” question-and-answer session for competitors. Attendees will have the chance to win an entire division of entries at the show, scheduled for Aug. 14-20.
This is an event not-to-be-missed for horse lovers of all ages. A step inside Manhattan Saddlery takes you back to a time when New York “society” immersed itself in all things equestrian. Now it is one of New York’s few gathering places for horse people, blending a historic setting with a carefully selected assortment of modern English equestrian clothing, equipment and gifts.
Founded in 1912, the store was known for almost a century as Miller Harness Company, or simply Miller’s. Much of the original artwork remains. Many of the fixtures, beautiful hunt prints, a cast iron horse figure awarded to Joseph Miller, the original wooden Miller’s sign and the famous carousel horse are all still on display.
“My favorite is the custom chandeliers,” Lochrie said. “They have ribbed glass domes with brass. They are made to look like bell boots."
Lochrie, a lifelong equestrian, says that the relationship between Manhattan Saddlery and Monmouth at the Team couldn’t possibly be a better fit.
“The store and the headquarters at Gladstone both channel the authenticity and nostalgia of our sport’s incredible traditions,” Lochrie said. “Just as we have retained the historic nature of the store while infusing it with modern products and conveniences, we love that Tucker, Michael and Leslie (Sullivan) have injected new life into the country’s longest continuously-running horse show at the hallowed USET equestrian facility. The show is perfectly sized, the hospitality is incredible, the footing is great. It’s intimate and elegant and that’s what we’re trying to do here in the store. So it’s a boutique horse show and an actual equestrian boutique, both with wonderful histories. It’s a great partnership.”
All are welcome as “Monmouth takes Manhattan” for an evening of prizes and fun at Manhattan Saddlery, May 22 from 4-7 p.m.
For more information go to the Manhattan Saddlery website at manhattansaddlery.com
The shoppingexperience at Manhattan Saddlery combines history and a carefully selected assortment of modern equestrian clothing, equipment and gifts.