GLADSTONE, N.J. – Oct. 8, 2018 – The leadership of the Junior Essex Troop, presenters of the Garden State Horse Show, made an official announcement that in 2019 the hunter/jumper horse show will move to its new home, Hamilton Farm, headquarters of the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation and former training grounds for the U.S. Equestrian Team. Garden State Horse Show will offer two days of unrated competition April 27-28 and US Equestrian “AA” premier competition April 29-May 5.
"The Junior Essex Troop is thrilled to partner with Tucker Ericson on this new and exciting phase of the Garden State Horse Show," said Rodney Seelig, chairman of the Junior Essex Troop. "As an organization with a deep history of 87 years of horsemanship, we could not be more excited to move to the historic and beautiful USET facility in Gladstone."
Ericson will take the reins as manager. He is co-owner of Monmouth at the Team, the 123-year-old competition, formerly the Monmouth County Horse Show, that successfully made the move to the Gladstone venue in 2016.
"The move will breathe a new level of excitement into the Garden State Horse Show," Ericson said. "It means we can provide the features that exhibitors are looking for—great footing, a place to gather with the community, shopping—all against the backdrop of the historic Hamilton Farm."
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 youth organizations, collegiate equine programs, scholarships and animal rescue.
New Jersey’s Hamilton Farm is the sport of show jumping’s most important U.S. venue. Once New Jersey’s largest and most important equestrian event, The Garden State Horse Show has long been a spring fixture on the Northeast's equestrian calendars. The Junior Essex Troop represents a tradition of American military horsemanship, the roots of the American style of riding. The move marks a partnership of equestrian tradition and history.
"We are looking forward to bringing the equestrian world a truly unique competition with wide appeal to all levels of exhibitors in this state-of-the-art facilities," Seelig said. "We believe our new schedule will be efficient and conflict-free, allowing our exhibitors to focus on their performance and enjoy the atmosphere of this celebrated venue. We look forward to seeing you in Gladstone next April."
For more information, to gardenstatehorseshow.org.