GLADSTONE, N.J. – March 13, 2019 – The Garden State Horse Show, produced by the Junior Essex Troop, was founded in 1951 and launched the careers of many of the country’s top equestrians. It seems fitting that the long-running show should make its new home at iconic Hamilton Farm, the former training grounds of the United States Equestrian Team (USET) and now home to the USET Foundation. The top-notch hunter/jumper show is scheduled for April 27- May 5.
The $10,000 Stal de Eyckenhoeve Hunter Derby is the feature class of the first day of Garden State Horse Show and will include a non-professional section at 2’ and 2’ 6” and a 3’ open section pinned separately. This year’s Derby Day sponsor, Stal de Eyckenhoeve are importers of fine sport horses, based out of Geel, Belgium and Ocala, Florida.
Similar to $10,000 Bobcat Derby, sponsored by The Nature Conservancy during Monmouth at the Team (also held at Hamilton Farm), this event will feature a first-round classic hunter course then, the top 12 will return for a second-round handy course. The Nature Conservancy’s derby at Monmouth at the Team has had over 100 entries for three consecutive years, and Maxime Tyteca and Niels Haesen of Stal de Eyckenhoeve hope to see the same enthusiasm from exhibitors.
“We supported Monmouth at the Team and have loved the derby day,” said Niels Haesen. “It is a fun and popular event and we wanted to bring that same spirit to the Garden State Horse Show.”
Haesen and Tyteca buy and sell world-class hunters, jumpers and equitation horses. They also have a breeding operation and present their young stallions at European breed approvals and compete at European-approved stallion and jumper shows. Stal de Eyckenhoeve caters to trainers looking for standout prospects.
One of many notable Stal de Eyckenhoeve imports is Just Ask, owned by the Roberts Stables, who was 2017 3’ Green Hunter national champion and the 2018 USHJA 3’6” Green Hunter Horse of The Year. He continues to rack up the ribbons and was recently champion of the High Performance Conformation Hunters at the Winter Equestrian Festival during Week 2 and of the Conformation Hunters during Week 7.
Rogers is one of many equestrian professionals that have worked with Stal de Eyckenhoeve to find successful mounts. Courtney Lenkart, Tim and Kelly Goguen, Andrew Vaziri, John French, Connie Stevens, Chance Arakelian, The Toons, Michael Dowling, Kathy Kunsman, Michael Desiderio and Paul Valiere have all worked with Haesen and Tyteca to source top show horses.
Stal de Eyckenhoeve is based in Ocala for four months during the winter circuit at property adjacent to the new World Equestrian Center. They will be in the U.S. to meet with prospective buyers during the Garden State Horse Show in April and May, County Heir I & II in Kentucky in June and Monmouth at the Team in Gladstone in August.
“We look forward to the Garden State Horse Show and a great Derby Day,” said Tyteca.
Learn more about Stal de Eyckenhoeve here or contact them at Info@stal-de-eyckenhoeve.be or call 352-456-9104.
ABOUT GARDEN STATE HORSE SHOW
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, home to the USET Foundation and former training facility for the U.S. Equestrian Team, is the country’s most important historic equestrian venue. Once New Jersey’s largest and most important equestrian event, The Garden State Horse Show is a spring tradition.
At Garden State Horse Show, exhibitors will enjoy the amenities of the world-class facility, including top-notch footing, welcoming hospitality and great shopping.