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The Essex Horse Trials – A Local Tradition
for Family Fun and Sport

Peter Chesson Memorial Classic Car Show to Be Held Sunday

Far Hills, New Jersey — April 24, 2023The Essex Horse Trials has become a tradition for families looking to spend an exciting and fun-filled weekend in their own backyard. This year the equestrian social calendar in North Jersey starts a little earlier with the event taking place June 3-4 at two iconic locations.

Saturday showcases Dressage and Show Jumping at Hamilton Farm, home of the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. The following day, Far Hills’ Moorland Farm plays host to a day full of horsepower with the thrilling cross-country phase, the finale of the horse trials. Sunday also features the popular Peter Chesson Memorial Classic Car Show with nearly a century of eye-popping automobiles on display.

“The Essex Horse Trials continues to be a great way for families to enjoy a weekend of outstanding equestrian sport at two beautiful venues,” said Co-organizer Ralph Jones. “This year we have added an Intermediate Division in addition to the Beginner Novice, Novice, Training and Preliminary divisions encouraging competitors of all levels to take part in this spectacular event.”

General admission is $20.00 per car/cash at the gate. Tailgating spots are available for the best viewing of the cross-country course at Moorland Farm. Packages range in cost from $50-$300 depending on location. For more info on tailgate packages and ringside sponsorships, please call 908-581-0514 or email

The Essex Horse Trials is proud to present some of its major sponsors for 2023: Pure Insurance, Peapack Gladstone Bank and Running S Veterinary Services. Their generous support allows the Essex Horse Trials to remain as one of the favorite sporting events in New Jersey.

Proceeds from the Essex Horse Trials benefit the Greater Newark LifeCamp in nearby Pottersville, which provides an enriching day camp experience for approximately 300 Newark-area youths per day for six weeks during July and August.

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The Sport of Eventing
Eventing, often referred to as an “equestrian triathlon,” combines the elegance of dressage, the thrill of cross-country, and the precision of show jumping. Eventing provides a rare opportunity for spectators of all ages and interests to witness a discipline that highlights the unique trust and bond between horse and rider.

About the Essex Horse Trials
For three decades, the famed Essex Horse Trials has been a major highlight on the equestrian calendar, attracting top American and international competitors as well as thousands of fans who enjoyed its social aspects in addition to the thrilling competition. The event was originally conceived in 1968 by the Haller Family at Hoopstick Farm.

Hamilton Farm, the iconic site of the former Olympic Equestrian Training Facility, currently serves as the headquarters of the USET Foundation as well as prestigious qualifying US Equestrian Federation events.

Moorland Farm, a picturesque 230-acre property, provides the breathtaking setting for the event’s current edition. It is the home of the annual Far Hills Race Meeting, a nationally prestigious steeplechase race meeting held each October.


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Essex Horse Trials

P.O. Box 469
Gladstone, New Jersey 07934