Garden State Horse Show Kicks Off Inaugural Year at Iconic Hamilton Farm in Gladstone April 27-May 5

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The Garden State Horse Show, produced by the Junior Essex Troop, will kick off at its new home, Hamilton Farm, the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation headquarters and former training grounds for the U.S. Equestrian Team. The US Equestrian Premier “AA” hunter/jumper competition will run from April 27-May 5.

“Hamilton Farm is like the Fenway Park of the equestrian world,” said Gladstone Equestrian Association (GEA) President James C. Brady III. GEA is one of the many sponsors who have stepped up to support the show in its new home.

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.

Some highlights include:

  • $10,000 Hunter Derby, sponsored by Stal de Eyckenhoeve, Saturday, April 27
  • $5,000 USHJA National Derby, sponsored by Eastern Hay, Tuesday, April 30
  • $10,000 Ted Grant Welcome Stake, sponsored by the Spina Family, Thursday, May 2
  • $25,000 Grand Prix, sponsored by EquiJet – Saturday, May 4 in the

Hamilton Farm, Gladstone


What: A US Equestrian Premier “AA” hunter and jumper horse show. Come watch show jumping in a beautiful setting with great boutique shopping and food.

Where: Hamilton Farm, USET Foundation Headquarters
1040 Pottersville Road
Gladstone, NJ, 07934

When: April 27 – May 5, 2019

Time: Daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission: Free to the public.

Parking: Free to the public.

Other information: This is an outdoor event, wear comfortable shoes or boots, dress for the weather. Bleacher seating. Limited hospitality tables available for purchase during the show.

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Maps of Grounds:

Garden State Horse Show Map 2pgs