Essex Horse Trials Returns to Calendar for 2021

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After a hiatus last year due to Covid-19, Essex Horse Trials is set to return to historic Moorland Farm in Far Hills, New Jersey, July 17-18. The iconic event was reborn in 2017 after a near two-decade long hiatus and has since been welcomed back by the eventing community with open arms.

After offering Beginner Novice through Preliminary divisions the past two years, the event sampled an Advanced division in 2019 but is returning to the original levels offered for 2021. Additionally, they’ll be hosting an Interscholastic Eventing Team Challenge. Are you going?  The event opened on June 1 and the closing date is June 29.

“We are thrilled to bring the Essex Horse Trials back to Moorland Farm,” said Ralph Jones, President of the Essex Horse Trials. “We would like to thank the competitors, our sponsors and the local community for their encouragement to bring the event back. It is so important to have their support. The Essex Horse Trials is such a special event and truly a great way for families and fans of equestrian sports to spend a summer weekend!”

Although some of the family centered activities have been canceled this year as a concession to the pandemic, the popular Peter Chesson Memorial Classic Car Show will still be held, taking place on Saturday. The weekend will kick off on Friday evening with a concert hosted by Music in the Somerset Hills.

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General admission tickets are now on sale and available here. The cost is $10 per person, with children 17 and under admitted free. New this year, spectators can reserve a small, private tent to spend the day ringside at the show jumping arena. Ringside sponsorships are available for $500 and feature a 10×10 tent with four folding chairs.

Tailgating spots are also available for the best viewing of the exciting cross-country course. Packages range in cost from $50 – $300 depending on location. For more information on tailgate packages and ringside sponsorships, please call 908-234-9115 ext. 13 or email [email protected]

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Proceeds from the event will benefit the Greater Newark LifeCamp in nearby Pottersville, a day camp for inner-city youth.

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