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Essex Horse Trials to Return to Historic Moorland Farm

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Far Hills, New Jersey—June 7, 2021— The Essex Horse Trials, a New Jersey equestrian tradition, is set to return to historic Moorland Farm in Far Hills, NJ, July 17-18.
After missing last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will once again feature some of the nation's top horses and riders taking part in the thrilling sport of eventing.
Throughout the weekend spectators will be able to stroll through the bucolic surroundings of Moorland Farm while experiencing all the excitement of the three-phase sport that features dressage, cross country and jumping. This year’s Essex will feature Beginner Novice, Novice, Training and Preliminary Divisions and entries are now open.
Although some of the family centered activities have been canceled this year as a concession to the pandemic, the spectacular 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!
“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!”
General admission tickets are now on sale and available here. The cost is just $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
Proceeds from the Essex Horse Trials benefit the Greater Newark LifeCampin nearby Pottersville, which provides an enriching day camp experience for approximately 300 Newark-area youths per day for six weeks during July and August.
Additional information on the Essex Horse Trials is available at
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 was 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.
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.