“I love the Essex Horse Trials,” Bosley said. “This year, the course was so fun. We just got out there and onto a rhythm, so while there were some technical questions, it wasn’t overly difficult. It was a really great course for all the horses, especially after the dressage and stadium tests at such a nice venue yesterday.
“For Paper Doll, I personally wanted to bring her here because there’s a bit more atmosphere,” she added. “Sometimes it can be really tough to get in the ring with a big crowd and go around the cross-country with all the spectators, but I think it’s such good exposure for the horses. It was also my first time at the USET stables, and I thought it was so cool to come and see them. It was so nice to get such good footing for dressage, a lovely Grand Prix ring for show jumping, and then an awesome cross-country course here in Far Hills.”
Other division champions included Sophia Middlebrook of Nashua, NH, and Christa Schmidt’s Monbeg Odyssey in Open Training; Katherine Maroko of Kennett Square, PA, and Lisa Barry’s Rosie’s Little Miss Liberty in Training Rider; Megan Kepferle of Long Valley, NJ, and her HSH Hillside D’Artagnan in Open Novice; Peyton Brienza of Califon, NJ, and their The Brave Little Toaster in Novice Rider; Beth Durden of Califon, NJ, and her Dusty Dazing in Open Beginner Novice; and Susan Kozlowski of Newton, NJ, and her Jersey Girl in Beginner Novice Rider.
In addition to Saturday’s cross-country, families enjoyed a Mars Candy Hunt and the Peter Chesson Memorial Classic Car Show at Moorland Farm, which featured nearly 120 cars representing more than a century of motorized technology. The winner of the car show was Dan Danielson of Middletown, NJ, who was joined by his wife Elaine in their dark blue Packard limo. Custom built for Mrs. J.P. Morgan in 1940, the Packard was one of only five models ever made.