NASCAR Coming to Mars Essex Horse Trials Country Weekend!
Far Hills, New Jersey - June 13, 2019 -
NASCAR is racing to the MARS Essex Horse Trials Country Weekend! The MARS
No. 18 M&M'S® Toyota
will be featured on Saturday at the Horse & Horsepower Car Show during the event that runs, June 21-23, at historic Moorland Farm in Far Hills, New Jersey.
"We are so grateful to MARS EQUESTRIAN for bringing the MARS
No. 18 M&M'S®
Toyota to the MARS Essex Horse Trials. It is
such a great addition to what is already a fun event," said Ralph Jones, President of the MARS Essex Horse Trials. "The Horse Trials is getting bigger and better each year. Our third edition features Olympic veterans competing in our new Advanced division. We also have family activities, shopping, farm-to-table food from local markets, and the Horsepower Car Show. It truly is the perfect way to spend a weekend in the country."
Some of the U.S. Olympic veterans entered in the Advanced division include six-time Olympian and two-time Olympic Team Gold medalist Phillip Dutton, two-time U.S. Olympic veteran Boyd Martin, 2012 London Olympic veteran Will Coleman and 2016 Rio Olympic veteran Lauren Kieffer. Also entered are Canadian Olympic veteran Jessica Phoenix, two-time U.S. National champion and two-time Olympic alternate Buck Davidson.
The MARS Essex Horse Trials will also showcase Beginner Novice through Preliminary divisions. Ryan Wood of Australia returns with his mount, Ruby, to defend the Preliminary championship they won last year. Wood has also entered Woodstock Bennett to compete in the Advanced Division.
Family friendly offerings at the MARS Essex Horse Trials Country Weekend include the
Children's Activity Center,
sponsored by The Willow School
Children's Activity Center, sponsored by The Willow School, where younger spectators and their parents can enjoy a fun and creative way to spend the day. The Essex Market features a wide range of shopping from saddles and riding boots to jewelry, fresh farm-to-table food from local markets, demonstrations, and specialties from artisan vendors.
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. This year, Essex will feature an Advanced division with Olympic-level riders on top horses in addition to other divisions for up-and-coming horses and riders.
About the MARS 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 as well. The event was originally conceived in 1968 by the Haller Family at Hoopstick Farm. Proceeds from the event benefit the Greater Newark LifeCamp in nearby Pottersville, which provides an enriching summer day camp experience for approximately 300 Newark-area youths for six weeks during July and August.
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.
Mars, Inc., the original sponsor of the Essex Horse Trials, returned in 2017 and continues as the event's title sponsor. Presenting sponsors include Open Road Auto Group, Peapack-Gladstone Bank, RWJ Barnabas Health, Running 'S' Equine Veterinary Services, and AIG.
About MARS EQUESTRIAN
MARS EQUESTRIAN, a brand and sponsorship division within MARS INCORPORATED, is the link between our iconic brands and the equestrian community. For generations, MARS has celebrated a rich equestrian heritage, and through purposeful partnerships, MARS EQUESTRIAN is committed to the sport and building an enduring legacy. From world-class competitions across all equestrian disciplines, to stewarding the power of horses on society and sustainability, MARS EQUESTRIAN is dedicated to our purpose to improve the lives of horses, pets, and the people who love them.