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The Mars Essex Horse Trials Country Weekend – the Perfect Way to Spend a Summer Day!

Far Hills, New Jersey—April 15, 2019— Exciting equestrian competition returns this summer with the third running of the Mars Essex Horse Trials Country Weekend, June 21-23 at historic Moorland Farm in Far Hills, New Jersey. The event features the nation's top horses and riders along with a host of family friendly events making Essex the perfect way to spend a weekend in the country.
Spectators can stroll through the picturesque surroundings experiencing the thrill of the Olympic sport of eventing while enjoying a variety of activities including a classic car show, demonstrations, children’s activities, a farm stand offering fresh farm-to-table food from local markets, and specialties from artisan vendors.
“We are pleased to invite those who follow equestrian sports and everyone who enjoys a beautiful day in the country to join us at this year’s Mars Essex Horse Trials,” said Ralph Jones, President of the Mars Essex Horse Trials. “The chance to stroll the beautiful grounds of Moorland Farm, see horses up close as they compete and enjoy all of other activities is the perfect way to start the summer. We hope everyone, whether they follow horse sports or not, will plan to join us!”

The Essex Market will feature a wide range of shopping from saddles and riding boots to jewelry and artwork. The Children's Activity Center, sponsored by The Willow School, will offer younger spectators and their parents a fun and creative way to spend the day.
The Essex Market features an array of shopping options
Family-friendly activities in the
Children's Activity Center,
sponsored by The Willow Schoo l
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 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 day camp experience for approximately 300 Newark-area youths per day 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.

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