Kick off your spring show season with the Garden State Horse Show, New Jersey' s US Equestrian Premier, AA-rated horse show held annually at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta. Offering a full range of classes from lead line to equitation, hunters and jumpers, it features classics, hunter derbies, including a USHJA National Hunter Derby and is a USHJA World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) event. The Garden State Horse Show is home to the Ted Grant Welcome Stake, the John H. Fritz Challenge and the Junior Essex Troop Garden State Grand Prix. The Sussex County Fairgrounds offers multiple rings for competition and schooling with natural, all-weather footing.

The Garden State Preview Show, a two-day US Equestrian Regional II event on Saturday and a US Equestrian Local event on Sunday, is held the weekend before the Garden State Horse Show, April 28-29. and provides an opportunity to warm up on the grounds with a full complement of divisions, including multiple hunter classics and wild-card classes for the John H. Fritz Challenge and the Junior Essex Troop Jumper Derby.

Feature classes include:

$25,000 Garden State Grand Prix  | $5,000 Ted Grant Welcome Stake | $5,000 Friday Special Jumper Stake

$5,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Prix | $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby | $5,000 TAKE2 Thoroughbred Hunters/Jumpers


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The Junior Essex Troop held its first horse show in 1951. The one-day show became a three-day show and was the largest all-junior horse show on the East Coast. It became known as the Garden State Horse Show. In 1989 the show expanded to a five-day event, open to both junior and adult riders, and grew to be the largest AA-rated hunter/jumper horse show in New Jersey.

In 2011, the 60th Anniversary of the Garden State Horse Show, the show expanded again to include the Garden State Preview Show. The seven days of competition held over two weeks, draws as many as 1,500 exhibitors and over 1,000 spectators.

Over the years many international and Olympic athletes have competed at the Garden State Horse Show. Competitors include Olympic gold medalists McLain Ward and Chris Kappler, Olympic silver medalists Anne Kursinski and Medalist Peter Leone.


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The Junior Essex Troop of Cavalry was founded in 1931 as a cadet auxiliary with the support and aid of the famous Essex Troop of the 102nd Cavalry, New Jersey National Guard. It was the only junior cavalry squadron sanctioned by the United States Government.

In 1943, the Junior Essex Troop was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to “foster the love of horses among boys” through military training and education in the art of horsemanship. The Troop became co-ed in 1983, developing and educating young men and women through equine activities. Though the Troop ceased daily operations in 1989.

Today, the Junior Essex Troop continues its mission to education and horsemanship by donating proceeds to youth organizations, collegiate equine programs and scholarships. All contributions to Junior Essex Troop are tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations for charitable donations.

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Timothy Cleary

Show Manager


(908) 892-9625

John Y. G. Walker III



(917) 207-2123


Kim Beckwith Walker

Sponsorship and Vendors


(917) 207 2243

Laura Marcelli

Show Secretary
PO Box 97
Califon, NJ 07830


(201) 210-8517





1. EMT/Safety Coordinator on show grounds during competition & has radio tuned to channel 10.

2. Veterinarian on call also monitors channel 10.  East Coast Equine Veterinary Service, LLC,  PO Box 91  33B Kennedy Road, Tranquility, NJ 07879, (908) 852-1300

3. EMTs and Ambulance on property will either transport immediately or call for additional ambulance if needed.

4. Ambulances are on premise full time and will be directed by show personnel to location of injury.

5. EMTs will determine nature of injury and call for medivac helicopter as needed. Landing pad has been pre-established with show management and local authorities.

6. Ring or area will be cleared to allow ambulance entrance.

7. At completion of emergency, ring will be re-set & adjusted as necessary.

8. Competition Management only will make any media statements regarding accident or injury.

9. Emergency Safety Coordinator - Jim Ryals  (973) 362-1038  hhtryals@hotmail.com