Kick off your spring show season with the Garden State Horse Show, New Jersey' s US Equestrian Premier, AA-rated horse show held at Hamilton Farm, the headquarters of the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation and former training grounds of the U.S. Equestrian Team. 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. Hamilton Farm provides a historic backdrop for competition unmatched hospitality with state of the art footing.

The Garden State Horse Show begins with two days of unrated showing to warm up and prepare for a week of “AA” premier competition with a full complement of divisions.

Feature classes include:

$25,000 Garden State Grand Prix , sponsored by EquiJet
$10,000 Stal de Eyckenhoeve Hunter Derby for Pros and Non Pros at 3’ and for Non Pros at 2’ and 2’6”
$6,000 High Child/Adult Jumper Classic, sponsored by Running S Equine Veterinary Services
$2,400 Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic, sponsored by The Nature Conservancy
$5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, sponsored by Eastern Hay


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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.

The Garden State Horse Show will make its move to the United States Equestrian Team Foundation headquarters at Hamilton Farm in Gladstone, New Jersey in 2019.

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 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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Show Manager


(908) 303-1956



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Laura Marcelli

Show Secretary
PO Box 97
Califon, NJ 07830


(201) 210-8517


Rodney Seelig

Junior Essex Troop


(718) 803-3800


Allan Spina

Junior Essex Troop


(908) 229 1831

James duva

Junior Essex Troop


John Y. G. Walker III

Junior Essex Troop



Bill Bonstein

Junior Essex Troop




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

2. Veterinarian on call also monitors channel 10.  Running S Equine Veterinary Service, 118 Fairmount Rd. West | Califon, NJ 07830 | info@runningsequine.com | (908) 832-5484

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 - Tucker Ericson  (908) 303-1956  jtericson1969@gmail.com