The Gladstone Equestrian Association (the “GEA”), a not-for-profit corporation organized in 1985 to promote equestrian clinics and competitions for Combined Driving, has become a multi-disciplined platform which is leading an equestrian renaissance in the greater Gladstone area.
The GEA expanded its equestrian promotion efforts in 2015 as a result of sentiments expressed by members of the New Jersey equestrian community and residents of the Somerset Hills area.
As a result of the GEA’s 2015 efforts, the Essex Horse Trials returned to the greater Gladstone area following a 19-year hiatus. This initiative began by fundraising to build a new cross-country course at Moorland Farm in Far Hills. Through this success, the competition began again in 2017, and the Essex Horse Trials now takes place at two venues, the USET facility at Hamilton Farm and Moorland Farm.
The GEA Board of Directors identified specific equestrian disciplines and formed the following committees for the purpose of promoting clinics, competitions and events in each discipline:
- GEA Dressage Committee
- GEA Driving Committee
- GEA Eventing Committee
- GEA Hunter/Jumper Committee
- GEA Race Meeting Committee