The Gladstone Equestrian Association (the "GEA"), a not-for-profit corporation organized thirty years ago to promote equestrian clinics and competitions, is uniquely positioned to lead 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.

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 Driving Committee
  • GEA Hunter/Jumper Committee
  • GEA Eventing Committee

The GEA Board’s initiative to increase clinics, competitions and events in the Gladstone area should lead to the creation of additional GEA Board Committees going forward.


The Garden State show is on an exciting journey to Gladstone

By Nancy Jaffer
July 1, 2018

The 2019 Garden State Horse Show will be able to take advantage of the iconic background provided by the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation’s historic stable for the Monmouth at the Team show over the last two years. (Photo© 2018 by Nancy Jaffer)

The 2019 Garden State Horse Show will be able to take advantage of the iconic background provided by the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation’s historic stable for the Monmouth at the Team show over the last two years. (Photo© 2018 by Nancy Jaffer)

The Garden State Horse Show, once New Jersey’s largest hunter/jumper competition, is moving next year from the Sussex County fairgrounds to the U.S. Equestrian Federation Foundation’s historic Gladstone facility.

Garden State, set to run its 69th edition April 27-May 5, is following the lead of the Monmouth County Horse Show, which left Freehold for the foundation grounds in Somerset County two years ago. The third edition of what is now called Monmouth at the Team is set for Aug. 12-20, but Monmouth has long been billed as the oldest continually running show in the country. Continue reading

Ryan Wood Captures Win in the $20,000 Preliminary Essex at the MARS Essex Horse Trials

Far Hills, New Jersey – June 23, 2018 – Australia’s Ryan Wood captured the win in the $20,000 Preliminary Essex at the Mars Essex Horse Trials in Far Hills, NJ on Saturday. Riding Ruby, owned by Summit Sporthorses Ltd. of Ringoes, NJ, the pair led from start to finish going clear in both cross country and show jumping to finish on their dressage score of 27.70.

Ryan Wood and Ruby

Ryan Wood and Ruby

“This event is phenomenal. This was my first time here and I can’t wait to come back. I will be promoting it to everyone in Pennsylvania,” said Wood. “It means a lot to win here and to win for Ilona (English) on her homebred horse. To come to Essex and take out the top division and win the silver cup is very special.” Continue reading

Mars Essex Horse Trials Celebrates Second Successful Year of Its Revival

Far Hills, New Jersey – June 24, 2018 – The tradition continued at the Mars Essex Horse Trials with the successful revival of the second competition following a 19-year absence. This June also marked 50 years since the event was founded by the Haller Family at their Hoopstick Fam.

“We couldn’t be happier with how everything went with this year’s event,” said Ralph Jones, co-organizer of the Mars Essex Horse Trials. “The turnout we got from the riders and the support we received from the local community is everything we could have hoped for. Our plan is to continue to build on the tradition of the Mars Essex Horse Trials and this year was another great step forward.”  Continue reading

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