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.


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The Mars Essex Horse Trials rides again–It’s a successful Year Two

By Nancy Jaffer
June 23, 2018

Ryan Wood won the new Preliminary Essex division at the Essex Horse Trials on Ruby. (Photo© 2018 by Nancy Jaffer)

Ryan Wood won the new Preliminary Essex division at the Essex Horse Trials on Ruby. (Photo© 2018 by Nancy Jaffer)

After a brilliant return to the eventing calendar in 2017 following a 19-year absence, the Mars Essex Horse Trials had a hard act to follow for 2018. But today, more big names competing in the Preliminary division and a promise to add the Advanced division next year (more on that tomorrow) demonstrated this beloved fixture isn’t just getting older, it’s getting better.

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The Mars Essex Horse Trials keeps moving ahead in style

By Nancy Jaffer
June 24, 2018

The Mars Essex Horse Trials, which finished the second year of its re-emergence today, will be making a big jump forward next year.

Ryan Wood rode Ruby to win the featured Preliminary Essex division at the Mars Essex Horse Trials.

Ryan Wood rode Ruby to win the featured Preliminary Essex division at the Mars Essex Horse Trials.

Not only is it ready to host an Advanced division (Preliminary was the highest level offered this year and in 2017), it plans to supplement its location at Moorland Farm in Far Hills with a side-trip to the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation headquarters in Gladstone, where Essex was held until lack of cross-country space at the foundation site led to its termination after the 1998 edition. Continue reading

Essex Horse Trials returns to Far Hills this weekend

The Bernardsville News
June 19, 2018

FAR HILLS – They’re putting the “family” in the Essex Horse Trials and Family Country Weekend.

The fabled trials, a premier equestrian competition, will take place this weekend at Moorland Farm following its successful return last year after a 19-year absence. Continue reading

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