Horses have always been a big part of the New Jersey State Fair.
Back in 1919, when horses were still more common than cars, the Branchville Riding Club formed. Since then, this event has evolved into the 10-day spectacular of the Sussex County Fair!
In fact, the Sussex County Fair was called the The Sussex County Horse Show from 1936 to 1940, and the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show from 1940 to 1999. The pairing between the Fair and the Horse Show started all the way back in 1923! The change of the name highlights the Fair’s commitment to more than just horses, emphasizing other agriculture, community and youth development, and family fun!
The Horse Show consists of three rings that alternate shows beginning with quarter horses and followed by a variety of classes of the Sussex County Horse Show which pulls riders from a number of states.
For more information about the Horse Show including show schedules, go to the Horse Show web site.