TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher will welcome the participants in one of the world’s top eventing competitions, the 2013 Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event Friday, May 10 at the Horse Park of New Jersey at Stone Tavern, in Cream Ridge.

This is the 11th year the competition has been held at the Horse Park.  There will be 89 of the best horse and rider combinations from the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, South Africa, Ireland and the Netherlands competing in the three-star event; the two-star will test the skills of the newer, up and coming combinations. 

Eventing was originally a military event intended to measure the fitness of military horses.  To succeed both rider and horse must be highly trained in these three tests: 

  • Dressage – a French term, meaning training.  Dressage comprises a set series of complicated movements performed in an enclosed arena.  It requires precision, smoothness, suppleness and complete obedience by the horse.
  • Cross-country – the endurance test, with a galloping trek of three miles and 30 jumps.
  • Show Jumping – takes place in the jumping arena.  Horse and rider must negotiate between 12 and 15 show jumping obstacles.

Dressage will take place Thursday and Friday, May 9 and 10; Cross-country on Saturday, May 11 and Show Jumping on Sunday, May 12.

On Saturday and Sunday, the New Jersey Equine Advisory Board will present the 2013 Equine Expo, an educational program related to horses, agriculture and safety.

The Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event has consistently had a positive impact on the local economy, with revenues generated at surrounding businesses at more than $2.5 million each year.

The New Jersey equine industry is valued at $4 billion and generates $1.1 billion annually in positive impact to the state’s economy, according to a recent study by the Rutgers Equine Science Center.  The study showed there are 7,200 equine facilities on 176,000 acres and 42,500 equine animals.