The Sussex County Horse Show is marking its 80th anniversary as it gets under way this week–but it isn’t standing still.
Set against the backdrop of the New Jersey State Fair, its giant ferris wheel and bright lights, Sussex keeps adjusting to the times. It no longer has the draft horse team pulling classes, but it does offer a dizzying range of competition opportunities across three rings, everything from the featured $35,000 grand prix at 8 p.m. Aug. 13, to A-rated and unrated hunter classes, a hunt night July 12, western classes and such old favorites as the local, costume and family classes.On Sunday, Aug. 14 at 10 a.m., there’s a challenged riders show.
An American Quarter Horse Show begins at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta Aug. 4 and then starting Aug. 5, runs concurrently with the Sussex show through Aug. 7. Sussex runs on its own through Aug. 14.
The show has a campaign to improve footing for the rings at the fairgrounds, with proceeds from the raffle of a Kingston two-horse Classic Elite trailer going toward that fund. Another money-raising initiative to support the show involves purchase of 80th anniversary commemorative wine bottles.
The drawing for the Kingston trailer is Oct. 29. Only 500 tickets are being sold. To buy one, call (973) 725-9367. To order the wine, call (973) 948-9950 or email email@example.com.