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Essex Horse Trials The Essex Horse Trials, an iconic pre-Olympic-qualifying three-day event held at the United States Equestrian Team (USET) headquarters until 1998, was conceived in the 1960s as a competition for young riders. Until that time, good courses and well-built fences rarely filtered down to the lower competitive levels of the sport. In 1968, thanks to the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. Elliot Haller – and behind the driving force of their son Roger – “Hoopstick Farm” in Bedminster, NJ, became the first home of the Essex Horse Trials. The first event was held in the fall of that year and two levels of competition were offered, Training and Preliminary, in a one-day horse trials format. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s the event continued to grow, attracting both American and international competitors, expanding to a three-day format and eventually moving to the USET headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. The Essex Horse Trials became a major international event with the best-of-the-best competing for U.S. Team positions at both the Olympic Games and World Championships. After a 19-year hiatus (the original event ended in 1998, its 30th anniversary year), the Essex Horse Trials returned to the Eventing calendar in June of
U-Pick Strawberry Weekends Picking depends on weather and crop availability, so please check our phone message for any updates before you visit. We currently do not take credit cards, an ATM will be on premises. Field fee is $5.00 per person plus cost of berries. Field fee for children under 2, free. No outside food or drink, No smoking on the premises, No pets allowed. A wagon ride is required to get back to the strawberry field -Please check in at the little farm shed to the right of the parking area for wagon instructions. Pre picked strawberries will be available at our outdoor market. Activity area and Jumbo Jumper will be open for the kiddos, you can purchase tickets at the little farm shed where you received your wagon ride tickets. Hours are Weekends 9AM to 4PM last car in at 3:00 For your safety Please always watch your footing on the property, there are rocks, sticks, holes, and uneven ground. We have everything you need for picking, no need to bring baskets. All picking depends on weather & crop availability, please check our Facebook page or call before you visit for any updates. No large bags allowed in
Somerset County 4-H Furry Friends Rabbit, Cavy, and Small Animal SPRING Show Somerset County 4-H Furry Friends Club Rabbit, Cavy, and Small Animal Spring Show! Please join us at the Ted Blum 4-H Center, 310 Milltown Road, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 on Saturday, June 3rd, 2023! (Our show is postponed from May 6th due to circumstances beyond our control) Doors open at 8:30am for animal health checks. All animals will be health checked! No small animal show experience? No problem! We welcome you to our Somerset County 4-H Furry Friends club Spring show in a low pressure environment! Our leaders and 4-H club members will gladly assist any newcomers! Show catalog is posted in the discussion! Show exhibitors (4-H members) must be of 4-H age eligibility. Cloverbuds (Prep) are Kindergartners - 3rd Grade, Juniors are 4th-8th grade, and Seniors are 9th grade through one-year out of high school are eligible to participate. Masks are optional while indoors at the Ted Blum 4-H Center. Pre-registered email entries are $ 3.00 per animal per class entered. Pre-registration for all email entries closes at 11:59pm on May 30th, 2023 Day of Show entries are $ 4.00 per animal per class entered. Breed Classes, Showmanship,
Nature Photography Walk and Talk Join us for a photo walk on the scenic trails of Fairview Farm with talented local photographers, Cathy and David DesRochers, Jack Moskowitz and Philip Witt. Bring your camera or your cell phone as we make some new friends, enjoy time outside, and learn how to capture beautiful images of nature and wildlife. For ages 18 to 108! Please dress for the weather, including study shoes. Our trails are easy and mostly level, but they do get muddy in spots. Registration is required so we can alert you of changes due to weather.
Introduction to Freeform Tapestry Weaving Outdoor Workshop Freeform tapestry weaving is an expressive, process-oriented way to explore traditional handweaving techniques to create a piece that is personal and unique. A standing tabletop loom enables us to incorporate a wealth of textures such as fluffy roving, long fleece locks, silk ribbon, cotton punis, and handspun art yarn. We’ll learn how to set up the loom and plan a design. Using various weave structures and knotting methods, we’ll discover how to achieve geometric shapes and contours. At the end of class, everyone will have completed their own sampler tapestry to take home. All equipment, tools, and materials will be provided, and participants are invited to bring any special fibers or yarn they would like to include in their works. No experience necessary. 3-hour class with a 30-minute break for lunch. Class is limited to 12 participants. Class will take place outdoors with social distancing measures in place. About the instructor: Anne Choi is a fiber artist who is committed to supporting local fiber farms and mills. Her classes explore the relationship between craft and imagination. Participants are encouraged to investigate time-honored traditions, infused with contemporary techniques and personal vision. She raises a
An Elite View of Sports and Nature A collection of famous athlete portraits and masterful nature paintings in watercolor by James Fiorentino May 5 – July 8, 2023 JAMES FIORENTINO