Cross-Country Phase at 2022 Essex Horse Trials Crowns Winners
Sunday, July 3, 2022
Posted by Marty Bauman
After several shake-ups on the leaderboards following Saturday’s cross-country phase, the Essex Horse Trials concluded at the historic Moorland Farm in Far Hills, NJ, with afternoon awards for over 100 entries. Among the division champions were Isabelle Bosley of Monkton, MD, and Karen Martin’s 10-year-old Hanoverian mare Paper Doll, who claimed victory in the $10,000 Open Preliminary division after finishing on their dressage score of 22.1.
(Above Photo Info. and Credit: Isabelle Bosley and Paper Doll topped the field in the $10,000 Open Preliminary division at the Essex Horse Trials. © AK Dragoo Photography)
As one of the most popular equestrian events in New Jersey, the Essex Horse Trials features some of the nation’s top riders with their Preliminary horses competing in the thrilling sport of eventing. The two-day sportfest took place July 1-2 with dressage and show jumping at the iconic Hamilton Farm, home of the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation in Gladstone, NJ, and exhilarating cross-country at the historic Moorland Farm in Far Hills.
She's A Very Careful Jumper
Bosley, 25, has been developing Paper Doll slowly over the last three seasons under the watchful eye of boss and mentor Lillian Heard. “She’s a very careful jumper, so we didn’t want to scare her by moving up too fast,” Bosley said. “She’s really come around, and she’s an awesome Prelim horse. I’m hoping to move her up again soon.
“She’s a pretty bold cross-country horse,” Bosley added. “I’ve run a lot of Prelim events with her at this point, and we had seen a lot of things on today’s course before. I knew that as long as I stuck to my plan for our ride, everything should be alright. I did think she might refuse the jump into the water because that’s the biggest drop into water she’s done so far, but she jumped it really nice and carefully. I’m really thrilled with how she took it all on, especially in the heat. She just motored around the course like it was nothing.”
Alongside Paper Doll, Bosley has a 4 Star horse, Night Quality, with which she has been slowly building up her career. Three years ago, she and Night Quality took fourth place in the Essex Horse Trials Preliminary division despite running in that year’s deep mud. They were most recently in England on a U25 Nations Cup run, with Bosley continuing to seek out the horses, results, and experience she needs to make it to the top of the sport.
“I love the Essex Horse Trials,” Bosley said. “This year, the course was so fun. We just got out there and onto a rhythm, so while there were some technical questions, it wasn’t overly difficult. It was a really great course for all the horses, especially after the dressage and stadium tests at such a nice venue yesterday.
It's Such Good Exposure For The Horses
“For Paper Doll, I personally wanted to bring her here because there’s a bit more atmosphere,” she added. “Sometimes it can be really tough to get in the ring with a big crowd and go around the cross-country with all the spectators, but I think it’s such good exposure for the horses. It was also my first time at the USET stables, and I thought it was so cool to come and see them. It was so nice to get such good footing for dressage, a lovely Grand Prix ring for show jumping, and then an awesome cross-country course here in Far Hills.”
Other division champions included Sophia Middlebrook of Nashua, NH, and Christa Schmidt’s Monbeg Odyssey in Open Training; Katherine Maroko of Kennett Square, PA, and Lisa Barry’s Rosie’s Little Miss Liberty in Training Rider; Megan Kepferle of Long Valley, NJ, and her HSH Hillside D’Artagnan in Open Novice; Peyton Brienza of Califon, NJ, and their The Brave Little Toaster in Novice Rider; Beth Durden of Califon, NJ, and her Dusty Dazing in Open Beginner Novice; and Susan Kozlowski of Newton, NJ, and her Jersey Girl in Beginner Novice Rider.
The Packard Was One Of Only Five Models Ever Made
In addition to Saturday’s cross-country, families enjoyed a Mars Candy Hunt and the Peter Chesson Memorial Classic Car Show at Moorland Farm, which featured nearly 120 cars representing more than a century of motorized technology. The winner of the car show was Dan Danielson of Middletown, NJ, who was joined by his wife Elaine in their dark blue Packard limo. Custom built for Mrs. J.P. Morgan in 1940, the Packard was one of only five models ever made.
Additional information on the Essex Horse Trials is available at the EssexHorseTrials.org. Full results are available at EventEntries.com.
Proceeds from the Essex Horse Trials benefit the Greater Newark LifeCamp in nearby Pottersville, which provides an enriching day camp experience for approximately 300 Newark-area youths per day for six weeks during July and August.
The Sport of Eventing
Eventing, often referred to as an “equestrian triathlon,” combines the elegance of dressage, the thrill of cross-country, and the precision of show jumping. Eventing provides a rare opportunity for spectators of all ages and interests to witness a discipline that highlights the unique trust and bond between horse and rider.
About the Essex Horse Trials
For three decades, the famed Essex Horse Trials was a major highlight on the equestrian calendar, attracting top American and international competitors as well as thousands of fans who enjoyed its social aspects in addition to the thrilling competition. The event was originally conceived in 1968 by the Haller Family at Hoopstick Farm.
This farm is a picturesque 230-acre property, provides the breathtaking setting for the event’s current edition. It is the home of the annual Far Hills Race Meeting, a nationally prestigious steeplechase race meeting held each October.