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  • The Meadows in NJ

    Can anyone tell me about the Meadows Horse Show in New Jersey, looking for some hunter schooling shows. Is it run OK, how's the footing, good competition, run ok? thanks

  • #2
    Meadow is OK

    The meadow has been around forever. It is a nice local schooling show with year end awards and great for kids. However, many a times have I had a tractor started right next to the ring, mid trip, or a flock of turkeys scare my horse while lunging or schooling.

    The meadow is great for what it is. But don't expect it to be anything fancy. It makes for a great 1st show!


    • #3
      Folks from my barn go to The Meadow for both dressage and hunter shows. I have not been myself. They seem to be pleased with the shows. They say it's a small ring and very "local" crowd but well run and they don't have specific complaints.

      I don't know precisely where you are in South Jersey but I put together for myself a list of hunter shows in and around my barn in October/November. Hopefully this is of some help to you...

      10/9-11: Woodedge (A)
      10/10: Field of Dreams (unrated)
      10/10: Our Farm (unrated)
      10/11: The Meadow (unrated)
      10/11: D&D (schooling)
      10/17: Briarwood (B)
      10/17: GC4H Gold Clover (unrated)
      18/18: Royal Haven (unrated)
      10/24: Ashley Meadows (B)
      10/25: The Meadow (unrated)
      10/25: Field of Dreams (unrated)
      10/27: Snapper Creek (unrated)
      10/30: SC4H Hoofbeats Dressage (unrated)
      10/31: Briarwood (B)
      11/1: Our Farm (B)
      11/4-8: Woodedge @ NJ Horse Park (A)
      11/8: The Meadow (unrated)
      11/7-8: Duncraven (unrated)
      11/13: Our Farm (B)
      11/14: Keneva (unrated)
      11/15: The Meadow (unrated)
      11/19-21: Our Farm (A)
      11/22: Our Farm (B)

      Prize Lists/Info
      Our Farm - http://worcesterstablesatourfarm.com...andevents.html
      Duncraven - http://www.duncraven.com/horse_shows
      Field of Dreams - http://www.coursesbydesign.com/Schedules.aspx
      Woodedge- http://www.woodedge.com/
      The Meadow - http://www.meadowshows.com/
      D&D - http://ddstables.com/
      GC4H - http://sites.google.com/site/gloucester4hhorse/
      Snapper Creek - http://snappercreekstables.com/Champ...howSeries.html
      Keneva Farm- http://www.foxandhounds.org/Shows
      Last edited by vxf111; Oct. 9, 2009, 11:17 AM. Reason: Updated website
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      • #4
        The Meadow has nice schooling shows - they're well run & well organized, and it's a very friendly atmosphere. Very low key and relaxed atmosphere. Good place to start out with green horses and/or riders.


        • #5
          I grew up showing at the Meadow and have nothing but good things to say about it. It is a perfect place to take greenie: jumps aren't scary, relatively small and quiet, and cheap! My favorite part was the trophy room. For each blue ribbon, you get a ticket and then can use your tickets in the torphy room. One ticket gets you a trophy or something simple like a brush but a couple of tickets lets you get some good prizes. Good luck!

          They used to use the motto "the on-time horse show" and I'm not sure if they still do. But either way, that isn't quite true

          Originally posted by Roxyllsk View Post
          The Meadow has nice schooling shows - they're well run & well organized, and it's a very friendly atmosphere. Very low key and relaxed atmosphere. Good place to start out with green horses and/or riders.


          • #6
            I can also recommend Field of Dreams show for a greenie. Nice atmosphere and good fences.
            Happily retired but used to be:


            • #7
              Re: The Meadow. Footing okay. Courses are basic. I would recommend the series at Field of Dreams (now Chesterfield Farm). Well run, great courses for beginners and up -- with correct distances (so as not to terrify the green-beans). The woman who runs the show has been at it for quite sometime. It is a quality schooling show. Hunter Farms (in Princeton) holds schooling shows starting in November. They are nice as well. If you are willing to go further north, Palermo is suppose to be a nice place to show too.


              • Original Poster

                Thanks all for the prompt replies and especially for the links to all the shows. COTHers are the source!


                • #9
                  I second the Chesterfield Shows. Management has been at it for a long time. Courses are well designed and decorated. Really preps the greenies (kids and horses) for the bigger shows. Downside, is the "big" hunter classes (2' and up) are run in the indoor. Which can be intimidating for the green-beans. Otherwise nice show. Saddlebrook Ridge is hosting a winter schooling series run by the same management group there starting in November.

                  Meadow, the one ring is small. The other is a nice size but on a major hill. Footing can get deep and really bad in the rain. Nice selection of classes, something for everyone. Wonderful people who run it.
                  Life is hard. After all, it kills you. - K. Hepburn


                  • Original Poster

                    thanks Santuary- I'll look into them.


                    • #11
                      It's plain but it's functional (hey, I haven't created a website since I was in college-- and that was a good 8 years ago)...

                      Here's the website for the Keneva Show...


                      You can download the Prize List from the website.
                      "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"


                      • Original Poster

                        1thanks vfx111 for the prize list


                        • #13
                          I have been there once and had a really good experience. Great show for the green rider or green horse! Well run, nice people


                          • #14
                            I've had good luck doing The Meadow for H/J as well as dressage shows. I like a laid-back, positive schooling show experience and they do it well. I've only done shows in dry weather, so I'm not sure how the footing holds up in the rain.

                            In related news, Autumn Riders is holding a mini Hunter Derby (2'6", 2'9", 3', 3’3” options) at Handy Acres in Jackson NJ on November 15. It is a simulated course designed after the specs of the USHJA International Hunter Derby.

                            Info here:

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                            • Original Poster

                              thanks AA

                              I am so going to the derby- I hope!!! Do you know if there are other derbies in the area?