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  • What's going on at Garden State?

    I just heard a rumor that one of the stabling tents blew down and the fire department inspected 3 others and deemed them unsafe in the high winds and gave everyone 40 minuntes to get all their stuff and horses out. Also, the show was cancelled early for today and for tomorrow so it's done. Any truth to any of this?

  • #2
    I heard a tent blew down and they had to cancel today and tomorrow due to weather.


    • #3
      I was there late in the afternoon and saw the one tent was down and that the show was cancelled for today, I didn't hear about tomorrow. And I just heard they told everyone they had to get out of the tents but that was all I heard. Too bad, I was looking forward to the GP.


      • #4

        Just got off the phone with a trainer from my farm who is at the show. The tent rumors are true. The wind is horrific. I could barely hear her on he phone. The tent that blew over/collapsed was pretty empty by the point it gave way as they had seen it going for some time before it actually gave way. No one was hurt, horse or human.

        Apparently all the bridges were closed, stranding all the shippers not at the show on the other side. They are just coming in now. It sounds like they are trying to figure out what to do exactly, but they seem to think leaving is not much of an option with the crazy wind.

        and yes it is cancelled
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        • #5
          I hear the rest of the show is canceled and people are to evacuate the tents (I think by now they should have already)

          They never have good luck with weather there. But hey, at least it didn't rain, right?


          • #6
            The show has been canceled for tomorrow and everyone is being evacuated. Anyone who can not get out tonight is being put in permanent stabling for the night. The extremely high winds took down a few tents and some porta-johns. No one has been injured.


            • #7
              i was there today! The wind was HORRIBLE. Yes the tent collapsed. My friends were walking by when it happened and took out whatever horses they could before it collapsed. It was scary but everyone got out. Thank god we day-tripped!!!! They cancelled the show for the rest of today and tomorrow

              They never have good luck with weather there. But hey, at least it didn't rain, right?
              And actually it did rain for about an hour hahahah


              • #8

                Glad nobody was hurt.


                • #9
                  I heard several people were hospitalized when the tent collapsed and that another tent ripped in half. Apparently they were trying to use shavings bags to keep the jumps up but the gusts were so strong they gave up.


                  • #10
                    Hope everyone (Human,Equine and otherwise) are okay! Pretty intense sounding weather!


                    • #11
                      I saw pictures of the collapsed/ripped tent. It looked pretty scary. Everyone I know who was there is fine- but I hope everyone else is too!


                      • #12
                        Horseshowing.com has...

                        an announcement that rest of show was cancelled @ 5:45pm today.

                        "HORSE SHOW CANCELLED
                        The decision was made at 5:45 PM, Saturday , May 8th to cancel the remaining classes of the Garden State Horse Show. "

                        Here's the link:


                        It was not a good afternoon there. Everyone was lucky to get out of that tent. Some other tents were looking questionable when I left @ 5. Show management was smart to send people home.


                        • #13
                          Wow at first I was kind of upset that I was leaving early but now I'm glad I did! I was riding when the tent over the seating by the GP ring blew off on Tuesday and that was certainly NOT fun... can't imagine how petrified the poor horses/people were in the tent that collapsed! Even back in CT the wind is ridiculous...
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                          • #14
                            Wow, that is scary stuff. I was wondering how all those tents would hold up in this wind.
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                            • #15
                              I had one horse in the tent when it started to come down. Luckily the owner got him out! We live close so most of the horses were at home, waiting to come back for classes Sunday. It was a mess. Lots of disappointed people that didn't get to show, but the weather most of today was super windy and really cold.
                              Glad everyone and all the horses are ok.
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                              • #16
                                yeah i was there it was actually really scary haha the tent just started blowing off and the firemen were like sprinting everywhere trying to keep it on. and before that it was so windy the jumps kept falling down in the middle of peoples rounds. a trailer finally came for our horses at like midnight which was right before our tent pretty much collapsed.


                                • #17
                                  How much confuusion was in the office with the exhibitors trying to close out. Or did they just leave and go home with the bad WEATHER?


                                  • #18
                                    Wow! I had no idea it was that bad!
                                    The reps called me last week; our brand new tent broke in half the minute they put it up and I was supposed to call and yell at the manufacturer... I guess it wasn't really their fault so it's good I haven't had time to do it yet!




                                    • #19
                                      wow! i was disappointed that my friend and i drove up for the grand prix and found out it was cancelled. so we basically said hi to some friends and drove home. i did see the collapsed tent.
                                      but my disappointment as a spectator is nothing like what the exhibitors must have felt. wow! that show was sooooo crowded when i arrived. there must have been so many disappointed people. it was windy though and it was really cold.


                                      • #20
                                        I heard that six horses were taken to MidAtlantic, but don't know the details. Our trainer started sending horses home early Saturday, before most others were evacuating, so we got all but four out. Those four were moved to the permanent stalls until they could bring them back, which they did yesterday.
                                        Go Vols!!