Riders Create Impressive Lineup At Garden State
NJApril 19, 2002 The Garden State Horse Show has all
the components of a high caliber equestrian competition a
great venue at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ; carefully
chosen officials; and of course, top athletes. This years
show, held May 1-5 is once again anticipating some of the countrys
best show jumping riders to grace the show grounds. The expected
lineup of United States Equestrian Team veterans is sure to make
the $50,000 Garden State Grand Prix held on Saturday, May 4, one
of the most exciting events of the year.
of the riders expected to compete include Anne Kursinski of Flemington,
NJ. Kursinski was a member or alternate member of four consecutive
U.S. Olympic teams, including the 1988 Seoul and 1996 Atlanta squads
that each won a team Silver Medal. In 1998 she became the first
American and first woman rider to win the $450,000 Pulsar Crown
Grand Prix in Monterrey, Mexico. Kursinski is also a four-time winner
of the American Gold Cup, and in 1983 she won the individual and
team Gold Medals in the Caracas, Venezuela Pan-American Games
Mark and Peter Leone are also expected to return to Garden State.
Mark, of Franklin Lakes, NJ, has found repeated success in the ring
at the Sussex Fairgrounds. He picked up the blue at the Garden State
Grand Prix in 1997 on Loro Piana Karat, and is a two-time winner
of the Sussex County Grand Prix held in August in the same arena.
older brother Peter of Greenwich, Connecticut, was second in the
Garden State Grand Prix in 2000 and, like his brother, is a two-time
winner of the Sussex County Grand Prix. Peter has been competing
successfully on the grand prix circuit for two decades. He achieved
a lifelong dream in 1996 when he represented the U.S. Equestrian
Team in the Atlanta Olympic Games and helped the U.S. win the team
Garson of Lebanon, New Jersey, is the defending champion at Garden
State, having won the grand prix last year on Rhythmical. Garson
was a member of the U.S. Olympic Team in Sydney, Australia and has
ridden for the U.S. Equestrian Team on numerous occasions.
Madden of Cazenovia, NY, who is also expected to compete took an
impressive 3rd place in the Grand Prix of Aachen, Germany last year
and started 2002 off with a win in the $5,000 AmeriChoice/NAL Open
Speed Challenge followed by a victory in the $10,000 Cosequin 1.50m
Classic both held at the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival in
riders and many more make up the spectacular field which graces
the rings at Garden State. In addition to the thrill of power and
speed found in the jumper classes, spectators can watch some of
the countrys best hunters perform. From pony hunters to amateur-owners,
beauty and talent are abundant.
addition to witnessing top athletes, spectators can enjoy the numerous
shopping and dining opportunities available. Admission is free except
for Grand Prix Saturday. Saturdays admission is $10.00 a carload.
Gate proceeds go to the Sussex County 4-H. For more information
on the Garden State Horse Show call (508) 698-6810.