The Turkey Trot

  • Sunday, November 15, 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Horse Park of New Jersey & Assunpink WMA


  • This registration is for HPNJ Members
  • This registration type is for people who are not members of ESDCTA or HPNJ
  • This is for ESDCTA members only, please include your ESDCTA membership number. Your ESDCTA membership number can be found by logging in to the website and clicking on your name in the top right hand corner.
  • This registration is for HPNJ Members
  • This registration type is for people who are not members of ESDCTA or HPNJ

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The Horse Park of New Jersey


Eastern States Dressage & Combined Training Assoc.

“The Turkey Trot”


22nd Annual

Pleasure Ride In the Park

Sunday, November 15, 2020

to be held at the

Horse Park o f New Jersey

Route 524 • Allentown, NJ


Assunpink Wildlife Mgt. Area

9:00 am start

Rain or Shine!

The Horse Park of NJ (HPNJ) and The Eastern States Dressage and Combined Training Association (ESDCTA) present the 22nd Annual Pleasure Ride to benefit the Horse Park of New Jersey and ESDCTA, Inc.  It will be held on November 15, 2020 (Sunday), between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., at the Horse Park of NJ (Co. Rte. 524) and the adjacent Assunpink Wildlife Management Area in Upper Freehold, NJ. 


The two organizations (ESDCTA and HPNJ) are working together on this fund raising event in order to continue to support our respective sports and competitors.

Riders (in pairs) are invited to participate in the Cross-Country Pleasure Pace.  There will be separate courses for Riders and for Drivers.  There will be a VSE (Very Small Equine) driver division.  An ideal Pleasure time will be set for each.  The entrants coming closest to this ideal time in their division will win.  We will be offering prizes for first place, and awarding ribbons through 8th place!   When you arrive on Show Day, you will stop at the Secretary’s Office, where you will pick up your “Packet” and you will check in with the Starter to get your start time assigned.  This will minimize crowding at the start area, and you won’t have to stand around with your horse.  Come join us in the beautiful country of the Horse Park and Assunpink Wildlife Management Area.  Fields, wooded trails, hills and dirt roads comprise the course.  There will be possibly water crossings on the rider courses.  Starting times for the drivers are from 9:00-11:30 am with awards at 2:00 pm.  Starting times for riders are from 9:00-12:30 pm with awards at 3:15 pm.   Awards will be mailed if you are not present.

This year we are adding a cones course for the drivers included with their entry!  

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, no spectators will be permitted on the grounds. 

All competitors and grooms must sign the Horse Park Waiver (see website) and will have their temperatures taken upon arrival.  Anyone with a temperature over 100.4 will not be admitted to the facility.  Note that there are no alcoholic beverages permitted per the Assunpink regulations.


OPENING DATE:  October 19, 2020      Closing date for mail/email entries: November 10, 2020         Post Entries accepted on competition day

Contact/FMI—Horse Park of NJ - phone (609) 259-0170, via email: 


Visit our websites:



                 Riders–  Senior (55 years and over), Junior (18 years and under), Family (you must be related to one another),

                 or Open (to be ridden in pairs) 

                 Drivers:  Open division  and Very Small Equine (VSE) division—cones class free

Cones Class (Drivers):  to be held in the West Ring


Entries—  a) $45 Rider (to be ridden in pairs) $45 per driver.  Post Entries (entry received after Nov 10, 2020 or on competition day) $60 per rider/$60 per driver.  b)  Entry forms available from the secretary or the Horse Park or ESDCTA’s websites.  c)  Draw checks to “Horse Park of NJ” or provide credit card information.  d)  NO FAX entries, please. Entries MUST be legible and include credit card information or check. e)  Entries MUST include current negative coggins.  $5 discount if you are an ESDCTA or Horse Park of New Jersey member.  Join today!  f)  All persons must sign a Horse Park Waiver (see website).  g) Please include your Cell phone number and carry your phones on the course in case you are lost on course and we need to contact you.


COURSES a) The rider courses will be about 6 miles, the driver courses will be about 5 miles with the VSE at about 3 miles.  c) The courses will all start and finish from the Horse Park and will travel in and around the Horse Park and the Assunpink Wildlife Mgt. Area. 


Awards— Award for first place and 8 ribbons for each division


Start Times— Competitors will receive a start time from the starter after picking up their packets.  Rider courses start from 9:00-12:30 (i.e. last start time is 12:30 pm) with rider awards at 3:15pm; Driver courses start from 9:00 - 11:30 (i.e. last start time is 11:30am) with driver awards at 2:00pm.  Cones courses are open from 9:00 - 1:00 with awards shortly thereafter.


Directions to Horse Park of NJ  -  Follow signs to HP of NJ (white letters on brown background).  From NJ Turnpike:  follow to exit 7A.      I-195 East to exit 11 Imlaystown.  Turn left at top of ramp (North).  Follow to stop sign and turn right onto Route 524.  Horse Park is 1½ miles on left.  From Garden State Parkway:  Follow to exit 98 to I-195 West to exit 11.  Turn right at the top of the ramp (North).  Follow as above.


OTHER INFORMATION:    a)  Refunds after the closing date less $15 office fee (refund request MUST include Doctor’s note or Vet certificate), b)  Helmets are strongly recommended.  Due to hunting season, the HP and ESDCTA recommend wearing an orange hunting vest.  c)  Out of State horses must have a health certificate   d)  Note that there are no alcoholic beverages permitted, per Assunpink regulations  e)  There will be a Photographer on course f) Show results will be posted on the websites below.  Any changes/corrections to the results must be submitted to the secretary by November 17.  The show results are final as of November 20. 


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