Sussex County Horse Show

Horses have always been a big part of the Fair. Back in 1919, when horses were still more common than cars, the Branchville Riding Club formed. Since then, this event has evolved into the 10-day spectacular of the Sussex County Fair!


In fact, the Sussex County Fair was called the The Sussex County Horse Show from 1936 to 1940, and the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show from 1940 to 1999. The pairing between the Fair and the Horse Show started all the way back in 1923! The change of the name highlights the Fair’s commitment to more than just horses, emphasizing other agriculture, community and youth development, and family fun!


The Horse Show area at the Fairgrounds consist of Administration office, judging stand, stables, 3 rings and bleacher seating.  Throughout the eight days of the Fair, a large variety of classes are held beginning early morning and running to completion in the evening. 


2021 Sussex County Farm & Horse Show / Fair – Celebrating the Horse Show's 85th Anniversary

Offering Shows and Events to Equestrian Competitors starting Thursday, August 5 – Saturday, August 14


Thursday, August 5 – Saturday, August 7 — 85th Annual Sussex County Horse Show Registered Quarter Horse Show- begins 8 am daily

Special event: Friday Aug 6 – Freestyle Showmanship Showdown

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Friday, August 6 — Non Pro Versatility- begins 4 pm 

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Saturday, August 7 — NBHA NJ02 Barrel Jackpot Event- exhibitor ring time after 6 pm, exhibition after 7 pm, classes after 8 pm

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Veteran's Trail- noon – 3 pm (a portion of entry fees directly benefit our Veterans)

Veteran's Trail Book

Entry Form

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Sunday, August 8 — East Coast Ranch Horse All Region Extravaganza

Ranch Show Book

Updated Schedule  Show to begin at 9AM

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Monday, August 9 — SCHS Open Local Day — Two Shows:

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  • Ring 2: Open Local Hunter/Jumper

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Tuesday, August 10 – Saturday August 14 — USEF Rated Hunter/Jumper Show — Offering Non Rated Classes/Divisions; A & C Rated Classes/Divisions; Outreach; Hunt Teams; Hunter Derbies; Mini Prix; Jumper Stake


Friday Evening, August 13th – In Memory of John Franzreb - prior to the Rost Memorial Jumper Stakes

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See the Links Below for Details/Schedules/Forms


For schedules and year round horse show events at the Sussex County Fairgrounds, click here.


A horse jumping
A horse jumping A couple watching a horse A girl with her horse Two girls petting a horse