Planned Competition Footing Upgrades at the Horse Park of NJ

ESDCTA has received the following information regarding planned competition arena upgrades. We wanted to share this good news immediately with our members:



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March 2014

Dear Show Managers:

The Horse Park of New Jersey wanted to give each an update of work underway for the preparation of the 2014 show season. The Facilities Committee, Board of Directors and staff are dedicated in improving the entire facility including the competition arena and warm up rings.

During the fall and winter work has been completed on repairing and improving drainage outside the competition areas so that the surrounding runoff can be managed and diverted away from the rings. During the early spring, drainage around the outside of the East Ring will be addressed so water can be drained more effectively away from the ring. Planning is underway on the warm up ring to address corrective actions on the slope and footing in that arena.

Also this spring, as weather permits, the competition arenas will be graded, leveled and the footing managed where needed in order to maintain suitability for the vast types of disciplines and riders that utilize the arenas.

The Facilities Committee and Staff are looking at various methods of ring maintenance and equipment so that the rings can be better maintained throughout the year. The park has acquired two new Parma Ring Conditioners to add to the types of equipment available and is looking into a smaller tractor to be used in working the rings more effectively. Specialized arena grooming for each event prior to, during and post events will be a high priority of the Horse Park.

In the future the vision of the Horse Park of New Jersey is to move toward being the Equine Destination Venue not just for the state but for the region, encompassing all types of equine competitions. In order to accomplish one part of this goal the Trustees are underway in the establishment of a capital campaign for arena footing, drainage and renovations. An honorary chairman will soon be publicly announced with the kick-off of the campaign.

Thank you to all for considering and utilizing the Horse Park of New Jersey for your equine event now and in the future



Daniel Wunderlich

Co-Chairman Labor and Facilities Committee

Horse Park of New Jersey