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Saddle Brook Ridge Equestrian Center
Hosts Open House to Mark "Month of the Horse"
For Immediate Release: May 29, 1998 Contact:

Hope Gruzlovic


Saddle Brook Ridge Equestrian Center in Shamong, Burlington County, will hold an open house from 1 to 4 pm Sunday, June 7, as part of the Garden State equine industry's observance of June as "Month of the Horse." Dr. Gail Pratt, owner of Saddle Brook Ridge, will host the event. Throughout the afternoon there will be a variety of demonstrations including musical dressage, farrier (horseshoeing) and an assortment of riding and carriage-driving demonstrations. The 100-acre equestrian training center includes an indoor arena for year-round riding and training as well as access to riding trails in the adjacent Wharton State Forest. The annual observance of Horse Month gives New Jerseyans an opportunity to focus on the state animal and the recreational, economic and scenic benefits the equine industry provides around the state. The Garden State is home to 60,000 horses of nearly every size, breed and pedigree. With more than 7,000 equine facilities covering 120,000 acres of land devoted to breeding and raising of horses, the state's $4.5 billion equine industry is an important part of New Jersey's agriculture industry. The acreage devoted to equine operations contributes significantly to the state's open space, scenic vistas and wildlife habitat, while the equine industry as a whole is a major component of New Jersey's economy. Approximately $600 million is spent annually in New Jersey by equine operations and owners. The industry directly employs over 10,000 people, not including farriers, veterinarians, feed and bedding producers and dealers, tack shops, equipment manufacturers and dealers, trainers, grooms, jockeys and many more. There are a wide range of equine activities offered in the Garden State throughout the year from exciting Thoroughbred and Standardbred races to rodeos, horse shows, clinics, trail rides, hunter paces, recreational riding, 4-H and FFA programs, and handicapped riding programs.

DIRECTIONS: Take Route 70 to Medford. Follow Route 541 (Stokes Road) south for 6 2 miles to Grassy Lake Road. Turn right on Grassy Lake Road and the entrance to Saddle Brook Ridge is about a mile ahead on the left.