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For Immediate Release: August 16, 2000 Contact:

Hope Gruzlovic


Agriculture Secretary Art Brown will host the groundbreaking for the new covered work area at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Stone Tavern, Monmouth County, at noon, Sunday, August 20. The event will highlight the 14th annual Festival of Horses being held at the Park. The covered work area, which will be a 161-foot by 300-foot by16-foot structure, will have open sides and indoor lighting to permit night use. This area will enable the Horse Park to offer clinics, seminars, workshops, training and instructional sessions almost all year round regardless of the weather. The area can also serve as another lighted ring which will expand the number and diversity of the shows the Park can host. During this year's Festival of Horses, more than 150 New Jersey Bred Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds will compete before horse lovers and racing fans in mare-and-foal and yearling classes. Brown will award trophies, ribbons and $15,000 in cash prizes. Throughout the day there will be riding and driving demonstrations, a 10-class versatility contest dubbed the "Challenge of the Breeds," pony rides, and horse and pony information. The Festival of Horses is sponsored by the department and its Equine Advisory Board, which is a 52-member organization representing 14 different breed associations, the New Jersey Farm Bureau, New Jersey Horse Council, New Jersey Professional Horseman's Association, New Jersey Agricultural Fairs Association, 4-H Horse Clubs, Garden State Fair Harness Racing Circuit, Inc., Horseback Riding for the Handicapped of New Jersey, New Jersey State Board of Agriculture and the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association. For further information about the Festival or New Jersey's equine industry, contact the agriculture department's equine program at (609) 984-4389, email lynn.mathews@ag.state.nj.us, or visit NJDA's website.

DIRECTIONS: From the New Jersey Turnpike Exit 7A or Garden State Parkway Exit 98, follow I-195 to Exit 11. Take County Route 524 and follow the Horse Park signs.