One summer weekend, over 30 years ago, Briarwood hosted its first "home show". We offered three divisions - Baby Green Jumpers, Jr/A-O Jumpers and Open Jumpers. We built one ring of courses, and spent the entire day enjoying "having friends over"! We had WAY too much food since everyone decided to join in the largest BBQ of the season and bring their specialty, we kept jumping until sundown, since back then Open Jumpers riders had to
jump off repeatedly until the jumps got really HIGH! - - - and so it began!
Fast-forward to 2020 - and now we offer some of the most inviting, challenging and fun competition days in New Jersey. We run shows that are USEF Recognized as well as those UnRecognized, and all of our shows are sanctioned by the NJHSA, the NJPHA and the Marshall & Sterling League. We offer many divisions and classes ranging from Beginner Hunter through Junior Hunter, Mini Stirrup through Medal/Maclay and Itty Bitty through 1.30m Jumpers. Our favorite horse show to host is our Annual Briarwood Derby Day, which is a fund raising horse show that we proudly offer to our community in support of the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center. Our Briarwood Horse Shows have received the NJHSA's Horse Show of the Year numerous times, and also the USHJA'S Member's Choice Award, all of which reward our efforts in hosting some outstanding competitions.
From the early days of when showing was simply a way to spend a Sunday with friends, Briarwood has long supported horse showing at the local, state, regional and national levels. We enjoy going to shows nearby such as Duncraven and Hidden River, we take day trips a little farther to Smoke Rise Horse Shows and The Horse Park of; NJ, and we go on the road to Sussex, Devon and Saugerties, too! Our Interscholastic Team enjoys taking our riders to new farms for competitions to delve into showing, too! Our horses and riders work hard to be fully prepared, and therefore competitive wherever we go!