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. 


Featuring The 2022 Sussex County Farm & Horse Show  - Friday August 5th thru Saturday August 13th

Click here for Full Sussex County Fair Show Program


Shows and Competition Events Offered, and Managed by The Sussex County Horse Show include:

  • 2 Day Quarter Horse Show
  • Open Local Day Western Classes
  • Ranch Extravaganza Show
  • NBHA NJ02 Barrel Race
  • Veterans Trail
  • Open Local Hunter Jumper Day
  • USEF A Rated Horse Show
  • Costume Class
  • King & Queen Canine
  • Hunt Teams
  • Jumper Stakes
  • Mini Prix
  • Hunter Derbies
  • Leadline

Click here for Sussex County Farm and Horseshow Highlights


  • Friday, August 5 – Saturday, August 6 —  Annual Registered Quarter Horse
  • Saturday, August 6 — NBHA NJ02 Barrel Jackpot Event and Veteran's Trail
  • Sunday, August 7 — East Coast Ranch Horse All Region Extravaganza
  • Monday, August 8 — SCHS Open Local Hunter Jumper
  • Tuesday, August 9 – Saturday August 13 — USEF Rated Hunter/Jumper Show — Offering Non Rated Classes/Divisions; A & C Rated Classes/Divisions; Outreach; Hunt Teams; Hunter Derbies; Mini Prix; Jumper Stake


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


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