The Open Space Pace & Festival of Horses

We help to preserve open space by supporting the NJ equine industry. The 8th annual event will be held September 14th, 2019.

Our goal is to show all of our friends what a great time a day at Freehold Raceway can be and to let you know supporting horse racing preserves open space by providing productive work for horses and horsemen and horsewoman.

Our parade of horses will proceed from the Boro of Freehold to the tracks. We have petting zoos, educational, agricultural and equine exhibits. This will be followed by harness racing, vendors, and quality live music during the races! There will be tailgate parties, corporate tents and more. Proceeds will benefit equine and agricultural non profits including, The Rutgers Equine Science Center, Monmouth County 4 H Clubs, Standardbred Retirement Foundation, Special Strides, New Jersey Horse Council and more!

NJ lawmaker wants a license plate to honor horses, raise money

Yes! Isn’t it about time to recognize this wonderful animal on the back of your car?

Save the date - September 21st 2019. Parade theme is: Horses Around the World.

[03/09/19]   Save the Date: 8th annual OSP Day is September 21, 2019

Did you have any idea how many horses are in New Jersey?!

Celebrate "Jersey Fresh"!

Today is National Milk Day. We at Jersey Fresh would like to celebrate by reminding you that milk builds healthy bones and teeth, maintains bone mass, generates energy, builds & repairs muscle tissue and even helps maintain healthy blood pressure. So, we encourage you to make milk part of your daily diets. Plus, you are supporting your local, Jersey Fresh dairy farmers!

📸 courtesy of Hun-Val Dairy Farm

Wishing everyone a happy holiday and a wonderful 2019, from all of us from the Open Space Pace organization.

New Jersey Equine Advisory Board

Let's keep open space & horses in NJ

NJ Horse Fact:

Please support open space in New Jersey. Let's support the motto, The Garden State. The official state animal is the horse

Record-setting harness racing horse retires at age 14 A record-setting harness racing horse from New Jersey is set to retire at age 14.

Hey Ron Burke. Looks like Foiled Again will make a nice riding horse as Maggie gives Suzanne a leg up. He does not even care. No worries. She did not climb aboard. LOL (Photo credit - John Sannucci)

Photo Credit:  John Sannucci

Photo Credit: John Sannucci

Photo Credit - John Sannucci

Photo Credit - John Sannucci

Photo Credit:  John Sannucci..

Photo Credit: John Sannucci..

TAPinto Horses

Thank You Lillian Shupe for the photos and article.

The incomparable Foiled Again won his 103rd race at The Open Space Pace & Festival of Horses at Freehold Raceway #standardbred #horses #equestrian #harnessracing

Foiled Again and fans - 2018 OSP

and more photos.......

It was a wonderful way to start the day at
The Open Space Pace & Festival of Horses!
Great to see so many friends and colleagues come out to enjoy the festivities and support New Jersey’s Equine Industry at this fantastic annual event! Gerry Scharfenberger Freeholder Lillian G. Burry Miss New Jersey Education Foundation Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey Standardbred Retirement Foundation - Freehold Township Monmouth County 4-H Rutgers University Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of New Jersey Rob Clifton Miss New Jersey Jaime Gialloreto Fans of Harness Racing Red Bank, New Jersey Middletown High School North Touchdown Club Middletown NJ Patch Freehold Patch

Congratulations to Brielle Roman for the winning name for the Name the Foal contest! The Mara Lisa is the colt’s new name. Dam is Where The Art Is and Sire is Lis Mara. We will contact you to get you your prize, a Renaissance Restaurant gift certificate,

Mini Horse Heroes - miniature therapy horses

Just added to our parade!, The country's smallest police horses. The organization was started in 2001 to honor Port Authority Police Officer, Ken Tietjen, who gave his life saving others on 9/11.

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