For those who like to compete, several quarter horse shows are available throughout the year in New Jersey. The NJQHA is proud to host three shows at the Gloucester Country DREAM Park Equestrian Center including the NJ QH Dream Show, NJ QH Youth Show and Peter J. Cofrancesco Memorial Show. For year-end tabulations, NJQHA also accepts points gained at the Delaware QH Show, Chicks Spring Classic QH Show and Sussex County Farm & Horse Show.
2021 NJ QUARTER HORSE SHOW DATES
April 8-11 Delaware QH Show; Swedesboro, NJ
May 13-16 NJQH Dream Show; Swedesboro, NJ
June 11-13 Chicks Spring Show; Swedesboro, NJ
June 23 Region 5 Championship Show; Swedesboro, NJ
June 24-27 NJQH Youth Show; Swedesboro, NJ
August 5-7 Sussex County Farm & Horse Show; Augusta, NJ
August 26-29 PJC Memorial Horse Show; Swedesboro, NJ
Congratulations to Jonathan Meilleur and Best Man Standing~Winners of the $1000 Trail Stakes!!
The NJQHA was proud to offer an Open All-Age Trail Stakes class on the final day of the 2021 NJ QH DREAM Show with a $1000 purse. Exhibitors were challenged to navigate various combination obstacles ranging from circular lope-overs to
back-throughs with tight turns. Congratulations to the winner Jonathan Meilleur with Best Man Standing, followed by Lora Knelly-Thomas and Made Just For U in Reserve and Jonathan Meilleur and Old Fashiond as Runner-Up
Champion: Jonathan Meilleur and Best Man Standing, owned by Christina Sakalas
Also, a special thank you to the sponsors and coordinators of the $1000 Trail Stakes Class ~ Desiree Farm, Totten Family Farm, Gary Weeks Quarter Horses, Lora Knelly Quarter Horses, Mary Jo Schroeder, Rosa Byrnes-Warfsman, MaryKay Erickson and Flossie Ale.
Congratulations to Alissa Monetti and Jus Call Me Southern ~ Winners of the $500 All-Age Youth Showmanship Jackpot Class!!
The NJQHA was proud to offer an All-Age Youth Showmanship Jackpot class at the 2021 NJ QH Youth Show with a $500 purse split between the top three placings. Thank you to Janet Petrik and Sheryl Gallo for sponsoring the Youth Jackpot Class, in loving memory of their mother, Edna M. Markulin. Congratulations to the winner, Alissa Monetti with Jus Call Me Southern, Reserve Champion Mia Casso and Runner-Up Kenidee Thomas!
Champion: Alissa Monetti with Jus Call Me Southern pictured with her trainer, Julie Petonak and mother, Cassandra Monetti (L to R)
Congratulations to Heidi Padelsky and Rock N On ~ Winners of the $500 All-Age Amateur Showmanship Jackpot Class!!
The NJQHA was proud to offer an All-Age Amateur Showmanship Jackpot class at the 2021 NJ QH Youth Show with a $500 purse split between the top three placings. Thank you to the Desiree Farm and Markley Quarter Horses for sponsoring the Amateur Jackpot Class, and Billies Western Hats and Sheryl Gallo for the extra bonus awards. Congratulations to Champion Heidi Padelsky with Rock N On, Reserve Champion Mikailah Donah and Runner-Up Nicole Barbaro. Congratulations to Champion Heidi Padelsky with Rock N On, Reserve Champion Mikailah Donah and Runner-Up Nicole Barbaro.
Champion: Heidi Padelsky and Rock N On, pictured (L to R) with the NJQHYA Advisor Michelle Kuchta, her trainer Lora Knelly-Thomas and her mother, Donna Campbell.
Congratulations to Nicole Jacobsen and Cool Lookin Loper ~ Winner of the $1000 Hunter Under Saddle Stakes!!
The NJQHA was proud to offer an Open Hunter Under Saddle Stakes class at the 2021 PJC Memorial Show with a $1000 purse split between the top three placings. Thank you to Tri State Carting, Anthony & Christine Curiale, Ursula Hodgson, Susan Auer, and Julie Petonak for their sponsorships. Congratulations to Champion Nicole Jacobsen with Cool Lookin Loper owned by Mia Casso, Reserve Champion Kerry Allen riding Embrace The Dream owned by Elizabeth Wilson Smith and Runner-Up Jillian Bergstresser riding Kruze Control, owned by Eileen Nowocien.
Champion: Nicole Jacobsen aboard Cool Lookin Loper, pictured (L to R) with NJQHA Board member Kayce Reilly, trainer Pierre Briere, past NJQHA Secretary Susan Auer, owner Mia Casso and Audrey Casso with their dog, Peyton.
Congratulations to Wyatt Holtery and Design by Christine ~ Winner of the PJC Halter Award!!
The NJQHA proudly hosted the PJC Memorial Show at the DREAM Park on August 26-29. This show is held to honor two members of the Cofrancesco family that influenced the QH and NJ horse industries as we know both today ~ Peter J. Cofrancesco, Jr. and Peter J. Cofrancesco III.
Peter J. Cofrancesco Jr. (1946-2001) was born in Paterson, New Jersey. He was the owner of the Grinell Group of Companies for 27 years. In 1979, he moved his business to Sparta where he also purchased several acres of land to bring the Peter J. Cofrancesco Farms to fruition. In the late 1980's, Peter Jr. approached AQHA Professional Horseman Jeffrey Pait early in his career about a position to work for his family. Pait ended up spending 26 1/2 years with the Cofrancesco family where together they prepared, showed, and bred several high quality QHs. Aside from his family, business and farm, Peter Jr. was also driven to support and be involved with various horse organizations. He held several leadership positions including President of the Sussex County Horse Show/NJ State Fair, NJQHA President, Commissioner of the NJ State Racing Commission, and AQHA Director.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Peter Cofrancesco III (1971- 2017) grew up to become a leader in Quarter Horse history. As a youth, Peter was President of the NJQHYA and in 1991 became President of the AQHA Junior Association, which is now called the AQHYA. Later, he served as the NJQHA President and represented NJ as an AQHA Director for Region 5. In 2008, he was elected to the AQHA Executive Committee where he was the first past AQHA Youth President ever to serve on the Executive Committee. Peter later served as AQHA President from 2011-2012.
In addition, Peter was a talented exhibitor earning numerous titles including 18 world championships, often with Cofrancesco bred horses. Like his father, he also served on the NJ Horse Racing Commission. He was one of the founders of the World Conformation Horse Association (WCHA). Before passing in August 2017, Peter J. Cofrancesco III was recognized by the AQHA for his accomplishments and service by being inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame.
We thank Peggy Cofrancesco and her family for their continued support of the NJQHA. Aside from the event, a special award is also presented to the halter horse with the most points in halter. Congratulations to the winner of the 2021 PJC Memorial Halter Award, aged mare Design by Christine shown by Wyatt Holtery.
Champion: Design By Christine with Wyatt Holtery at the lead standing with of Julie Murphy, Barbara Hockenberry, breeder Paul Hockenberry and trainer Kerry Winter (L to R). Thank you to AE Photography LLC for taking and donating this special picture.