The Open Space Pace & Festival of Horses

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. http://openspacepace.org/
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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 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.

Operating as usual

09/21/2020
New Jersey Harness Racing 2020

NJ resident Harry Landy......

Growing up in the horse industry, I have always wanted to create a project that supports the world of Harness Racing. I grew up with the founders of 4bi9 med...

The Open Space Pace is a proud supporter of CentraState and Special Strides. The work that these organizations do helps ...
08/31/2020
Balance, Bonding and Bravery for Those Living with MS

The Open Space Pace is a proud supporter of CentraState and Special Strides. The work that these organizations do helps so many people in our area!

CentraStrides for MS is an eight-week wellness program designed to enhance an individual’s sense of physical and emotional well-being.

Beautiful rainbow over Congress Hill Farm, Monroe Twp.  (Photo credit:  Sam Landy)
08/16/2020

Beautiful rainbow over Congress Hill Farm, Monroe Twp. (Photo credit: Sam Landy)

07/17/2020

UPDATE: Unfortunately, we have made the decision to postpone the Open Space Pace. We will continue to monitor the pandemic and will make a decision on when the event will be at a later date. We are giving some consideration to Spring of 2021.

Mom & baby at Congress Hill Farm, Monroe Twp.  Let’s keep open space in New Jersey 😁
05/11/2020

Mom & baby at Congress Hill Farm, Monroe Twp. Let’s keep open space in New Jersey 😁

Our condolences to the Landy family and the passing of Gloria Landy.  She will be missed by everyone .
04/25/2020

Our condolences to the Landy family and the passing of Gloria Landy. She will be missed by everyone .

2020 Open Space Pace Day is Saturday October 3rd.   (Photo Credit:  S. D'Ambrose - Walnridge Farm, Cream Ridge)
01/12/2020

2020 Open Space Pace Day is Saturday October 3rd. (Photo Credit: S. D'Ambrose - Walnridge Farm, Cream Ridge)

This is a nice article on Harry Landy, who is keeping his horse business flowing in New Jersey.   Harry is the son of Sa...
12/20/2019
Landy aims to build elite stable – U.S. Trotting News

This is a nice article on Harry Landy, who is keeping his horse business flowing in New Jersey. Harry is the son of Sam and Laurie Landy who are the icons of Open Space Pace Day :-) . Let's keep open space in NJ. http://ustrottingnews.com/landy-aims-to-build-elite-stable/

“I have five people currently working for me,” said Landy, who took over the operation and expansion of family-owned Congress Hill Farm and Training Center in Monroe, N.J. this past year. “They’re just a really responsible staff, who really care about the horses and know that I expect them t...

12/19/2019

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! We have been so busy with our own horses, we realized we need to announce the new name of the filly that was at Freehold Raceway on open space pace day. Thank you to all who entered the Name The Foal contest. Her name is.........JUST ROLLING. Her sire is Roll With Joe. Her dam is Just My Type.

Standardbreds in a photo shoot right here in New Jersey!  The photos were taken at Congress Hill Farm in Monroe Twp. NJ....
11/17/2019
ARJÉ WINTER FOR HIM

Standardbreds in a photo shoot right here in New Jersey! The photos were taken at Congress Hill Farm in Monroe Twp. NJ. Congress Hill Farm is owned by the Landy family who developed and started Open Space Pace Day. Click through the website link and see all the beautiful photos. https://arje.com/collections/arje-winter-for-him

Freehold Raceway
09/21/2019

Freehold Raceway

The mascot of the #OpenSpacePace is Opie, sponsored by SBOANJ. If you're on-track, be sure to get a picture with Opie!

09/21/2019

If you did not make it to the parade, here a small taste of it. Thank you to all our parade participants & volunteers. The festivities are now at Freehold Raceway. Grab some friends and be there! Video credit - Nancy Johns

Only one day away!
09/20/2019

Only one day away!

It's getting close!!!! Horses, Vendors, Food Trucks, Classic Car Show, Harness Racing, Eddie Testa Band, Petting Zoo, College Scholarships, Mare & her filly to see, and so much more. :-)

Announcing our First Mechanical Bull Riding Contest at the Open Space Pace... $100 Cash Prize!Check it out on Saturday S...
09/12/2019

Announcing our First Mechanical Bull Riding Contest at the Open Space Pace... $100 Cash Prize!
Check it out on Saturday September 21st at the Freehold Raceway

Come join us at the 8th Annual Open Space Pace and Festival of Horses on Saturday, September 21st. Free + Fun All Day Ev...
09/11/2019

Come join us at the 8th Annual Open Space Pace and Festival of Horses on Saturday, September 21st. Free + Fun All Day Event!

11am Parade Starts in Downtown Freehold
12pm Opening Ceremony at Freehold Raceway
12:30pm Vendors, Food Trucks, Petting Zoo and Exhibits Open
12:35pm Racing Begins!
1pm Special Performance by Eddie Testa Band
1:15pm College Scholarship Winner Announcements Begin
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2337861726487057/

Calling all college students! Looking for a way to win a $1,000 scholarship? Enter our raffle drawing at the Open Space ...
09/11/2019

Calling all college students! Looking for a way to win a $1,000 scholarship? Enter our raffle drawing at the Open Space Pace on Saturday September 21st at the Freehold Raceway Track. 8 chances to win!
Must have a valid student ID to enter.

Event Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2337861726487057/

09/10/2019

PARADE ROUTE: Freehold Boro - 11am start is at the corner of Main Street & Sheriff Street. Parade will travel south on Main Street and will turn west onto Manalapan Avenue to the Freehold Raceway parking lot. Parade will not be on Rte 33. Bring all your friends and family to watch. Theme this year is Horses Around The World :-)

It's getting close!!!!  Horses, Vendors, Food Trucks, Classic Car Show, Harness Racing, Eddie Testa Band, Petting Zoo, C...
09/09/2019

It's getting close!!!! Horses, Vendors, Food Trucks, Classic Car Show, Harness Racing, Eddie Testa Band, Petting Zoo, College Scholarships, Mare & her filly to see, and so much more. :-)

Thursday, 9/12 is the final day to sign up, for anyone interested in participating in the parade.  Final information ema...
09/05/2019

Thursday, 9/12 is the final day to sign up, for anyone interested in participating in the parade. Final information emails, with waivers, were sent to those groups who responded. If you are a horse group, community group, scout group or business who wish to participate, contact Suzanne at [email protected]. The parade is 11am, 9/21 in downtown Freehold Boro. (Photo credit: John Sannucci - 2018 parade)

SEPT. 21st = Harness racing, food trucks, vendors galore, music and concert with Eddie Testa Band, college scholarship d...
09/04/2019

SEPT. 21st = Harness racing, food trucks, vendors galore, music and concert with Eddie Testa Band, college scholarship drawings (must have college ID & be present to win), OSP animals to meet, family activities, Centra State Healthcare activities, and much more. Best thing...FREE admission ! Freehold Raceway - Be There! Parade in downtown Freehold is 11am

Each year we have a mare & foal, from Congress Hill Farm, spend the day at Freehold Raceway on OSP day for all to meet. ...
09/04/2019

Each year we have a mare & foal, from Congress Hill Farm, spend the day at Freehold Raceway on OSP day for all to meet. Three years ago, the foal (a filly) present was "Where Art Thou". Look who is racing this Friday at Freehold Raceway........3 year old Where Art Thou. Photo below is from the 2016 OSP.

Dear Friends of Farms and Horses,If you want the Governor and Legislature to know how important farms are to you, please...
09/01/2019

Dear Friends of Farms and Horses,
If you want the Governor and Legislature to know how important farms are to you, please attend The Open Space Pace 9/21/2019. We have accomplished a great deal in the 8 years we have put into the event. The best trainers and horses in the world came to New Jersey to stable and race this year. The champion, Forbidden Trade, was stabled at Congress Hill Farm in Monroe Twp. NJ. Our day of fun and food is a tribute to the horses and people that work so hard, all year, to create a great New Jersey racing industry. We hope to see you there!
-Sam Landy (Photo credit: John Sannucci). Look close in the winners circle for the parrot!

08/30/2019
Vendor spaces open.  Deadline is August 31st. Non-Profits are free.  Regular vendors are $150.  Food vendors (table spac...
08/27/2019

Vendor spaces open. Deadline is August 31st. Non-Profits are free. Regular vendors are $150. Food vendors (table space only) are $300. Food trucks are filled. For a vendor registration form, email your request to: [email protected]

UPDATE: Our "Name the Foal" contest will be on the Open Space Pace Day (9/21), at our event.  Come by and meet a mare an...
08/26/2019

UPDATE: Our "Name the Foal" contest will be on the Open Space Pace Day (9/21), at our event. Come by and meet a mare and her filly. The mare (Dam) is Just My Type. Sire (father) is Roll With Joe. Think of a name, fill out an entry form and submit in the bucket by the round pen. The winning name will be announced here on FB after OSP day. Winner will receive a gift certificate to Renaissance Restaurant, inside Freehold Raceway. (Photo below is from 2017). USTA name rules: No more than 18 letters, including spaces and no more than 4 separate words.

20+ Classic cars will be in our 11am parade.  Sept. 21st. Spread the word to your friends who enjoy seeing awesome class...
08/25/2019

20+ Classic cars will be in our 11am parade. Sept. 21st. Spread the word to your friends who enjoy seeing awesome classic cars.

People go to college to get more knowledge and OSP is happy to help out.  Bring your college ID to the information booth...
08/19/2019

People go to college to get more knowledge and OSP is happy to help out. Bring your college ID to the information booth, register, and you could win one of the eight $1.000 scholarships to be awarded throughout the day. You must be present to win. Winners are chosen randomly. Bring your friends and spend the day at the races. (Photo credit: John Sannucci)

The puppies will be back!  The Rutgers Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Club  will be in the parade and will spend all day at Fr...
08/18/2019

The puppies will be back! The Rutgers Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Club will be in the parade and will spend all day at Freehold Raceway. During your day on Sept. 21st, stop by and meet the puppies! (Photo credit: John Sannucci)

Food Trucks!  Bring your appetite on Open Space Pace Day.  Lobster, burgers, ices, and a whole lot more.  (Shown is from...
08/17/2019

Food Trucks! Bring your appetite on Open Space Pace Day. Lobster, burgers, ices, and a whole lot more. (Shown is from Cousins Maine Lobster who will be at OSP day)

We love to give back.  :-) We will again award eight $1000 scholarships to EIGHT college students. If you are a college ...
08/15/2019

We love to give back. :-) We will again award eight $1000 scholarships to EIGHT college students. If you are a college student, attend Open Space Pace day on 9/21. Bring your current college ID to the designated information booth. You could be one of the lucky winners! The scholarships will be awarded throughout the day and you must be present to win.

The Open Space Pace parade is open to horse groups, community groups, and more. It is on September 21st and starts at ap...
08/14/2019

The Open Space Pace parade is open to horse groups, community groups, and more. It is on September 21st and starts at approx. 11am. It begins just north of the Hall of Records in downtown Freehold and continues south on Main Street. Horse owners: There are no emergency vehicles with sirens and the only music is from the high school bands. We welcome your horses. The theme this year is, "Horses Around the World". The classic car club will be back! Floats welcome also. For anyone new, needing details, contact Suzanne D'Ambrose at [email protected] (Photo credit: John Sannucci)

September 21st!!  Parade at 11:00 in downtown Freehold and festivities at Freehold Raceway.  Everyone is invited. Free a...
08/14/2019

September 21st!! Parade at 11:00 in downtown Freehold and festivities at Freehold Raceway. Everyone is invited. Free admission. Only $2 to park.

Eddie Testa Band will be BACK!  September 21st.
08/04/2019

Eddie Testa Band will be BACK! September 21st.

The horse is the State animal of NJ
07/15/2019

The horse is the State animal of NJ

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3499 US Highway 9, Ste 3-C
Freehold, NJ
07728

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FREE event for attendees!

Opening Hours

Saturday 11:00 - 19:00

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Our parade of horses & community groups will proceed from Main street, in the Boro of Freehold to the main parking lot across from Freehold Raceway. 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, Rutgers Equine Science Center, Monmouth County 4 H Clubs, Standardbred Pleasure Horse Org. of NJ, Harness Horse Youth Foundation, Special Strides, New Jersey Horse Council and more!

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Here is a video of the most recent Open Space Pace! Thank you to everyone involved, looking forward to Open Space Pace 2018!
Tradition !!!