A. Lang Perpetual Trophy New to 2004 Garden State Horse Show
Augusta, NJ March 30, 2004The Richard A. Lang Perpetual
Trophy, a new annual award for the Garden State Horse Show, will
be presented for the first time at the 2004 Garden State Horse Show,
held at the Sussex County Fairgrounds May 5-9. The award, which
was donated by family and friends of the late Dick Lang, will be
awarded to the Amateur-Owner Hunter Grand Champion.
Artist Nancy Beldon created the bronze trophy which features a harnessed
driving horse without a carriage and a special Britney Spaniel named
Peaches. She was Dicks dog. Everyone knew
Everywhere he went, she was with him, said Barbara
Lang, Dicks wife of 32 years. The bronzed version of Peaches
even wears a scarf, similar to the one that Dick frequently wrapped
around her neck. Peaches is forever immortalized in bronze!
Dick and Barbara Langs introduction to the equestrian world
came when their five-year-old daughter Wendy began riding ponies.
Wendy then progressed through the pony ranks and moved on to the
finishing her junior career in the Maclay Finals at the National
Horse Show, Wendy did not want to stop competing. When she
was finished at the National Horse Show, she looked at Dick and
me and said, I want to come back. Barbara explained.
And two years later we were back. Wendy and her equitation
horse, Spring Break had moved on to compete in the Amateur-Owner
Hunter Division and qualified for the National Horse Show as one
of the top 16 amateur-owner pairs in the country.
Wendy, 37, still competes in the Amateur-Owner Hunter Division and
competition was a true family affair, the Richard A. Lang Perpetual
Trophy was donated to that division at the Garden State Horse Show.
We spent a lot of time on the amateur-owner trail, Barbara
said. It was something her father, she and I did together.
We got involved in [equestrian sports] because of Wendy.
daughters interest in the sport and the familys close
proximity to the grounds of the United States Equestrian Team, in
Gladstone, NJ, led Dick to become active in the goings on there.
Dick had a hand in almost any event that took place at the USET
from the 1993 World Pairs Driving Championship, where he served
as Facilities Manager, to the USET Equitation Finals. He also served
as a trustee of the Somerset Hills Pony Club.
of his love of and involvement in the equestrian community, Dick
Langs friends and family set up a fund for the Richard A.
Lang Trophy in lieu of flowers upon his death. The award is
most special because it was donated by his friends, said Barbara.
Garden State Horse Show draws top equestrians, including U.S. Equestrian
Team and Olympic veterans such as Peter Leone and Nona Garson, making
the show their first stop in the northeast after wintering in Florida.
The prestigious event marks the start of the spring circuit, enticing
hunters and jumpers with top prize money.
Garden State Horse Show offers five rings of exciting equestrian
competition daily and is highlighted by the $50,000 Garden State
Grand Prix, a member event of the King Shavings/U.S. Grand Prix
League, on Saturday, May 8.
features include the $7,500 Colonel George Saunders Gamblers Choice,
the $5,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur-Owner Prix,
and Marshall & Sterling Childrens & Adult League classes,
presented by Corona-Lexol.
addition to witnessing top athletes, spectators can enjoy the numerous
shopping and dining opportunities available at The Country Fair.
is through the ongoing support people like the Langs and its other
sponsors that the Garden State Horse Show remains the largest horse
show in New Jersey. Some of this years major sponsors include
B & B Saddlery, Der Dau Custom Boots, Kistler Buildings and
Paul Miller Land Rover, Cosequin, Jamies Jumps, sponsor of
the Large Junior Hunter Division; the Saunders family, Fleeceworks
of California, T.M. Brennan Contractors, Brandy Parfums, Ltd., Breyer
Animal Creations, Janet Crawford, C.M. Hadfields Saddlery,
Equus Entries, Finish Line, Hamilton Products, Kocher Tack Shop,
Leather Therapy, Charles Pinnell, SmartPak Equine, Stitching Horse
Leathers, The Tack Box and Twinkle Products.
Garden State Horse Show also acknowledges support from many others.
Garden State thanks Davids World Famous, the Duddy family,
David Fowler Custom Tack Trunks, Green Valley Tack, Infologix, the
Kamine family, Debbie and Perry Martin, New Jersey Horse Shows Association,
Productions East, The Ridge Farm, Sidelines, Tranquility Large Animal
Veterinary Services and Wild Horses.
to the Garden State Horse Show is free every day except Grand Prix
Saturday, when admission is $10.00 per carload to benefit a local
charity. For ticket information for the 2004 Garden State Horse
Show, please call (973) 948-5022. For all other inquiries, please
call (508) 698-6810 or visit www.gardenstatehorseshow.org.