About The Race

Not your ordinary day of racing at Monmouth Park, the Monmouth Park-Meridian Health Steeplechase is an exciting mix of steeplechase and traditional flat races, with many family friendly activities and entertainment to make this a unique and memorable experience.

Otherwise known as jump racing, steeplechase racing features a series of jumps and obstacles, and is most often held at official “race meetings” held throughout the country.

Presented in partnership with the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and National Steeplechase Association, the Monmouth Park-Meridian Health Steeplechase brings the excitement of steeplechase racing back to the community, with the proceeds from the day benefiting the programs and services at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. View the members of the Steeplechase CommitteePDF document

About The Tradition

With a rich history of horse breeding and racing, Monmouth County was the home to a beloved steeplechase horse racing tradition, with horses from around the country competing in what was commonly known as the Monmouth Hunt.

For decades, the annual event was supported by many dedicated individuals from the community, featuring an exciting day of steeplechase horse racing and raising charitable funds for local not-for-profit organizations, including local hospitals. A grassroots group, including several individuals connected to the original Monmouth Hunt, Monmouth Park, and the Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations, led the effort last year to bring the steeplechase racing tradition back to our community through the Monmouth Park-Meridian Health Steeplechase.

Over 10,000 were in attendance at last year’s steeplechase, the first such event to be held in Monmouth County for over 15 years.

As with the original Monmouth Hunt, many steeplechase race meetings take place on private farms. The second annual Monmouth Park-Meridian Health Steeplechase Festival is unique in that it is offered at a pari-mutuel facility.

About Monmouth Park

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About Steeplechase Racing

Steeplechase racing includes all the thrills and speed of horse racing at flat tracks. It mixes in the precision of jumping to create a hybrid not unlike hurdle events in track and field where the premium is on speed, but the concern is focused squarely on the jumps. The races are between two and four miles in length. The fences are 52-inch hurdles called National Fences or timber jumps constructed of posts and rails at varying heights. Thoroughbred horses, almost all of them converted flat racers; compete at 33 National Steeplechase Association stops and at some of the nation's finest racetracks.
Source: National Steeplechase Association


About K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital

K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital is at the heart of the Meridian Pediatric Network, and home to 94 leading pediatric subspecialists – the most of any hospital in the region.

K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital is the first state-designated children’s hospital in Monmouth and Ocean Counties, providing access to leading pediatric subspecialists in adolescent medicine, behavioral health, cardiology, child development, emergency and trauma, endocrinology, gastroenterology and nutrition, surgery, hematology and oncology, infectious disease, neonatology, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, neurology, otolaryngology, opthamology, pulmonology, radiology, sports medicine, and urology.

K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital is home to a dedicated pediatric emergency department, and as part of Jersey Shore University Medical Center, is connected to the region’s only Level II Trauma Center.

As part of Meridian Health and the Meridian Pediatric Network, our care extends throughout Meridian Health which includes Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and Southern Ocean County Hospital in Manahawkin. This continuum of care provides you with access to the area's largest affiliated network of board-certified pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists.

From infancy to adulthood, there is no need to travel long distances when you need expert medical care for your children. Look to K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital and the Meridian Pediatric Network to be your complete medical resource, close to home.

About The Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations

The Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations work closely with individuals, families, physicians, foundations, companies, auxiliaries, and volunteers throughout the community to raise important funds necessary to advance the quality health care services critical to the health and wellness of the Monmouth and Ocean County region.

The Meridian Health Foundation supports the medical centers and health care services of Meridian Health, which includes Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Southern Ocean County Hospital, and the Meridian Partner Companies.

For more information on the Foundation, please call 732-751-5100 or visit www.MeridianHealth.com