bulletOver 35 qualified horses and ponies

bulletQuality instruction for all levels in Hunter, Jumper, Dressage, and Western Riding

bulletYear-round riding in an Olympic-sized indoor arena

bulletOutdoor riding in the spring, summer, and fall

bulletThe best staff and instructors in the tri-state area

bulletPrivate or group lessons 7 days a week for riders 6 years or older

bulletNational and local level show team

bulletCompetitions and horse shows

bulletHippotherapy programs for the handicapped

bulletHorses and ponies for sale

Tim Leuzarder - Manager

Tim Leuzarder

Tim Leuzarder has been connected with Essex since 1994, first as a student of Ashton Phillips and now as a trainer for the past four years.

Tim graduated from Centenary College in 2005 with degrees in Equine Science and Business Management. While at Centenary, Tim competed with the Centenary Intercollegiate Riding Team for four years and trained with Andrea Wells and Michael Dowling.

He qualified for Zones three of his four years in college. During his sophomore year, he was the National Reserve Champion in the Intermediate Flat Division held in Tennessee. As a senior he won the Open Flat Division at Regionals. He also competed in the ANRC Nationals in Virginia and was awarded sixth place in the Hunter Trials phase and placed ninth overall in the competition which included dressage and stadium jumping.

Tim works with beginner through advanced students in all phases of instruction. He coaches the Essex Show Team and continues to show in Hunters and Jumpers.
Vanessa Trzesinski
Vanessa Trzesinski
Vanessa has been at Essex for the last 20 years. First as a child riding and showing successfully on the northeast circuit and then for the last 7 years as a trainer with clients that compete at state and national competitions.

Vanessa takes great pride in the accomplishments of her students and prides herself in finding the perfect match for client and horse. Several of those matches have taken top honors on the New Jersey Circuit, capturing year end and series awards.

Vanessa rides and shows competitively herself, thereby enjoying the success of both the horse and the client at the shows.

As a trainer Vanessa enjoys seeing her students go from their first time on a horse to their first three foot course. Many students have the goal of showing, but riding success at all levels is the real goal. For the client to know they are getting the best fundamentals and learning to work with the horse for the ultimate goal of great horsemanship. From the ground up, Vanessa wants to make her client develop a relationship with the horse that translates into a fluid ride. Its the details that count!
Chris O’Neill Chris began his riding career at Essex when it was known as Montclair Riding Academy. Riding both English and Western in local and regional horse shows, Chris’ preferred events were Jumpers.

He continued to ride during college as part of Centenary College’s nationally-recognized intercollegiate equestrian team. He earned a BS in Equine Business Management which included classes in riding and instructional methods.

Chris’ teaching philosophy is that great riders begin with a strong foundation in the basics along with a healthy love and respect of their equine partners. Chris works with all levels of riders in both English & Western, and is the Director of the Summer Riding Program.
Aleks Fortunato
Aleks Fortunato riding Bella
Aleks began riding at the age of five in both Poland and Sweden. She continued riding in the states at Montclair Riding Academy today, Essex Equestrian Center. She enjoys coaching beginner and intermediate riders and believes building a solid foundation is key to excelling as a rider. As a full time middle school teacher, Aleks brings her expertise with children to the art of riding instruction, bringing along new riders and helping the more experienced ones advance.

Aleks takes pride in a strong work ethic and loves a challenge. You will find Aleks spending hours in the barn caring for and riding her beloved project mare, Ciao Bella.
Ashton Phillips
Ashton Phillips
Ashton began riding in the middle of New York City while attending Trinity school on Manhattan's upper west side. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Equine Studies from Virginia Intermont College.

Ashton is the Head Coach of The New York University Equestrian Team who train at EEC. Since he began training the team in the 2006/2007 season, they have won two consecutive Intercollegiate Horse Show Association year end regional high point team championships and one reserve championship. In addition, Ashton is the Head Coach of the Princeton University Equestrian Team. He coached his Princeton team to the same year end championship in a separate region in 2006.

Representing his alma mater he has won four IHSA national reserve championships. Ashton has competed at major "A" rated horse shows throughout the east coast, from Lake Placid to Lexington.

He has taught at EEC for over two decades and offers instruction in Hunter Seat Equitation through the open level.
 Sheila Hunter  At the age of 8 Sheila was asked what she wanted to do when she grew up.  Sheila knew exactly what she wanted to do...teach horseback riding. Now she is about to celebrate 50 years of teaching at Essex Equestrian Center!  Over those 5 decades Sheila has taught many students often from the same family over multi-generations.

When you meet Sheila is kind, easy to talk to and will offer you a wealth of experience.  Among her many accomplishments Sheila competed at Madison Square Garden in 1959.  In 1961, she won New Jersey's Professional Horseman Association Junior Jumper Champion and she was Reserve Champion in the Junior Jumper Class at Garden State.

Sheila is not only an instructor but she runs her own barn where she cares for 12 horses.  Sheila will take a first time rider and give them a better understanding of what they are doing and why they are doing it so that the rider and horse become one!

Andrea Greco

 Andrea Greco

Andrea completed her early training and British Horse Society qualifications in England and Hong Kong.  She has coached students and trained ex-racehorses to 3rd level Dressage, Intermediate 3-Day Eventing and 4'3" Show Jumping. Andrea also ridden, coached and judged at FEI shows in Asia, Australia and England. 

Her main focus at EEC is equitation with an emphasis on developing the riders correct position and aids.

Jennifer Griggs

Jennifer Griggs grew up riding near Nashville, TN, where she spent all her middle and high school years as a working student for trainer Joy Walter (now owner of Cabin Run Equestrian in Bucks Co, PA). Here she was involved in many aspects of caring for the farm, barn work, horse care, riding, teaching, etc – in exchange for lessons, training and showing. She worked with many different horses during this time, and showed in equitation/medal classes, hunter divisions, and child/adult jumpers in Tennessee and Kentucky. 
While in college at Tennessee Tech University, Jennifer maintained a riding program and managed a small barn where she taught lessons, held guest clinics, summer camp, and traveled to shows in the middle TN area. Some of her former students are now very successful in the Interscholastic and Intercollegiate associations.
Jennifer came to the northeast to study at the Yale School of Music, and joined the Essex team in 2012. She is excited to share the joy of horses with others, and hopes to instill good horsemanship skills in her students both in and out of the saddle.

DJ Hall


DJ Hall is no new comer to EEC. DJ started her riding career at EEC when she was just 6 years old. She went on to compete in the AA circuit winning blue ribbons in the Children's and Junior Hunters at HITS, Devon, WEF, Zone Finals, as well as being Grand Children's Hunter Champion at the Maryland National Horse Show. DJ graduated from the University of New Hampshire, where she expanded her equestrian education through cross country and dressage.

DJ is thrilled to share her knowledge with riders as well as learn something new from her students. She believes that riding is not only an amazing way to get in shape but also to teach riders of all ages about confidence, respect, and patience. She likes to build a solid foundation for her riders built off of confidence. DJ makes sure each and every student understands how and WHY they do what they do on a horse.


 Rocking Horse Rehab is a pediatric rehabilitation and family wellness center specializing in equine assisted therapies along with alternative and traditional therapeutic programs.  The mission is to enhance the quality of life of individuals with disabilities and their families by traditional therapeutic programs. 

Rocking Horse works out of Essex Equestrian Center but is run separate from the equestrian center.  If you would like more information about the center you can follow the link below or call: 973-731-8588.

Web Link:  http://www.rockinghorserehab.com/



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West Orange, NJ 07052


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West Orange, NJ  07052
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