Daily Mail Reporter
22:29 GMT, 21 October 2013
12:31 GMT, 22 October 2013
The who’s who of New Jersey moneyed, overwhelmingly white elites flocked to the village of Far Hills Saturday to attend a prestigious charity horse race, but for most attendees the main event of the day was the high-end tailgating party.
The exclusive 93rd annual Far Hills Race Meeting, a premier steeplechase event benefiting the Somerset Medical Center foundation, drew about 35,000 well-attired guests, who arrived in pickup trucks and SUVs laden with a cornucopia of gourmet foods and pellets of premium liquor.
Many participants of the event, which has raised $18million since the 1950s, have been returning year after year not so much for the seven horse races held throughout the day as for the alcohol-fueled, no-holds-barred party.
Out of control party: New Jersey’s white, moneyed elites gathered Saturday in Far Hills to attend an annual horse race and take part in high-end tailgating parties
Whiskey on the rocks: Alcohol flowed freely during the charity gathering, some of it down an ice luge and into the mouths of these two young wealthy women
Premium refreshments: Many of the 35,000 party-goers set up impressive food spreads and fully stocked bars, including this clan that broke out the bubbly
Regulars: Many of the guests have been coming to the prestigious race for years and even decades
Preppy: Affluent men and women in their 20s showed off their personal style and put the Red, White and Blue on full display
Patrons have been known to buy premium tickets for parking spots at Moorland Farms, where they lay out their impressive spreads of refreshments and use the opportunity to entrain business clients, extended family and college buddies.
Parading around in his red uniform,
William Brigiani, an attorney from East Brunswick, stood out from the
crowd of young party-goers attired from the pages of a J. Crew catalog.
many British vintage clothing stores over the years, Brigiani had
assembled a Scottish Border Brigade uniform, complete with helmet, red
coat and a sash.
According to its website, the Far Hills Race Meeting traces its origins to the Essex Hunt, a fox hunting event founded in Montclair in 1870.
Merrymaking: A MailOnline reporter who attended the event in a private capacity described it as a ‘St Patrick’s Day’ type of environment
Monochromatic: The crowd at the tailgating party had virtually no people of color in attendance
Crackdown: Despite the heightened police presence, thje MailOnline staffer personally observed at least three arrests take place
A MailOnline reporter who attended the event in a private capacity with his girlfriend Saturday described it as a ‘St Patrick’s Day’ type of environment.
According to the guest, few people paid any attention to the racing as they were too busy consuming gourmet good at fully catered buffets.
The MailOnline staffer also said that despite the heightened police presence, he personally observed at least three arrests take place.
A family that came from Tewksbury to see and be seen had laid out a smorgasbord of goodies for their 25 guests, as well as a fully stocked bar, MyCentral Jersey reported.
Boozy bash: The organizers of the race brought in extra security to cut down on incidents involving disorderly conduct
Fire it up: Along with premium Whiskey flowing freely on Moorland Farms, some guests also broke out high-end cigars
Down the hatch: Some revelers came well-equipped for the alcohol-soaked festivities
Mascot: The Far Hills Race Meeting traces its origins to the Essex Hunt, a fox hunting event founded in Montclair in 1870
Beside such race day staples as sausages, spicy wings, chili and cupcakes, the clan also served Pimms Cup – a traditional British polo drink.
In past years, the large quantities of alcohol served on Race Day have led to public drunkenness and disorderly conduct arrests.
Vintage couture: William Brigiani, an attorney from East Brunswick, stood out from the crowd in his Scottish Border Brigade uniform
Girls gone wild: During last year’s event, police made about two dozen arrests involving public drunkenness and disorderly conduct
No holds barred: General admission ticketholders were banned from bringing in alcohol, but no such restrictions applied to tailgating spots
Boys’ club: The charity event served as a reunion day for college students, private school students and horse enthusiasts
In an effort to curtail the alcohol-related incidents, the Far Hills Race Meeting Association brought in 100 State Police officers in addition to private security guards to keep an eye on the well-lubricated revels.
Still, that did not stop preppy 20-somethings from chugging down booze from plastic bags to beer bongs and bottles.
Those who wanted to get lush in style had an ice luge on hand – in violation of the venue’s rules – to chill down cinnamon-flavored Whiskey as it made its way down the frigid slope and into their mouths.
Hat trick: Like most racing events in the world, the Far Hills gathering featured elegant guests in extravagant headgear
Dark moment: During one of the races, a horse threw off his rider after injuring a leg and had to be put down
Noble cause: Since the 1950s, the Far Hills charity event has raised more than $18million for the Somerset Medical Center foundation
For those who actually paid attention to the race track amid all the indulgence, Kisser N Run won the Peapack race, and Canaveral came first in the Harry E. Harris Race.
The third race, the Foxbrook Champion Hurdle, ended tragically when Extraextraordinary had to be put down after injuring his leg and throwing off the jockey.
The winner of the Grand National was Divine Fortune. The sixth race was won by Schoodic. Cheese Board won the final race.