Olympic-caliber horses and riders will return to New York City this August for the first time since 2001. The first-ever Central Park Horse Show is scheduled to run from September 18th through September 21st. During that time the competition will feature a variety of disciplines, and exhibitions and showcases will also be held.
Madison Square Garden was home to the National Horse Show from 1996 to 2001, when the show left the Garden. First begun in 1883, the National Horse Show became one of the top competitions in the United States, annually drawing top horses and riders to New York City. With the show’s departure, New York City lost its major equine competition.
The Central Park Horse Show could change all of that, though. The show offers a $200,000 Rolex Central Park Grand Prix on Thursday night, which draws top showjumpers. The Grand Prix will be broadcast live on NBC Sports from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Renowned riders including Beezie Madden, Kent Farrington, Georgina Bloomberg, and Jessica Springsteen are expected to compete during the Central Park Horse Show.
Held at the Trump Rink in Central Park, the Central Park Horse Show promises to have a distinct New York feel. Both Donald Trump and Mark Bellisimo, organizer of the Winter Equestrian Festival, are working together to organize and execute the Central Park Horse Show. Hoping to establish five-star status for the show by its 2015 run, a seven-year contract has been established to direct and encourage the show’s growth.
In addition to show jumping, the horse show will include a dressage freestyle demonstration. Canadian Olympian Ashley Holzer and German rider Isabell Worth will participate in the demonstration, as will the United States’ Steffen Peters. Possibly most exciting of all is the fact that Steffen Peters will be bringing his Olympic mount Ravel out of retirement for this show. Ravel and Peters’ competition career ended in 2012, when the horse was retired to Four Winds Farm in Woodside, California. Peters will bring the sixteen-year-old Hanoverian gelding back to the show ring, though, and the pair are scheduled to ride their test on the night of Saturday, September 20th.
Seating is limited for this show, with only 1,000 total seats available. Pricing varies depending on the particular competition and exhibition, so be sure to visit the Central Park Horse Show's website for additional information.
The 2014 Central Park Horse Show has the potential to be the first in a long series of top-rated shows. One thing’s for sure: New York City will welcome back these top-quality riders with open arms.
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