11.01.15

2015 Breeders Cup – Legacy of the 2010 Games

Posted in 2022 Games, Breeders Cup, My Thoughts, National Horse Show, World Equestrian Games at 8:08 pm by Thomas

The 2015 Breeders Cup is in the books and by all indications it was a Hugh success and the talk has already begun about Keeneland hosting it again within the next 10 years.  At the same time the Breeders Cup was going on, the National Horse Show was also going on at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park.

I will let the sink in, that is 2 signature horse events going on the same week in Lexington, Kentucky, amazing when you thinks not all that many years ago no one could imagine the National Horse Show leaving New York and coming to Kentucky.  What maybe even more telling was the fact that even though Lexington is considered the Horse Capital of the World and that is especially true for the Thoroughbred breed, Keeneland wasn’t considered for the Breeders Cup because it wasn’t thought the track and the surrounding infrastructure was up to the task of what many in the Thoroughbred World consider the signature event for Thoroughbreds, more so then the Derby because that is looked upon as a single race largely geared towards the public persona of the breed, and truth be told I can’t think of another event of any kind that does for its particular subject what the Derby does for the Thoroughbred Racing.  The Breeders Cup is much more about the trainers and their business and as such the event is much more like the Oscars for Thoroughbred Horse Racing then is the Derby.

If it isn’t obvious, what I am saying is that these are two really big events in the horse world and yet they have only recently come to Kentucky, and of course I have a theory on that.  The 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games paved the way for these events by demonstrating both the logistical capabilities and the personal strengths of Lexington.  I will of course have my detractors on that theory but even they can’t totally say the Games played no role in those events coming to Lexington just based on the public record.  Ultimately whether you want to believe my theory or not Lexington and the Commonwealth of Kentucky continue to strengthen our claim as the Horse Capital of the World and I very much suspect that will bring the World Equestrian Games back to Kentucky in that not too distant future.

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas P. Demond
KyWEGO®

10.08.15

Split Rock Jumping Tour Changes Schedule for Friday

Posted in Split Rock Jumping Tour at 7:17 pm by EPR

Split Rock Jumping Tour Changes Schedule for Friday
FEI Grand Prix Moved Earlier to Beat Forecasted Rainstorm
Lexington, KY – October 8, 2015 – The Split Rock Jumping Tour has announced a change to its Friday schedule, moving its FEI Grand Prix earlier in the day. With heavy rain forecasted for Friday afternoon, the start time for the Grand Prix is being moved up to 11:30 am. The Bourbon International CSI 3*, the second show of Split Rock’s new international jumping series, is being held at Split Rock Farm in Lexington, KY, October 9-11.
“The weather forecast is calling for some heavy rain on Friday afternoon so in the best interest of our horses we are adjusting our schedule,” said Derek Braun, Founder and President of the Split Rock Jumping Tour. “By moving our FEI Grand Prix earlier in the day, we can allow our riders to show their top international horses before the rain moves in.”
With the change, Friday’s competition schedule will now start at 8:00 am with the $2,000 Kingsland Child/Adult 1.10m class, followed by the $2,000 Brook Ledge High Junior/Amateur 1.40m class. The $40,000 Hollow Creek Farm CSI 3* Grand Prix will begin at 11:30 am, to be followed by the $5,000 L.V. Harkness 1.40m class.
This past summer, Split Rock installed new all-weather footing. The footing was installed by Equestrian Services International (ESI), recognized as the  leading provider of horse show footing. “We were committed to providing world-class footing for our world-class field of horses and riders,” said Braun. “Now, given Friday’s forecast, we can proceed throughout the weekend knowing that no matter what comes Friday afternoon, our ring can handle it.”
The Split Rock Jumping Tour, a new international show jumping show series is creating an “unparalleled show jumping experience” for competitors, sponsors and spectators in the U.S. The Tour’s inaugural event, the Lexington International CSI 3* held in May, received rave reviews and hosted some of the world’s top competitors representing 14 countries. Over 3,000 spectators came to enjoy the world-class competition, and discovered first-hand how the Split Rock Jumping Tour is truly revolutionizing the sport of show jumping.
In addition to the chance to see many of the sport’s top horses and riders competing in world-class show jumping competition, spectators also have the chance to enjoy a variety of boutique shops and food vendors, a Children & Family Festival, a Beer and Wine Garden with live music, as well as free raffles!
The Split Rock Jumping Tour has partnered with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation in which a portion of proceeds from all sales of Split Rock Jumping Tour Hospitality packages will go directly to the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation to support their programs. Split Rock will also provide staff and patients of the Center with free tickets to attend both horse shows. For more information please visit: https://ukmarkey.org.
Further information on the Split Rock Jumping Tour, including a detailed schedule and how to order tickets, is available on line at the Tour’s website at www.SplitRockJumpingTour.com or by emailinginfo@SplitRockJumpingTour.com.

09.29.15

Incredible List of Riders Set To Shine at Split Rock Jumping Tour

Posted in Competitions, Split Rock Jumping Tour at 9:29 pm by EPR

Split Rock Jumping Tour To Light Up Lexington With Bourbon International CSI 3*
Lexington, KY – September 24, 2015 – The Split Rock Jumping Tour, the high-end show jumping event that debuted in May, is again attracting some of the world’s top riders to the “Horse Capital of the World” for the second leg of its 2015 series. The Bourbon International CSI 3* will be held October 9-11 at Split Rock Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.
After a successful launch in May with its premiere event, the Lexington International CSI 3*, Split Rock Jumping Tour (SRJT) Founder and President Derek Braun, a successful international show jumping rider, is continuing to evolve his vision of creating an “Unparalleled Show Jumping Experience” for riders, owners, sponsors and spectators that is unique among horse shows in the United States.
With a world-class venue, top prize money, extravagant awards, and its unique full-service Rider Hospitality Experience, the SRJT is set to welcome an international group of world-class show jumpers to Braun’s Split Rock Farm for a fall spectacular. In addition to a superlative VIP experience, the three-star distinction from the FEI allows riders to earn world-ranking points on American soil.

A solid mix of decorated veterans is coming to compete including: U.S. Olympic veteran and ten-time American Grand Prix Association Rider of the Year Margie Engle; 2011 Pan American Games double Gold Medalist Christine McCrea of the U.S. and her husband, Jon McCrea; Olympic veterans Sharn Wordley of New Zealand and Russia’s Liubov Kochetova; plus Irishmen Conor Swail, who won both the New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix and the American Gold Cup Qualifier as well as several classes at Spruce Meadows in July, and Richie Moloney, who recently won the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping American Gold Cup.

An array of other well-known names will also be heading to Lexington including Meagan Nusz, the 2015 Tryon CSI 3* Grand Prix winner; USET and Grand Prix veteran Molly Ashe-Cawley; 18-year-old Eugenio Garza Perez of Mexico, the 2013 North American Junior and Young Riders Championships Gold Medalist; and 19-year-old Venezuelan rider Emanuel Andrade, who competed at the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy and the Furisiyya Nations’ Cup in Barcelona, Spain.

Other notable American riders among the competitors include Heather Caristo-Williams, who tied with Pablo Barrios for first place in the FEI Jumper Classic at HITS Saugerties in September; Paige Johnson, winner last March at the Winter Equestrian Festival; and home-town girl Callie Schott who is representing the second generation of a Lexington equestrian family.
“We’re thrilled to have so many top riders coming to our second Split Rock Jumping Tour event. Our lineup is shaping up to host one of, if not the most, competitive grand prixes in America” Braun said. “The feedback we received for our first event was through the roof and we are committed to continuing our efforts to raise the bar for show jumping in the U.S.”

In addition to the chance to see so many of the sport’s top horses and riders competing in a world-class show jumping competition, SRJT attendees will enjoy a variety of boutique shops and food vendors, a Children & Family Festival, a Beer and Wine Garden with live music, as well as free raffles and giveaways.

The Split Rock Jumping Tour has partnered with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation in which a portion of proceeds from all sales of Split Rock Jumping Tour Hospitality packages will go directly to the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation to support their programs. Split Rock will also provide staff and patients of the Center with free tickets to attend the horse show. For more information please visit: https://ukmarkey.org.

Further information on the Split Rock Jumping Tour, including a detailed schedule and how to order tickets, is available on line at the Tour’s website at SplitRockJumpingTour.com or by emailing info@SplitRockJumpingTour.com.

04.13.15

Amberway Equine Renews Sponsorship of Young Horse Show at Spy Coast Farm

Posted in Amerberway Equine, Competitions, Spy Coast Farm's Young Horse Show at 6:57 pm by EPR

Midway, Kentucky – April 11, 2015 – Amberway Equine, a leading supplier of barn and arena products for private and professional equestrian facilities, has renewed its sponsorship of Spy Coast Farm’s Young Horse Show, scheduled for May 9 in Lexington, Kentucky.  Amerberway Equine is just one of the sponsors of the show, which is part of Spy Coast’s Young Horse Show (YHS) Series, an age-appropriate competitive series for young horses that provides a suitable environment for them to begin their careers, embracing and rewarding the pre-eminent qualities of sport horses, aged yearling through five, that have been bred specifically for the Olympic disciplines.”We are delighted to sponsor the Young Horse Show at Spy Coast Farm again this year,” said Brian Lynch, owner of Amberway Equine. “The shows are very important to the U.S. sport horse industry in that they demonstrate and recognize the top quality horses that are being bred in this country.”

The 2015 YHS season consists of a total of nine qualifiers in nine different States. Each show includes five divisions including free jumping, in-hand, and under saddle classes in dressage and jumping. Schooling classes under saddle for six and seven year-old sport horses has also been introduced this year. Horses may compete in more than one division and/or class within their age group.  The last qualifier and YHS Final will be held on November 6-7 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Tryon, North Carolina.  The YHS was created in 2009 by Jean Yves Tola, the directors of the North American Studbook, and other professionals from the sport horse industry including equestrian entrepreneur, Mark Bellissimo, and Lisa Lourie of Spy Coast Farm.

Amberway Equine has locations in Wellington, Tryon and Midway, Kentucky, just outside Lexington. Amberway is also present at many of the biggest horse shows around the country. Following its 12 weeks at Winetr Equestrian Festival, Amberway was at the Global Champions Tour in Miami and is now heading to the FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas.

About Amberway Equine

Amberway Equine is the one-stop destination for equine products for the private facility, large and small boarding facilities and racing operations. Amberway carries a wide selection of barn and arena products like StableComfort by Promat, Pavesafe Rubber Pavers, Stall Grid, HDPE Fencing, EquiLumination Equine Lighting, Lucas Equine Horse Stalls & Gates, Arena Footing, Cool Barns Fans, Kraft Horse Walkers, Treadmills, Therapeutic Solutions, Fly Spray System and other quality equine equipment. Amberway works with customers from conception to completion and is always available to design, consult, supply and install.

A visit to Amberway’s design center in Midway, Kentucky or to one of its mobile design centers at horse shows across the country provides an opportunity to experience their products first hand. For more information about Amberway or to set up an appointment, please visit www.AmberWayEquine.com, call 248-431-1875, or email info@AmberWayEquine.com.

For more information about Spy Coast Farm’s Young Horse Show Series, please visit www.spycoastfarm.com/initiatives/young-horse-shows

03.29.15

Enter Online Now for Split Rock Jumping Tour’s Inaugural Lexington International CSI 3*

Posted in Announcement, Attractions, Competitions, Show Jumping at 9:27 am by EPR

Lexington, KY – March 26, 2015 – The Split Rock Jumping Tour, the new international show jumping show series held at Split Rock Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, “the Horse Capital of the World,” has launched the online entry system for its inaugural FEI 3* event, The Lexington International CSI 3*, held May 22-24.

Competitors and their teams may now complete online entries on the Split Rock Jumping Tour website at http://splitrockjumpingtour.com/competitor. Details of the All-Inclusive Entry Packages and classes available can be found within the prize list and show schedule, both also located on their website.

“We are excited to have the ShowGrounds Live online entry system on our website and we encourage competitors to register early, as entries will be limited,” said Derek Braun, Founder and President of Split Rock Jumping Tour. “One of the biggest perks of the online entry system is easily selecting one of our All-Inclusive Entry Packages with the option to add on additional amenities for convenient registering and check-out.”

Convenient online entries and All-Inclusive Entry Packages are just a few of the ways in which the Split Rock Jumping Tour is committed to creating an unparalleled experience for each competitor and their team.

 

The Lexington International is sanctioned by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) as a 3* international competition that will allow riders to earn FEI points without having to travel to Europe. Featured classes include the $100,000 FEI CSI 3* Grand Prix, $40,000 FEI CSI 3* Grand Prix, $35,000 FEI CSI 3* Speed Cup and $15,000 Under 25 Young Rider Cup, all of which will all take place on pristine grass in The Rock Jumping Field.

Additional classes rounding out the class roster will be the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper, Low Junior/Amateur-Owner  Jumper, 1. 40m Jumper, 1.30m Jumper, 1.20m Jumper and the 1.10m Jumper.

The Split Rock Jumping Tour is modeled after successful European shows and will give competitors, sponsors and spectators an “Unparalleled Show Jumping Experience” by changing the way show jumping is presented in the U.S.  Split Rock offers a world-class venue with a pristine grass jumping field, top prize money, extravagant awards and numerous first-class amenities for riders, horses, sponsors, and spectators, with close attention paid to every detail. All riders are required to dress in formal attire, and riders receiving ribbons will be required to ride their horse into the arena for the ribbon presentation and participate in the award ceremonies.

The Split Rock Hospitality Experience will include private ringside tables, top-of-the line dining, Gala tickets, lounge seating, music, dancing, access to the VIP Spa Indulge Zone, and exclusive boutique shopping. The Split Rock Jumping Tour has partnered with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation in which a portion of proceeds from all sales of Split Rock Jumping Tour Hospitality packages will go directly to the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation to support their programs. Split Rock will also provide staff and patients of the Center with free tickets to attend the horse shows. For more information please visit: https://ukmarkey.org.

Further information on the Split Rock Jumping Tour is available online at the Tour’s website at www.SplitRockJumpingTour.com or by e-mailing info@SplitRockJumpingTour.com.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Marty Bauman at Marty@SplitRockJumpingTour.com or by calling 508-698-6810 extension 10.

02.03.15

Canadian Pacific Ups the Ante with National Horse Show Title Sponsorship

Posted in National Horse Show at 8:30 pm by EPR

Lexington, KY – February 3, 2015 – – The National Horse Show announced today a new sponsorship with Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) that brings them on board as the title sponsor of this prestigious and long running show. The overall event will now be known as the CP National Horse Show. The showreturns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, onOctober 27th through November 1st, 2015.

With $755,000 in prize money offered, this year’s show has been designated a CSI-W 5* show by the FEI. The International Open Jumpers will compete for over a half a million dollars in prize money, while the top rated hunter sections have a total purse of $195,000. Meanwhile, $100,000 in total is offered to the Amateur-Owner and U 25 Jumper sections.

 The CP National Horse Show, for the fourth year in a row,  received a top ranking from NARG, the North American Riders Group and was again named the Show Hunter Hall of Fame Horse Show of the Year in back to back years.

Hunter Harrison, the CEO of Canadian Pacific Railway and Chairman of the Board of the National Horse Show Association of America said of the new sponsorship, “The National Horse Show, one of America’s really special equestrian events, is a great showcase for Canadian Pacific as we continue to increase our participation in the United States.”

“The National Horse Show is honored with the title sponsorship from Canadian Pacific,” said Mason Phelps Jr., the President of the National Horse Show Foundation. “CP has been so generous to the National Horse Show and CEO Hunter Harrison is really to be commended for his support of show jumping worldwide and here in Lexington. The National Horse Show and horse show enthusiasts from around the country owe a huge debt of gratitude to Hunter, his family and to Canadian Pacific.”

Hunter Harrison, the CEO of Canadian Pacific Railway and Chairman of the Board of the National Horse Show

“I think the title sponsorship gives us a chance to really step up and the National Horse Show is a great place to do it,” Harrison continued. “It’s a wonderful show with a great deal of tradition and the venue in Kentucky will help us establish a better position in the world of show jumping in Lexington, the horse capital of America.”

This year, in addition to the CP National Horse Show, Lexington will draw people from around the globe for the 2015 edition of the Breeder’s Cup.

Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canadian Pacific owns approximately 14,000 miles of track across Canada and into the United States, stretching from Montreal to Vancouver, and as far north as Edmonton. Its rail network also serves major cities in the United States, such as Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Detroit, Chicago, and New York City.

Canadian Pacific is noted for their excellent and reliable service. What used to arrive today now gets there yesterday. We’re helping our customers become more competitive and grow their businesses with faster and more reliable transit times.CP knows that their customers want a service that provides the greatest assurance their goods will be on shelves, not stuck en-route.

 

The CP National Horse Show kicks off in Lexington on October 27th and runs through November 1st, 2015 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY

11.02.14

Congratulations to Beezie Madden

Posted in Competitions, National Horse Show, Show Jumping at 9:59 pm by Thomas

Wanted to give a quick shout out to Beezie Madden and CORTES ‘C’ on their win Saturday in the $250,000 Grand Prix at the 2014 National Horse Show here at the Kentucky Horse Park.  I also send congratulations to Abigail Wexner, CORTES ‘C benefactor(I prefer over owner) on this win and all that she does in supporting the Equestrian World.

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas P. Demond
KyWEGO®

10.30.14

Dover Saddlery Joins with National Horse Show as Presenting Sponsor of ASPCA Maclay Championship

Posted in National Horse Show at 4:24 pm by EPR

Lexington, KY – October 30, 2014 – – The National Horse Show, now underway at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, is proud to announce that Dover Saddlery has joined forces as the presenting sponsor of this year’s ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay National Championship which takes place as the concluding class on Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Dover Saddlery offers the finest selection of English riding apparel and tack for English riders at all levels and is well known for its vast inventory of equestrian products. Dover prides itself on its tack stores which are designed to evoke a premier horse barn and are beautifully merchandised with saddles, tack, apparel and horse care items.

Dover was recently voted favorite tack store by readers of the equestrian publication Equestrian Quarterly.

In addition to the presenting sponsorship of the ASPCA Maclay National Championship, Dover is generously donating prizes for the always popular Barn Night, including a wheelbarrow full of barn supplies and two gift certificates.

“We are glad to welcome Dover Saddlery to the National Horse Show,” said Mason Phelps, Jr. the President of the National Horse Show Association of America. “The ASPCA Maclay is the highlight event for our young riders and we’re delighted to have the name Dover Saddlery associated with such an important class.”

Dover Saddlery’s Janet Nittman noted, “We wanted to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to be associated with a nationally renowned class. Dover Saddlery has been a long-time sponsor of the USHJA and of many equestrian events throughout the country,” she said. “Dover offers the widest selection of quality products for the hunter/jumper riders and it is very rewarding to sponsor and to meet many of our customers at the various shows. We look forward to being in Lexington for the Maclay.”

On Sunday history will come full circle as former Maclay winner Peter Wylde (1982) will award the trophy to the winner of the 2014 ASPCA Alfred. B. Maclay Championship. Wylde will be bestowing the honor on behalf of his longtime sponsor Dover Saddlery, first time sponsors of the Maclay at the National Horse Show this year.

 

Wylde won the Rolex-Maclay National Equitation Championship at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden in 1982. Like many of his peers who achieve the honor, Wylde chose a career as a professional rider and went on to represent the United States in international competition earning team and individual Silver medals at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada in 1999 as well as the Male Equestrian of the Year title from the United States Olympic Committee.

In 2002, Wylde and Fein Cera won the individual bronze medal at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, where Fein Cera was awarded the coveted “Best Horse” honor. The pair was again chosen to represent the United States at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, where they helped the U.S. to win the team gold.

Wylde’s classic riding style has earned leading rider titles from some of the world’s finest horse shows including the Washington International Horse Show, the CSI-W Geneva, and the CSN Manheim. He has won the Style of Riding Awards at the CHIO Aachen, Germany, the CSI Vienna, Austria; at the American Gold Cup; and three times at the Hampton Classic.

Peter Wylde, pictured here on Sandor de la Pomme, will present the ASPCA Maclay trophy for Dover Saddlery at the National Horse Show on Sunday.

The ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship class has been held since 1933, and it is one of the most prestigious competitions for junior riders in the United States. Its winners are some of the biggest names in equestrian sport. Previous winners include: William Steinkraus in 1941, Frank Chapot (1948), George Morris (1952), Leslie Burr Howard (1972), Stacia Klein Madden in 1987, and Nicole Shahinian Simpson in 1992. The 2012 ASPCA Maclay National Championship winner was Jacob Pope, and in 2013 Lillie Keenan was named the winner.

Tickets for the 2014 National Horse Show are available at the Kentucky Horse Park.

The highlights for this year’s show include on Thursday night, the Copernicus Stables, LLC $75,000 International Open Jumpers – Time First Jump Off. Friday night’s feature is the Chansonette Farm $45,000 Gambler’s Choice Top Score Costume Class in honor of Halloween night. On Saturday, it’s the main event, the $250,000 CP National Horse Show Grand Prix. On Sunday afternoon the National Horse Show plays host to the Maclay National Championship for the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Class Presented by Dover’s Saddlery beginning early in the morning and continuing with the final round at approximately 3:00 PM.

All evening sessions begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.

USHJA Wheeler Museum Features National Horse Show

Posted in National Horse Show at 4:21 pm by EPR

Lexington, KY- October 30, 2014The National Horse Show is one of the oldest shows in the history of the United States. Founded in New York in 1883, the National Horse Show was originally held at Madison Square Garden. Since then, it has expanded exponentially, finding its current home at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

During the National Horse Show, visit the exhibit, A Sporting Tradition: Iconic Horse Shows Across the United States at the USHJA Wheeler Museum. The museum is open weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The featured exhibit will be hosting special hours and refreshments this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Museum is located at the USHJA Headquarters. Don’t miss out on this opportunity while visiting the Kentucky Horse Park for the iconic National Horse show.

10.27.14

Breeder’s Cup Wagering Available During National Horse Show

Posted in National Horse Show at 4:16 pm by EPR

Lexington, KY- October 27, 2014 – Off-site wagering for the 2014 Breeders’ Cup races will be available at the National Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena on Friday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., andSaturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.  Both walk-up and drive-thru wagering will be available in the parking lot adjacent to the arena, and signs will be posted directing guests along the way.  Park admission is not required and parking will be free.

Guests are invited to stay and enjoy the National Horse Show, America’s oldest indoor horse show, both Fridayand Saturday, which is taking place at the park Oct. 28 to Nov. 2. Admission to the show is free both days that Breeders’ Cup wagering is offered until 6 p.m., then is $8 in advance/$10 at the door on Friday night and $16 in advance/$20 at the door on Saturday night after 6 p.m.Children 12 and under are free. 

Founded in 1883 at the original Madison Square Garden, the National Horse Show is firmly established as a major fixture on the national and international sports and social event calendars, and has been held at the Kentucky Horse Park since 2011. Show jumping elite from around the globe will be competing at the event for numerous prestigious titles, including the ASPCA/NHSAA Alfred B. Maclay National Championship, and more than $750,000 in cash prizes, the biggest prize money on the United States indoor tour.

For more information about the National Horse Show, or ticket information for Thursday or Sunday, call 859-608-3709 or visit www.NHS.org.  Media inquiries for the National Horse Show should be directed to 561-753-3389.  For information on the Kentucky Horse Park, call859-259-4200 or visit www.KyHorsePark.com.

 

Download the National Horse Show App — Available Now!

Posted in Competitions, National Horse Show at 4:12 pm by EPR

Lexington, KY – October 27, 2014 – The 131st National Horse Show kicks off this week with a click! Whether you are in Kentucky enjoying the festivities and competition, travelling or back at home, you can still be a part of the action – virtually. The National Horse Show app is now available to download for Apple and Android devices for free.

Catch up with all the latest news and press releases about the National Horse Show and ASPCA Maclay Finals on the app’s News tab. In the Maclay Points section, equitation riders can keep track of the points they have earned for 2015, listed in descending order of points.

While you’re there, check out our Sponsors and Media Partners that are scrolling through the Sponsors tab. In case you need to contact the National Horse Show regarding exhibitors, vendors or advertising, the appropriate official’s name and e-mail address is listed on the Info tab of the app.

Most importantly, on the app’s Dashboard tab, the day’s Orders of Go will be posted and users can conveniently keep up-to-date on the current and next day’s schedule. The Dashboard app will also list the results of this year’s National Horse Show classes as well as previous years’ classes up to 2011. In addition, the 2014 qualifying lists are also available for every division, including the ASPCA Maclay Regions for the Finals on Sunday.

 

Go download the National Horse Show App, now available for free on Apple and Android devices.

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/genre/ios/id36?mt=8

Android: https://www.android.com/apps/

10.23.14

Equestrian Super Stars Headed to Lexington for 2014 National Horse Show

Posted in National Horse Show at 4:04 pm by EPR

Lexington, KY – October 23, 2014 – An all-star roster of equestrian superstars featuring show jumping’s very best are headed to Kentucky as the top-rated National Horse Show returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington on October 28 –November 2, 2014. This year’s line-up features numerous Olympians, including a handful of Gold medalists, plus many of the sport’s fastest rising stars.

Riders from around the globe all have their eyes on the big cash prizes and the numerous prestigious titles. This year’s show will be offering an impressive $755,000 in prize money. The National Horse Show offers an International Open Jumper division with $460,000 in prize money, while the top rated hunter sections have a total purse of $195,000. Meanwhile, $100,000 in total is offered to the Amateur-Owner and Under 25

Katie Dinan returns to defend her NHS GP title. Photo by Kenneth Kraus

Jumper sections.

The National Horse Show, for the fourth year in a row, received a top ranking from NARG, the North American Riders Group and was again named the Show Hunter Hall of Fame Horse Show of the Year in back to back years.

Katie Dinan, who soared tovictory in last year’s main event on Saturday night, is scheduled to return to defend her title in Lexington. She’ll be faced with a roster of riders, all trying to make sure that Dinan does not double up this year in the new CP National Horse Show Grand Prix.

Topping the list are three of the four riders on the 2014 Bronze medal winning team at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

2011 NHS Grand Prix winner, McLain Ward. Photo by Kenneth Kraus

 

Beezie Madden, who also captured the Individual Bronze medal, will be joined by teammates McLain Ward and Kent Farrington. Madden, the 2013 World Cup champion, also added the Keystone Classic at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show to her list of big time wins in 2014. In addition to his other top finishes, Ward led the round of honor in this year’s Global Champions Tour Grand Prix at Antwerp, Belgium and won the National Horse Show Grand Prix in 2011. Farrington meanwhile, rode to victory in the Grand Prix of Barcelona and added numerous Spruce Meadows wins to his already impressive list of victories.

Kent Farrington, Bronze medalist at WEG, is on the roster for the 2014 NHS. Photo by Sue Stickle
Beezie Madden, double Bronze medalist at the World Equestrian Games. Photo by Rebecca Walton

Other Olympians making the trip to Lexington this year include Peter Wylde, Leslie Howard, Laura Kraut, Charlie Jayne, Todd Minikus and Margie Engle. They will be joined by Pan American Games Gold medalist, Christine McCrea.

The above list of some of the all-time best show jumpers in the United States are credited with an amazing total of over one thousand grand prix wins among the group.

Three of four members of the US WEG team will compete at this year’s National Horse Show.
Photo by Susan Stickle

Part of the next generation of show jumping stars, Georgina Bloomberg, fresh off her win in the Central Park Grand Prix in New York City will be joined by Jessica Springsteen, winner of the celebrated American Gold Cup this year. Last year’s American Gold Cup champion, Brianne Goutal, is joined by the last two Individual Gold Medal winners from the North American Junior and Young Rider Championship Wilton Porter, the Gold medal winner this summer at the Horse Park in Lexington and Lillie Keenan, who claimed the top of the podium in 2013.

Georgina Bloomberg captured the inaugural Central Park Grand Prix in NYC. The Book LLC
Jessica Springsteen won the American Gold Cup this year in North Salem, NY. By Emily Riden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rounding out the list of American riders competing at the National are Quentin Judge, Meagan Nusz, Candice King, Schuyler Riley, Ali Wolff, Kirsten Coe, Charlie Jacobs, Denise Wilson, David Beisel, Molly Ashe-Cawley, Paige Johnson, Kama G odek, Alex Granato and Audrey Coulter.

A star-studded international field of riders is also making the journey to the heart of the Bluegrass this year. They include a strong Irish contingent led by the red-hot Darragh Kenny, along with Shane Sweetnam, Richie Maloney and Conor Swail.

South America is well represented with Paulo Santana of Brazil and Daniel Bluman and Roberto Teran of Colombia.

Top riders from Europe include Belgium riders Francois Mathy and brothers Nicola and Olivier Philippaerts and Switzerland’s Beat Mandli who comes to Lexington fresh off a victory in the FEI World Cup Grand Prix De Penn National at Harrisburg.

Wilton Porter, center, won the Individual Gold Medal at NAJYRC this year.
Photo by Kendall Bierer

Tickets for the 2014 National Horse Show CSI-W 4* are available online at Ticketleap.com, the official ticket provider for this year’s event. The top-rated equestrian showcase returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, on October 28 –November 2, 2014.

Tickets purchased through Ticketleap.com are discounted 20% as compared to tickets bought at the gate. Children 12 and under are always admitted at no charge.

Tickets for each prime-time show on Thursday evening, Friday evening, Saturday evening and Sunday daytime can be purchased now at Ticketleap.com at: http://nationalhorseshow.ticketleap.com/nhs2014/ 

The highlights for this year’s show include on Thursday night, the Copernicus Stables, LLC $75,000 International Open Jumpers – Time First Jump Off. Friday night’s feature is the Chansonette Farm $45,000 Gambler’s Choice Top Score Costume Class in honor of Halloween night. On Saturday, it’s the main event, the $250,000 CP National Horse Show Grand Prix. On Sunday afternoon the National Horse Show plays host to the Maclay National Championship for the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Class Presented by Dover’s Saddlery beginning early in the morning and continuing with the final round at approximately 3:00 PM.

All evening sessions begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.

For tickets to this year’s show visit TicketLeap.com at: http://nationalhorseshow.ticketleap.com/nhs2014/ 

 

The prize list for the National Horse Show can be downloaded at:  https://www.nhs.org/prize-list-and-entry-forms/ 

2014 National Horse Show Fast Facts

What:
The National Horse Show is a week-long championship event featuring “AA”-rated hunters, open jumpers, junior/amateur jumpers, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. The event will run October 28 –November 2, 2014, indoors in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games.
Parking:
The Kentucky Horse Park has waived the normal parking fee during the National Horse Show. Parking is free. While dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash, no dogs are allowed in the Alltech Arena during the NHS.
Directions:
The Kentucky Horse Park is located at 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. The KHP is 8 miles northeast of Lexington at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.
Information:
2245 Stone Garden Lane Lexington, KY 40513
Cindy Bozan
email: cindy@nhs.org
Phone: (859) 608-3709
Fax: (866) 285-9496
Email:
Cindy@nhs.org
Website:
www.nhs.org
Shopping:
Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located in the Alltech Arena.
Additional Contacts:
Vendors  – Matt Morrissey atmatt.morrissey@stadiumjumping.com or call (941) 915-3457
VIP Table Sales – Cindy Bozan at cindy@nhs.orgPhone: (859) 608-3709
Advertising and Program Sales – Dee Thomas atjmstables@aol.com Phone: 561-310-7679
Sponsorship – Mason Phelps atmpjr@phelpsmediagroup.com or 561-753-3389
or
Susie Webb at webb_susie@yahoo.com or 301-520-6162
Hotels:
HILTON – DOWNTOWN – 859-231-9000 – Approximately 6 miles
CLARION HOTEL (formerly Holiday Inn North) – 859 – 233-0512 – Approximately 4 miles
FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES BY MARRIOTT – 859 -977-5870 – Approximately 4 miles
FOUR POINTS SHERATON – 859-259-1311 – Approximately 4 miles
LA QUINTA – 859-231-7551 – Approximately 4 miles
KNIGHTS INN – 859-231-0232 – Approximately 4 miles
EMBASSY SUITES – 859-455-5000 – Approximately 4 miles
MARRIOT GRIFFIN GATE – 859-231-5100 – Approximately 4 miles
RESIDENCE INN – 859-231-6191 – Approximately 5 miles
COURTYARD BY MARRIOT – 859-253-4646 – Approximately 5 miles
HOLIDAY INN GEORGETOWN – 502-570-0220 – Approximately 6 miles
RAMADA INN – 859-299-1261 – Approximately 6 miles
RED ROOF INN – 859-293-2626 – Approximately 6 miles
HAMPTON INN – 502-867-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
SUPER EIGHT – 502-863-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
MICROTEL INN & SUITES – 502-868-8000 – Approximately 6 miles
For further information on housing in the Lexington area, we invite you to visit:
www.visitlex.com and www.georgetownky.com
Management:
Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC
P. O. Box 11428
Lexington, KY 40575-1428
859-233-0492 (phone)
859-233-0495 (fax)
email: hakshows@earthlink.net
website: www.kentuckyhorseshows.com
Horse Show Secretary:
Cindy Bozan
859-233-0492
Email: secretary.nhs@aol.com
NATIONAL HORSE SHOW MEDIA CONTACT:
Re: News and Information:
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12012 South Shore Blvd
Suite 105
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)
pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com
www.phelpsmediagroup.com

11.03.13

Alltech National Horse Show sets the stage for WEG 2018!

Posted in 2018 Games, Alltech National Horse Show, Dr. Pearse Lyons at 10:00 pm by Thomas

I took my family out to the Alltech National Horse Show yesterday and can say we had an excellent time.  We had tickets to both the Kentucky Savor Event in the afternoon as well as for the $250,000 Grand Prix so we had a full day at the Alltech Arena.  I was actually surprised at the crowds in the Arena, though I guess I shouldn’t as Alltech has added a lot of different events and activities in and around the Arena so there is a little something for everyone.  Again, this should not be anything that surprises me because Alltech as an extension of Dr. Lyons leadership backed by his passion and imagination looks to always learn from what they have done in the past and improve on it.  This is why I came away from the show last night being even more certain that Kentucky would be successful in winning the bid for the 2018 Games.  Alltech set the stage for what they and Kentucky have to offer for the 2018 Games, which is leadership built on a passion and imagination that has led to the success at Alltech and the success of the 2010 Games.

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas P. Demond
KyWEGO

11.06.11

Fun @ 2011 NHS Grand Prix

Posted in Alltech National Horse Show, Show Jumping at 7:55 pm by Thomas

Last night I had the enjoyment of attending my first National Horse Show after having heard of this show for the last 30 plus years.   Of course it is now known as the Alltech National Horse Show and was hosted at The Kentucky Horse Park. It is certainly one of the successes to come out of hosting the 2010 Alltech FEI World Games and we are thrilled to have it in Kentucky.

Onto the show itself, it was all general admission seating, unless you had connections to have a box seat at the end of the arena, but that also required suit and tie and after a busy Saturday not sure I really would have been up to getting all dressed up. We arrived a little earlier so we actually picked out some pretty nice seats on the upper end of the arena. There wasn’t a crowd but the arena was filled to a nice capacity and I would expect after a few years of Kentucky hosting it we would get capacity crowds.

I will admit my one goof of the night was buying my tickets through TicketMaster online @ $37.50 each, when we could have purchased them for $30 at the window. Of course I am one of those people that likes to have his tickets in hand before I go to an event, but a 25% premium gets my attention, especially when part of that you don’t see until you actually hit the submit button. Of course TicketMaster isn’t in the business of making friends, they are in the business of making money.

Now onto the competition, the horse and riders were of excellent caliber and did not disappoint. We had 31 competitors total and 5 had clear rounds within the 81 second time allowed to make it to the Jump Off. The Jump Offs are always what I think first attracts non-horse people to watch show jumping even if they never take up riding themselves. It was great to watch Jessica Springsteen(daughter of Bruce) riding Cincinatti Le Silla take 3rd with an excellent ride. This young lady is not 20 yet so I would expect her to win this before she is 30 easily. I know we had a blast and this will certainly be one of those annual events for our family.

I won’t type out the full results because you can find them here.

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas P. Demond
KyWEGO®

11.02.11

Alltech National Horse Show comes to Kentucky!

Posted in Alltech, Alltech National Horse Show, Competitions, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington at 8:06 pm by Thomas

The Alltech National Horse Show started today at the Kentucky Horse Park. This is the 128th edition of the National Horse Show and it is a Great Honor that this show has come to our Commonwealth. I remember growing up as a kid hearing about riding at Madison Square Gardens as one of those ultimate accomplishments in the competitive horse world. I suspect if we get the honor of hosting this show for another 25 years people will speak of the Lexington in the same way they used to speak of the Garden’s. I have put up a seperate page for the Alltech National Horse so that I can embed the video streams and post other information specific to the show in an easy to access location.

Kentucky Colonel
Thomas Demond
KyWEGO®

09.22.11

A Number to Remember: Alltech Opens Call Center for Alltech National Horse Show Questions

Posted in Alltech, Alltech National Horse Show at 6:57 am by Thomas

Lexington, KY –  Similar to the call center Alltech ran before last year’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, a hotline is now open to answer any questions regarding the Alltech National Horse Show taking place November 2-6.

Eager to assist with any questions the public has about the Alltech National Horse Show, Alltech has opened a toll-free call in number answered by live, local staffers who can assist callers with information on the venue, tickets, charity involvement, parking, hotels, and more. The call center will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday (EST). The number to reach the call center is 1-855-255-ANHS (1-855-255-2647).

Personnel may also assist callers with the ticket ordering process. There are nine ticketed events during the five days of the event, all taking place at the Alltech Arena in the Kentucky Horse Park.

“Alltech received an overwhelmingly positive response to the call service established for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, and we knew that this was a service that would once again be beneficial for the Alltech National Horse Show. Our goal is to make the process of purchasing tickets as convenient for the customer as possible,” said Jonathan Lang, promotions manager at Alltech.

Alltech National Horse Show tickets, ranging from $10-$30, are on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. Fifty percent of each ticket sold benefits certain local and national charities. Parking at the Kentucky Horse Park is free.

The Alltech National Horse Show, 128th Edition, will be held from November 2 – 6, 2011, at the beautiful, new Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

This year’s show, designated CSI4*-W, will feature a complete schedule of ‘AA’-rated hunter divisions, including the Pony Lane Farm High Performance Hunter section. Also on the agenda, a big money Open Jumper division highlighted by the Sasco Creek Farm $50,000 Welcome Speed Class, the $75,000 Double H Farms Thursday’s Jump-Off class, the $60,000 Spy Coast Farm Faults Converted Speed class on Friday and of course, the $250,000 Alltech National Horse Show Grand Prix, an FEI World Cup qualifying event. $100,000 will be up for grabs for the Junior and Amateur Jumper divisions, including the $50,000 SJHOF Junior/Amateur Championships, sponsored by Sleepy P Ranch, Chansonette and Deeridge Farm. The final Sunday is highlighted by the signature event of the National Horse Show, the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals, presented by C.M. Hadfield’s Saddlery.

Founded in 1883 at the original Madison Square Garden, the National Horse Show is America’s oldest indoor horse show, firmly established as a major fixture on the national and international sports and social event calendars. The National Horse Show Association’s primary activity is the annual production of the National Horse Show and all ancillary events. Over the years, the National Horse Show has provided financial aid to many worthwhile charities.

For more information on the National Horse Show Association of America, Limited, please visit www.nhs.org.свети георги

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