Presented by Rolex and produced by Chronicle of the Horse, the Central Park Celebration of the Horse is being held September 18th – 21st in Central Park, New York City. Not since 2001 and the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden has New York hosted a horse show. You will find some of the nation’s top show jumping and dressage riders in the Trump Rink competing for grand prizes.
The show kicks off with the $200,000 Central Park Grand Prix on Thursday. For those of us who can’t catch the action live, the competition will be airing live on NBC from 7:30-9:00 p.m. You won’t want to miss Olympic gold medalist, McLain Ward or #1 US Rider, Kent Farrington compete against 24 other top athlete’s in the show jumping competition. Keep an eye out for native New Yorker and up and coming rider, Alex Crown at the show as well
On the weekend, be sure to catch one of the many matinees exhibiting the diversity, beauty and athleticism of the horse. The United States Pony Club riders will be demonstrating some exciting and daring mounted games. Of course the 1st Annual Central Park Grand National Shetland Pony Steeplechase is sure to be entertaining to see! Australian sensation, Guy McLain and his equine entertainers will be there to demonstrate the amazing bond between horse and trainer as well as the US Vaulting Team showing off their talents.
There will be plenty Dressage star power at the Central Park Horse Show too. Catch Steffen Peters and Ravel together again in a special command performance. Five time Olympic gold medalist Isabell Werth, 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games team gold medalist Hans Peter Minderhoud, and Olympian and 2014 WEG competitor Lars Petersen will all be competing in New York City. Top amateur rider, PJ Rizvi, will also be there riding Breaking Dawn. Bebe Davis, the two-time National Champion, three-time Reserve National Champion, and NAJYRC Gold and Bronze Medalist, will be performing her FEI Junior Freestyle dressage matinee performances on the weekend. It’s the who’s-who of dressage celebrities and some newcomers that are really starting to shine!
Whether you are tuning into your television or you are catching the action live in New York, you won’t want to miss this grand, elegant horse show. It will be a weekend of celebration, excitement, and equestrian talents. Don’t miss it!