Mark Bellissimo announced that The Central Park Celebration of the Horse presented by Rolex and produced by The Chronicle of the Horse, will be held Sept. 18-21, 2014, at the Trump Rink (Wollman Rink) in New York City’s Central Park. This event will feature the best equestrian sport in the world along with daily exhibitions featuring different breeds and disciplines.
Remember the glory of the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden? The Celebration of the Horse will be a spectacular return for equestrian sport to New York City, showcasing the horses and riders against a backdrop of skyscrapers in one of the world’s most iconic venues.
The Celebration of the Horse will kick off on Thursday, Sept. 18, with a $200,000 Central Park Grand Prix featuring some of the best show jumpers in the world as they vie for top prize money in this unique setting. The grand prix will be televised live on NBC Sports from 7:30-9:00 p.m., giving even greater exposure to these Olympic-level athletes.
Friday night will host a celebrity charity equestrian event, while a world-class dressage musical freestyle will run on Saturday night featuring six of the world’s top dressage riders.
“This brings the national spotlight to equestrian sport, allowing an unprecedented audience to appreciate the horse in the world’s greatest city,” said Bellissimo, who owns The Chronicle of the Horse. “This will be the first live prime time TV event for equestrian sports on a major sports network and an unbelievable time slot for Thursday night on NBC Sports.”
Along with these exciting nighttime events, there will be a full daytime matinee schedule of interesting, diverse, and educational exhibitions centered around horses and their place in our history and culture. The Sunday matinee will present an arena polo competition featuring some of the world’s top players.
Limited seating is available for both the evening and matinee events, so make your plans soon to be a part of this one-of-a-kind event! For more information and to be on our news list, please send an email to [email protected].
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