Alltech National Horse Show October 29-November 3, 2013
For specific information on the venue, tickets, charity involvement, parking, and more,
speak with a live local Alltech staffer by calling toll free:
1-855-255-2647, Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 5:00.
Brief History: Predating the United States Equestrian Federation by decades, the prestigious National Horse Show is America's oldest indoor horseshow. First held in 1883 at Madison Square Garden, the show's home was New York city for its first 100 years. It has also been hosted at the Meadowlands Arena (New Jersey), Wellington (Florida) and Syracuse (New York). The world's most recognizable equestrian sporting venue, the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, became the show's new home in 2011 with a new title sponsor: Alltech, title sponsor of the 2010 World Equestrian Games.
Throughout its long history, the National Horse Show has operated as a charitable organization, and proceeds have benefited many worthwhile causes, including the American Red Cross, the ASPCA, the Christopher Reeve Center for Spinal Cord Research and others.
The Sport: The National Horse Show is a competition for Hunters and Jumpers. Show Jumping is a family of exciting equestrian events that can include jumper classes, hunter classes, dressage and equitation classes. The difference between jumper and hunter classes can be confusing for those new to the sport. In both classes, the horse and rider jump over obstacles. In Hunter classes, horse and rider are judged subjectively on behavior and appearance, and their attire and equipment is tightly regulated. In Jumper classes, the judging is objective. Horse and rider earn a numerical score based on the horse's attempt to approach an obstacle, clear it, and finish a course in a specific amount of time. Fans of Show Jumping say there is no other sport that demands as much concentration, power and unity between the horse and rider.
The Show: "The National" is one of the richest indoor equestrian competitions in the United States. More than 35,000 spectators are expected to attend the five day series of events. There will be a complete schedule of 'AA'-rated hunter divisions, an Open Jumper division with a major Grand Prix, junior/amateur jumpers and the signature event of the National Horse Show, the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. In addition to attending the competitions, visitors can enjoy shopping in the Alltech Arena. Vendors will offer equestrian equipment, artwork, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings.
Important phone numbers:
Alltech National Horse Show Call Center toll free (855) 255-2647
Carolyn Vincent, National Horse Show (516) 484-1865 www.nhs2011.org
Kentucky Horse Shows (Management) (859) 233-0492 www.kentuckyhorseshows.com
Alltech Media Contact: Susanna Elliott (859) 887-5144 www.alltech.com
National Horse Show Media Contact: Phelps Media Group (516) 753-3389 www.phelpsmediagroup.com