Lexington, KY - October 25, 2014 - The National Horse Show returns to the Kentucky Horse Park, beginning on Oct 28 and running through Nov. 2 with a full array of classes, featuring the finest equestrians and world-class horses, coming to Kentucky from around the globe. This year's line-up features numerous Olympians, including a handful of Gold medalists, plus many of the sport's fastest rising stars.
The event offers an impressive $755,000 in prize money. The National Horse Show features 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 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.
In addition to the top-notch equestrian competition, this year's show features nightly entertainment during the prime-time evening sessions.
All performances have been sponsored by Shownet - a pioneer in online show information, recorded video, and live streaming content. Shownet has helped some of the sport's busiest trainers be more productive, and streamlined recorded video viewing and purchase with their highly integrated mobile platform. They've also created a signature style of streaming broadcast, from some of the sport's most prestigious events. As the official NHS videographer, Shownet is proud to sponsor this year's entertainment.
WHY Do We Do Parkour?
This year's roster includes American Parkour (APK), whose performance team is sometimes called "The Tribe." They will join us with six total performers. At its center, the discipline of parkour is often called inspiring, uplifting and exciting, words that accurately describe what they do, and what they're about. For sure, their amazing feats of agility will keep the National Horse Show audiences entertained as they join us for spectacular, choreographed performances and shoot t-shirts into the crowd.
Amazing horseman Dan James will be with us on Friday and Saturday night. Dan's specialty is horsemanship, which he presents in many ways, from liberty, to roman riding, to reining. Born in Queensland, Australia on a small cattle farm, Dan James first began his lifelong passion with horses at six weeks old. In 2008, James was recognized as a world-class colt trainer when he won the "Way of the Horse" at Equitana Asia Pacific. In 2012, James wowed judges again with his incredible training techniques winning the coveted Road to the Horse International Colt Starting World Champion title. James has continued to push the limits of horsemanship and entertainment and will be a joy to watch at this year's National Horse Show.
Friday night is Halloween and the National Horse show will host Barn Night. Area barns are encouraged to be creative and show their barn spirit in costume and compete for a golf cart from Southern Lawn and Equipment, a ton of feed from Hallway Feeds, a wheelbarrow filled with prizes from Dover Saddlery and more! Click here to register your barn.
The Pub, the National Horse Show's new sports bar will be open daily on the Alltech Arena concourse. On Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1, the Pub will offer off-track betting for the Breeder's Cup!
Expect a lively and festive musical atmosphere and so much to see and do.
Tickets for each prime-time show on Thursday evening, Friday evening, Saturday evening and Sunday daytime can be purchased until Monday, Oct. 27 at Ticketleap.com at: http://nationalhorseshow.ticketleap.com/nhs2014/
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. After Monday, all tickets must be purchased at the door.
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 p.m.
All evening sessions begin promptly at 7 p.m.
For tickets visit TicketLeap.com at: http://nationalhorseshow.ticketleap.com/nhs2014/