Lexington, KY – The Alltech National Horse Show, 128th edition, closed with great excitement receiving unanimous approval from the horse show community. The Show was a true success with the thousands of attendees in addition to nearly half a million online viewers. It was broadcast live each day on the Alltech Ag Network. Each ticket sold contributed to a large donation given to each of the nine charities highlighted this year. The Alltech National Horse Show found a new home in Kentucky and found a new sponsor in Alltech. With more than 560 horses and 350 riders from nine countries, including nine Olympic contenders, they converged in Lexington, Kentucky over the five days.
More than 2,500 school children from surrounding Kentucky counties attended on Thursday and Friday. During their time at the Alltech Arena, the students were able to tour an educational “Horse Play” area, learn about initiatives by Alltech, interact with individuals from the horse community, and watch the competition.
Much excitement prevailed during the event with celebrities including singer-songwriter rock legend Bruce Springsteen; Kentucky’s First Lady Jane Beshear; world-renowned Irish tenor Ronan Tynan; and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray.
Alltech president and founder Dr. Pearse Lyons noted, “I am always awed by the power of the horses and the courage of the riders. Alltech is dedicated to animals achieving peak performance. This event showcased just that. I salute each of the competitors and we hope everyone will join us again next year.”
Alltech National Horse Show president Mason Phelps, Jr. commented, “We will certainly be back next year and it will be bigger and better. I am getting together with the people at Alltech to brainstorm about what we're going to do to further enhance the event, give exhibitors more prize money, classes and days in the schedule and create a truly exciting show. We are going to look at more options for next year. I promise you that we are bringing back all of the parts of the National Horse Show that we saw at Madison Square Garden years ago.”
For more information about the Alltech National Horse Show and competition results, visit www.nhs2011.org.
Photo: Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear welcomes the Alltech National Horse Show during the opening ceremonies on Wednesday evening.