Lexington, KY - October 15, 2014 - The National Horse Show announced today that popular Canadian equestrian, Angela Covert, will be joining the commentary team for this year's live webcasts of the evening's main events. She will be partnered with play by play man Brian Lookabill for the prime time shows. The top-rated National Horse Show returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, on October 28 - November 2, 2014.
The webcast is produced by Pyramid Sports Timing, one of the top producers of equestrian competitions in the United States and will air on the USEF Network. Special guest, previous Maclay champion, Lilli Keenan joins Lookabill for the coverage of the ASPCA Maclay on Sunday. In addition, all morning and afternoon rounds will be streamed live without commentary.
With $755,000 in prize money offered, this year's National Horse Show offers an International Open Jumpers with $460,000 in prize money, while the top rated hunter sections have a total purse of $195,00.
Meanwhile, $100,000 in total is offered to the Amateur-Owner and U 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.
The National, in choosing Covert as their color commentator, was searching for a fresh, new voice explained Mason Phelps, Jr., the President of the National Horse Show Association of America. "The National has been improving and evolving each year and we thought a commentator with a vast knowledge of the sport, yet a fresh, new internet voice would suit us best. That's why we chose Angela," he explained."She's got a tremendous personality and possesses a great knowledge of our sport. I'm anxious to hear her go to work."
"I have actually never done TV or Internet commentary," smiled Covert. "I guess the closest I have come would be teaching clinics/symposiums and once I did the live commentary for a young horse free jumping demonstration, not nearly the same thing! But, I am very much looking forward to jumping in and giving it a go at the National Horse Show. I have to admit that, the fact that I will be working with Brain Lookabill, is a big plus," she smiled. "He has so much experience and knowledge and is definitely one of the best in the business."
"Even as a Canadian equestrian, I have always considered the National Horse Show to be one of the most prestigious horse shows in North America," she continued. "When I was very young, The iconic National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden was part of the indoor circuit with our Royal Winter Fair. Despite the fact that the horse show has changed venues a few times since those days, finding a new home in Kentucky a few years ago, the organizers have somehow managed to preserve that prestigious feel, which is truly remarkable," Covert said.
Tickets for the 2014 National Horse Show CSI-W 4* are available online at Ticketleap.com, the official ticket provider for this year's event. The top-rated equestrian showcase returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, on October 28 -November 2, 2014.
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.
Tickets for each prime-time show on Thursday evening, Friday evening, Saturday evening and Sunday daytime can be purchased now at Ticketleap.com at: http://nationalhorseshow.ticketleap.com/nhs2014/
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 3:00 PM.
All evening sessions begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.
For tickets to this year's show visit TicketLeap.com at: http://nationalhorseshow.ticketleap.com/nhs2014/
The prize list for the National Horse Show can be downloaded at: https://www.nhs.org/prize-list-and-entry-forms/