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Currently at Trump Rink there’s a carnival, but come Thursday September 18, it will be the location for the first horse show in NYC since the national horse show left Madison Square Garden in 2001.
"You're going to have some of the top riders and the top horses in the world that will be here and there will be great exposure there, and I think also an introduction to horse sport and seeing that integrate it into the park," said Mark Bellissimo, Equestrian Sport Productions.
Lately, the primary talk of horses in Central Park has been the debate over the horse & carriages. Now, in the shadow of that controversy comes an announcement of a four-day sporting event.
"All of us are obviously huge fans of the horse, and put a lot of effort in having the best care possible for all the horses we have competing. I'm just looking to showcase our sport in the best light possible," said Kent Farrington, United States Equestrian.
"If you would have said to me when I was twelve years old when I saw my first horse ride around that I would one day be able to ride here, in Central Park, NYC, it's an incredible thing," said Ashley Holzer, Canadian Dressage Olympian.
Before you start jumping for joy, be aware that viewing for the daytime events will be limited to 1,400 seats, with half the tickets already slated for charities. Ticket prices range from $30 for matinees to $250 for evening performances.
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If you can’t score a ticket, parts of the show will be broadcast live as well as streamed online. Plus, if all goes well, they plan to make this an annual event, with hopefully more seating.