Some of the world's top show-horses will soon be making a trip to Central Park. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
Currently at Trump Rink there’s a carnival, but come Thursday, September 18, it will be the location for the first horse show in the city 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 in the park," says Equestrian Sport Productions CEO Mark Bellissimo.
Lately, the primary talk of horses in Central Park has been the debate over the horse and 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 we 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," says top ranked U.S. rider Kent Farrington.
"If you would have said to me when I was 12 years old when I saw my first horse ride around that I would one day be able to ride here, in Central Park, in New York City it's an incredible thing," says Canadian Dressage Olympian Ashley Holzer.
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. Check their Facebook page for giveaways.
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.