There's now one more reason for groups to visit New York City this September: the inaugural Central Park Horse Show Presented by Rolex. The first-time, four-day outdoor equestrian sporting event, which takes place on Sept. 18-21, will showcase some of the best show jumpers and dressage riders in the world as they vie for top prizes against a backdrop of skyscrapers in one of the world's most iconic venues, Central Park's Trump Rink.
"We're thrilled to shine a national spotlight on equestrian sport, allowing an unprecedented audience to appreciate the horses and these Olympic level athletes in the world's greatest city," said Mark Bellissimo, CEO of Equestrian Sport Productions, organizer of the event. "We're honored to not only bring this spectacular event to locals and visitors of New York but to collaborate and give back to such inspiring charities that will benefit the children and noble law enforcement of the city."
This horse show will return Olympic-caliber athletes to New York City for the first time since the National Horse Show left Madison Square Garden in 2001.
"Bringing a world class equestrian competition back to New York City is long overdue, and I am pleased to be part of this terrific event," said Donald Trump, who was present at the press conference announcing the event. "These horses and their riders are the best in the world and they deserve a spectacular location in which to demonstrate their wonderful talent."
The show will also benefit several New York City charities, including the New York City Police Foundation / NYPD Mounted Unit, the Police Athletic League NYC and Gallop NYC. Additionally, 50 percent of the matinee tickets will be donated to local children's groups in order to broaden the exposure of equestrian sport.
"We are pleased to welcome the Central Park Horse Show to New York City this fall and in future years," said NYC & Company President & CEO Fred Dixon. "This exciting and unique event will provide locals and visitors with one more attractive reason to come experience the unparalleled beauty and vibrancy of Central Park."
There will be VIP hospitality tickets available for groups. For more information, visit centralparkhorseshow.com.