Georgetown Welcomes the CP National Horse Show Oct. 31-Nov. 5, 2017
GEORGETOWN, KY – SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 – The CP National Horse Show, a 6-day hunter/jumper event consistently ranked by the North American Riders Group as one of the top shows in the United States, takes place at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park beginning Tuesday, Oct. 31. A full array of hunter divisions, Junior & Amateur Owner Jumpers, the top Open Jumpers from the USA and around the world, and the ASPCA Maclay National Championship will be featured. Highlights include the $130,000 CP Grand Prix Thursday at 7 p.m., Barn Night and the $35,000 Salamander Hotels & Resorts Accumulator Class Friday at 8 p.m., the $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Lexington Saturday at 6:30 p.m., and the ASPCA Maclay Finals on Sunday. Additionally, the Original Wailers, the world famous band behind Bob Marley, will perform Saturday night. Visit the National Horse Show website for event details.
Event of olympic proportions
Each year, the National Horse Show welcomes Olympians and World Champions from across the globe, as well as the nation’s top junior riders. This year, the show hosts one of only seven Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping qualifiers on the East Coast and the prestigious ASPCA Maclay Finals.
The highlight of the 2017 CP National Horse Show takes place Saturday, Nov. 4, kicking off with the running of the National Horse Show 5k, which benefits the UK Markey Cancer Foundation, followed by the CP National Horse Show’s Breeders’ Cup Viewing Party, a Country Boy Brewing Beer Garden and special Man O’ War celebration. The premier event, the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping competition, begins at 6:30 p.m. and features Olympic level competition from athletes that represent countries all over the world.
With $810,000 in prize money offered, this year’s show has been designated a CSI-3*-W show by the FEI. International Open Jumpers will compete for almost a half a million dollars in prize money. For the sixth year in a row, The National Show Hunter Hall of Fame has named the CP National Horse Show the “Horse Show of the Year.” In 2017, the top-rated hunter sections have a total purse of $195,000.
Following the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Lexington, The Original Wailers, presented by Wrenwood Farms, will take center stage. Known the world over for their Grammy-nominated reggae sound and led by guitarist Al Anderson, they are the perfect finale to an action-packed Saturday night in the Alltech Arena.
Anderson was chosen by Bob Marley in 1974 as his lead guitarist and is known for his work on such classics as “No Woman,” “No Cry,” “Dem Belly Full” and “Curfew (Three O’clock Road Block).” He has also played with Peter Tosh, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, Steel Pulse, Aswad, Inner Circle, Traffic and Ben Harper. Fronted by Al Anderson, The Original Wailers carry forward the true spirit of the original music and the message of “One Love.”
CP National Horse Show
Festival website: www.NHS.org
Date: October 31-November 5, 2017
8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2: $130,000 CP Grand Prix
7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3: Barn Night
5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4: National Horse Show 5k Run. Register here.
6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4: Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Lexington, followed by special performance by The Original Wailers in Gracie Street Garden
9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5: ASPCA Maclay Finals
Place: Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park
4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40502
Cost: The event is free and open to the public during the week.
Thursday and Friday night admission: $5/person
Saturday and Sunday admission: $10/person
Free admission for children under 12 and military personnel.
NOTE: The CP National Horse Show is offering Georgetown enthusiasts a discounted rate for any and all ticket purchases. Event participants can apply a 20% discount online, www.nhs.org/tickets; use promotional code GTOWN20.
Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at www.NHS.org/tickets.
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Located in the midst of Kentucky Horse Country, Georgetown is an ideal setting for the National Horse Show. While in town for this event, plan time to visit Old Friends, a 136-acre Thoroughbred retirement farm where you can get up close and personal with such stars of the turf as Kentucky Derby winners Silver Charm and War Emblem, Breeders’ Cup Champions Alphabet Soup and Amazombie, and stakes winners Game On Dude and Ide. These champions live alongside hard-knockers like Fighting City Hall and Popcorn Deelites, whose only claim to racing fame was starring in the Oscar Award-winning 2003 film, “Seabiscuit.”
Book overnight accommodations for your stay during the CP National Horse Show in Georgetown, which puts visitors in close proximity to the Kentucky Horse Park without all the traffic. Georgetown has more than a dozen well-known brand name hotels and nearly a dozen unique stays, including bed and breakfast inns, vacation cottages and golf club apartments. Visit www.GeorgetownKy.com for information.
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