120th National Horse Show Returns to Wellington
Wellington, Florida October 20, 2003 The National
Horse Show, now in its 120th year, will return for the second year
in a row to The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida
from Wednesday, November 26, through Sunday, November 30, 2003.
Considered the most prestigious horse show in the United States,
this is only the second time in its century-old history that The
National will be held outside of the New York metropolitan area
and, more importantly, in an outdoor venue.
The National was founded in 1883 by an august group of East Coast
businessmen and sportsmen with names such as Vanderbilt and Morgan.
Its directors and members formed the basis for Louis Kellers
First Social Register of 1887, and the competition became the unofficial
opening of the New York social season.
From 1883 through 2001, The National was held at Madison Square
Garden in New York City, with the exception of the years 1989 through
1995 when it went to The Meadowlands in New Jersey. And, then, in
an historic move last year, The 119th National Horse Show changed
its venue to The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington.
With more than 58,000 spectators jamming the stands and enjoying
the competition during the six-day show, The 119th National was
crowned an enormous success. And thus the return this year of The
The competition at The 120th National will include over 400 of the
best horses and riders in the United States, showing in the equestrian
disciplines of hunter, jumper, equitation, dressage and ladies
side-saddle. These talented horses and riders rank among the top
25 in the country in their respective divisions and have qualified
for The National through a year-long competition process.
Highlights of the week will include a $100,000 grand prix on Friday
evening, November 28th, during the black tie gala, Jumping
Under the Stars. Sunday, November 30th, will conclude with
the $100,000 American Grand Prix Associations 2003 Championship.
In addition to the competitions, The 120th National will feature
the popular Friesian dressage exhibition on Thursday, November 27th.
On Saturday, November 29th, and on Sunday, November 30th, families
can enjoy a Childrens Fair with clowns, rides and exhibits.
There will be a Taste of Palm Beach on Saturday, November
29th, where one can sample specialties of some of the best restaurants
in the area.
Children age 12 and under are always free. General admission seating
for adults, Wednesday through Saturday (on Friday, there will be
separate day and evening tickets), will be $10/each, with Sunday
priced at $15/each; children over the age of 12 and seniors (65
and older) will be $7/each. Diamond Horse Shoe Club and box seating
information and reservations can be obtained by calling (800) 237-8924
or the Special Events office at 561 753-3389.
The National Horse Show will once again be managed and produced
by the team at Stadium Jumping, Inc., which also manages and produces
The Winter Equestrian Festival.
For further information, contact Mason Phelps, Jr. or Beverly Lake
Wilkes of Phelps Wilkes & Associates, Inc. at (561) 753-3389
or at firstname.lastname@example.org.