National Horse Show
26 to 30, 2003
November 26th to 30, 2003
Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club, 14440 Pierson Road, Wellington,
the National: 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.