The 119th National Horse Show
Wellington, Florida---November 4, 2002---The 119th National Horse
Show will take place at The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in
Wellington, Florida from November 26, 2002 through December 1,
2002. Considered the most prestigious horse show in the U. S.,
this is the first time in its century-old history that it will
be held outside of the New York metropolitan area and, more importantly,
in an outdoor venue.
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.
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. Thus, The
National has always been considered the first and finest indoor
horse show in the U. S., given the indoor arenas at those locations.
Due to the inability to secure a long-term contract with the Garden
this year, The Nationals Board decided to break with tradition
by moving the 2002 show to Wellington and its outdoor
The competition at The National will include over 400 of the best
horses and riders in the U. S., showing in hunter, jumper, equitation,
dressage and ladies side-saddle classes. These talented
horses and riders rank among the top 25 in the country in their
respective divisions and have qualified to enter The National
through a year-long competition process.
In keeping with The Nationals traditional social protocol,
members of The Diamond Horse Shoe Club, the Ladies Committee
and the Gentlemens Committee will be required to wear proper
attire when in attendance. And has been the case for over a century,
a black-tie gala will be held.
On Friday evening during the gala, one of the weeks most
exciting competitions --The High Jump Class -- will award a $250,000
purse to the horse and rider that can jump a single fence higher
than the current outdoor record of 81-1/4.
For more information on The 119th National Horse Show, please
contact Mason Phelps, Jr., Barbara Lundy or Beverly Lake Wilkes
at (561) 753-3389.