Tickets for the Central Park Horse Show, presented by Rolex, will go on sale Aug. 4 via centralparkhorseshow.com. The inaugural event will take place in the Trump Rink in New York City’s Central Park from Sept. 18-21, and will feature events such as a $200,000 Rolex Central Park Grand Prix on Thursday night, which will be televised live on NBC Sports; a NYC vs. the World open jumping competition Friday evening; and a World Dressage Challenge on Saturday night. A polo match will be played Sunday, and matinee performances will feature exhibition events such as a performance by Australian horseman and equestrian entertainer Guy McLean.
Proceeds from the Central Park Horse Show will benefit New York charities like the New York City Police Foundation, the NYPD Mounted Unit, the Police Athletic League NYC, and Gallop NYC, a therapeutic riding center serving the NYC area. Matinee tickets will also be available, and 50 percent of those sales will be donated to local children’s groups with the intent to broaden exposure to equestrian sport.
“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, organizer of the Central Park Horse Show. “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.”
To inquire about or purchase tickets on or after Aug. 4, visit www.centralparkhorseshow.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information and updates about the event can also be found on the Central Park Horse Show Facebook page. The $200,000 Rolex Central Park Grand Prix will be televised live on NBC Sports on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Editor’s note: The Bellissimo family owns The Chronicle of the Horse LLC, and Mark serves as its publisher.