The Chronicle of the Horse’s Rolex Central Park Horse Show ticket giveaway concluded on Sept. 6, awarding two subscribers who signed up or renewed during the month of August tickets for the Rolex Central Park Horse Show being held at Wollman Rink, Sept.20-24.
Winners Alice Shaughnessy (a new subscriber) and Julia Peterson (a renewal subscription) each received two tickets for two nights of their choice and two nights at the Essex House located on Central Park South.
Shaughnessy, 42, is a freelance writer for the health industry and lives in Bethel, Conn. This will be her second year attending the show.
“We went last year, and I loved it,” she said. “Watching Charlotte [Dujardin] was amazing! I wanted to go this year, but it’s expensive, and I didn’t know if I could afford do it again. Then when I saw the chance to win tickets come up I thought, ‘Ah whatever. I probably won’t win, but I’ll give it a shot,’ because I had always wanted to subscribe to The Chronicle of the Horse anyway, so it was just a good reason to do it.”
Shaughnessy started riding in her 30s and has a rescue pony, a Paint named Clancy. Although she doesn’t ride competitively, she enjoys taking Clancy out on the bridle paths of nearby North Salem, N.Y., and rides at a barn in Brewster, N.Y.
Husband Jack will be her plus one.
“He doesn’t ride, but he’s super supportive, and he likes to come to all the horse events with me,” she said. “He had a really good time last year. It was fun staying last year—because it’s at night, obviously, we stayed until it was over and watched them load the horses back on trailers in the park. It was really an amazing experience to see. Reading some of the stories about preparing and getting those horses down there and some of the pictures—if you know the city, it’s amazing, the logistics.”
Peterson is a retired college professor from Bedminster, N.J., and a longtime subscriber to the Chronicle. “Years and years and years,” she said.
Peterson, who rides low-level dressage on her two horses, will be making her third trip to the Rolex Central Park Horse Show.
“I went to the show the first year, and I was there last year and got to see Valegro, and it was so exciting!” she said. “I think the show is wonderful. It’s a unique and iconic venue, and to be there and see the skyscrapers, including the Essex House, to see it at night, it’s just an amazing place for the horses to be. Being from this area, I was happy the first year when Georgina Bloomberg won.”
Peterson plans to take a friend who is a jumper fan.
“Knowing that the dressage competition won’t be there, I think I will call a friend who loves jumping,” she said. “This is such great news! I am very grateful.”