"NYC vs. The World" Pro-Am Speed Challenge Presented By Donald J. Trump Highlights Friday Night's Central Park Horse Show Presented By Rolex

Sep 12, 2014 - 12:06 PM
Kent Farrington, pictured with Blue Angel at this year's Trump Invitational, will captain the Suncast Corporation World Team in the “NYC vs. The World" pro-am speed challenge presented by Donald J. Trump. Photo by Lisa Slade.

Georgina Bloomberg captains the Land Rover of North America NYC Team, and No. 3 world-ranked rider Kent Farrington to captain Suncast Corporation World Team.

The Central Park Horse Show, presented by Rolex and produced by The Chronicle of the Horse, is pleased to announce the riders for Friday night’s Sept. 19 feature event, the “NYC vs. The World” pro-am speed challenge presented by Donald J. Trump. The CPHS runs Sept. 18-21, in New York City’s Trump Rink in Central Park.

The “NYC vs. The World” Speed Challenge will follow Thursday night’s live television event, the $210,000 Central Park Grand Prix (NBC Sports Network, 7:00 pm).

International Equestrian Group CEO Mark Bellissimo commented, “This is going to be a very exciting and unique pro-am competition set within the amazing back drop of the NYC skyline. I want to thank Donald Trump, Suncast Corporation and Land Rover for their fantastic support of this competition.”

The New York City Team will be sponsored by Land Rover North America, and The World Team will be sponsored by Suncast Corporation. Donald Trump, title sponsor of the “NYC vs. The World” challenge commented, “While Kent Farrington has won the first two annual Trump Invitational grand prix events at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, I have to say my loyalties are with Georgina Bloomberg and her team that is supporting the greatest city in the world, New York.”

Bloomberg added, “We have assembled a strong and passionate team of tough New Yorkers that will proudly represent this amazing city. This is our home turf, and we are ready to defend it.”

Farrington, who was recently appointed as a Rolex testimonial and joins an elite group of athletes including Roger Federer, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, replied, “I am confident our team is up to the challenge. I’ll let the results in the ring do the talking.”

“Land Rover has a long established connection with the equestrian community. Sponsoring the New York City team as they compete in one of the world’s most iconic venues is a natural fit for us,” said Kim McCullough, Brand Vice President, Land Rover North America. “We are proud to be part of this inaugural event and enthusiastically support the Central Park Horse Show.” 

The “NYC vs. The World” pro-am speed class will be an exciting event pitting teams of riders against each other. One team rider will go as fast as they can over a faults-converted speed course to set a time that the rider from the other team will try to beat. The fastest time between those two wins a point for their team. The team with the most points will win the inaugural “NYC vs. The World” speed title at the Central Park Horse Show, while the top eight individuals of the entire class will share $50,000 in prize money.

The NYC Team will be sponsored by Land Rover and captained by Georgina Bloomberg, with fellow New York teammates:

McLain Ward             

Lucy Deslauriers

Jessica Springsteen   

Sydney Shulman

Cara Raether             

Danielle Goldstein

Heather Caristo         

Kirsten Coe

Lillie Keenan              

Maria Costa

Alexandra Crown       

Victoria Press

Karen Polle                

Katherine Strauss

Samantha Kasowitz    

Devin Ryan

Led by Kent Farrington, The World Team, sponsored by Suncast Corporation, consists of:

Laura Kraut                

Charlie Jayne

Todd Minikus              

Lauren Tisbo

Shane Sweetnam       

Richie Moloney

Conor Swail                

Candice King

Darragh Kenny           

Daniel Bluman

Taylor Alexander        

Gabriela Mershad

Adrienne Sternlicht     

Nicole Bellissimo

Meghan Nusz             

Paige Johnson

Tom Tisbo, CEO of Suncast Corporation, commented, “We are honored to support such a great event and a great group of athletes.”

Preceding the “NYC vs. The World” Challenge, the following top amateurs from the New York area will compete in the $5,000 NYC Amateur Challenge, presented by Salamander Resorts:

Gabrielle Bausano    

Lucrezia Buccellati

Ariel Epstein            

Flo Fulton

Cloe Hymowitz         

Lili Hymowitz

Brianne Link            

Hilary McNerney

Philip Richter           

Yasmin Rizvi

Isabella Russekoff   

Alexandra Worthington

Claire Schreder       

Sima Morgello

For more information, please go to www.centralparkhorseshow.com.

For tickets, please go to centralparkhorseshow.tix.com.

 Discounted hotel rooms are available at the JW Marriott Essex House at the following link: http://bit.ly/1nRumC6.

“Like” the new Central Park Horse Show Facebook page and follow them on Twitter at @CPHorseShow, and on Instagram at @CPHorseShow


Leading brand of the Swiss watch industry, Rolex, headquartered in Geneva, enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise the world over. Its Oyster watches, all certified as chronometers for their precision, are symbols of excellence, performance and prestige. A pioneer in the development of the wristwatch as early as 1905, the brand is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism introduced in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports, exploration, the spirit of enterprise, and the environment through a broad palette of sponsoring activities as well as philanthropic programmes.


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home and Yard.  Designing, developing and manufacturing over 15 million products annually, Suncast has been Made in the USA for more than 25 years.  Partnering with the world’s largest retailers, such as Home Depot, Lowe’s, Costco and WalMart, Suncast products are available worldwide.  You take pride in creating a beautiful environment. We take pride in keeping it that way.  Suncast. Smart Inside & Out.    To learn more about the full line of Suncast products visit www.suncast.com or like us on Facebook.


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ShinJung@nicholaslence.com / Tel: 212.938.0005

Equestrian Media Contact:

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