Rolex Central Park Horse Show

By September 17, 2015
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Georgina Bloomberg and Juvina, on course to the win in the Rolex Grand Prix at the inaugural Central Park Horse Show. (Photo: Kit Houghton)

Horses gallop into Manhattan! From 23 – 27 September, top equestrian athletes will gather for the second annual Rolex Central Park Horse Show. Attempting to defend her Rolex Grand Prix title will be Georgina Bloomberg, daughter of former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The event takes place at the Wollman Rink, transformed from slippery to sand-topped. New York City’s Rolex Central Park Horse Show was a big hit in its inaugural year in 2014, drawing a crowd of enthusiastic spectators, who aside from the annual Veuve Clicquot polo match on Governor’s Island, are rarely privy to high-performance horse sport in urban NYC.

The focal event is the Rolex Grand Prix, Friday evening, Sept. 25.  Bloomberg was a highly popular champion last year in front of her home crowd, and will most likely be set on maintaining her champion status.

The five-day Rolex Central Park Horse Show will feature action from several equestrian disciplines, including Show Jumping, Dressage, Hunters and Arabians. It is produced by Wellington Equestrian Partners LLC, the group that puts on the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.

Dressage superstar Isabell Werth, who has been featured in Rolex ads, traveled from her home country of Germany to participate in last year’s show, and has confirmed that she will return to compete in 2015.

“Central Park is such a nice show,” Werth said. “There have been some great improvements for this year and horses are now allowed to stay in the park overnight. This will make it more of a real competition and adds excitement to the show and the sport.”

Asked which of her top horses she will take to New York this time, the former Olympic gold medalist said, “Probably El Santo; he is very experienced with large arenas and flying to events. It is a very special atmosphere, heightened by the great crowd.”

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The Wollman Ice Skating Rink is transformed into an equestrian venue for the Central Park Horse Show.

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