LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2012) — Free public show jumping exhibitions at the CentrePointe site in central downtown Lexington this weekend will kick-start festivities for the 2012 Alltech National Horse Show.
The exhibitions are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the CentrePointe project site, a grassed and plank-fenced square block bounded by the 200 block of West Main, Upper, Vine and Limestone streets. It is free and open to the public. A children’s area will include play jumps. Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with riders and horses.
The exhibition jumping will be performed by local riders and include Mason Phelps, president of the National Horse Show Association.
It comes in prelude to the Alltech National Horse Show that will take place Oct. 30 through Nov. 4 in Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park just north of Lexington. The National Horse Show Association of America Ltd has announced that this year’s event will feature a full array of hunter, jumper, and equitation divisions with more than $600,000 in total prize money, including a huge Open Jumper division. The Open Jumpers alone will feature $420,000 in total prize money, including the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix.
“The Alltech National Horse Show had a fabulous debut last year,” said Phelps. “The show was ranked as the number one show in the United States by the North American Riders Group (NARG) and voted Horse Show of the Year by the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame. We are excited to once again showcase the best our sport has to offer in one of the most beautiful settings in the United States.”
In addition, this year’s show has been designated CSI-W 4*, with the Alltech Grand Prix being an all important FEI East Coast League World Cup qualifying event.
$100,000 in prize money is up for grabs for the Junior and Amateur Owner Jumpers Division. $175,000 in prize money will be offered in the AA rated Hunter Division. Each of the hunter divisions hosted during the Alltech National Horse Show will offer $10,000 to $20,000 per division. This year’s divisions will include Junior Hunters, Amateur-Owner Hunters, and the High Performance Hunters, Green and Regular Working Hunters and the Conformation Divisions. Each year, the top hunters from around the country are invited to compete during the National Horse Show.
Founded by Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech is a global animal health and nutrition company with 32 years’ experience in developing natural products that are scientifically proven to enhance animal health and performance. With 2,800 employees in 128 countries, the company has developed a strong regional presence in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle-East, Africa and Asia.