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Highlights of the Rolex Central Park Horse Show


Text by Heather Buchanan

Photos by Alfredo Bini

With the Manhattan skyline in the background, the Rolex Central Park Horse Show enjoys one of the most magical settings in the world Sept. 21 to 25, 2016. The talented team of the International Equestrian Group has expanded the offerings this year to include even more to delight the crowds. Mark Bellissimo of IEG states, “This year, the event continues to develop and showcase a broad range of disciplines competing at many different levels. This is a special experience where spectators can see the best of the best compete in U.S. Open championship competition, as well as receive a look at some of the future stars of our sport. The event provides a fantastic opportunity for horse enthusiasts to enjoy multi-discipline entertainment in an incredible venue. »

Olympic Team Silver medalists Kent Farrington and McLain Ward will be competing Thursday and Friday nights in the major jumping classes including the U.S. Open $216,000 FEI Grand Prix CSI3* presented by Rolex on Friday. A special $50,000 Puissance is set for Thursday night to see horses jump to new heights. Individual Gold medalist Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro are performing a special freestyle performance Saturday night as part of the US Open Dressage presented by the Axel Johnson Group Friday and Saturday. And Arabian horses in a variety of disciplines take center stage on Wednesday to showcase their beauty, skill, and intelligence. There’s a wide assortment of classes for amateurs as well including hunters ranging from adorable pony hunters to seasoned champions. Termed “the world’s most handsome horse,” Frederik the Great will be giving a special performance on Friday, and Sunday is a free family day.

A portion of ticket sales will benefit a lengthy list of New York, as well as equestrian based, charities.

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For special New York experiences around the show Journeys Equestrian Travel offers special packages


The Surrey – Built in 1926, the original Surrey was home to many of New York’s most eccentric celebrities over the years. JFK, Bette Davis, Claudette Colbert. Famous faces who recognized the allure of exceptional, discreet service. In re-creating The Surrey, acclaimed interior designer Lauren Rottet paid special attention to maintaining the integrity of this history while modernizing what has become New York’s most intimate address. Rottet’s inspiration was a New York City townhouse passed down through the generations, the keeper of a lifetime of memories. Exceptional moments at The Surrey extend well beyond your accommodations. Whether you prefer entertaining in the private roof garden, indulging in a relaxing massage at Cornelia Spa or dining at your favorite table at Cafe Boulud, personality and personal preferences inform The Surrey’s exceptional service from the moment you arrive. The Surrey is a Virtuoso hotel with upgrades and amenities


Take advantage of the Private Rooftop Garden and bar, open in summer to guests only. Enjoy a chilled glass of rose champagne while gazing at the city below.

Custom experiences

Chelsea Art Insider – Led by a former Christie’s curator, meet artists in their studios, visit top galleries and get inside scoop on top collectors.

Brooklyn Bike and Foodie Excursion – Let a local expert lead you on a biking journey of Williamsburg’s ultra-cool cafes, studios, artist lofts, restaurants — capped off with amazing views of the Manhattan skyline and a tasting at Brooklyn’s premier chocolate factory.

Lower Manhattan from Above –  Experience new and old architecture from the air in a private helicopter. Classic sites will include the Empire State Building, Chysler Building, Flatiron, Woolworth Tower, the UN Building, and the Hearst Building. You will also see the newest skyscrapers such as the Time Warner Center, Bank of America Tower and Gehry’s 8 Spruce Street.