Thursday's "Canadian Pacific Day" Features Equestrian Power and Speed at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show

Sep 20, 2016 - 2:22 PM
Hollow Creek Farm Presents U.S. Open $25,000 Under 25 FEI Grand Prix; Engel & Völkers Sponsors First Annual Puissance

For Immediate Release
Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

New York, NY – September 20, 2016 – The Rolex Central Park Horse Show will bring together power and speed on Thursday, September 22, at Wollman Rink in Manhattan. Dubbed “Canadian Pacific Day”, the schedule features the U.S. Open $25,000 Under 25 Hollow Creek Farm FEI Grand Prix, the U.S. Open $40,000 FEI Canadian Pacific Speed Class, and the $50,000 Engel & Völkers Puissance.

Tickets for Friday, September 23, are sold out, but a small amount of tickets are still available for Thursday night – purchase HERE! Tickets for Saturday night, featuring the U.S. Open Dressage Freestyle CDI 4*, presented by Axel Johnson, and a special freestyle performance by Rio Olympic gold medalists Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) and Valegro, are still available. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this incredible pair on U.S. soil – buy your tickets today!

“We look forward to everyone enjoying ‘Canadian Pacific Day’ at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show,” said Mark Bellissimo of International Equestrian Group. “It will be a thrilling night of competition showcasing the best of equestrian sport. We hope that we can set new world records in the Puissance and provide a fantastic event for spectators too.”

“Canadian Pacific Day” begins with gates opening at 6 p.m. The U.S. Open $25,000 Under 25 Hollow Creek Farm FEI Grand Prix kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Some of the best young show jumpers in North America will compete under the lights in Wollman Rink to determine the U.S. Open champion.

Following the U25 competition is the U.S. Open $40,000 FEI Canadian Pacific Speed class at 8 p.m., where international show jumpers like McLain Ward, Kent Farrington, Georgina Bloomberg, and Todd Minikus will go head to head against the clock. The fastest horse and rider combination will be awarded.

“CP is proud to be back as a sponsor for the Rolex Central Park Horse Show and a partner in putting on a tremendous show in one of the sport’s most unique venues,” said CP CEO E. Hunter Harrison. “We wish all the horses and riders well as they face off in front of enthusiastic fans in the heart of New York City.”

Mark Bellissimo of International Equestrian Group, Canadian Pacific President and Chief Operating Officer Keith Creel, and Conor Swail. Photo by Meg Banks.

The $50,000 Engel & Völkers Puissance is a new addition to the Rolex Central Park Horse Show in 2016 and will start at approximately 9 p.m. The unique event requires a special horse with power to clear a wall that is raised in height with each round. Riders will enter Wollman Rink with the opportunity to set the new world outdoor puissance record, breaking the current height of seven feet, three inches.

Jos Verlooy and Sunshine clearing 6’11” on their way to winning 
the Puissance at WIHS. Photo by Lauren Fisher/Jump Media.

Irish rider Susan Oakes and her horse Cicero will also tackle the Puissance wall in a special addition to Thursday evening. The pair, who compete in side saddle style, will try to set a new world record as well.

Oakes currently holds the world record for jumping six feet, eight inches in a puissance side saddle, and she hopes to break the seven-foot barrier on Thursday.

Susan Oakes jumping a Puissance wall side-saddle.

For more information and a full schedule of events for the Rolex Central Park Horse Show, please visit www.CentralParkHorseShow.com.

About Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP)(NYSE:CP) is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to eight major ports, including Vancouver and Montreal, providing North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of CP.

Want to see high-flying jumpers, dancing dressage horses, stunning Arabians, and elegant hunters?Tickets are selling fast! To get yours, go to http://bit.ly/29LwkkD.

The official hotel of the Rolex Central Park Horse Show is the JW Marriott Essex House! Book your room now at the following link: http://bit.ly/1qV3FBtIn the “Please Select Guest Type” box, select “Attendee” when making a reservation.

The complete schedule of the 2016 Rolex Central Park Horse Show is as follows:

Wednesday, September 21st:
U.S. Open Arabian Horse Show
Gate opens at 6:00pm. Show begins at 6:30pm. $50 per ticket

Thursday, September 22nd: Canadian Pacific Day
U.S. Open $25,000 Under 25 Hollow Creek Farm FEI Grand Prix 6:30pm, followed by the exciting
U.S. Open $40,000 FEI Canadian Pacific Speed Class at 8:00pm, concluding with $50,000 Engel & Völkers Puissance at 9:00pm.
Ticket includes all 3 events
Gate opens at 6:00pm. Show begins at 6:30pm. $125 per ticket

Friday, September 23rd:
U.S. Open CDI Dressage Grand Prix, presented by Axel Johnson
Gate opens at 1:00pm. Show begins at 1:30pm. $50 per ticket

Friday, September 23rd:
Special Performance by Frederik the Great: The World’s Most Handsome Horse
Ceremony for the U.S. Dressage Team, Olympic Bronze medalists; U.S. Show Jumping Team, Olympic Silver medalists; and Phillip Dutton, Olympic Individual Bronze medalist.

Junior/Amateur 1.20m Class at 6:30pm, followed by the thrilling
U.S. Open $216,000 FEI Grand Prix CSI 3*, presented by Rolex
Ticket includes both events
Gate opens at 6:00pm. Show begins at 6:30pm. $125 per ticket

Saturday, September 24th:
U.S. Open $50,000 Hunters Duchossois Cup
$1,000 Small/Medium Pony Hunter Class and the
$2,500 Junior/Amateur and Professional Classes
Gate opens at 1:00pm. Show begins at 1:30pm. $50 per ticket

Saturday, September 24th:
Special Performance by Frederik the Great: The World’s Most Handsome Horse
Special Freestyle Demonstration by Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro
U.S. Open $75,000 CDI Dressage Freestyle, presented by Axel Johnson

Gate opens at 6:00pm. Show begins at 6:30pm. $125 per ticket

Sunday, September 25th:
Family Day. Free General Admission.
Pony rides, face painting, Arabian Horse presentation, equestrian demonstrations, and more!
Gate opens 12:00pm-3:00pm.

A portion of ticket sales will benefit a lengthy list of New York, as well as equestrian based, charities.
Seating is limited and the demand for tickets is expected to be high.
All seats have unobstructed views.
All ticket sales are final, non-transferable; no refunds and no exchanges.
Gates open 30 minutes prior to start of event.
All prices listed above exclude tax and fees.

For Reserved Seating questions, please contact 1-844-319-CPHS (2747) or email cphs.tickets@img.com.

For VIP Table Sales, please contact vip@centralparkhorseshow.com.

For questions on rider participation, please contact acaroline@centralparkhorseshow.com.

About Rolex Central Park Horse Show
Launched in September 2014, Rolex Central Park Horse Show is the first-ever outdoor, multi-day equestrian sporting event in New York City, showcasing some of the best show jumpers and dressage riders in the world as they vie for top prizes against a backdrop of skyscrapers in one of the world’s most iconic venues. As the event founder, Mark Bellissimo is the CEO of Equestrian Sport Productions and International Equestrian Group LLC; Managing Partner of Wellington Equestrian Partners (WEF), Tryon Equestrian Partners and Colorado Equestrian Partners; and Publisher of The Chronicle of The Horse magazine. The Rolex Central Park Horse Show will feature five days of multi-discipline equestrian sport and performances, ranging from Arabians and Dressage to Hunters and Show Jumping. The Rolex Central Park Horse Show will also host the second annual U.S. Open in the following categories: Jumpers; Dressage; Hunters; U25 Jumpers; and Arabians. For more information, visit  www.centralparkhorseshow.com or Facebook at www.facebook.com/CPhorseshow and follow @cphorseshow on Twitter and Instagram.

Photos may be used only in relation to this press release.

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