Rolex Central Park Horse Show Welcomes The Fite Group Luxury Homes as Title Sponsor of U.S. Open $50,000 Arena Eventing Competition

Sep 18, 2017 - 12:50 PM
For Immediate Release

New York, NY – September 18, 2017 – The Fite Group Luxury Homes, a market-leading luxury real estate firm serving the South Florida region, has announced their title sponsorship of the U.S. Open $50,000 Arena Eventing competition during the 2017 Rolex Central Park Horse Show at Wollman Rink on Saturday, September 23, at 8:00 p.m. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for the event.

The competition is set to feature some of the best Three-Day Event riders in the world, hosting competitors from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, and the United States in the heart of Central Park for the first time ever.

“The Fite Group is excited to be part of this fast-paced, action-packed competition and look forward to expanding our name recognition beyond our home base in Palm Beach County,” said David Fite, founder and principal of The Fite Group Luxury Homes. “This sponsorship reinforces our position that we are a global luxury real estate firm. With our newly opened office in Wellington, Florida, located across from the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), we are now fully engaged to support the equestrian community with all their real estate needs.”

2016 Olympic Individual Bronze Medalist Phillip Dutton (USA) is set to compete in the U.S. Open $50,000 Arena Eventing presented by The Fite Group Luxury Homes, alongside Olympians Boyd Martin (USA), William Fox-Pitt (GBR), and Burghley CCI 4* winner
Oliver Townend.
The Arena Eventing competition will include elements of both the show jumping and cross-country phases of traditional Three-Day Eventing in an electrifying and exciting course set by Captain Mark Phillips, which will incorporate several never-before-seen jumping efforts referencing prominent New York City features and structures.

“The Fite Group is an emerging sponsor of equestrian sport and we welcome them to the Rolex Central Park Horse Show, as their first year sponsorship will coincide with the inaugural U.S. Open $50,000 Arena Eventing competition,” said Mark Bellissimo, CEO of International Equestrian Group (IEG). “This class has allowed us to present some of the top athletes in the sport of Eventing in a unique team relay format.”

The Saturday evening Arena Eventing competition will feature an elite class of twenty-four top riders organized into twelve teams. Each team, named after a famous New York City neighborhood, will race against the clock with faults converted into time with their score being based on the cumulative time of both riders’ rounds. The top six teams will return for the second and final round of competition, which will crown the first-ever U.S. Open $50,000 Arena Eventing champions.

The following rider teams will compete in the U.S. Open $50,000 Arena Eventing presented by The Fite Group Luxury Homes:

Team Wall Street
Ryan Wood (AUS) / Kate Chadderton (AUS)

Team Upper West Side
Clayton Fredericks (AUS) / Domm Schramm (AUS)

Team West Village
Jessica Phoenix (CAN) / Lisa Marie Fergusson (CAN)

Team Upper East Side
Waylon Roberts (CAN) / Selena O’Hanlon (CAN)

Team Times Square
Oliver Townend (GBR) / William Fox-Pitt (GBR)

Team Midtown
Phillip Dutton (USA) / Julie Richards (USA)

Team Soho
Hannah Sue Burnett (USA) / Holly Payne-Caravella (USA)

Team Chelsea
Boyd Martin (USA) / Caroline Martin (USA)

Team Tribeca
Marilyn Little (USA) / Matt Brown (USA)

Team Hell’s Kitchen
Jennie Brannigan (USA) / Lynn Symansky (USA)

Team Greenwich Village
Will Coleman (USA) / Erin Sylvester (USA)

Team East Village
Buck Davidson (USA) / Doug Payne (USA)

Tickets are $50/person for General Admission and VIP Seating is still available. CLICK HERE to purchase general admission tickets or click here to inquire about VIP seating.

The Rolex Central Park Horse Show is in its fourth year of operation at the iconic Wollman Rink in the heart of New York City’s Central Park, and will take place from Wednesday, September 20, through Sunday, September 24. The week will feature U.S. Open competition for the Arabian, Show Jumping, and Hunter disciplines, as well as host the immensely popular Central Park Family Day presented by Mars, Incorporated on Sunday, September 24, beginning at 12:00 p.m. and concluding at 3:00 p.m.

For more information on the 2017 Rolex Central Park Horse Show, please visit

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

For Reserved Seating questions, please contact 1-844-319-CPHS (2747) or email

For VIP Table Sales, please contact

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 (WEP), 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 or Facebook at and follow @cphorseshow on Twitter and Instagram.

Photo Credit ©USEA. These photos may only be used once in relation to this press release with proper credit.



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