The Fourth Annual Rolex Central Park Horse Show to Return to New York City Wednesday, September 20 to Sunday, September 24, 2017

Jul 11, 2017 - 11:16 PM
Olympic and U.S. Champion Riders to Compete at Iconic Wollman Rink
FREE Family Day & Tickets Will Be Available Online Starting Friday, July 21
For Immediate ReleaseNew York, N.Y. – July 11, 2017 – As one of the most anticipated equestrian events of the year, the Rolex Central Park Horse Show is returning to New York City’s iconic Wollman Rink from Wednesday, September 20 to Sunday, September 24, 2017. The fourth annual event will feature five days of diverse programming and daily exhibitions of different breeds and disciplines, ranging from Arabians, Show Jumping, Puissance, Dressage, Hunters and more. The Rolex Central Park Horse Show will also feature FREE events available for families, kids and the public on September 24, including equestrian demonstrations, presentations and other activities. Tickets will be available starting Friday, July 21, at

“27 million people ride a horse every year, which is more than the 23 million who play tennis, the 25 million who golf or the 8 million who ski each year,” says Mark Bellissimo, CEO of International Equestrian Group, LLC (IEG) and Founder of Rolex Central Park Horse Show. “We’re thrilled to be able to bring the equestrian sport and showcase these horses and Olympic-level athletes for our fourth consecutive year in the world’s greatest city. We also want to offer new audiences a chance to experience the beauty of the game and these horses, which is why we’re also partnering with local organizations whose missions are dedicated to providing opportunities and advancements to kids, NYC’s law enforcement and the equestrian sport.”

Georgina Bloomberg, who was the winner of the inaugural event in 2014, will return to the competition in 2017. 
As part of their ongoing CSR, Rolex Central Park Horse Show will support various New York City not-for-profit organizations, including the Central Park Conservancy, City Parks Foundation, GallopNYC, Mini Horse Heroes, New York City Children’s Chorus, New York State Horse Council, NYC Parks Enforcement Mounted Auxiliary Unit, and the Police Athletic League.This year’s Rolex Central Park Horse Show champion riders include Georgina Bloomberg, Kent Farrington (ranked the #1 equestrian in the world), Mclain Ward (ranked the #2 equestrian in the world), Brianne Goutal, Jimmy Torano, and many more.

The U.S. Open $216,000 Grand Prix CSI 3* presented by Rolex will air on NBC Sports Network on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST.

Rolex Central Park Horse Show is sanctioned by the United States Equestrian Federation and the Federation Equestre International and is the first equestrian show at the Wollman Rink.

Wednesday, September 20
U.S. Open Arabian Horse Show presented by Aljassimya Farm
Gate opens at 6:00pm. Show begins at 6:30pm.
$50 per ticketThursday, September 21
Junior/Amateur 1.20 Speed Class
6:30pm, followed by the exciting
U.S. Open $40,000 FEI Speed Class (Show Jumping)
at 8:00pm, concluding with
U.S. Open $50,000 Puissance (High Jump Exhibition)
at 9:00pm
Ticket includes all three events.
Gate opens at 6:00pm. Show begins at 6:30pm.
$125 per ticket

Friday, September 22
U.S. Open $10,000 CDI Grand Prix (Dressage)
Gate opens at 1:00pm. Show begins at 1:30pm.
$50 per ticket

U.S. Open $25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix (Show Jumping)
at 6:30pm, followed by the thrilling feature event
U.S. Open $216,000 FEI 3* Grand Prix presented by Rolex
Gate opens at 6:00pm. Show begins at 6:30pm.
$125 per ticket

Saturday, September 23
$1,000 Pony Hunter Class
followed by the
$2,500 Junior/Amateur and Professional Hunter Classes
followed by the
U.S. Open $50,000 Duchossois Cup (Hunters) presented by The Gochman Family
Gate opens at 1:00pm. Show begins at 1:30pm.
$50 per ticket

U.S. Open $50,000 CDI Freestyle presented by Axel Johnson Group (Dressage)
Gate opens at 6:00pm. Show begins at 6:30pm.
$125 per ticket

Sunday, September 24
Family Day – FREE General Admission
Equestrian demonstrations, activities including hobby horse and more details to come.
Gate opens 12:00pm-3:00pm.

Seating is limited and the demand for tickets is expected to be high. All seats have unobstructed views. All ticket sales are final, non-transferrable; no refunds or exchanges. Gates open 30 minutes prior to the start of the event. All prices listed above exclude tax and fees.

For more information, please visit

JW Marriott Essex House New York is the Official Host Hotel of the Rolex Central Park Horse Show, and is located on beautiful Central Park South, offering expertly curated experiences, impeccable service – and breathtaking views of the park since 1931. Click here to reserve your room at the JW Marriott Essex House New York today at

About Rolex Central Park Horse Show
Originally 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. For more information, visit or Facebook at and follow @cphorseshow on Twitter and Instagram.About ROLEX
Rolex, the Swiss watch brand headquartered in Geneva, enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise the world over. Its Oyster and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, the brand pioneered the development of the wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports, exploration, the spirit of enterprise, and the environment through a broad palette of sponsoring activities, as well as philanthropic programmes.

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