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July 24, 2015

Mark Bellissimo Announces The Second Annual Rolex Central Park Horse Show

By Zahra Al-Kateb

centralparkAs one of the most anticipated equestrian events of the year, the Rolex Central Park Horse Show will make a triumphant return to New York City’s iconic Central Park on September 23-27, 2015.

The second-annual event 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 now host the inaugural U.S. Open in the following categories: Jumpers; Dressage; Hunters; U25 Jumpers; and Arabians. Qualifications and schedule for the US. Open classes will be forthcoming.

After the 2014 debut of the sold-out Rolex Central Park Horse Show, work immediately began to further the reach and impact of the thrilling event. The Show Jumping competition will again be sanctioned by the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI). In addition, the expanded schedule includes the beauty of the Arabian horse, Under 25 US Open Jumper Grand Prix, graceful Hunter competitions including the inaugural Duchossois Cup, a Puissance, and both a Dressage Grand Prix and Dressage Freestyle.

Primed for growth in only its second year, The Rolex Central Park Horse Show has already accomplished significant expansion with a more robust show schedule, expanded sponsorship, and an impressive list of the world’s top equestrians ready to attend. The event will also benefit a lengthy list of New York, as well as equestrian based charities to be announced at a later date.

“The Rolex Central Park Horse Show made a spectacular debut and is poised for an even greater year as we introduce the US Open for Equestrian Sport. We will be welcoming more equestrian disciplines to the heart of New York City as a showcase for equestrian sport in the United States,” said Mark Bellissimo CEO of International Equestrian Group, LLC (IEG).

“Showcasing the many facets of the horse world in the heart of New York City is an exciting endeavor for us and the equine industry in general,” he added. “We are also very proud to continue our relationship with NBC Sports and we will be broadcasting the event to horse enthusiasts across the nation and the world.

Grand prix show jumping will welcome New York City native Georgina Bloomberg as she returns to defend her victory in last year’s inaugural $210,000 Central Park Grand Prix CSI 3*, presented by Rolex. The U.S. Open CSI 3* Grand Prix, taking place the evening of Friday, September 25, will air on NBC Sports Network during prime time on Sunday, September 27. The U.S. Open format will be a two-class competition.

The schedule kicks off with the U.S. Open Arabian Horse Show on Wednesday, September 23, and continues with the Canadian Pacific $34,000 FEI Speed Class and a $10,000 1.2m Junior/Amateur class on Thursday. Friday welcomes Grand Prix Dressage, $25,000 Under-25 Jumper Grand Prix, and the $210,000 CSI 3* Grand Prix before the weekend gets underway with Dressage Freestyles as well as an Exhibition from the top Pony, Amateur, and Professional Hunters.

Spectator information, including matinee performances, Hospitality Tent opportunities and ticket sales, will be announced in the coming weeks. To request table information in the hospitality tent, please click on the following link, or e-mail Anne Caroline Valtin at or call 561-784-1133. For all other information, please use the “Contact Us” form on the website or click the following link:

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Rolex Central Park Horse Show Schedule:

Wednesday, September 23

6:00 PM – U.S. Open Arabian Horse Show

Thursday, September 24

6:30 PM – U.S. Open $25,000 – U25 Grand Prix

8:00 PM – U.S. Open (Round 1) $34,000 FEI Speed Class presented by Canadian Pacific

Friday, September 25

1:30 PM – U.S. Open Dressage Grand Prix

6:30 PM – $5,000 Junior/Amateur 1.20m Class presented by Price Waterhouse

8:00 PM – U.S. Open $210,000 (Final) FEI 3* Grand Prix presented by Rolex

Saturday, September 26

10:00 AM – Matinee Performance

1:30 PM – U.S. Open – Hunters- Duchossois Cup with Pony, Jr/Amateur, and Professional Classes.

6:30 PM – U.S. Open – Puissance $50,000

8:00 PM – U.S. Open $75,000 Dressage Freestyle presented by Axel Johnson Group

Sunday, September 27

10:00 AM – Matinee Performance

1:30 PM – Special Equestrian Event (TBA) presented by Chronicle of the Horse


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