Georgina Bloomberg laughed when she remembered what she told Mark Bellissimo when he called her and said, “I want to put on a horse show in Central Park.”
“I said ‘It can’t be done,’” Bloomberg said. “I told him that every year someone calls me and I tell them ‘Good luck and I’d love to be there and I’ll be supportive, but I’m not really sure it’ll ever happen.’”
It's been more than a decade since horses last jumped in the heart of New York City, so as the Central Park Horse Show kicks off, we take a look back at some of the legends that showed at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden.
The year was 1955. Wilson Dennehy won all three major equitation finals offered at the time—the AHSA Medal, the ASPCA Maclay and the USET. Top hunter Duke Of Paeonian and jumper Riviera Wonder won. And just look at the jump the small pony hunter champion is jumping!
The Central Park Horse Show, presented by Rolex and produced by The Chronicle of the Horse, has an exciting line-up for its weekend matinees scheduled on Saturday, September 20, and Sunday, September 21, in New York City's iconic Central Park. The matinees focus on young athletes developing skills and connections with their horses and ponies in diverse demonstrations of both sport and entertainment.
The Central Park Dressage Challenge, presented by The Axel Johnson Group, on Saturday, Sept. 20 was held at the Trump Rink in New York City's Central Park, showcasingsome of the world's top horses and riders against a backdrop of skyscrapers in one of the world's most iconic venues.
Warch the archived live feed footage of the evening...
Seeing the country’s top horses and riders jumping in the heart of Central Park is a historic event—having it be broadcast LIVE on a major television network is even more so. The $210,000 Central Park Grand Prix will be shown live on NBC Sports from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. EST on Thursday, Sept. 18.