"The successful re-birth of the National Horse Show is important for our sport and crucial to the resurgence of this nation's traditionally outstanding Indoor shows," the NARG report stated. "Congratulations on year one's score of 83%. NARG believes this event has a bright future."
The report continued, "Once one of the nations's most esteemed and celebrated indoor events, The National Horse Show is making a comeback. With the support of Alltech, as well as other sponsors, this year the renowned event relocated to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. It appears the show will remain at this home of the 2010 (Alltech FEI) World Equestrian Games (WEG) indefinitely, with great efforts to return it to its bygone excellence."
“We are thrilled that the Alltech National Horse Show has received such a prestigious ranking from the North American Riders Group,” said John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park. “To be recognized by a body whose primary purpose is furthering excellence in show jumping and equestrian sport is a measure of achievement for the National Horse Show team who has worked tirelessly for many years already to restore the show to its glory. The Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena is the perfect new home for this great show and we look forward to the next 100-plus years of its history.”
More than 560 horses and 350 riders from nine countries attended in 2011 and the show's debut this past season will go down in the record books as one of the most successful in the history of equestrian events in the United States.
"While it is challenging to establish a show steeped in tradition at a new venue, NARG commends the management team of ANHS for a job well done in year one. Three essential aspects came together to bring about a high score and a solid event. First, a committed management team and Board, with a vision for bringing back what once was. Second, the Kentucky Horse Park has a fabulous new indoor arena. And third Alltech is a strong title sponsor; unlocking possibilities that show managements yearn for. However to truly be a marquee event, it is a priority to get people in the seats. We know management understands this," NARG stated.
"We are honored and very proud with this top ranking from the North American Riders Group," said Mason Phelps, Jr., the President of the National Horse Show Association. "It's rewarding that our team's tremendous efforts in year one were recognized by this outstanding group of professional horsemen."
Alltech President and Founder Dr. Pearse Lyons agreed. "This inaugural event was a good beginning, but it was only the beginning. This show will continue to grow and next time around the city of Lexington will embrace this show more and we, in fact, will go all out to create a super experience for all who attend."
The North American Riders Group, representing the riders and owners in North America, is comprised of the top horsemen from the United States, Canada and Mexico and was formed with the goal of improving the sport of show jumping. In their presentation of the NARG Top 25 Horse Shows of 2011, they stated, "The North American Riders Group remains steadfast in achieving an essential goal-improving our sport so that once again show jumping in North America will rank among the greatest in the world."
The second edition of the Alltech National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky, is set for October 31 through November 4, 2012. The show will once again be held at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park.