Lexington, KY - September 16, 2011 - - When the intense equestrian competition has drawn to a close, the trophies have been awarded and the day's activities have dwindled down, the evening's excitement will just be getting started at Gracie Street Garden at the Alltech National Horse Show.
The Alltech National Horse Show, 128th Edition, will be held from November 2 - 6, 2011, at the beautiful, new Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
Gracie Street Garden, designed and created by legendary Palm Beach designer M. Douglas Mutch, will host an after the show party each night for owners, competitors, table patrons and sponsors. The night at Gracie Street Garden begins at 9 p.m. and runs through midnight, featuring an open bar, a complimentary late night buffet, a live D.J. and dance floor, all in a gorgeous and fun setting right in the new Alltech Arena.
The party each night will honor the winners of the prime time events just completed at the Alltech National Horse Show.
Gracie Street Interior Design has been creating beautiful interiors for years, under the leadership of owners M. Douglas Mutch and Susan C. Elhilow. Located in West Palm Beach, the team has completed design projects across Florida, the Eastern United States and the Caribbean.
National Horse Show Association President, Mason Phelps, Jr. has given 'Dougie' Mutch the mission of recreating the excitement of the legendary after parties held during the glory days of the National Horse Show at the Penta Hotel in New York City. "We want to bring that same atmosphere and fun to the Alltech Arena," he said. "The Penta was always the first stop following the evening session in New York and we hope Gracie Street Garden will be the go to place here in Lexington. The evening parties are going to spectacular," said Phelps, who created the celebrated Denim and Diamonds and Newport Roundup fundraisers in years past. Those events remain the standard by which all equestrian parties are judged and are to this day, still the talk of the equestrian industry.
M. Douglas Mutch"The National Horse Show after parties at the Penta were the place to be each night after the show, where all could mingle, have a late night supper or breakfast, enjoy some libations, hear great stories, laugh and dance," Mutch said. "This is the ambiance we will try to recreate in Lexington, but with a modern twist, the 'New Beginnings'!"
It was the team of Phelps and Mutch that created the Jockey Club and the Diamond Horse Shoe Club for the National Horse Show during its run in Wellington, Florida.
"For me, this is about bringing Lexington to the Alltech National Horse Show," said Mutch. "I love the idea of the history of Madison Square Garden originally being located in an actual garden in New York City and now, the horse show is making its permanent home in the heart of horse country where the gardens are as important as the horses," she said. "It's a perfect combination!"
"My memories of the National go back to the early 80's where I was privileged enough to experience the elegance of a horse show where only the top horses in the country had to qualify to compete against one another for the last show of the year," Mutch related. "And the spectators were horse folks, dignitaries, the who's who, all dressed to the nines in top hats and tails and elegant gowns and jewels and the Garden was packed. This was the history and the tradition of the sport that is not remembered by many today. It is these days gone by," she said, "that I would love to see return, but of course with a modern twist!"
Each night at Gracie Street Garden is sponsored, beginning with Taylor Harris Insurance Services on opening night. "Taylor Harris is very happy to be able to sponsor the inaugural night of the Alltech National Horse Show at the Gracie Street Gardens in its new home at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park," said THIS President Michael Taylor. "The National Horse Show, now sponsored by Alltech, is steeped in history and tradition since its inauguration in 1883 at the original Madison Square Garden, and now that it has found a permanent venue, Taylor Harris looks forward to being part of the rekindling of this history and tradition. THIS will be fun! Let's start the music!"
On Thursday night, the Equestrian Aid Foundation will take over as presenting sponsor. EAF President R. Scot Evans noted that Thursday will be a very special evening, marking the debut of the new Charlie Weaver Legacy Fund, a fund that will continue to assist equestrians in their time of need for many years to come. "It seemed fitting to celebrate the Alltech National Horse Show with the launch of the Charlie Weaver Legacy Fund, as he was the hunter rider that broke all records at the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden," he said. "Everyone remembers Charlie galloping down to those huge hunter jumps in the middle of New York City, and the buzz for this year's horse show is what's most needed in horse sports at this time. EAF is proud to be a part of the ANHS."
Friday night is United States Equestrian Federation/Equus Foundation night. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to announce 'America's Favorite Equestrians' for 2011 on Friday evening, November 4, 2011, during the Alltech National Horse Show," said Lynn Coakley, President of the EQUUS Foundation. "America's Favorite Equestrians is a joint program sponsored by The EQUUS Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation designed to honor our equestrian heroes and raise funds in support of our equine heroes."
International Polo Club and the Wanderers Club will sponsor Saturday night's gala affair. "International Polo Club and The Wanderers Club are delighted to sponsor the victory party on Saturday Night, November 5, 2011 at Gracie Street Garden," remarked John A. Wash, President of Club Operations International Polo Club and The Wanderers Club. Located in Wellington, South Florida's famed equestrian destination, we have created special places where families, friends, and neighbors can gather and enjoy world class clubs and the sports of Polo & Golf," he said. "We are excited to be involved with the Alltech National Horse Show."
"Cross Gate Gallery and Longwood Antique Woods, who display their wares at our boutique on the Intracoastal Waterway in West Palm Beach and have loaned art and custom furnishings made from reclaimed thoroughbred barn woods to the USHJA lobby, have agreed to join the Gracie Street team in creating the aesthetics and decor for the 2011 Alltech National Horse Show," Mutch explained. "Along with other Lexington based businesses, we will create the ambiance of the 'Storied Past' and set the stage for the 'New Beginnings." "The show horse industry has been a part of my life as long as I can remember and has also provided me amazing client's since I started in this business in 1981. Gracie Street Garden is my way of giving back to this industry which has been so good to me for so long," Mutch concluded.
This year's show, designated CSI4*-W, will feature a complete schedule of 'AA'-rated hunter divisions, including the Pony Lane Farm High Performance Hunter section. Also on the agenda, a big money Open Jumper division highlighted by the Sasco Creek Farm $50,000 Welcome Speed Class, the $75,000 Double H Farms Thursday's Jump-Off class, the $60,000 Spy Coast Farm Faults Converted Speed class on Friday and of course, the $250,000 Alltech National Horse Show Grand Prix, an FEI World Cup qualifying event. $100,000 will be up for grabs for the Junior and Amateur Jumper divisions, including the $50,000 SJHOF Junior/Amateur Championships, sponsored by Sleepy P Ranch, Chansonette and Deeridge Farm. The final Sunday is highlighted by the signature event of the National Horse Show, the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals, presented by C.M. Hadfield's Saddlery.
Founded in 1883 at the original Madison Square Garden, the National Horse Show is America's oldest indoor horse show, firmly established as a major fixture on the national and international sports and social event calendars. The National Horse Show Association's primary activity is the annual production of the National Horse Show and all ancillary events. Over the years, the National Horse Show has provided financial aid to many worthwhile charities.
For more information on the National Horse Show Association of America, please visit www.nhs2011.org.
Gracie Street Interior Design has been creating beautiful interiors for years, under the leadership of owners M. Douglas Mutch and Susan C. Elhilow. Located in West Palm Beach, the team has completed design projects across Florida, the Eastern United States and the Caribbean. PHOTO CREDIT: © Gracie Street Designs
Alltech National Horse Show, 128th Edition - Fast Facts
What: The Alltech National Horse Show, 128th Edition, is a weeklong championship event featuring "AA"-rated hunters, open jumpers, junior/amateur jumpers, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. The event will run November 2- 6, 2011, in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games(TM).
Parking: Horse Show Exhibitors may purchase a weekly parking pass at the main Horse Park entrance for $5.00. Dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash.
Directions: The Kentucky Horse Park is located 8 miles northeast of Lexington, Kentucky at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.
Information: Carolyn Vincent National Horse ShowPO Box 386Greenvale, NY 11548
Telephone: Phone: (516) 484-1865Fax: (516) 484-1982
Shopping: Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located in the Alltech Arena.
Additional Contacts:Vendors - Matt Morrissey at
VIP Table Sales - Kiki Umla at
Advertising - Laura Reed at
Sponsorship - Mason Phelps at
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