The Alltech National Horse Show in Kentucky will be designated a four-star show, and its feature event, a $250,000 showjumping grand prix, will be a FEI World Cup qualifying event.
The US Equestrian Federation's competition department confirmed the designation of the Lexington show as a CSI4*-W on Friday. The 128th edition of the show, being held for the first time in the Bluegrass state at the Kentucky Horse Park's Alltech Arena, from November 2 to 6, 2011.
This year's show will offer more than $600,000 in total prize money, including a huge Open Jumper division.
"We're going to be offering $370,000 to the Open Jumpers, including the $250,000 Alltech National Horse Show Grand Prix," said Show Manager Hugh Kincannon.
"That brings this show on par or better than any show here in North America, or any indoor show anywhere in the world. We'll have $50,000 for the Junior and Amateur Owner Jumpers as well. In the hunter divisions, we're going to offer the most significant amount of prize money for any horse show anywhere in the United States."
National Horse Show of America, Ltd. President Mason Phelps, Jr, said the status accorded the show by the FEI and the USEF would make the Kentucky debut that much more exciting, "and the fact that our main event will be a World Cup class, adds even more to an already prestigious presentation."
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.