The showjumping riders who will make up the field in the $200,000 grand prix at the Central Park Horse Show later this month have been announced.
The Central Park Grand Prix at the Trump Rink in New York City’s Central Park, on September 18 at 6.30pm, is being presented by Rolex and produced by The Chronicle of the Horse magazine.
The Grand Prix will be set against a backdrop of skyscrapers in one of the world’s most iconic venues, Central Park, and will be the first live prime-time broadcast of a show jumping event in the US on a rated sports network, NBC Sports.
Many of the world’s leading dressage riders will also be showing in the Central Park Dressage Challenge at the show.
They include five-time Olympic gold medalist Isabell Werth of Germany, reigning World Equestrian Games team gold medalist Hans Peter Minderhoud of The Netherlands, and Canada’s David Marcus, an Olympic and WEG veteran.
In the enviable position of having two top grand prix mounts, Marcus has elected to ride Don Kontes, a 14-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding owned by Deborah Kinzinger, in the inaugural event. His other mount, Chrevi’s Capital, also owned by Kinzinger, will be enjoying a rest following the World Equestrian Games.
“I am looking forward to bringing Don Kontes out for this show,” Marcus said. “He deserves a bit of the limelight now!”
The show is also featuring matinee performances over the weekend of September 20 and 21, by young equestrians in sport and entertainment demonstrations. They include Pony Club Games, the first annual Central Park Grand National Shetland Pony Steeplechase, a dressage demonstration, arena polo, a vaulting demonstration by the US team, fresh from the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.
The matinee performances are to be followed by world-renowned Australian horseman Guy McLean, who will perform a full half hour of his one-of-a-kind liberty act where he demonstrates his powerful connection with four unbridled horses.
Showjumping riders for the event are:
Molly Ashe Cawley