2012 Alltech National Horse Show set for Oct. 31 to Nov. 4
Following an amazingly successful debut in 2011, the second edition of the Alltech National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky, is set for Oct. 31 through Nov. 4. The show will once again be held at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park.
The Alltech National Horse Show, 128th edition, closed with great excitement, receiving unanimous approval from the horse show community. The Show was watched by thousands of attendees, in addition to nearly half a million viewers online through the Alltech Ag Network.
More than 560 horses and 350 riders from nine countries, including nine Olympic veterans, competed this year, and according to Mason Phelps, Jr., the president of the National Horse Show Association, next year's show will build on the excitement of the 2011 debut.
"We couldn't have been happier with our first year effort in Kentucky. But, that being said, we are already working on a bigger and better event for next year," he said. "We expect bigger prize money; we've already added an extra competition day and the American Saddlebreds will return to the Alltech National Horse Show next year. So we are very excited about what lies ahead."
The Show's debut this year will go down in the record books as one of the most successful in the history of equestrian events in the United States.
"The Alltech Arena is an ideal location for the Alltech National Horse Show, it is perfect for all the horsemen and horses, and it really captured the feel of Madison Square Garden," noted legendary horseman George Morris after attending this year's show. "The Alltech National Horse Show has brought back class, something that has been lacking in horse shows today."
"It's been fantastic. It's been amazing. It's been wonderful," agreed Alltech president and founder Dr. Pearse Lyons. "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."
"We hope that everyone will mark their calendars for next year," added Phelps. "With what we learned during our first year, I can promise you that the Alltech National Horse Show in 2012 will prove to be an amazing event."