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Free Admission On Thanksgiving Day At The 119th National Horse Show

Wellington, Florida—November 13, 2002—The 119th National Horse Show, the oldest and most prestigious horse show in the U.S., will be held at The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington from November 26, 2002 through December 1, 2002. The National brings together the best horses and riders in the U.S. competing in the equestrian disciplines of hunters, jumpers, equitation, ladies’ side-saddle and dressage. Since 1883, The National has been held in the New York metropolitan area (at Madison Square Garden with the exception of 6 years at The Meadowlands in New Jersey) and in an “indoor” arena; the move to Wellington with its “outdoor” rings is historic.

Thanksgiving Day falls on the Thursday during The National. While the competition schedule that day will be abbreviated so that one and all can celebrate with family and friends, it will nonetheless be an exciting day, giving spectators a wide variety of classes. Gene Mische, Chairman of the Board of Directors of The National, has announced that admission to The National on Thanksgiving Day will be free. On other days, ticket prices will range from $7-$15 per person.

Beginning at 9am on Thanksgiving Day, the Internationale Arena will showcase The National Junior Speed Stake and The National Amateur-Owner Speed Stake. Each jumper class will be won by the fastest horse and rider team on course, jumping over obstacles from 4’3” to 4’9” in height with spreads of 5’3” -- a truly formidable task. Then, at noon, there will be a dressage exhibition performed with Friesian stallions. That will be followed by a ladies’ side saddle class and the first phase of the Victor Hugo-Vidal NHS Equitation Final. And while the classes are going on in the Internaitonale Arena, the various food courts and vendor tents will be open for business.

For more information on The 119th National Horse Show, please contact Mason Phelps, Jr., Barbara Lundy or Beverly Lake Wilkes at (561) 753-3389.

Tickets for the 119th National Horse Show are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors, Tuesday through Saturday. Sunday adult admission is $15.00 with seniors admitted for $7.00. Children 12 & under are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased by phone at (561) 753-3389 or at the gate. Parking is free on all days. The 119th National Horse runs Tuesday, November 26 through Sunday, December 1 at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club on 14440 Pierson Road in Wellington, FL. Entrance to the Equestrian Center is on Pierson Road in Wellington, where parking is free on all days



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