Championship Horse Show To Debut At Syracuse, NY, October 29-November
SYRACUSE, NYFebruary 25, 2003The Syracuse Sporthorse
Tournament, a new year-end championship horse show set for this
fall in Syracuse, NY, will provide a culminating jewel for the hunter-jumper
horse show season.
The new horse show will debut October 29-November 2 in Syracuses
spectacular Oncenter Complex. Longtime trainer John Madden, one
of the leading figures in the hunter-jumper industry, has joined
forces with the city of Syracuse to bring about the new horse show
which will present a full schedule of classes, including year-end
championship finals, for Grand Prix, amateur-owner and junior jumpers,
as well as an intriguing line-up of classes for hunter horses and
developing the concept for this horse show, I spent a lot of time
talking to hunter, jumper and equitation trainers, Madden
said. I asked them what they felt our industry needed and
tried to develop a concept that would address those needs and at
the same time provide a platform to showcase our sport to the general
Along that line, the horse show will feature a Grand Prix with prize
money of at least $75,000 and designed to attract international
competitors as well as this countrys leading riders. In addition,
there will be other open division classes including such possibilities
as a speed class, gamblers choice, match race and more. Hunter
divisions will be open to the top 20 of the year from each division
who will compete head to head for championship honors. An equitation
championship will feature the top finishers from the traditional
equitation championships held earlier in the fall.
The schedule will run Wednesday through Sunday with four feature
performances designed to attract sellout crowds to the War Memorial
at Oncenter set for Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and evening
and Sunday afternoon. An equestrian fair with vendors, demonstrations
and educational exhibits is planned for the adjacent Convention
horse show will not be business as usual, said Madden who,
teamed with Robert Ridland, has helped to make the Oaks Blenheim
CSI in San Juan Capistrano one of the hottest new events in the
country. Its not often you get the full commitment of
the local community behind you, but we have that in Syracuse and
that will allow us to pull off the fabulous kind of year-end show
people have told me they want.
Syracuse Mayor Matthew J. Driscoll is pleased to welcome the new
event to his city. The City of Syracuse is excited to host
this inaugural event in our convention center, Mayor Driscoll
said. I am impressed with the quality of the show management
and the fact that a world-class horse show and jumping event will
be in our city this fall.
Assemblyman Bill Magee, Chair of the New York State Assembly Agriculture
Committee, said, The Syracuse Sporthorse Tournament truly
puts Syracuse and Central New York on the map in the equine world.
With over 350 horses and almost 1000 people connected with the event
coming to the area, there is an expected economic impact of potentially
$1.5 million; this is clearly of great importance to New York State.
Irwin Davis, Executive Vice President of the Metropolitan Development
Association, which promotes economic growth in central New York,
said that the business leadership of the area is throwing its support
behind the new event. The central New York business community
is thrilled with the idea of this event and what it can mean to
our area, he said. We believe strongly that this event
can quickly become a highlight of the regions fall season
and we pledge to do what we can to help it succeed.