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120th National Horse Show

November 26 to 30, 2003

Fast Facts

Date: November 26th to 30, 2003

Location: Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club, 14440 Pierson Road, Wellington, Florida 33414

About the National: Considered the most prestigious horse show in the United States, this is only the second time in its century-old history that The National will be held outside of the New York metropolitan area and, more importantly, in an “outdoor” venue.

The National was founded in 1883 by an august group of East Coast businessmen and sportsmen with names such as Vanderbilt and Morgan. Its directors and members formed the basis for Louis Keller’s First Social Register of 1887, and the competition became the unofficial opening of the New York social season.

From 1883 through 2001, The National was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City, with the exception of the years 1989 through 1995 when it went to The Meadowlands in New Jersey. And, then, in an historic move last year, The 119th National Horse Show changed its venue to The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington. With more than 58,000 spectators jamming the stands and enjoying the competition during the six-day show, The 119th National was crowned an enormous success. And thus the return this year of The 120th National.

The competition at The 120th National will include over 400 of the best horses and riders in the United States, showing in the equestrian disciplines of hunter, jumper, equitation, dressage and ladies’ side-saddle. These talented horses and riders rank among the top 25 in the country in their respective divisions and have qualified for The National through a year-long competition process.


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