This is the second major award issued to the Alltech National Horse Show.
At their annual meeting in February, the North American Riders Group's recognized the Alltech National Horse Show as the highest rated show in the United States after it finished third in the overall rankings behind Spruce Meadows and Thunderbird in Canada.
Walter J. Lee, the President of the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame said of the Horse Show of the Year honors, "The National Horse Show's move to the Kentucky Horse Park in 2011, the Alltech sponsorship, the management and production team and the hard work of a very dedicated show committee all combined to present an event that was obviously very popular with exhibitors and voters."
"The National Horse Show has for generations of horsemen, offered a special event for exhibitors from all sections of the country and Canada," Lee went on to say. The National has always been a goal for so many owners and riders to reach. I have been a champion at The National, and that has been, still is and always will be, a great achievement and something that I am very proud of and will always cherish and remember."
"What a tremendous honor for the Alltech National Horse Show," said Mason Phelps, Jr., the President of the National Horse Show Association. "To be recognized by the equestrians that actually competed and attended the event is something that I am very proud of and I know that Hugh Kincannon and his management team are very proud of as well."
The Alltech National Horse Show will be inducted into the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame during the special induction ceremonies and dinner on May 29, 2012, at the Marion Cricket Club in Haverford, Pennsylvania.
The second edition of the Alltech National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky, is set for October 31 through November 4, 2012. The show will once again be held at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park.
For more information about the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame, please visit their website at: http://nationalshowhunterhalloffame.com
For more information about the Alltech National Horse Show, visit the website at: http://nhs.org
Photo by James Shambhu