Scholars volunteered and were given a V.I.P. tour of the 2012 Alltech National Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park. 2012 was the second year that the show has been held in Lexington, KY and the first year that the Equine Scholars Program has been part of the experience. The National Horse Show is the United States’ oldest indoor horse show, and historically has been held in New York City at Madison Square Gardens. While normally the show is limited to hunters and jumpers, this year was a special one, as it brought back the American Saddlebred championships.
Carrie Wirth of Phelps Media Group, gave us a wonderful behind-the-scenes tour which consisted of learning the history of the show, meeting with a top rider and competitor, seeing the exclusive exhibitor’s lounge, Gracie’s Place interior design and art gallery, the press box, and understanding just how much work is involved to produce a show such as the National.
Student volunteers were present throughout all five days of the show and helped with everything from ticket sales to information services. Each scholar was given an official National Horse Show t-shirt and a pass for the entire length of the show. The Georgetown Equine Scholars Program would like to thank Phelps Media Group and Alltech for their hospitality and for allowing us to be part of the event! We look forward to being there in 2013!