Founded in New York by a group of influential sportsmen. The event was held at the original Madison Square Garden.
The National featured regularly in illustration for Harper’s Weekly and other magazines by artists like Howard Chandler Christy and Charles Dana Gibson.
The National Horse Show directory, listing directors and 920 members, formed the basis for Louis Keller’s first New York Social Register.
The National Horse Show moved to the second Madison Square Garden, also located on Madison Square in New York.
Alfred G. Vanderbilt, then president of the National Horse Show, made the show international by inviting British Cavalry officers to compete.
Eleanora Sears became the first woman to ride a stride at the NationalHorse Show.
The National became an American military competition. Notable competitors included Generals John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, William “Billy” Mitchell and George S. Patton.
The National moved to the third Madison Square Garden located on 8th Avenue at 50th Street. Garden III would witness 40 years of National history and continuing evolution.
The National Horse Show
was held for the first time at the Kentucky Horse Park.
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