Since its revival at the Kentucky Horse Park in 2011, the CP National Horse Show has developed a strong team of behind-the-scenes personnel. Under the guidance and leadership of Mason Phelps, the President of the National Horse Show Association, the show is now firmly established at the Alltech Arena and continues to be a fixture on the show circuit in North America.

For its first five years in Lexington, the show was managed by Hugh Kincannon and his team from the Kentucky Horse Park. With Kincannon deciding to reduce his work load, the CP National Horse Show brought on board Morrissey Management Group to handle management duties. As producers of prestigious horse shows throughout the country including the highly acclaimed Wellington Masters, Michael Morrissey and son Matt Morrissey, have seamlessly taken over the reins at the CP National Horse Show in Kentucky.

Executive Director Cindy Bozan, a member of the team since the beginning, brings to the table a wealth of experience, having worked such major events as the Kentucky Spring and Summer Horse Show series, the Pony Finals, the Washington International Horse Show, the Hampton Classic, Old Salem Farm, the International Hunter Derby and the Pre Green Incentive Championship, plus the Winter Equestrian Festival and many other top horse shows across the country. Bozan also manages the Maclay Program, which includes year-round qualifying competitions, regional championships and the ASPCA Maclay Finals. An integral part of the National Horse Show Team, Bozan also oversees VIP Table Sales for the popular Taylor Harris VIP Club and is heavily involved in the production of this world-class event.

Ariel Weisman, a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst‘s Isenberg School of Management with an MS in Sports Management and an MBA in 2011, acts as the Director of Marketing for the National Horse Show. Previously a marketing manager for Alltech, sponsor of the 2010 and 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Weisman played a key role as transportation and logistics lead for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, and has worked on the CP National Horse Show since its arrival in Lexington, Kentucky, in 2011. As a lifelong equestrian, she has worked in many facets of the equestrian industry and ridden in both show jumping and eventing. Her experience in marketing, social media, event management, transportation and logistics, brand strategy, and sponsorship activation is a key role at the CP National Horse Show.

One of America’s top horsewomen, Susan Humes has joined the CP National Horse Show team this season as Sponsorship Coordinator. Humes has trained numerous national champion hunters, including So No Wonder, Incentive, Another Flight, Saloon and Tabasco. Humes was the owner of top jumpers Midnight Hour and Network. In addition, she has judged the nation’s finest horse shows including the National Horse Show. Other shows include Devon, Harrisburg, Washington, the Winter Equestrian Festival, the ASPCA Maclay Finals and USEF Pony Finals. Humes’ great grandfather was one of the founders of the National Horse Show.

With nearly $800,000 in prize money offered, the 2016 edition has again been designated a CSI-W 4* show by the FEI. The International Open Jumpers will compete for over a half a million dollars in prize money, while the top rated hunter sections have a total purse of $195,000. Meanwhile, $100,000 in total is offered to the Amateur-Owner and U 25 Jumper sections.

The world’s best international competitors return for the 2016 CP National Horse Show, which will take place November 1-6, 2016 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

 

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