NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s the hottest ticket in town.
The inaugural Central Park Horse Show gets underway Thursday and runs through Sunday at Trump Rink.
Seats for the main competition are $275, but are being resold on the Internet for thousands, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.
Organizer Mark Bellissimo said he believes the rare venue is driving interest.
“Everyone’s intrigued about Central Park, and how could you possibly do it in Central Park?” he said.
“I don’t think there’s any more iconic venue than New York City,” Bellissimo added. “And in many ways, it’s sort of sacred ground.”
The National Horse Show was founded in New York in 1883 and was held for decades at Madison Square Garden before leaving for Florida in 2002.
The city’s new event will draw the world’s top equestrians, including Brianne Goutal, who won’t have to travel far — she’s from Manhattan.
“It feels long overdue,” Goutal said of bringing a major equestrian showcase back to the Big Apple. “But now that it’s here, I think everybody’s just really excited and happy to have it so close.”
Georgina Bloomberg was instrumental in bringing the event to New York.
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