The 91st Royal rose through the ranks to finish fourth on the list of
the Top 25 events of 2013.
TORONTO, Feb. 5, 2014 /CNW/ - The North American Riders Group (NARG)
released their hotly anticipated annual rankings yesterday, and The
Royal Horse Show has received the honour of being named the top indoor
event of the 2013 season.
Ranked fourth overall, The Royal received a total score of 90%.
Categories evaluated include footing, stabling, courses, ceremony, the
quality of all aspects of production and prize money/cost of showing.
"To say we are thrilled would be an understatement," commented Brian
O'Leary, 2013 Horse Show Chairman. "As anyone who runs a horse show
knows, it is not a solo effort. We take very seriously these rankings
but also the suggestions which come with the report, and we have made
significant changes and improvements over the past two years as a
result. To have our efforts rewarded in this way is exciting and
appreciated. We are humbled to be in such good company."
The purpose of the North American Riders Group is to improve the quality
of competitive show jumping in North America. The Top 25 list
recognizes "destination" events that "prepare, challenge and reward the
best horse and rider combinations." Rising from 17th in 2011 to 10th in
2012 and finally fourth in 2013, The Royal Horse Show sits firmly among
the very best of the best. Top marks went again to Spruce Meadows in
Calgary, but venerable events such as Devon, the Hampton Classic and
the Washington International are included in the Top 25.
The report called The Royal a "spectacular sport horse tournament" with
a "sensational show jumping atmosphere."
Read the full report here: http://www.narg.org/news/NARG2013Top25-web.pdf
The 2014 Royal Horse Show runs November 7-16, at the Ricoh Coliseum.
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