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The Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament Featuring the National Horse Show Hosts Meeting in Thermal

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The Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament Featuring the National Horse Show Hosts Meeting in Thermal

Written by: Lauren Fisher
Client: National Horse Show
Release Date: 2009-02-23

Thermal, CA – February 23, 2009 – The Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament featuring The National Horse Show held an informal meeting last week in the grand prix pavilion at the HITS Desert Horse Park. The meeting, let by a panel made up of Leo Conroy, John Madden and Mason Phelps, was held as a forum to help the organizing committee ‘gain information and feedback from the professionals concerning all aspects of the Syracuse/National Horse Show.’

The meeting was attended by approximately 25 hunter and jumper professionals who enjoyed wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres complimentary of the HITS team. The group had an overall feeling that last year’s horse show was great, and had very few suggestions for improvements.

John Madden, head of the organizing committee for the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament, feels very strongly about making his horse show appeal more to the riders and trainers in the horse community and asked for the professional’s opinions. The main topics of discussion focused on what the horse show can do better and how to find the balance between the hunters and jumpers.

Both the hunter and jumper professionals suggested improvements. The jumper professionals brought up topics such as being more inclusive of the Junior Amateur-Owner Jumpers. The hunter professionals mentioned that the inclusion of a hunter derby class might be a way to raise hunter interest.

California based trainers Archie Cox and Karen Healey were both in attendance, and were very complimentary of the horse show. Both trainers plan to attend this year, and agreed that were is no reason to make any radical changes.

Mason Phelps Jr., chairman of the National Horse Show, was happy to receive the feedback. “This was a nice opportunity for us to speak with the California professionals and hear what they have to say,” Phelps stated. “We look forward to another great year and we appreciate their continued support.”

The panel of Leo Conroy, John Madden and Mason Phelps will be holding one more meeting to include the opinions of as many of the horse show professionals as possible. The next meeting will be March 3 in Ocala, FL, at the HITS Ocala show grounds.

For more information on the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament featuring the National Horse Show please visit, or

Photo Credit: Mason Phelps and John Madden. Photo (c) 2009 PMG Staff. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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