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Tickets to Syracuse Show Jumping Competitions Raise Money for Local Not-For-Profit

Written by: Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Client: National Horse Show
Release Date: 2010-09-01

Syracuse, NY – September 1, 2010 - The Syracuse Invitational and Oncenter Complex are proud to announce that tickets are now on sale for the 2010 Tournament which features the 127th National Horse Show. One of the nation’s premier international equestrian competitions, the Sporthorse Tournament will feature the top-ranked US riders and international competitors who will all vie for the FEI World Cup Qualifier of Syracuse and the Sporthorse Cup, as seen on Animal Planet. In addition, the finest junior riders in the U.S. will compete in the National Horse Show ASPCA Maclay Championship. The action will take place in the War Memorial at the Oncenter Complex in downtown Syracuse November 2nd through 7th 2010.

The Syracuse Invitational, which has made its home at the Oncenter Complex since 2003, has always been proud to be a not-for-profit with ties to the local community. For the first time since the event and thanks to the generosity of the Oncenter Complex and Onondaga County, $1 of every ticket sold for the 2010 tournament will be donated to Vera House, a local organization focused on ending all domestic and sexual violence and helping the victims.

“This is huge for us and Vera House,” said Tournament Manager, Meg Maloney. “In 2009, we sold over 9,000 tickets to the Invitational. We hope this encourages people who have never been to the tournament to check it out this year, knowing a fun night out at a unique event is supporting Vera House. We’re hoping to sell 10,000 tickets in 2010.”

“We were thrilled to learn of the Oncenter’s gracious gesture in donating $1 of each ticket surcharge to Vera House,” stated Vera House Executive Director Randi Bregman. “In these challenging economic times, finding additional support makes all the difference in our delivery of programs and services. We’re really looking forward to this year’s tournament and sincerely appreciate the dedicated partnership of the organizers of the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament.”

The Ticketed show-jumping events include the following:

Friday November 5th – 7:00pm: Syracuse Corporate Challenge and Gambler’s Choice
Saturday, November 6th – 2:00pm: Windsor Stables Jump Off, Empire Tractor Ride & Drive, TK99 Speed Derby
Saturday, November 6th – 7:00pm: $100,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier of Syracuse
Sunday, November 7th – 2:00pm: ASPCA Maclay Championship and the Sporthorse Cup

As always, the Tournament will offer numerous free competitions, shopping, food and special events. Tuesday, November 2nd begins with the Atlas Fence Local Competition Day, which features local riders competing for top honors in three new classes. The Second Annual I Love New York Art Show, a new “Horses Are My Hero” essay and photo campaign and an expanded Youth Day including a Career and College Fair all bring additional excitement to this spectacular event.

Tickets are also on sale for the seminars and clinics of the SI Horseman’s College, a special opportunity to expand knowledge. The educational theme this year is the “Health and Well-being of the Human and Equine Athlete.” Seminars topics range from a variety topics from experts in their field—sport psychology, feeding and health of the equine athlete, helmet fitting, and nutrition to name a few.

To purchase tickets, call the Oncenter Box Office at 315.435.2121 or Ticketmaster at 315.420.0700.

More information regarding the schedule of classes and activities of the Syracuse Invitational and the National Horse Show is available at

About the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament: Each fall, the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament welcomes the top-ranked equestrians from across the US and the world to downtown Syracuse to compete at the War Memorial Arena in the Oncenter Complex. The event features a full slate of high-level competition, entertainment, shopping and exhibitions. A 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, the Syracuse Invitational benefits Cornell University Equine Hospital and the Vera House.

About the National Horse Show: Founded in 1883 at the original Madison Square Garden, the National Horse Show is America's oldest indoor horse show. The National Horse Show Association's primary activity is the annual production of the National Horse Show, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, and all ancillary events. Over its 126 years of history, the National Horse Show has provided financial aide to many worthwhile charities.


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