Lexington, KY. – August 24, 2017 - Uniting the local community of Lexington, the prestigious CP National Horse show has embraced the UK Markey Cancer Foundation as an official charity partner for this year’s show, running from October 31-November 5, 2017. The beloved charity will be the recipient of proceeds generated from ticket sales throughout the event as well as the National Horse Show 5k Run. The NHS 5k will take place Saturday, November 4th at 5:00 PM at the Alltech Arena.

The NHS 5k kicks off an evening of family-friendly entertainment November 4th at 5:00pm and is open to participants of all ages. Immediately following the race, come in to the Alltech Arena for the CP National Horse Show’s Breeders' Cup Viewing Party, Craft Beer Garden, and special Man O’ War celebration. Our premier event, the Longines FEI World Cup™ show jumping competition begins at 6:30pm and features Olympic level competition from athletes that represent countries all over the world. Each horse and rider combination will be vying for the opportunity to qualify for Longines FEI World Cup™ Finals to be held in Paris, France next year.

All participants in the NHS 5k receive complimentary access to the Breeders' Cup viewing party and Craft Beer Garden after the race. Children 12 and under are always admitted free!

Established in 1978, the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation was formed in effort to reduce the cancer mortality rate in the state of Kentucky which boasts the highest numbers in the country. Working alongside researchers across a variety of cancer fields, the foundation seeks to put their resources toward funding the most promising research.
“We are honored to have the CP National Horse Show support such an outstanding organization,” said President of the National Horse Show Association, Mason Phelps. “We hope to help the U.K. Markey Cancer Foundation raise funds to help support their venture to help Kentucky eradicate cancer.”

“Every hour of every day someone in Kentucky loses their battle with cancer. It's a sobering statistic, and one that can only be lessened through advancements in research and treatment. The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation is the fundraising arm of Kentucky's only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, a distinction that ranks it in the top 5-percent of all cancer centers in the country. We are humbled and honored to partner with such a prestigious event, and we thank each person participating in the National Horse Show, whether it be on the backs of horses or as sponsors, vendors or spectators for their support,” said University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation President and CEO Mike Delzotti.

With $810,000 in prize money offered, this year’s show has been designated a CSI-W 4* show by the FEI and the International Open Jumpers will compete for almost a half a million dollars in prize money. For the sixth year in a row, The National Show Hunter Hall of Fame has named the CP National Horse Show the ‘Horse Show of the Year’. In 2017, the top-rated hunter sections have a total purse of $195,000.

To learn more about the Markey Cancer Foundation, click here.

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