Lexington's downtown CentrePointe block turned into a mini-horse show on Saturday, with horses jumping over fences in a promotion for the Alltech National Horse Show.
The horses will be back from 11 a.m. - 2p.m. on Sunday at the vacant lot on Main Street where a hotel project called CentrePointe was planned.
The promotion was the idea of Lexington native Bobby Murphy, who is working for the National Horse Show. The show is Nov. 2-6 at the Kentucky Horse Park for the first time.
"Lexington is the horse capital of the world, and this is the next push after the World Equestrian Games," Murphy said as several riders jumped over fences in the grassy lot.
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Started in 1883, the National was held at Madison Square Garden for decades. In 2003, the competition left that historic venue and has been held in different places in the Northeast. Alltech, the Nicholasville-based company that sponsored the World Equestrian Games in 2010, decided to sponsor the event as a follow-up to the Games. The National Horse Show features, hunters, jumpers and the prestigious ASPCA Maclay equitation finals for qualified riders under the age of 18 from around the country.