2012 National Horse Show will be 5 days, include Saddlebreds

The Alltech National Horse Show announced Thursday that it will add one day next year, with the show running Oct. 31 to Nov. 4.

The five-day horse show, which will return to the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, also will include Saddlebreds, said Mason Phelps Jr., horse show president.

"We couldn't have been happier with our first year effort in Kentucky. But, that being said, we are already working on a bigger and better event for next year," Phelps said. "We expect bigger prize money; we've already added an extra competition day and the American Saddlebreds will return to the Alltech National Horse Show next year. So we are very excited about what lies ahead."

Alltech founder Pearse Lyons said his company "will go all out" next year to draw Lexington into the show. No attendance figures were released but organizers said it was watched by nearly half a million viewers online via the Alltech Ag Network, which broadcast the entire show live.

Phelps said more than 560 horses and 350 riders from nine countries, including nine Olympic veterans, competed this year.