After being named the top U.S show in 2010 by the North American Riders Group, the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament will not take place in 2011. Competing on the same weekend for years, the National Horse Show decided to partner with Syracuse in 2008. The two entered an agreement to have the show in central New York through 2011, however the NHS will instead hold their competition in Kentucky this year.
Cazenovia resident, and Chairman of the Syracuse Invitational Organizing Committee, John Madden expressed his disappointment in a news release. For the past three years, the NHS was held in Syracuse and garnered financial success each year except 2009. After separating this year, organizers of the Syracuse Invitational said that there were not enough sponsors, horses and riders to ensure the success of both shows.
Being the larger of the two organizations, it is believed the NHS is expected to attract more notable sponsors and competitors. NHS organizers decided to move their operation to Kentucky because of its geographical location and on-site stabling facilities. The show is scheduled to take place at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Madden owns John Madden Sales and is married to accomplished equestrian competitor Beezie Madden.