Matinee Performers to Headline Two Days of Central Park Horse Show

Tommie Turvey and Pokerjoe. Photos provided by Matinee Performers, as well as David Handschuh and the Arabian Horse Association.

Tommie Turvey, “Wild Riders” Trick Riders, Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey, Pony Club Mounted Games, Pony Steeplechasing, Bebe Davis Dressage Exhibition, and Arabian Costume Class to provide interactive family fun in the heart of NYC

New York, NY – With a world-class lineup of the finest acts, performers, and athletes of equestrian sport and entertainment, the Rolex Central Park Horse Show, in its second annual year, wants you to join the fun as New York City prepares to host the most talented equestrian performers in the industry as they take on Wollman Rink in the heart of the Big Apple! Providing interactive family fun for audience members of all ages, the matinee performances are not to be missed at this year’s edition of the world-renowned Rolex Central Park Horse Show.

The matinee performances will be held on Saturday, September 26, and Sunday, September 27, beginning at 10am in the iconic setting of Central Park under the New York City skyline. Tickets for the matinee performances are $30 each and can be purchased at

Popular equestrian personality Tommie Turvey of Tommie Turvey Horsemanship will headline the matinee, engaging audiences with a showcase of the adaptability, versatility, and intelligence of the horse within the entertainment industry. Turvey has prepared and trained horses for numerous major Hollywood roles including appearances in The Walking Dead, The Blacklist, and Batman: The Dark Knight, as well as working with the Budweiser Clydesdales during their popular Super Bowl commercials each year. Turvey’s comedy act is considered one of the most entertaining equestrian performances and is sure to provide laughs, while he will also show off skills in trick roping, liberty horsemanship, and roman riding.

Alongside Turvey, the “Wild Riders” Trick Riders Meishja Petersen and sisters Shanae and Hannah Ritter will showcase captivating trick riding routines to get your adrenaline pumping while Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey and his Border Collie partner Boogie will also entertain the crowd with their impressive and comedic sheep herding skills.

The Shetland Pony Steeplechase
The Shetland Pony Steeplechase

The youngest of the featured entertainers will make a grand entrance in the big city as Pony Club Mounted Games and The Shetland Pony Steeplechase race into town.

These sports provide a learning platform for horsemanship and teamwork skills to young children while exemplifying the sturdiness and heart of the pony breed. Both events are sure to excite and capture the sentiments of any audience.

Barbara “Bebe” Davis, 17, a young American dressage phenom, will return to Central Park to provide a dressage demonstration and exhibition aboard her mount Rotano, on whom she was the 2014 U.S. Championships FEI Junior Level Silver Medalist. Davis is a two-time Pony National Champion, who has accumulated several top awards throughout her career, including two gold medal finishes at North American Junior Young Rider Championships in 2014 and 2015. The pair will showcase the foundation of dressage and beauty of the movements in an educational and dynamic demonstration of one of the world’s oldest equestrian sports.

An Arabian costume class will also highlight the matinee performances in a representation of the Nomadic people of the Arabian Peninsula, who were the first to breed and ride these ancient horses, now considered the oldest purebred breed in the world. You’ll feel as though you’re traveling through time to when Arabian horses roamed the desert and began their journey as ancestors to the now modern day light breeds. The Arabian Mounted Native Costume Class will present both horse and rider in full costume and depict the breed as they might have been while defending their tribes.

Arabian Mounted Native Costume class
Arabian Mounted Native Costume class

The second annual Rolex Central Park Horse Show will feature five days of multi-discipline equestrian sport. The schedule will include the inaugural U.S. Open in the following categories: Jumpers, Dressage, Hunters, U25 Jumpers, and Arabians.

Tickets are now on sale for all events at the 2015 Rolex Central Park Horse Show and matinee tickets will be $30 each. There are only a few hundred tickets still available for the event and they are anticipated to sell out. Tickets can now be purchased at To request table information in the Hospitality Tent, please e-mail Anne Caroline Valtin at or call 561-784-1133.

Additional information can be found at and

Media Contact:
Shin-Jung Hong
Nicholas & Lence Communications
Tel: 212.938.0005

Equestrian Media Contact:
Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Lindsay Brock

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