Mason Phelps, the show's president and CEO, told the Lexington Herald-Leader that a contract with the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington should be signed in the next few weeks.
Horse Park Director John Nicholson said the show will be held at the Alltech Arena, the park's new $40 million indoor complex. Nicholson says the move confirmed that Kentucky is a center for sport horses and helps justify the millions of dollars spent to upgrade the park before the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games last fall.
The National Horse Show started in the 1880s at Madison Square Garden in New York City, but most recently has been held in Syracuse, N.Y.
The show won't be on the same scale as the World Equestrian Games, but Nicholson said he expects several thousand people to participate and thousands more to attend.
It left Madison Square Garden due to financial issues and for the…