The National Horse Show made its first of many moves in this
year. The historic competition had been held in New York City’s Madison Square
Garden for 105 years, but due to financial constraints, the 1989 show was moved
to the Meadowlands arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. This was not the
show’s final goodbye to Manhattan as it did return to the Garden for a few
years at the turn of the century, but it was the beginning of a few decades of
uncertainty for the show’s location.
- On December 1, 1989, a new rule went into effect for
American Horse Shows Association (AHSA) competitors. New restrictions were
placed on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Bute, bringing the
AHSA’s drugs and medications rules in line with those that had recently been
adopted by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI). Like so many horse
industry issues, the NSAID rules are still a hot topic today.