Salamander Hotels & Resorts Joins CP National Horse Show as Sponsor of Open Jumper Accumulator

By Mason Phelps for Phelps Media Group


Lexington, KY – August 5, 2015 – The 2016 CPNational Horse Show announced today that  luxury hotel management company Salamander Hotels & Resorts will sponsor the Salamander Hotels & Resorts $35,000 Accumulator Costume Class, to be held on Friday, October 30, during this year’s show. The CP National Horse Show returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, on October 27th through November 1st, 2015.

Also, this class will be conducted as the crowd favorite costume class and in addition, the venerable Whitney Stone Trophy will be awarded to the winner of this event.

In 2013, after a decade of unfailing persistence, Salamander Founder & CEO Sheila C. Johnson realized a vision by opening of the equestrian-inspired Salamander Resort & Spa Located in historic Middleburg, VA, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and only one hour from Washington, D.C., it has already been acclaimed as one of the finest new resorts in the world and lauded by numerous media outlets.


Dr. Sheila Johnson

Located on 340 acres, the resort features 168 luxurious, spacious rooms and suites, and an exquisite foot spa with one-of-a-kind features like outdoor treatment terraces and a spa courtyard. It also features a spectacular full-service equestrian center with a 22-stall stable, riding arena, nine paddocks and a vast array of programming that utilizes the miles of on-property trails.

“We are thrilled to welcome Salamander Hotels & Resorts and Sheila Johnson to our wonderful family of sponsors,” said Mason Phelps, Jr. the President of the National Horse Show Foundation. “Always an unmatched name in our industry, whether as competitors or supporters and sponsors, the name Salamander is synonymous with first class. I am so glad they are with us this year as the CP National Horse continues to grow and thrive in Lexington.”


The beautiful Grand Lawn at sunset at the Salamander Resort and Spa

“We are honored to sponsor and support this year’s CP National Horse Show,” said Johnson. “It is one of the nation’s most respected shows and our involvement perfectly complements Salamander’s objective to increase our exposure within the equestrian community.”

The Middleburg resort is just part of Johnson’s growing Salamander portfolio. In addition, Salamander operates three existing golf and family resorts across the state of Florida. In the Sunshine State, the collection includes Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay, where Jordan Spieth won at the Valspar Championship in March. In November, Innisbrook’s highly acclaimed Copperhead Course, a PGA TOUR site for over two decades, will re-open after a six-month restorative enhancement. The Salamander Collection also features Reunion Resort in Orlando (with courses by Palmer, Watson and Nicklaus), and Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast (courses by Nicklaus and Watson). A fourth Salamander Florida resort, Henderson Beach Resort in Destin, is scheduled to open in summer 2016.


Salamander’s fourth Florida resort, Henderson Beach Resort in Destin, is scheduled to open in summer 2016


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