The National Drive is a 6-day event devoted to recreational equine driving. This event is the largest gathering of recreational equine drivers in North America. Highlighting the event is a series of clinics, demonstrations and private driving lessons featuring some of the nation’s most prominent clinicians and driving experts. Participants are able to drive their horses throughout the park from dawn until dusk. For more information on the National Drive please visit http://www.nationaldrive.net or call Mike Lyon at (931) 492-0154.
Equine Events and Competitions
The Kentucky Classic Combined Driving Event is a 4-day event. This year’s event will feature preliminary, intermediate, and advanced level divisions. The advanced-level competition is an FEI-level two-star (CAI**) event. The 2015 USEF National Championships for single, pair, and four-in-hand ponies will be taking place as well as the 2015 USEF National Pair Horse Championship. The event will also feature the Kentucky Classic Preliminary and Intermediate Championships. For more information on the Kentucky Classic Combined Driving Event please visit http://kentuckyclassiccde.com/ or call Kate Waley at (859) 987-3589.
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The Kentucky Fall Classic Horse Show is a 3-day show for saddle/gaited horses. Classes that will be taking place include harness, pleasure, roadster, equitation, and breed-specific classes. The show is sponsored by United Professional Horseman's Association Chapter 9 and is used as their annual fundraiser. The show also annually benefits the Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital. For more information on this event please go to www.kentuckyfallclassic.com or call Chuck Walker at (859) 333-1406. Picture courtesy of www.kentuckyfallclassic.com.
The Jump Start Horse Trials is a 3-day-eventing competition. Riders will compete in Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping. This event features levels that are recognized by the United States Eventing Association, and/or the United States Equestrian Federation. All levels are sanctioned by the MidSouth Eventing and Dressage Association. All proceeds from the event benefit the Keeneland Pony Club. For more information on the Jump Start Horse Trials please visit http://www.keenelandponyclub.org, or call 859.244.3411. Photo courtesy of Mary Fike.
The Paso Fino Grand National Championship Show & Expo is a 6-day event dedicated to the Paso Fino breed. Confirmation, pleasure, and performance classes will be a part of the show schedule. There will also be special contesting events and a trade show. For more information the Paso Fino Grand National Championship Show & Expo please go to http://www.pfha.org or call 859-825-6000.
The Kentucky Horse Park and the Lexington Mounted Police Unit host the annual Civilian Sensory Clinic at the Kentucky Horse Park. National and International instructors are brought in to train both police and civilians in various types of training to include equitation, jumping, crowd control and sensory techniques. This event brings together people and horses from all around the country to learn new techniques, share ideas, and train their amazing horses.Training is always conducted in a controlled environment geared to improving the confidence of both the horse and rider.
The Kentucky Horse Park and the Lexington Mounted Police Unit host the annual Mounted Police Colloquium at the Kentucky Horse Park. National and International instructors are brought in to train both police and civilians in various types of training to include equitation, jumping, crowd control and sensory techniques. This event brings together people and horses from all around the country to learn new techniques, share ideas, and train their amazing horses.Training is always conducted in a controlled environment geared to improving the confidence of both the horse and rider.
The Kentucky National Hunter Jumper Show is a 5-day event showcasing some of the best Hunter/Jumper competitions in the country. Headlining classes include the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute “The Betsy” Grand Prix, Prix de Lexington, Show Jumping Hall of Fame Classes, The Midwest NHS/ASPCA Maclay Regional Equitation Championship, $45,000 Midwest Young Jumper Championships, $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, $5,000 USHJA/Hallway Feeds National Hunter Derby Series Finale, Take2 Hunter and Jumper divisions, and the Huntfield Derby. For more information on the Kentucky National Hunter Jumper Show please go to http://www.thekentuckynational.com or call Suzanne Mayo at 615-838-7560. Photo courtesy of Shawn McMillan.
The Horses and Hope Trail Ride is an event benefitting the Horses and Hope charity which works with Kentucky’s equine industry to provide awareness, early detection through screening and treatment referral to women in the equine industry. For more information on the Horses and Hope Trail Ride please visit http://www.horsesandhope.org/. Photo courtesy of Samantha L. Clarke.
The New Vocations horse show will take place in the Walnut Ring and Rolex Stadium.