The Kentucky Summer I Horse Show is a 5-day hunter/jumper show, and is the first part of the two part Kentucky Summer Horse Show 2014 series. This event draws local riders, international riders and even former Olympians. Headlining this year’s event are the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic (third event in the Hagyard Challenge Series), USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, ASPCA Maclay, $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix, and the USHJA National Hunter Derby. For more information, visit http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com or call 859-233-0492. Photo courtesy of Shawn McMillan.
Equine Events and Competitions
The Clayton Woosley Hall of Fame Reining Show is a 5-day reining show named after NRHA Hall of Famer Clayton Woosley. The show is put on by the Central Kentucky Reining Association. There will be AQHA, NRHA, and CKRHA classes available. Youth and rookie levels all the way to Open levels will be exhibited. For more information on the Clayton Woosley Hall of Fame Reining Show, visit http://ckrha.com/ or contact Kara Gray Frye at 859-333-2214 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Cathy Oyster at 859-887-0033 (email@example.com). Photo courtesy of James Shambhu.
The Pony Club Festival is a week-long celebration of all things Pony Club. More than 4,000 Pony Club members from across the country attend and it is held every 3 years. The Pony Club Festival serves the National Championship competition of the organization as well as an educational learning experience. Championship events include: Eventing, Dressage, Show Jumping, Polocrosse, Games, and Tetrathlon. The educational portion of the festival will conduct clinics for Pony Club members. A trade fair will also take place in the Alltech arena. For more information of the Pony Club Festival please visit http://www.ponyclub.org.
The North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) is the premier equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders, age 14-21. Young equestrians vie for team and individual FEI medals in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, eventing and the FEI World Equestrian Games disciplines of reining and endurance. The competition is run under rules of the FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale), the international governing body for equestrian sport, and is the only FEI championship held annually on this continent.
The 2014 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North (NAJYRC) will play host to 216 young athletes from Canada, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, and the United States across four disciplines. The riders have converged upon the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., for the competition running July 15-20. The NAJYRC festivities kicked off with the Golf Cart Parade to neighboring Spy Coast Farm, followed by the Opening Ceremonies and Exhibitor Party.
Four disciplines (a total of seven championships for Juniors and Young Riders) will take part in the only FEI Championship held annually in North America. The NAJYRC is the premier equestrian competition in North America for juniors and young riders, ages 14-21. This year, young equestrians have come to vie for Team and Individual FEI medals in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of jumping, dressage, eventing and the FEI World Equestrian Games disciplines of endurance. Unfortunately, due to insufficient entries, the North American Junior and Young Riders' Reining Championship was cancelled, but is anticipated to return in 2015.
This year is an exciting one for the NAJYRC, as 2014 marks its 40th anniversary. The Championships began in 1974 as an eventing challenge between the United States and Canada. A dressage championship was added in 1981, and jumping was added in 1982. The first complete Young Riders championship was held in British Columbia, Canada, in 1982. The Championships were expanded to officially include a championship division for juniors in 2006. The discipline of reining was added to the official schedule in 2008; endurance joined the championship for the first time in 2011. At the NAJYRC, athletes learn valuable information about international rules and regulations that will serve them well when they represent their country at senior-level events.
Returning individual medalists from the 2013 NAJYRC include:
Bebe Davis - Junior Freestyle Bronze medalist
Naima Moreira Laliberte - Junior Individual and Freestyle Silver medalist
Devon Wycoff - Young Rider Team and Individual Bronze medalist
Cassandra Roberts - Individual Gold medalist
Nicole Doolittle - Junior Individual Gold medalist
Eugenio Garza Perez - Junior Individual Gold medalist
The NAJYRC begins Thursday morning at 9am with the Junior and Young Rider Team Tests to open the competition in the USDF/Platinum Performance North American Junior and Young Riders' Dressage Championship. There are 74 riders who hope that their teams will claim a medal in the afternoon and hear their national anthem played, if they should end up atop the podium. On Friday, the Individual Tests are held, with the riders returning Saturday for their Freestyle Tests.
A total of 61 eventing competitors will begin their quest for a medal on Thursday morning, with the CCI1* riders performing their dressage test in the morning, followed by the CCI2* riders in the afternoon. The heart of the USEA North American Junior and Young Riders' Eventing Championship, the cross country phase, will take place Saturday across the rolling bluegrass landscape of the Kentucky Horse Park. The championship will culminate on Sunday with riders tackling the show jumping phase in the Rolex Arena.
The USHJA North American Junior and Young Riders' Show Jumping Championship will begin Thursday morning with 67 riders participating in the first individual qualifier. Competition continues Friday with two rounds for the team finals to determine the Team medalists. The riders will return Sunday morning to determine who claims Individual honors.
A field of 14 riders is set to race in the North American Young Riders' Endurance Championship on Friday morning. The competitors will set out at 6:30am across a 120 kilometer CEI4* course in hopes of finishing strongly and claiming Team and Individual medals.
Stay connected with all the action at the 2014 NAJYRC at http://usefconnect.com/najyrc.
To learn more about the Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North visit: http://youngriders.org/.
USEF Network presented by SmartPak will live stream the entirety of events taking place July 18-20 in Rolex Stadium. Visit www.usefnetwork.com to find out more and watch!
NAJYRC showcases the best young rider and junior horse/rider combinations in dressage, eventing, jumping, reining, and endurance. Young equestrians from across the continent will descend on the Kentucky Horse Park to vie for FEI medals at these Championships.
For sponsorship information visit www.youngriders.org/Sponsors.aspx.
The Champagne Run Horse Trials bring together horses and their riders from approximately 30 states to compete in a 3-day event competition. Introductory to intermediate levels will be on display. This spring event is very beneficial in the training process for green to advanced horses and riders. A trade fair will also be taking place on the grounds in conjunction with this event. For more information contact Maggie Wright at 859-621-2478. Photo courtesy of Phelps Photos.
The Mid-America Miniature Horse Club Mini Julep Cup is a miniature horse show is approved by the American Miniature Horse Association. Classes include halter, driving, and liberty. The show is sponsored by the Mid-America Miniature Horse Club, an AMHA American Miniature Horse Association and AMHR American Miniature Horse Registry affiliated club. The Mid-America Miniature Horse Club serves Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana. For more information on the Mid-America Miniature Horse Club Mini Julep Cup visit http://www.mamhc.org/index.htm, or call Tim Ballard 937-604-7397. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Munson.
The Robert Murphy Hunter Jumper Show is a 4-day hunter/jumper event. Around 250 horses are shown at this event annually. All ages and all levels of hunter and jumping competition will be on display at this event. For more information on the Robert Murphy Hunter Jumper Show please contact Marianne Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Munson.
The Carriage Association of America Carriage Festival is a 2-day driving event including a show, educational seminars, driving-at-will, and social activities. The show is a USEF-approved local competition. For more information visit www.caamonline.com, or contact Jill Ryder at (859) 231-0971.
The Silverama Region 14 Arabian Championship is a 5-day Arabian horse show event comprised of a youth show and the championship for the 14th Region of the Arabian Horse Show Association. The 14th region includes Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. The best Arabian horses in the region will be competing in a wide variety of classes, encompassing almost every discipline. For more information visit www.aha14.com or call Cindy Clinton at 937-962-4336.
The MidSouth Pony Club Rally and the MidSouth Horse Trials are Eventing competitions conducted by the MidSouth Pony Club organization. The Pony Club Rally is a regional Eventing competition and serves as the qualifier for the US Pony Club National Competition. A few hundred competitors are expected and they will compete in Dressage, Cross Country, and Show Jumping. The MidSouth Horse Trials is also an Eventing competition, and it is open to outside competitors. Vendors will also be on site for this competition. For more information, visit www.midsouthponyclub.org or contact Nancy Smith at 256-887-0033.