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.
Equine Events and Competitions
The Bluegrass Classic is a 5-day Quarter Horse Show. This event is AQHA, NSBA & KyQHA approved. A wide variety of classes will take place during this event, from Halter classes to English and Western Pleasure classes to Jumping and Contesting classes, almost every discipline will be represented. For more information visit http://www.kyqha.com/pages/shows, or contact Lon & Cathy Oyster at (859) 887-0033.
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The Country Heir II Hunter Jumper Show is a 5-day hunter/jumper show, and is the second part of a 2-part show series conducted by Country Heir. This is a USEF- sanctioned event. The headlining classes include the $10,000 Half-Million Jumper Classic, $25,000 Grand Prix, $60,000 Country Heir II Grand Prix, $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic, and the $10,000 Children’s/Adult Jumper Grand Prix. For more information, visit http://www.countryheir.com or call Frankie Stark at (513)-875-3318.
Photo courtesy of Lesley Ward
Riders are permitted to bring their horses to school on the Kentucky Horse Park’s renowned cross country course. For a $35 fee, riders are allowed on the course for 4 hours. All proceeds go to the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation which maintains and improves the competition facilities. The session hours are 8am-12:00 pm and 12:30pm-4:30pm. Visit http://www.khpfoundation.org for more information, or call 859-255-5727.
The Country Heir I Hunter Jumper Show is a 5-day hunter/jumper show, and is the first part of a 2-part show series conducted by Country Heir. This is a USEF-sanctioned event. The headlining classes include the $10,000 Welcome Prix, $50,000 George Hennessy Grand Prix, $8,000 Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic, and the $10,000 Children’s/Adult Jumper Grand Prix. For more information, visit http://www.countryheir.com or call Frankie Stark at (513)-875-3318.
Photo courtesy of Lesley Ward
Join us June 3-7 for the world's largest showcase of the Egyptian Arabian horse! General show seating and non-ticketed activities are free with Kentucky Horse Park admission.
Held annually at here at The Kentucky Horse Park, The Egyptian Event boasts world-class halter and performance competition, superb shopping, expert-led seminars, live and silent fund raiser auctions, and fun social activities for all ages! Come feel the desert wind blowing across the heart of horse country ... "it's more than just a horse show, it's an EVENT!"
There are daily spectator focused events which are free with park admission. Spectators have the opportunity to meet the competitors, shop the trade fair, watch stallion auctions and much more! For more information, visit http://pyramidsociety.org/egyptian-event.
The Spring Fling driving event is an opportunity for drivers to bring their horses to the Kentucky Horse Park to practice driving for the upcoming show or recreational season as well as get to opportunity to drive their horses on the beautiful park grounds. Driving is the sport of horses pulling carriages, within driving there are many disciplines ranging from combined driving to wagon pulling. This event is open to all disciplines and drivers; novice to advanced. Joanna Wilburn will give private lessons and give free group lessons to the participants throughout the long weekend.
The Kentucky High School Rodeo Association and the Kentucky Junior High School Rodeo Association join together for the Kentucky Invitational High School Rodeo. The events taking place during this rodeo are Bareback Bronc Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, Tie-Down Calf Roping, Bull Riding, Breakaway Calf Roping, Goat Tying, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, and Ribbon Roping. Participants from Indiana and West Virginia will also be competing against the Kentucky competitors. This rodeo serves as the last qualifying rodeo for the high school participants before the state finals, and it is the state finals for junior high school participants. For more information go to http://www.kyhsra.com or call 270-389-0631. All proceeds go to support the Kentucky High School Rodeo Association.
May 24-2:00pm & 7:30pm
Children 5 & Under: Free
The MayDaze Horse Trials bring together more than 500 horses and their riders from approximately 20 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 Samantha L. Clark