Equine Events and Competitions

Kentucky Reining Cup

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 8:00am to Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 5:00pm
Event Description: 

The crown-jewel of the annual FEI Reining schedule, the $120,000 Kentucky Reining Cup is held in conjunction with the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and offers the world's most elite reining athletes and the industry's best reining horses an opportunity to shine before large, educated crowds of reining fans as well as international attention.

Hosted by: 
Equestrian Events, Inc.

Farmhouse Rodeo

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Event Description: 

Cowboy Up For A Cure, Inc. (CUFAC) is a non-profit organization that provides funding to benefit children with various forms of pediatric cancer. The Farmhouse Rodeo is a fundraiser on behalf of their charitable efforts.

Gates open at 6pm
Rodeo begins at 7:30pm

Hosted by: 
Cowboy Up for a Cure

Kentucky Spring Premier Classic Saddlebred Show

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 12:00pm to Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 8:00pm
Event Description: 

The show provides a laid-back atmosphere while allowing exhibitors a first class horse show in a beautiful setting. There is nothing more beautiful than Kentucky in the springtime and no place on earth is more spectacular than the Kentucky Horse Park.

Thursday April 9, 2015 – 2:00 PM
1.    Three Gaited Park Pleasure
2.    Open Road Horse
3.    Three Gaited Park
4.    Three Gaited Amateur Rider/Limit Horse
5.    Junior/Limit  Fine Harness Horse
6.    Three Gaited Three Year Old Park Pleasure
7.    Hackney Pony Open
8.    Limit Five Gaited Pleasure
9.    Denver Junior Three Gaited
10.    Amateur Three Gaited Park
11.    English Pleasure Hunter Seat Open Rider
13.    Amateur Three Gaited
14.    Five Gaited Show Pleasure
15.    Amateur Roadster Pony
16.    English Pleasure Saddle Seat Open Rider
17.    Five Gaited – Amateur Rider/Limit Horse
18.    ASB Western Country Pleasure
19.    UPHA Pleasure Challenge Cup – Rider 17 & Under
20.    Amateur Fine Harness
21.    Denver Junior Five Gaited
Thursday April 9, 2015 – 6:00 PM
Bluegrass Select Series
1SS   ASB Country Pleasure – Adult/Junior Exhibitor
2SS   Amateur Three Gaited
3SS   ASB Five Gaited Show Pleasure – Adult/Junior Exhibitor
4SS   ASB Three Gaited Show Pleasure – Adult/Junior Exhibitor
5SS   Amateur Five Gaited
Friday April 10, 2015 – 2:00
22.    Junior Three Gaited Park Horse
22A  Amateur Ladies Gaited
23.    Ladies Three Gaited
24.    Three Year Old Fine Harness
25.    ASHA Junior Exhibitor Driving Challenge Show Pleasure Driving
25A.  ASHA Junior Exhibitor Driving Challenge  Country Pleasure Driving
26.    Open Pleasure Driving
27.    Junior Three Gaited Park Pleasure Horse
28.    Harness Pony Open
29.    Roadster Horse Under Saddle
30.    ASB Country Pleasure Driving
31.    Saddle Seat Equitation-Adult rider
32.    Ladies Five Gaited
33.    Hackney Pony Pleasure Driving
34.    Three Gaited Park Limit Horse
35.    ASB Adult English Country Pleasure
36.    ASB Show Pleasure Driving
37.    Saddle & Bridle William Shatner Western Pleasure
38.    Amateur Five Gaited
39.    Three Year Old Three Gaited Park
40.    Five Gaited Show Pleasure Novice Horse
41.    Three Gaited Show Pleasure
42.    Five Gaited Limit Horse
Friday April 11, 2015 – 6:00 PM
42A. Lead Line-Western or English
43.    Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure
44.    Five Gaited Pony
44A.  Ladies Amateur Three Gaited 
45.    ASB Country Pleasure Novice Horse
46.    Junior Exhibitor Three Gaited Park
47.    Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure – Novice Rider
48.    Junior Exhibitor Road Pony
49.    Open Western Pleasure
50.    Junior Exhibitor Three Gaited
51.    Three Gaited Show Pleasure Novice Horse
52.    Junior Exhibitor Five Gaited rider 13 years and under
53.    Three Gaited Pony
54.    Five Gaited Country Pleasure
55.    Junior Exhibitor Three Gaited Show Pleasure
56.    Junior Five Gaited
57.    Junior Exhibitor Three Gaited Show Pleasure – Novice Rider
58.    Roadster To Bike - Amateur
59.    Junior Exhibitor Five Gaited rider 14 – 17 years of age
Saturday April 11, 2015 – 9:00 AM
A1   Academy Adult Pleasure Rider – Walk/Trot/Canter
A2   Academy Equitation Adult – Walk/Trot/Canter
A3   Academy Pleasure Rider 14-17 Walk/Trot/Canter
A4   Academy Equitation 14-17 Walk/Trot/Canter
A5   Academy Pleasure Rider 13 & under Walk/Trot/Canter
A6   Academy Equitation 13 & under Walk/Trot/Canter
A7   Academy Pleasure Rider Adult W/T
A8   Academy Equitation Adult W/T
A9   Academy Pleasure Rider 14-17 years old W/T
A10 Academy Equitation 14-17 years old W/T
A11 Academy Pleasure Rider 11-13 years old – W/T
A12 Academy Equitation 11-13 years old – W/T
A13 Academy Pleasure 9 & 10 years Old – W/T
A14 Academy Equitation 9 & 10 years Old – W/T
A15 Academy Pleasure Rider 8 years & under – W/T
A16 Academy Equitation 8 years & under – W/T
A17 Academy Horsemanship – On Lead 8 & Under W/T
 A18... Academy Pleasure – On Lead 8 & Under W/T
A19…  Academy Horsemanship – On Lead 6 & Under Walk Only
A20…  Academy Pleasure – On Lead 6 & Under Walk Only
A21... Academy Horsemanship – Rider 6 & Under Walk Only without Lead
A22…  Academy Horsemanship – Rider 6 & Under W/T Only without Lead
A23... Academy Reinsmanship – Driver any age

Saturday April 11, 2015 – 2:00 PM
60.    UPHA Challenge Cup Walk/Trot – Rider 10 years and Under
61.    Equitation Stake
62.    Five Gaited Show Pleasure Championship
63.    ASB Show Pleasure Driving Championship
64.    TBA
65.    Amateur/Junior Exhibitor Park Stake
66.    Three Gaited Stake
67.    English Pleasure Saddle Seat Championship
68.    Junior Exhibitor Five Gaited Stake
69.    ASB Country Pleasure Driving Championship
70.    Three Gaited Park Stake
71.    Roadster Pony Stake
72.    Adult Three Gaited Show Pleasure Championship
73.    English Pleasure Hunt Seat Championship
74.    Junior Exhibitor Three Gaited Stake
75.    ASB Five Gaited Country Pleasure Championship
76.    Amateur Five Gaited Stake
77.    ASB Western Country Pleasure Championship
78.    Junior Three Gaited Park Pleasure Horse Championship
79.    ASB Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure Championship
80.    Hackney Pony Pleasure Driving Championship
82.    Amateur Three Gaited Stake
83.    Fine Harness Stake
84.    ASB Junior Exhibitor Show Pleasure Championship
85.    Three Gaited Park Pleasure Stake
86.    ASB Adult Country Pleasure Championship
87.    Roadster To Bike Stake
88.    Five Gaited Stake

Hosted by: 
Kentucky Spring Premier Horse Show

Spring Bay Horse Trials

Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 8:00am to Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 5:00pm
Event Description: 

The Spring Bay Horse Trials are the first United States Equestrian Federation competition in the area for the new year for riders from novice to preliminary level and for horses that may be new to the sport of eventing as well.

Dressage and Stadium Jumping will be held on Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park. Approximately 250 horses have been entered to compete over the two days, with seven states and Canada represented in the registrations.

For more information, contact Mary Fike at 859/621-2479 or at hmf@iglou.com.

Included in Kentucky Horse Park general admission, horse-show only rate available

Main Visitor Parking Lot

Hosted by: 
Spring Bay Horse Trials

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 8:00am to Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 5:00pm
Event Description: 

A record 91 horses have been entered for this year's event that returns to Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, April 23-26, breaking last year's record of 82. The field includes 75 riders from nine countries including Australia, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden, The Netherlands and USA.

In addition to 2012 Olympic teammates Fox-Pitt and Phillips, the list of entries includes Michael Jung of Germany who won individual Gold medals at both the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park. All entries have their sights set on the Rolex title. This year's prize money has been increased to $300,000 - with $100,000 going to the winner along with a Rolex watch. This year's event is also an official selection trial for the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and will help determine which US event riders will be chosen to compete at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, next July.

British rider Zara Phillips, granddaughter of the Queen, will be making her debut appearance at "Rolex Kentucky", and has entered High Kingdom, the horse on whom she won a Team Silver medal for Great Britain at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and also at the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games in France. Joining her is her London teammate and four-time Olympian William Fox-Pitt, who has claimed the Rolex title three times previously (2014, 2012, 2010) and has three horses entered including Bay My Hero, the horse on whom he claimed victory with last year. Nicola Wilson, also a member of the 2012 British Olympic team, has two horses entered including her 2014 World Equestrian Games horse Annie Clover.

Although he competed at the Kentucky Horse Park during the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games, Michael Jung is another newcomer to Rolex Kentucky.  He has entered La Biosthetique - Sam FBW, the horse with whom he won double gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and also the World Championship title when the World Equestrian Games were held at the Kentucky Horse Park in 2010. 

U.S. rider Phillip Dutton, a five-time Olympian with two Gold medals to his name, will be looking to reclaim the Rolex Kentucky title that he won in 2008 with one of the three horses that he has entered. He heads a strong U.S. contingent that will be seeking to win the Rolex title for the U.S. for the first time since Dutton's win in 2008.

"Rolex Kentucky" is one of the world's most prestigious equestrian competitions, and is one of only six Four-Star Three-Day Events in the world and the only one in the Western Hemisphere. It is a part of the FEI Classics Series, which unites the top four-star international Eventing competitions from around the world, and also gives competitors a shot at the $350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, which is awarded to any rider who wins the Rolex Kentucky, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton and Land Rover Burghley Four-Star Events in succession.

The Dubarry of Ireland Nations Team Challenge will be featured again this year, awarding $20,000 in prize money while helping national teams prepare for the team competition at the Pan American Games this summer. The winning nation will be the nation with the fewest penalties after adding together the final scores of the three highest-placed individuals from that nation. The prize money will be split among the top four teams.

Held in conjunction with the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is the $120,000 Kentucky Reining Cup, the crown jewel of the annual FEI Reining schedule, which also features The Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship. The Championship will be an FEI-recognized CRI3* event held in two rounds over two days, April 24-25.  The Kentucky Reining Cup will also include the World Freestyle Championship which will award the title of "World Champion" in Freestyle Reining, as well as $20,000 prize money that will mark the largest purse for a Reining Freestyle anywhere in the world.

Known to fans as "The Best Weekend all Year," the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event offers  something for everyone:  the highest-level of equestrian competitors, tailgating, music, shopping, bourbon tastings, and, new this year, a 5K and a Commemorative Maker's Mark Bottle Fundraising Auction and Reception. Visitors also receive general admission to the Kentucky Horse Park, America's only theme park dedicated to horses.

Horses and Hope, a breast cancer initiative of the Office of Kentucky's First Lady and the Kentucky Cancer Program (KCP), has been named the Official Charity of the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by Land Rover and will be the recipient of the proceeds from the Maker's Mark Commemorative Bottle Auction and Reception. Tickets to this fundraising event are $200 per individual or $300 per couple. A voucher worth $100 will be included with each individual or couple ticket purchased. That voucher can be used during the bottle auction. Tickets will not be available at the door. Limit of one bottle per ticket.  Call (859) 254-8123 to order tickets.

Hosted by: 
Equestrian Events, Inc.

Paul Frazer Memorial Combined Test and Dressage Competition

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
Event Description: 

The Paul Frazer Memorial Combined Test and Dressage Competition will take place at the Kentucky Horse Park's Dressage Complex and Hunter Jumper Complex.

Hosted by: 

Road to the Horse

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
Event Description: 

Road to the Horse International 2015 celebrates the 12th anniversary of the world champion colt starting competition with the most extravagant competition yet in Lexington, Kentucky. Taking over the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena, March 26-29, 2015, Road to the Horse is an exclusive horsemanship experience that combines valuable education and thrilling entertainment.

Road to the Horse 2015 Line Up
Chris Cox
Jim Anderson from Canada
A Wild Card

It is known that a Wild Card will step up into the 2015 International competition, but will it be an American or a Canadian? One of seven Wild Cards will earn the right to go up against some of the best trainers from around the world to compete for the coveted title of World Champion Colt Starter. Who do you think it will be?

Hosted by: 
Ride the Remuda Productions

Snowball Series Mounted Games

Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 9:00am to Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 5:00pm
Event Description: 

The Snowball Series Mounted Games is a mounted games schooling competition. Competitors are able to compete beginner novice, novice, intermediate, masters, fossils, and green pony divisions. Rides will compete in teams, pairs, or a three-rider pony pair in the games. This event is part of the Snowball Series, riders can compete in all of the competitions and receive awards at the conclusion of the series. For more information on the Snowball Series Mounted Games please contact Linda Caddel at 859-621-2383 or lbcaddel@aol.com. Photo courtesy of Butch Housman.

Hosted by: 

The Kentucky After Christmas Sale

Friday, February 6, 2015 - 10:00am to Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 7:00pm
Event Description: 

The 2015 edition of The Kentucky After Christmas Sale will be the 30th consecutive year we have operated this outstanding sale. We take pride in being the first event of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry season. During the sale, we provide a large selection of the finest Tennessee Walking horses available. With many opportunities available to buy and sell, we are sure you will find exactly what you are looking for with our sale. Our sale is formatted to provide quality services to all the consignors and bidders.

Broodmares, pleasure, trail, plantation, two year olds, and show horses are all offered at this auction. Each year the final portion of the auction is reserved for our Spotlight edition. This is a group of show horses that have achieved exceptional success in the show ring. Over the years the Spotlight edition has offered many World Grand Champions and Reserve World Grand Champions. It provides a unique opportunity to purchase some of the most accomplished and capable horses in our industry.

The 2015 Kentucky After Christmas Sale will be Friday, February 6th and Saturday, February 7th.

Hosted by: 
Horse Sales, L.P. and The Kentucky After Christmas Sale, Inc.