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 Bluegrass Classic Dog Shows are a 5-day dog show sponsored by the Lexington Kennel Club Inc., the Northern Kentucky Kennel Club Inc., and the Mid-Kentucky Kennel Club Inc. This show will include competition for more than 150 breeds, best-in-show competition, junior showmanship classes, and obedience and rally. AKC Owner-Handler Series, Canine Good Citizen Test, and a Meet the Breeds event will also take place Saturday and Sunday, plus a 4-H Dog Club Musical Program on Saturday. Dock Diving will be featured this year, as well.
Judging Starts: Wednesday at 9:00 am; Thursday at 9 am; Friday - Sunday at 8:00 am. Conformation rings are on the main arena floor and on the concourse. Toy and Non-Sporting Breeds will be judged upstairs in the Exhibition Hall. Each ring will have a post listing the breeds and times being judged in that ring on that day. A complete list of breeds ring times will be available at the show and posted on this website once entries are confirmed, usually a week before competition begins.
The Bluegrass Festival Horse Show is a 6-day hunter/jumper show, and is a part of the Kentucky Horse Show 2015 series. This event draws local riders, international riders and even former Olympians. Headlining this year’s event are the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic (fifth event in the Hagyard Challenge Series), USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix and the USHJA National Hunter Derby. For more information, visit http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com or call 859-233-0492. Photo courtesy of Lesley Ward.
Bluegrass Festival Horse Show, August 11-16 (A World Championship Hunter Rider Event)
USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship – Round 1 - August 14, 3:30 pm, Rolex Stadium
USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship – Derby Challenge - August 15, 3 pm, Rolex Stadium
USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship – Finals - August 15, 6:30 pm, Rolex Stadium
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby – August 16, 8 am (approx.), Alltech Arena
$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic – August 14, 6:30 pm, Rolex Stadium
$40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix, sponsored by Audi of Lexington – August 16. 2:30 pm, Rolex Stadium
The Diamond Rings & Pretty Things Bridal Show is a bridal show that showcases local vendors to soon-to-be brides. Photographers, bridal salons, and wedding planners are just a few types of vendors that will be at the show. The show is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is available for a quicker check in process at the event. For more information on the Diamond Rings & Pretty Things Bridal Show please go to http://lexingtonbridalshows.com/.
The USEF Pony Finals is a 6-day Hunter/Jumper Championship event. The US Regular Hunter Pony Championship, the US Green Hunter Pony Championship, and the US National Pony Jumper Championship will all take place during this event. Ponies in each of the events will be put into classes based on their size (small, medium, and large). Aside from the competition, there will also be clinics during this event that are free and open to the public. For more information on the USEF pony finals please visit https://www.usef.org/_IFrames/breedsdisciplines/discipline/pony/ponyFina.... Photo courtesy of Shawn McMillan.
The American Red Cross Disaster Blaster Relief Fundraiser is an annual charity event benefiting the Bluegrass chapter of the American Red Cross. This casual event includes dinner and drinks as well as live and silent auctions. Live music will be provided. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Red Cross at: 859-253-1331. For more information on the American Red Cross Disaster Blaster Relief Fundraiser visit www.redcross.org/bluegrass.
The Clayton Woosley Hall of Fame Reining Show is a reining show named after NRHA Hall of Famer Clayton Woosley. The show is put on by the Central Kentucky Reining Association and is included with general Kentucky Horse Park admission. (No additional ticket is necessary.) The show should start at 7:30 Thursday through Sunday and it will last well into the evening. In addition, the show will feature a variety of vendors selling horse-related products.
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://www.krha.info/ or contact Cathy Oyster at 859-887-0033 (email@example.com). Photo courtesy of James Shambhu.
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, or call Tim Ballard 937-604-7397. 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.
The show takes place in the Alltech Arena on Friday day time (9am-5pm) and Saturday day and evening (9am-9pm). Sunday morning, there will be a drive through the park, on to Walnut Hall Farm, through the campground and back to the stables. The show is scheduled to end at 11 am on Sunday.
The Lexington Rodeo is a PRCA ProRodeo event.
The Pro Rodeo events are:
Tie Down Roping