The United States Dressage Finals is the national championship competition for the United States Dressage Federation. The US Dressage Finals will be split into Open and Amateur divisions. Each division will hold classes from Training Level to Grand Prix Freestyle. A non-championship competition will also take place, USDF Dressage in the Bluegrass which will be a qualifying competition for The 2015 Great American/USDF Regional Championships and USDF/Dover Adult Amateur Medal Program. The USDF Dressage in the Bluegrass will have USEF and FEI classes with Training Level to Grand Prix Level exhibited. General admission is free, and VIP seating may be purchased on-site. For more information on the United States Dressage Finals please call the United States Dressage Federation at 859-971-2277, or go to www.usdf.org.
The National Horse Show is a 5-day hunter/jumper event. The event will feature a full array of hunter divisions, Junior & Amateur Owner Jumpers, the top Open Jumpers from the USA and around the world, and the Maclay National Championship. The National Horse Show in is consistently ranked as one of the top shows in the United States by the North American Riders Group (NARG) and last year was voted Horse Show of the Year by the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame. For more information on the National Horse Show please visit https://www.nhs.org or call (561) 753-3389.
Tuesday: 8am start - last class starts at 5pm
Wednesday: 7am start - last class starts at 7:35pm
Thursday: 7am start - last afternoon class starts at 5:50pm / opening ceremonies start at 7pm / last evening class starts at 9pm
Friday: 7am start / last afternoon class starts at 4:40pm / opening ceremonies start at 7pm / last evening class starts at 8pm
Please note trick-or-treating will not be held at the Alltech Arena this year, as the contributing sponsor from previous years is no longer participating.
Saturday: 5:30am start / last afternoon class starts at 4:15pm / opening ceremonies start at 7pm / NHS Grand Prix starts at 7:30pm
*Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour!*
Sunday: 7am start - 4pm awards ceremony
The Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse Association Championships is a 4-day event showcasing the best of the Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse breed. Horses will be shown in halter, pleasure, trail, driving, and costume classes. More than 300 horses are shown at this event annually. A silent and live auction will also take place during the event. For more information on the Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse Association Championships please go to http://www.kmsha.com/index.htm or call (859) 225-5674. Photo courtesy of Deep Meadow Farm.
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 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 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 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.