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Southern Lights - Presented by the KHP Foundation

Dates: 
Friday, November 18, 2016 - 5:30pm to Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 10:00pm
Event Description: 

The 23rd Annual Southern Lights holiday festival will return to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, November 18 to December 31, 2016. The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation presents Southern Lights annually, a greatly anticipated holiday tradition for families all across Kentucky, in support of the programs, activities and facilities of the Kentucky Horse Park.

From 5:30 until 10:00 pm each evening, visitors will be awed by the dazzling display of majestic lights. The drive will begin at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground, and will proceed through an enhanced dreamland of dazzling lighted and often animated figures. While many displays represent the holiday season, favorites are customized to represent the Bluegrass state.

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Event Category: 
Hosted by: 
KHP Foundation
Phone: 
859-255-5727

Spring Fling Carriage Drive

Dates: 
Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 9:00am to Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 7:00pm
Event Description: 

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 offer private lessons (and FREE group clinics for everyone) throughout the long weekend giving everyone the opportunity to learn from this accomplished clinician without charge. The private lessons will be paid directly to the clinician at the time of the clinic.

2016 Spring  Fling
Registration: (Children 12 or under are free)
4 days / 3 nights:   $95
Stabling: $40 per stall or tack room 

Spring Fling 2016 Reservation/Release Form
(Please click on the link above to download the forms to your computer and print)

Location: 
Hosted by: 
Mike Lyon
Phone: 
931-492-0154

33rd Annual Fayette County Farm Bureau Farm Equipment Consignment Auction

Dates: 
Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Event Description: 

Open to the public! Donated Items! Please bring any usable item to the auction (no junk). All items will be auctioned off with 100% of the proceeds going to the Fayette County Farm Bureau Education Foundation. Tax ID number will be available. All types of farm equipment and lawn & garden equipment will be on hand. Equipment accepted on Thursday, March 10th & Friday, March 11th- 9:00-5:00 p.m. (No equipment will be accepted the day of the sale.) No Fuel Tanks, Tobacco Sticks, Float Trays, Camper Tops or Junk. Auctioneer Has The Right To Refuse Any Item. No Trucks, Trailers, Boats or ATV’s will be accepted without proper titles.

Location:
Kentucky Horse Park Main Entrance (4089 IRON WORKS PIKE, LEXINGTON, KY)
Man o’ War Parking Lot
Exit 120, I-75, at Iron Works Pike
$5.00 Parking Fee

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Event Category: 
Hosted by: 
Fayette County Farm Bureau
Phone: 
859.253.0023

No Fireworks Scheduled

Dates: 
Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 9:00pm
Event Description: 

The Kentucky Horse Park will NOT have fireworks anywhere on the park on Thursday, July 9.  This was mentioned in error in a press release by the Lexington Fire Department listing activities for the 4th of July.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Event Category: 
Phone: 
859-259-4200

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

Dates: 
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 8:00am to Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 6:00pm
Event Description: 

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event returns to Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, April 28-May 1. The field includes dozens of riders from countries all over the world.

HELPFUL PARKING TIP for Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event patrons with PINK parking permits - Due to heavy traffic and limited access from Iron Works Pike (no left turn into “Pink Parking Location”), we suggest pink parking permit holders follow Newtown Pike (KY922) to Iron Works and then westbound to the Kentucky Horse Park, then follow the signs to turn right into the “Pink Parking Location." Have a great event!

"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.

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 more. Visitors also receive general admission to the Kentucky Horse Park, America's only theme park dedicated to horses.

Rolex Kentucky hosts many of the world’s best horses and riders each year as they compete for their share of the $350,000 in prize money. Riders also have a chance at winning 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.

A 2016 Olympic trial, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is one of the most prestigious equestrian competitions in the world. The Fédération Equestre Internationale (International Equestrian Federation – FEI), the world’s governing body of equestrian sports, has designated the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event as a “Four Star” eventing competition, the sport’s highest designation, which is given only to the Olympic Games, World Championships, and six annual events around the world.

Ticket sales for 2016 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event opened in November and have maintained a record-breaking pace. Ticket options include four-day, three-day, and single-day general admission as well as group rates and reserved grandstand seating. Ground admission tickets include parking, admission to the grounds, International Trade Fair and the Kentucky Horse Park. To watch the competition in the Rolex Stadium, a reserve stadium seat in addition to the Grounds Admission ticket needs to be purchased.

Call (859) 254-8123 to order tickets.

Wednesday, April 27
1 p.m.   Cross-Country Course Open to the Public
2 p.m.   First Horse Inspection — High Hope Inspection Lane
4–5:30 p.m.   Competitor Arena Familiarization — Rolex Stadium

Thursday, April 28 
7 a.m.   Gates Open
8 a.m.–5 p.m.   Hospitality Tents Open (Hospitality Ticket Required)
9 a.m.–5 p.m.   Sponsor Village & Trade Fair Open
8 a.m.   Dressage Test Ride — Rolex Stadium
8:30 a.m.–Noon   Dressage Tests Begin — Rolex Stadium
Noon–3 p.m.   Maker’s Mark Tastings
12:45–3 p.m.   Demonstrations and Exhibitions:

12:45 p.m.   Keeneland Pony Club Quadrille — Walnut Ring
1 p.m.    Friesian Horse Association of North America — Walnut Ring
1:30 p.m.    Miniature Horse Equine Ambassador — Walnut Ring
2 p.m.    Elisa Wallace – Mustang Horse — Walnut Ring
2:30 p.m.    KWPN – North America (Dutch Warmblood) — Walnut Ring
3 p.m.    Irish Gypsy Cob — Walnut Ring

1:30–4:00 p.m.   Dressage Tests Continue — Rolex Stadium
4:30–6 p.m.   Arena Familiarization — Rolex Stadium

Friday, April 29 
7 a.m. Gates Open
8 a.m.–5 p.m.   Hospitality Tents Open (Hospitality Ticket Required)
9 a.m.–5 p.m.   Sponsor Village & Trade Fair Open
89:30 a.m.–Noon   Dressage Tests Resume — Rolex Stadium
9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.   Demonstrations and Exhibitions:

9:30 a.m.    Unbridled Vauting Club — Walnut Ring
10:15 a.m.   Keeneland Pony Club Quadrille — Walnut Ring
10:30 a.m.   Kentucky Horse Park/Lexington Fayette Urban County Gov’t Mounted Police — Walnut Ring
11 a.m.   Paso Fino Horse Association — Walnut Ring
11:30 a.m.   Elisa Wallace – Mustang Horse — Walnut Ring
12:30 p.m.   Prince Philip Cup Games – Celebrity Round  — Walnut Ring
1 p.m.    Prince Philip Cup Games – Round 1 — Walnut Ring
2:30 p.m.    Irish Gypsy Cob — Walnut Ring
3 p.m.    Friesian Horse Association of North America — Walnut Ring
3:30 p.m.    Miniature Horse Equine Ambassador — Walnut Ring
4 p.m.    Thoroughbred Makeover Preview — Walnut Ring

Noon–3 p.m.   Maker’s Mark Tastings
1:30–4:00 p.m.   Dressage Tests Continue
6 p.m.   RK-5K Twilight Race (Register to walk/run here.)

Saturday, April 30
7 a.m.   Gates Open (including Land Rover Tailgating)
8 a.m.–5 p.m.   Hospitality Tents Open (Hospitality Ticket Required)
9 a.m.–5 p.m.   Sponsor Village & Trade Fair Open
10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.   Cross-Country Test (Horses start every 4 minutes. There will not be a 1½ hour lunch break.)
8:30 a.m.–2:45 p.m.   Demonstrations and Exhibitions:

8:30 a.m.    Prince Philip Cup Games – Round 2 — Rolex Arena
9:30 a.m.    Irish Gypsy Cob — Walnut Ring
10:15 a.m.   Keeneland Pony Club Quadrille — Walnut Ring
10:30 a.m.   Thoroughbred Makeover Preview— Walnut Ring
11:30 a.m.   Friesian Horse Association of North America — Walnut Ring
12:30 p.m.   Combined Driving Demonstration — Walnut Ring
1:15 p.m.    Paso Fino Horse Association — Walnut Ring
1:45 p.m.    Unbridled Vaulting Club — Walnut Ring
2:15 p.m.    Miniature Horse Equine Ambassador — Walnut Ring
2:45 p.m.    KWPN – North America (Dutch Warmblood) — Walnut Ring

Noon–3 p.m.   Maker’s Mark Tastings
6 p.m.   Concert: Hunter Hayes and Friends – Alltech Arena (doors open at 4:30; buy tickets here.)

Sunday, May 1
7 a.m.   Gates Open
7:30 a.m.   Non-Denominational Worship Service — Pavilion between Stonelea/Claiborne Rings
8 a.m.–3 p.m.   Hospitality Tents Open (Hospitality Ticket Required)
8:30 a.m.   Second Inspection of Horses — High Hope Inspection Lane
9 a.m.–4 p.m.   Sponsor Village & Trade Fair Open
10:15 a.m.   Jumping Course Open for Competitor Inspection — Rolex Stadium
11:30 a.m.   Presentation of the Teams of the USPC Prince Philip Cup — Rolex Stadium
Noon–3 p.m.   Maker’s Mark Tastings
Noon   Opening Ceremony & Presentation of Officials and Flags — Rolex Stadium
1 p.m.   Jumping Test Begins — Rolex Stadium
3 p.m.   Presentation of the Awards — Rolex Stadium

Location: 
Hosted by: 
Equestrian Events, Inc.
Phone: 
859.254.8123

Southern Lights Military Night

Dates: 
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Event Description: 

All active duty and veteran military that show proper military ID will receive free admission for one personal vehicle to Southern Lights.

Location: 
Event Category: 
Hosted by: 
Kentucky Horse Park Foundation
Phone: 
859-255-5727

Southern Lights - Presented by the KHP Foundation

Dates: 
Friday, November 20, 2015 - 5:30pm to Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 10:00pm
Event Description: 

A family tradition in Kentucky, the Southern Lights holiday festival, presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky Inc., returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Nov. 20-Dec. 31. More than 125,000 individuals in more than 30,000 vehicles attend Southern Lights annually from Kentucky and beyond, making Southern Lights a premier holiday event in the region and nation.

With all the family-friendly activities offered, Southern Lights has grown into a well-known Bluegrass tradition over the last 22 years. Kids of all ages delight in the holiday driving tour. Visitors take in the “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” Keeneland race track, the spires of Churchill Downs and a wide variety of holiday, equine-themed and pop culture iconic displays, comprising thousands of twinkling lights.

Following the driving tour, families are encouraged to park their vehicles and walk into the park’s main campus to visit the Holiday Festival attractions. This non-driving portion of Southern Lights features the Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop, holiday craft merchants, seasonal entertainment, an exotic petting zoo, pony and camel rides, the Mini Train Express, model train and dollhouse displays, and photos with Santa. The Bit & Bridle Restaurant will be serving holiday fare as will other food vendors, including Papa John’s, Original Kettle Corn, High Horizons Coffee, and Bluegrass Concessions.

The Southern Lights driving route is open 5:30-10 p.m. nightly. The Holiday Festival attractions will be open every night except Nov. 26 and Dec. 24-31. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of shorter lines and lower prices by visiting Southern Lights Monday through Thursday evenings this year. 

The cost per passenger car (up to 7 passengers) is $15 Monday through Thursday evenings, and $25 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The cost for an extended van, RV or limousine (up to 15 passengers) is $35, a minibus (up to 25 passengers) is $60, a school bus is $75 and a motorcoach is $125. Companies and organizations may pre-purchase discounted admission tickets to Southern Lights by contacting the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. No discounts will be available at the admission gate.

All proceeds from Southern Lights support the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. The 2015 Southern Lights Shining Star Presenting Sponsor is Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky Inc.; the Holly & Ivy Sponsor is Kerr Brothers Funeral Homes; the Ribbons & Bows Sponsors are Central Bank, Kentucky Utilities and Outdoor Lighting Perspectives; and the Thirsty Thursday Sponsor is Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated.

Breyer Nights, with giveaways by Breyer Model Horses, will be Monday-Thursday, Nov. 30-Dec. 3; Toyota Night at Southern Lights will be Wednesday, Dec. 9; Military Night will be Wednesday, Dec. 16, allowing all active and retired military and their families one free car admission by showing a military I.D. at the gate; and Thirsty Thursdays, with giveaways from the Coca Cola Bottling Company, will be every Thursday night during Southern Lights.

Information on Southern Lights may be obtained by contacting the KHP Foundation at 859- 255-5727 or at foundation@khpfoundation.org.

Editor’s Note:  Some electronic map services available on Apple and Android mobile and auto GPS devices are not providing accurate directions to the Kentucky Horse Park. We recommend that guests input directions to the KHP Campground, the entrance to Southern Lights, at 3785 Campground Road, Lexington, KY 40511.  Additionally, we recommend that visitors use home computers to access a mapping service for directions, use the directions provided on the KHP website, www.kyhorsepark.com (available in the widget on the right-hand side under Address or at http://www.kyhorsepark.com/visit/plan-trip/directions), follow the brown highway signs or call ahead to double-check their route.

Insider Tip: Out-of-town visitors should use Interstate 75, Exit 115 (Newtown Pike) instead of Exit 120 (Iron Works Pike) to access the Southern Lights entrance at the KHP Campground from the east to help avoid congestion from the interstate to the west and a left-hand turn across traffic into the park.

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Event Category: 
Hosted by: 
KHP Foundation
Phone: 
859-255-5727

The National Drive

Dates: 
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 8:00am to Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 5:00pm
Event Description: 

The National Drive is a 6-day event devoted to recreational equine driving. This event is the largest gathering of recreational equine drivers in North America. Highlighting the event is a series of clinics, demonstrations and private driving lessons featuring some of the nation’s most prominent clinicians and driving experts. Participants are able to drive their horses throughout the park from dawn until dusk. For more information on the National Drive please visit http://www.nationaldrive.net or call Mike Lyon at (931) 492-0154.

Location: 
Hosted by: 
The National Drive
Phone: 
(931) 492-0154

Spring Fling Carriage Drive

Dates: 
Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 9:00am to Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 7:00pm
Event Description: 

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. 

Location: 
Hosted by: 
Mike Lyon
Phone: 
931-492-0154

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

Dates: 
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.

Location: 
Hosted by: 
Equestrian Events, Inc.
Phone: 
859.254.8123