Synchronized swimming has some serious competition from horses. The 4th Annual “Bluegrass Blast” Open Drill Team Competition and 2013 4-H Nationals is this Saturday, December 7, at the KHP’s Alltech Arena.
Saturday’s drill team competition is all business, starting at 9 am, for multi-state teams from Youth Novice all the way to Adult with specialty divisions for Theatrical Theme, Gaited and Rodeo. 4-H Teams compete after their individual state competitions. Check out yet another unique equine sport!
For more information about the Bluegrass Blast, contact Karen Smith at (931)445-5211 or find them on Facebook under Bluegrass Blast Drill Team Competition & 4-H Nationals.
Date & Time:Saturday, December 7, 2013 – 9:00 am – 8:00 pm (or earlier depending on registrations)
Schedule:8:00 am – Check-in/coaches and judges meeting9:00 am – 4-H Nationals drill competition starts10:30 am – 4-H Awards ceremony 11:00 am – Open Drill Team Competition starts 8:00 pm – Open Awards Ceremony
Admission:Included in Kentucky Horse Park general admission, horse show-only rate available
Location & Parking:Alltech Arena
More than 1,700 high school students from approximately 220 schools across Kentucky will compete in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s (KHSAA) State Cross Country Championships this Saturday, November 9, at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Students have competed in track meets all year to qualify for this final challenge on the beautiful fields and trails throughout the park. Six races will be held throughout the day, with the first race going off at 9:15 am.
Dogs are not allowed at the KHSAA State Cross Country Championships. Please leave your four-legged friends at home. General admission is $10.00 and admission is free for kids 10 and under. Come out to enjoy a beautiful fall weekend at the park and cheer on these deserving students!
For more information about the KHSAA Cross Country State Championships, call 859-299-5472, or visit http://khsaa.org/sports/fall/cross-country.
Date:Saturday, November 9, 2013
Class Time Schedule:9:15 am First call: Class 1A Boys 9:25 am Final call: Class 1A Boys9:30 am Start: Class 1A Boys
10:00 am First call: Class 1A Girls 10:10 am Final call: Class 1A Girls10:15 am Start: Class 1A Girls
11:15 am First call: Class 2A Boys 11:25 am Final call: Class 2A Boys11:30 am Start: Class 2A Boys
12:00 pm First call: Class 2A Girls 12:10 pm Final call: Class 2A Girls12:15 pm Start: Class 2A Girls
1:15 pm First call: Class 3A Boys 1:25 pm Final call: Class 3A Boys1:30 pm Start: Class 3A Boys
2:00 pm First call: Class 3A Girls 2:10 pm Final call: Class 3A Girls2:15 pm Start: Class 3A Girls
Admission:Adults – $10.00Kids 10 and under - Free
Location & Parking:Walt Robertson Boulevard Paddocks
The much-anticipated annual Holly Day Market, presented by the Junior League of Lexington, is almost here at the Kentucky Horse Park in the Alltech Arena, November 15-17, to inspire the holiday spirit in us all!
Most of the merchants attending the Holly Day Market are not normally seen around the Lexington area. Vendors will be set up along the arena concourse selling everything from jewelry and clothing to toys, books, art, food, and, of course, holiday decorations. You will find fabulous, boutique-style items, a packed schedule of special events each day and prize drawings. There will be arts and crafts for the children to enjoy as well as their first chance of the season to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Don’t let the holiday season sneak up on you! Shop for a cause and get your shopping done early – all in one place – at the Junior League of Lexington’s Holly Day Market. Ticket proceeds will go to support the Junior League of Lexington.
To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.hollydaymarket.com or contact the Junior League of Lexington at 859-252-8014.
Dates & Times:General Shopping HoursFriday, November 15, 2013 – 12:00 pm – 9:00 pmSaturday, November 16, 2013 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pmSunday, November 17, 2013 – 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
VIP EventFriday, November 15, 2013 – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Admission:General Admission - $10.00 per dayVIP Event - $25.00Children 12 and under – Free
Friday November 15, 2013 – Student Discount Day – $8.00 General Admission w/College ID
The Oleika Pro Rodeo is coming to town Friday and Saturday, November 22-23, at the Alltech Arena, where the dust will start flying at 7:30 pm each evening.
Events include Bareback Broncs, Saddle Broncs, Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling, Barrel Racing, Team Roping, and everyone’s favorite, Bull Riding!
Don’t miss the rootin’, tootin’ action brought to you by the Oleika Shrine Temple in partnership with Chrysler on Nicholasville. For more information, go to www.OleikaRodeo.com.
Dates & Times:Friday and Saturday, November 22-23, 2012Doors open at 6:00 pmRodeo starts at 7:30 pm
Admission:General admission - $10.00 in advance, or $12.00 at the doorTwo-day pass - $15.00 in advance or $17.00 at the door. Free – Kids 10 and under
The United States Dressage Finals, a national, head-to-head competition that showcases competitors in adult amateur and open divisions, and from Training Level through Grand Prix, is about to become a much anticipated reality this November 7-10!
Presented by Adequan, the US Dressage Finals are a Level Five Competition, the highest level of competition under United States Equestrian Federation rules. At least $50,000 will be awarded in money and great prizes. National bragging rights will also be up for grabs.
The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Dressage in the Bluegrass offers non-championship classes. All competitors are welcome to compete in these classes, including those who are not competing in US Dressage Finals classes.
Spectators, guests, and competitors alike will enjoy shopping the Trade Fair in the Alltech Arena and visiting Kentucky Horse Park attractions. Vendors and sponsors will be on hand to meet all of your holiday shopping and horse health information needs.
For more information about the United States Dressage Federation, call 859-971-2277 or visit www.usdf.org.
Date & Time:November 7-10, 2013 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Central Kentucky Riding for Hope has some fun activities to join in on this fall as part of the 2013 Halloween Trail Ride, Ride-A-Thon, and Used Tack Sale on Saturday, October 26.
This is an opportunity to ride your own horse and see areas of the park normally not available to riders. There will also be a Costume Class where riders are encouraged to be creative and compete for prizes by dressing both themselves and their horse in a costume.
Proceeds support CKRH in its mission of providing therapeutic riding and equine-related activities to those with special needs. Riders may choose to raise money for CKRH by having their friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers sponsor them. To qualify to ride for free, the rider must raise a minimum of $60.
The 16th Annual Used Tack and Equipment Sale is the perfect opportunity for those with too much tack or not enough. Clean out unused tack and get a tax write-off. Those in need of tack will find some great bargains.
For more information about the Halloween Trail Ride, Ride-A-Thon, and Used Tack Sale, visit http://www.ckrh.org/htr.html.
Date & Time:October 26, 2013 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (no starts after noon)
Registration Fee:$35.00 – Register by October 22$45.00 – Register after October 22$60.00 – Minimum sponsorship to participate in the Ride-a-Thon
Location & Parking:The paddock across from the CKRH building at the Kentucky Horse Park
From Olympic show jumpers to elegant gaited riders, an array of equestrians will compete at the 2013 Alltech National Horse Show, October 29 – November 3, at the Alltech Arena on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park. This year’s event will feature a full array of hunter, jumper, and equitation divisions.
The inaugural Alltech National Horse Show in Kentucky was ranked as the number one show in the United States by the North American Riders Group (NARG) and voted Horse Show of the Year by the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame. President Mason Phelps, Jr. said, “We are excited to once again showcase the best our sport has to offer in one of the most beautiful settings in the United States.”
The Alltech National Horse Show is America’s longest-standing indoor horse show. This is the third year it is being held at the Kentucky Horse Park. Regarded as the proving grounds for equestrian champions, the Alltech National Horse Show opens the ring to a variety of disciplines and classes, including hunt seat divisions, show jumpers and gaited breeds in competition.
This year’s show will offer nearly $850,000 in total prize money, including a huge Open Jumper division. The Open Jumpers will feature $500,000 in total prize money, including the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix. In addition, this year’s show has been designated CSI-W 5*, with the Alltech Grand Prix being an all important FEI East Coast League World Cup qualifying event. Highlights of the competition include the Puissance, the Alltech Grand Prix and the ASPCA Alfred Maclay Final.
$100,000 in prize money is up for grabs for the Junior and Amateur Owner Jumpers Division. $175,000 in prize money will be offered in the AA rated Hunter Division. Each of the hunter divisions hosted during the Alltech National Horse Show will offer an incredible $10,000 – $20,000 per division. This year’s divisions will include Junior Hunters, Amateur-Owner Hunters, and the High Performance Hunters, Green and Regular Working Hunters and the Conformation Divisions. Each year, the top hunters from around the country are invited to compete during the Alltech National Horse Show.
The Alltech National Horse Show will be part of Alltech’s first-ever Kentucky Gathering, a toast to bluegrass traditions and a week-long festival that will also include the Biggest Loser 5K RunWalk, a Halloween Trick-or-Treat night, a Savor Kentucky showcase featuring locally crafted brews and foods, and many other fun-filled activities for the entire family, including shopping venues as well as interactive exhibits. Kentucky Gathering will embrace magnificent horses, unmatched hospitality and a rich culture only found in the Bluegrass state.
Thursday, October 31 – Not Your Ordinary Halloween Trick-or-TreatBring your family to trick-or-treat at the Alltech National Horse Show with some of your favorite cartoon characters, including Woody and Jessie from Toy Story, Shrek and Fiona, Cinderella and Spider-Man. No matter the weather, we’ll be trick-or-treating in the dry and warm Alltech Arena. Free for all and open to the public, this unique trick-or-treat starts at 5:30 pm and ends at 7:30 pm.
Friday, November 1 – The $50,000 LIFEFORCE Elite™ PuissanceThe world’s most courageous show jumpers will compete in a test of trust and athleticism during the LIFEFORCE Elite™ Puissance, the high jump competition of equestrian sport. Last year’s winner Tim Gredley cleared a height of 7 feet – high enough to jump over University of Kentucky Basketball forward Willie Cauley-Stein. Who will soar to victory in this year’s competition?
Barn Night in the BluegrassHorse crazy kids and barn buddies will pour into the Alltech Arena for the first-ever Barn Night in the Bluegrass. Throughout the night, youth are encouraged to show their “barn spirit” during events for a chance to win prizes, including a trip for four to attend the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy. Youth will enter the ring after the LIFEFORCE Elite™ Puissance for an autograph session with all-star equestrians.
Saturday, November 2 – The Biggest Loser RunWalkJoin Jackie and Dan Evans from NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” for one of three races. Choose between a 5k, a 15k and a 1 Mile Kids Fun Run. Each participant will receive a t-shirt, finisher’s medal, drawstring backpack and a daytime pass to the Alltech National Horse Show. On the evening of Friday, Nov. 1, a Health Expo and packet pick up for the races will be hosted inside the Alltech Arena. There is no race-day registration. For more information and to pre-register online, visit http://www.biggestloserrunwalk.com/Lexington_KY-5K-15K-KidsRace-2013. There is also more information about this event on the Kentucky Horse Park webpage at http://kyhorsepark.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=4882:the-biggest-loser-runwalk-5k-15k-and-1-mile-kids-fun-run-november-2&Itemid=880.
Free Shuttle Service to the Alltech Arena - The Colt Trolley leaves on the hour from 5/3 Pavilion in downtown Lexington on Friday from 1:00 pm – 11:00 pm and on Saturday from 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm.
For more information about the Alltech National Horse Show, visit http://www.alltechnationalhorseshow.com.
Date & Time:October 29 – November 3, 2013 – 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Admission:Day: Included in Kentucky Horse Park general admission, horse show-only rate available
Night (At the door ticket pricing):Free on Tuesday and Wednesday$10.00, Thursday and Friday$20.00, Saturday$10.00, Sunday Maclay
Children 12 and under always admitted free!Enjoy a 20% discount by purchasing tickets in advance online at http://alltechnationalhorseshow.ticketleap.com/anhs2013/dates/Oct-31-2013_at_0700PM
Of all the equestrian sports out there, none of them are as FUN as mounted games. The US Mounted Games Association Finale Championship will be held at the park, October 26-27, sure to delight participants and spectators alike with teams competing in relays named Bang-A-Balloon, Hi Lo, Hula Hoop, Socks and Buckets, Windsor Castle and others. Riders will pick up rings from poles with wooden swords, burst balloons from horseback and put flags into cones on the ground. There are more than 25 different races and some involve dismounting and vaulting-on at speed. The games are taught at clinics and in beginner divisions at competitions, which are held throughout the year. Some experienced games riders may go on to represent the United States in competitions in other countries.
The competition is open to adult and youth divisions and is known as a niche equestrian sport that is relatively inexpensive and has a wide variety of classes suited to the skill level of the rider. Bring out the family to watch the fun, and get caught up in the action! For more information about the USMGA Finale Championship, visit www.usmga.us.
Date & Time:October 26 – 27, 2013 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location & Parking:Rolex Stadium Parking available in the Main Lot