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
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
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
The 16th Annual Purebred Morab Horse Association (PMHA) Morab Nationals: Championship and Futurity, a three-breed show for Morabs and their parent breeds, the Morgan and Arabian, will be held October 19-20, in the covered arena.
The Morab Nationals are United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and Arabian Horse Association (AHA) approved and serves as a Region 14 qualifier for Arabians. The Morab is a relatively new breed which arose in the mid-1980s as a compact and attractive all-purpose horse to ride, drive or goof around with. Created by combining Morgans with Arabians (hence the name Morab), a purebred Morab is a horse that has two Morab parents, not full Morgans, Arabians or Quarter Horses.
Founded in 1984, the PMHA is dedicated to informing the public of the Morab breed as a versatile horse. The special attributes of the Morab make it a family-friendly mount and the endurance and body structure of the Morab lends this breed to other equine pursuits of competition across many disciplines.
The PMHA adores these horses and hopes that you will come out to the nationals to fall under the Morab spell, too. For more information about the PMHA Morab Nationals, visit www.puremorab.com.
Date & Time:October 19-20, 2013 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location & Parking:Covered ArenaParking available in the Main Lot
The Kentucky Horse Park welcomes “The Spirit of the Horse,” a holiday equine extravaganza for the whole family, produced and performed by the KYB-GPE Equine Theater Production Company, to be held at the Alltech Arena, November 29 and 30!
The show tells a magical holiday-themed story on horseback and has everything from orphans to villains, reining to dressage and liberty work all in an hour-long production that will delight audiences of all ages.
World-class horses, including three-time United States Dressage Federation Horse of the Year and Grand Prix-level dressage superstar GP Raymeister, are brought together in this truly entertaining and original live production. Featured riders include Kim and Yvonne Barteau of KYB Dressage, who have entertained audiences at the Arabian Nights Dinner Theater in Orlando, Florida, and have appeared on the Today show. Joining them will be Australia's Dan James of Double Dan Horsemanship, a world-renowned entertainer and equine performer.
In addition to the show, guests may purchase tickets for a “meet and greet” with the stars of the production at the holiday Barn Tour prior to the show each evening, and tickets are also available for the Post Production Party where guests can enjoy food and drink and, again, mingle with the horse and rider performers.
The show is presented at 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November 29 and 30, with the Barn Tour available from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. each evening, and the Post Production Party taking place immediately after each performance at the Alltech Arena. Show tickets range from $25.00 for VIP seating to $15.00 general admission for adults, and $10.00 for children ages 3 to 12. Barn Tour tickets are $5.00 for adults and complimentary for one accompanying child when purchased with a Show ticket. Tickets to the Post Production Party to “meet and greet” the cast are $25.00 per person, adult or child.
Visit www.kybdressage.com/tickets for more information on “The Spirit of the Horse,” the Barn Tour or the Post Production Party.
Date & Time:Friday, November 29, 2013 Barn Tours – 3:30 pm – 6:30 pmShow – 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 30, 2013 Barn Tours – 3:30 pm – 6:30 pmShow – 7:00 pm
Admission: - Available at the Allech Arena ticket windows starting at 3:30 pm each day of show.Show TicketsGeneral - $15.00Premium - $18.00VIP - $25.00Children 3 and older - $10.00Children under 3 years of age – FreeSkyboxes – To purchase, contact Ginna Frantz at (312) 593-4466
Barn Tour - $5.00 Any child with an adult paying who has paid for a barn tour will be allowed a complimentary tour as long as they hold a ticket to the show.
Post Production Party - $25.00 Does NOT include admission to the performance
Lexington Catholic High School invites spectators to come enjoy watching the 36th annual Lexington Catholic Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, October 19. This year's meet will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park, the site of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association's State Cross Country Championships.
Runners will make use of the Walt Robertson Boulevard Paddocks, the land on the northwest side of Kentucky Horse Park property in Fayette and Scott Counties, entertaining our horses for a change. Many of the top ranked runners and teams from across the state will be in attendance.
For Varsity and JV classes, the top 30 individuals will receive medals, and the top 3 teams will receive trophies as well as be recognized during an awards ceremony. The Middle School class will recognize their top 10 individual finishers with medals and the top 3 teams will also receive trophies. Complete team and individual race results will be available at www.ktccca.org/ or ky.milesplit.com.
For more information about the Lexington Catholic Cross Country Invitational, contact LCHS at (859)276-5086 or visit www.ktccca.org.
Date:October 19, 2013
Event Schedule:Boys Varsity Small School (A & AA) 9:30 AMBoys Varsity Large School (AAA) 10:00 AMGirls Varsity Small School (A & AA) 10:30 AMGirls Varsity Large School (AAA) 11:15 AMBoys JV 12:00 PM Girls JV 12:30 PMBoys Middle School 4K 1:15 PM Girls Middle School 4K 1:45 PM
Admission:$5.00 per person
Location & Parking:Walt Robertson Boulevard PaddocksParking available in the grassy area in front of the Alltech Arena