The FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) are back at the Kentucky Horse Park this summer, July 17-21!
The NAJYRC is the premier equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders, age 14-21, and the pinnacle of a young rider's achievement. Young equestrians come from the United States, Bermuda, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands to compete in this international championship event, vying 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 North American Riders Group (NARG) named this event one of the Top 25 Horse Shows of 2012, one of three horse shows held at the Kentucky Horse Park that received this accolade.
Run under rules of the FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale), the international governing body for equestrian sport, this is the only FEI championship held annually in North America. The NAJYRC is also recognized as the official Junior Olympics for Equestrians by the USOC. The championship models the format of the Olympic Games, whereby riders from all three Equestrian disciplines of Eventing, Dressage, and Show Jumping assemble on one site to represent their country in competition. In the Eventing competition, each area will send a team and individuals to represent their area. From very early on, many young riders see this as a potential goal for themselves as they progress through the levels of competition.
Be sure to join us at the Kentucky Horse Park for all the excitement and to support our future equestrian stars!
For more information about the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, contact the United States Equestrian federation at (859) 258-2472 or visit www.usef.org.
Date & Time:
July 17-21, 2013 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Included in Kentucky Horse Park general admission, horse show-only rate available
Covered Arena, Hunter Jumper Complex, Walnut Ring, Rolex Stadium, and the Alltech Arena.
The Champagne Run Horse Trials, an event that has been running for 20 years at the Kentucky Horse Park, returns July 12-14!
The Champagne Run Horse Trials will have more than 400 competitors from 24 different states competing. Four Star and Rolex Kentucky riders will be part of the competition, as well as those in the lower divisions. On Friday, July 12, from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, there will be Dressage and Show Jumping. On Saturday there will be Cross Country jumping from 7:30 – 6:00 pm. There will also be Dressage in the Dressage Complex from 5:00 pm – 4:00 pm and Stadium Jumping in the Claiborne ring from 11:00 am – 5:30 pm. Sunday runs will feature lower level Cross Country and Stadium Jumping from 7:30 am – 2:00 pm.
There will be a trade fair on Stonelea Road with vendors from several states where exhibitors and spectators may shop for equine related products and souvenirs.
For more information about the Champagne Run Horse Trials, call Maggie Wright at (859) 621-2478 or visit www.champagnerun.com.
July 12-14, 2013 – 7:30 am – 6:00pm
Location & Parking: Hunter Jumper Complex, Dressage Complex and the Cross Country Course
Parking Available in the Main Parking Lot
For the 30th annual Julep Cup Show, the Mid-America Miniature Horse Club brings minis to go through their paces in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park on July 5-7!
These little show horses will jump and strut their stuff as they go for the win in this tough competition. These pint-sized horses, frequently referred to as “minis,” are the smaller versions of the big guys. They are delightful characters, and require the same care and attention of their larger counterparts. Their size makes them enjoyable for both adults and children. These beautiful miniature horses are small in stature but mighty in spirit.
They are great to show in carriage driving, love to jump hurdles, cleverly perform tricks, play with children, navigate in, through and around obstacles, and hold their own in model classes.
There will be American Miniature horse aficionados from around the country in attendance. Some travel from as far as Florida, Texas, and Massachusetts, but largely from around Kentucky. There are over 200 mini horses scheduled to participate and 75 exhibitors.
Minis are clever and easy to train, show a strong personality, and they are quite versatile. If you can make it out for the Julep Cup Show, feast your eyes on these mini show horses. While attending the show, also visit the park’s resident American Miniature horse foals, Surrie and Skip, in the Kids Barn!
For more information about the Julep Cup Show, call Tim Ballard (937) 604-7397 or visit www.mamhc.org.
July 5-7, 2013 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location & Parking:
The 2013 Carriage Association of America’s (CAA) Carriage Festival Weekend and Carriage Festival Pleasure-driving Show is being held at the Kentucky Horse Park on June 28–30.
The CAA Carriage Festival is more than just a pleasure-driving show! The CAA caters to those who love the memory of a historic age when horse-drawn vehicles fulfilled so many needs of mankind. The CAA strives to be historically accurate, currently informative, and helpful to all who share appreciation of things that were.
Founded in 1960, the CAA is the oldest and largest international organization devoted to the preservation and restoration of horse-drawn carriages and sleighs. Thousands of people have been introduced to the wonders of collecting these vehicles and the pleasures of driving them while discovering the beauty and charm of a lifestyle that has all but vanished from our modern world.
The event takes place mostly in the park’s Alltech Arena, consisting of part pleasure-driving show and part mini-conference. Participants and spectators alike will all find something to see, do, and enjoy at this year’s inaugural CAA Carriage Classic. The pleasure-driving-show portion of the event will feature the standard pleasure-driving classes and several “just for fun” classes, in a variety of divisions. The event will also feature pleasure drives throughout the park, lectures, and social activities usually associated with a full CAA Conference.
Exhibit a carriage in the CAA’s popular Carriage Showcase, a vehicle in the Antique Car Show or simply come to the park’s Alltech Arena to watch it all and listen to several speakers on hand, who will educate and entertain! This event is suitable for all ages.
For more information about the Carriage Association of America Carriage Classic, please contact Jill Ryder at 859-231-0971 or visit www.caaonline.com.
Thursday, June 27
10:00 am - Stables open
1:00 – 5:00 pm - Alltech Arena open for schooling
1:00 – 5:00 pm - Drive at will on marked trails
5:30 pm - Coaching Run
Friday, June 28
7:30 am – Breakfast and Show Meeting – in the stabling area
9:00 am – CAA Carriage Festival Pleasure – driving show begins
9:00 am - 5:00 pm – CAA Driver Proficiency Program evaluations offered on a sign-up basis
9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Drive at will on marked trails
11:00 am – Guided walking tour through the stables, to see the show horses and carriages
1:00 pm – National Horse Center leaders invited to watch the pleasure-driving show
3:00 pm – Talk: “Harness and All Its Uses” – David Freedman
7:00 pm – Talk: “What Is the Judge Looking For?” – Karen Homer Brown
7:00 pm – CAA Carriage Festival Pleasure-driving Show evening performance begins
Saturday, June 29
8:00 am – Start CAA Carriage Festival pleasure-driving show
9:00 am – 5:00 pm – CAA Driver Proficiency Program evaluations offered on a sign-up basis
10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Antique Car Show (People’s Choice Award presented at 3:30 p.m.)
10:00 am – 3:00 pm – CAA Carriage Showcase
12:15 pm – Antique Car Gymkhana – in the arena (awards presentation at 12:40 p.m.)
2:00 pm – Talk: “What Is the Judge Looking For?” – Karen Homer Brown
5:00 pm – Carriage Showcase awards and commentary
7:00 pm – CAA Carriage Festival pleasure-driving show evening performance begins
Sunday, June 30
9:00 am – Start CAA Carriage Festival – pleasure drive through Walnut Hall Farm
11:30 am – Awards Presentations: Pleasure Drive, Best Tack Stall, and Overall Festival Champion
Date & Time:
June 28-30, 2013 – 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
The 2013 Walkabout Tour brings Clinton Anderson’s Down Under Horsemanship Methods, where riders will learn to flourish and gain inner confidence, to the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, June 22-23!
The Walkabout Tour is the most inspirational two days any horse lover can have. Whether you ride English, Western or just love to hit the trails, learn how the man behind the Method uses his techniques every single day to develop respectful and fun horses. Watch in awe as Clinton puts one of his standout horses through their paces during a spectacular demonstration performing maneuvers from both the English and Western worlds including side passes, spins, tempi flying changes and sliding stops, Clinton and his horse are bound to thrill.
As a horseman you develop your groundwork and riding skills. At the Walkabout Tour, learn the Method from master horseman, Clinton Anderson. Learn how to read and train your horse better and more safely, both on the ground and under saddle.
There are no behind the barn secrets with Clinton. He teaches participants how he uses his method to train his own horses. Come see two full days of demonstrations using three problem horses from the local area. Clinton performs to sell-out crowds so buy your tickets now. Children 12 and under get in Free!
Saturday, June 22
9:00 - 9:30 What I learned 9:30 - 10:00 Tricks and Liberty 10:00 - 10:30 Clinton Anderson Clinician Academy 10:30 - 11:00 Break 11:00 - 12:00 Advancing Your Groundwork 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch 1:00 - 2:15 Gaining Respect Under Saddle 2:15 - 2:30 Charity Ball Toss 2:30 - 3:00 Break 3:00 - 4:30 Trailer Troubles 4:30 - 5:30 Autograph Signing with Clinton
Sunday, June 23
For more information about the Walkabout Tours, please visit www.downunderhorsemanship.com
June 22-23, 2013 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Adult - $50.00
Children 12 and under are free
The 2013 Mega-Rally, hosted by the MidSouth Region of the United States Pony Club, is happening at the Kentucky Horse Park, June 21-23!
The United States Pony Clubs (USPC) is an organization for youth providing programs that teach riding, mounted sports and the care of horses and ponies. They strive to develop responsibility, moral judgment, leadership and self-confidence. The Mega-Rally is an annual event hosted by the Midsouth Region of the USPC and is a United States Eventing Association-sanctioned event.
Competitions that are offered include Tetrathlon, Show-jumping, Dressage, D1 Combined Test, D2/D3 Eventing, C-Rally and Horse Trials. In show jumping, horse-and-rider teams are expected to jump a series of fences ranging anywhere from 3 feet 6 inches in novice classes to 6 feet or more in more advanced classes, as fast as they possibly can.
Dressage is an elegant discipline that has often been described as “ballet on horseback.” Dressage requires control, concentration, patience, and agility on the part of both the human and equine athlete. Eventing involves dressage, cross-country, and stadium jumping. Because eventing takes a toll on the horse-and-rider team’s skills and energy level, the competition requires considerable stamina and versatility from both horse and rider. Come out to see our young riders compete. It is sure to be a good show!
For more information on the Midsouth Pony Club’s Mega-Rally, contact Nancy Smith at 256-653-0997 or visit www.midsouthponyclub.org.
June 21-23, 2013 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hunter Jumper Complex, Dressage Complex, Cross Country Course
Parking available in the Main Parking Lot
It’s time again for the Country Heir I & II Hunter Jumper Shows at the Kentucky Horse Park on June 5-9 and June 12-16, 2013.
Country Heir prides itself on offering a fun, friendly show with a great lineup of classes for everyone from Leadline, to Walk Trot, and Grand Prix! There will be show classes every day.
The Country Heir Horse Shows offer a total of $380,000 in prize money. Featured classes over the two-week show include the $60,000 Country Heir II Grand Prix, $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. A total of $105,000 in Hunter Money will be offered and prize money checks awarded.
New this year being offered on Wednesday of week II in the Rolex Stadium is the $8000 Half-Million Jumper Classic which is limited to riders that have won less than $500,000 in Jumper classes since December 1, 2008.
Prize List $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
$10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby
$7,000 High Performance Hunter Section
$4,000 Performance Hunter Sections
$25,000 Grand Prix Friday-Week II
$45,000 Country Heir I Grand Prix
$60,000 Country Heir II Grand Prix
$10,000 Welcome Prix
NEW - $8,000 Half-Million Jumper Classic - NEW
$10,000 SJHOF Jumper Classic
$10,000 Children’s/Adult Jumper Prix
$8,000 Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic
For more information, contact Frankie Stark by calling (248) 892-6806 or visit their website at www.countryheir.com.
Dates & Times:
June 5-9 and June 12-16, 2013 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hunter Jumper Complex, Walnut Ring, Rolex Stadium
Parking available in the main parking lot.
The Thoroughbred Horse Show Association (TBHS) is making plans to showcase off-the-track Thoroughbreds that are now competing as hunters and jumpers, as well as dressage, during its second Spring Show on June 1 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
TBHS was founded in 2011 by a group of Central Kentuckians interested in creating opportunities to showcase the talent and competitive spirit of off-the-track Thoroughbreds. Shows are affiliated with The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP), which encourages the retraining of Thoroughbreds into other disciplines upon the completion of their careers in racing or breeding.
During TBHS's successful inaugural shows in 2012, more than 200 Thoroughbreds of all ages competed in a variety of classes using their registered Jockey Club names. The TBHS Spring Show is geared for Thoroughbreds just starting their show careers with entry-level divisions in multiple disciplines, including dressage, combined training, hunter jumper and competitive trail riding.
Horses competing in the TBHS Spring Show will be eligible for The Jockey Club TIP High Point Awards. The Jockey Club will award ribbons, prizes and $100 to the winner with the highest number of points in the following divisions: Starter Hunter, Hunter, Jumper, Beginner Novice Combined Test, Training Level Dressage, and First Level Dressage.
Classes during the June 1 show include the $500 Nick Zito Racing Stable Hunter Classic for horses that have not won a blue ribbon at a recognized horse show, and the $500 Ocala Breeders' Sales Company Gamblers Choice, a competition in which each fence will have a point value and riders will create their own courses. There will also be the $300 Bantry Farms High Jump Class and the $200 Jumper Classic, Cross Rails Championship, and Handy Hunter Championship sponsored by The Jockey Club TIP, which is providing awards in Dressage and Show Jumping.
For more information regarding the Thoroughbred Horse Show Association, contact executive director Jan Roehl at (859) 559-1409 or email
or visit www.TBhorseShow.com.
June 1, 2013 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hunter Jumper Complex
Parking is available in the main parking lot.
At the MayDaze Horse Trials, approximately 500 horses are scheduled to compete in dressage, cross-country and stadium jumping, here at the Kentucky Horse Park on May 24-26, 2013.
On Friday, dressage, meaning training in French, where horses are described as appearing to dance, will begin in the morning at 8:00 am. Eventing in the Rolex Stadium will begin at 10:00 am, finishing at approximately 5:00 pm. Saturday’s competitions in all three, dressage, cross-country and stadium jumping, will begin at 7:30 am and run until 6:00 pm. Sunday will run from 7:40 am to 3:00 pm and will only include jumping phases.
Competitors from both the Olympics and the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event will participate in these events as well as those in the beginner levels. Competitors will be attending from 20 states. Individual ride times may be viewed on www.champagnerun.com starting on May 21.
Date & Time:
May 24-26, 2013 – 7:30 am – 6:00 pm daily (approximately)
Location & Parking:
Hunter Jumper Complex, Walnut Ring, Cross Country Course
The Kentucky Invitational High School Rodeo Finals, with action you don’t want to miss, is here at the Kentucky Horse Park,May 24-26!
Approximately 85 of the best high school athletes in the region will compete over the weekend. Each contestant will perform most all of the events. Events include Bareback Riding, Breakaway Roping, Barrel Racing, Calf Roping, Goat Tying, Pole Bending, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, and Bull Riding.
Junior high school students will also compete during Friday and Saturday’s competition for their state finals. Events exclusive to Junior High will be Cute Dogging, Boys Goat Tying, Ribbon Roping, and Boys Breakaway.
Friday night kicks off the rodeo at 7:30 pm with a Cowboy Mounted Horse Shooting. Saturday’s performances are scheduled for 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm with a 4-H drill team doing their drill in observance for Memorial Day before the evening competition. Sunday’s performance will be at 2:00 pm and will feature several Bull Riders and many Barrel Racers.
Scholarships will be awarded to the All Around Cowboy and Cowgirl with the best average for the weekend. Rodeo proceeds will go to support the Kentucky High School Rodeo Association.
Friday, May 24, 2013 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 25, 2013 – 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 26, 2013 – 2:00 pm
Children 5 and under are free.
Weekend passes are available.
There is a $5.00 fee for parking.
Location & Parking:
Covered Arena – Parking available in the main lot
For further information about the Kentucky Invitational High School Rodeo Finals, please visit www.kyhsra.com or contact Chasidy Chappell at 270-619-0112.