Race to be part of The Biggest Loser RunWalk 5K, 15K, or the 1 Mile Kids Fun Run taking place in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park on November 2, 2013!
Whether a first-time walker or an avid runner, Kentuckians are encouraged to get off the couch and hit the ground running for The Biggest Loser RunWalk, an event to support healthier lifestyles for Kentucky citizens! Dan and Jackie Evans, event organizers and season 5 contestants, will be encouraging participants as they exercise in this non-intimidating environment. After the race, participants, family and friends can celebrate and relax at the post-race concert featuring former “The Biggest Loser” contestant and Nashville recording artist, Dan Evans.
The 5K and 15K are both chip-timed for participants tracking personal goals. Special awards will be given to the top runners and walkers. 5K participants will have 1.5 hours and 15K participants will have 3.5 hours to complete the course. Those interested in participating as a team should consider The Biggest Loser RunWalk Team Challenge. Teams enjoy a discount on race registration and recruitment support, among other perks.
The kids will have their own run hosted by the Kids Fit Foundation. The 1 Mile Kids Fun Run will be at 11:30 am for ages 4-12. Kids Fit programs and events allow kids to reach their goals as well as celebrate their healthy lifestyle achievements with their family and friends. All children receive a t-shirt and finisher's medal. Please register your child prior to the race.
This event will be a part of the Alltech National Horse Show, America’s oldest and most prestigious indoor horse show, being held October 29 – November 3 at the park. All registered participants of the RunWalk will receive free entry into the show at packet pick up, as well as a Biggest Loser medal, t-shirt, and drawstring backpack.
On Friday, November 1, 2013, participants may be inspired during the Health and Wellness Meet and Greet from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, where participants may pick up their race information, take advantage of workshops from past Biggest Loser contestants, and take part in The Biggest Loser Q & A.
The Biggest Loser RunWalk Lexington will sell out quickly so be sure to secure your spot today. Online registration is open for this event through the evening of October 30, 2013. If the race has not sold out, walk up registration at Packet Pick-up will be available November 1, 2013. There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION.
Spectators are welcome to cheer on participants and there is no fee to be a spectator at this race, but spectators are advised to be in place one hour before the start on Race Day. The event will take place rain or shine, so attendees should dress appropriately.
Learn more about The Biggest Loser RunWalk at www.BiggestLoserRunWalk.com.
Date:Saturday, November 2, 2013
Start Time:5K & 15K start time for all participants – 8:30 am1 Mile Kids Fun Run start time for all participants – 11:30 am
Registration: There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION.15K$45.00 through 8/31/13$50.00 through 9/30/13$55.00 through 10/30/13$65.00 @ Packet Pick-up Registration on November 1 (if available)
5K$25.00 through 8/31/13$30.00 through 9/30/13$35.00 through 10/30/13$45.00 @ Packet Pick-up Registration on November 1 (if available)
Kids 1 Mile Fun Run (Ages 4-12)Pre-registered - $10.00@ Packet Pick-up on November 1 - $15.00
Location & Parking:Alltech Arena
Get ready for the Bluegrass Classic Dog Shows, five days of dog showing with approximately 150 breeds represented, to be held inside the air conditioned Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, August 29 – September 2! There will be specialty shows for Daschunds, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Isben Hounds and Scottish Deer Hounds. The Bluegrass Classic Dog Shows includes AKC purebred dogs as well as All American dogs and classes for both beauty and performance. Every breed has a standard by which each dog is judged when competing and each breed has its own distinctive characteristics. More than 1500 dogs are scheduled to compete and spectators will cheer on their favorite breed in hopes that they win their group and go on to win the Best In Show class, which will conclude each day.
There will be plenty for spectators to do. The “Meet the Breeds” session on Saturday and Sunday provides an opportunity to meet and talk with breeders, owners and trainers, as well as a chance to wander through the grooming areas to see the various dog breeds up close.
A vendor area will be set up to shop for unique pet supplies. Items sold include dog artwork, t-shirts, dog toys, beds, leashes, collars, crates and exercise pens. Many of the items sold will feature different breeds.
Admission is only $5 per vehicle for show admission plus $3 collected at the entrance to the Kentucky Horse Park for parking. Judging will start at 9:00 am on Thursday and at 8:00 am on Friday through Sunday. A dog must be entered in the competition in order to be allowed into the Alltech Arena. Keep in mind that the parking lots are hot and it is against the law to leave a dog in a vehicle, since they could overheat.
Find out more about the Bluegrass Classic Dog Show at www.bluegrassclassicdogshows.org.
Date & Time:August 29 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pmAugust 30 – September 2 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Admission: $5 per vehicle for show admission plus $3 for parking
If there’s one event Kentucky outdoors men and women will set their calendars for each year, it’s the Kentucky Ultimate Outdoor Expo, August 16-18. The show will attract thousands of current and would-be clients that are outdoor enthusiasts with its extensive indoor and outdoor events displays of the latest outdoor products available.
Products such as marine equipment, fishing tackle, hunting supplies, hunting trips, fishing trips, trucks, camping products, hiking gear, RVs, ATVS, landscaping and anything else you can think of that people use outdoors will be available at the event. There will be music, seminars and demonstrations on the lakes as well as kids activities and great food, making this a great family-friendly event.
There will be various contests and events over this three-day expo, including Dock Dog Contests, Hawg Trough events and seminars. There will also be a Buck Contest and Lumber Jack Show on Saturday and Sunday and a Bass Tournament held at 7:00 pm on Saturday, August 17. A 3D Archery BowNanza, a Car Show, and a Motorcycle Show are just some of the other fun events featured during the Ultimate Outdoor Expo.
For more information about the Ultimate Outdoor Expo, contact Crystal Ryan at (859) 339-0605 or visit www.UltimateOutdoorExpo.com.
Date & Time:Friday, August 16 – 12:00 pm – 8:00 pmSaturday, August 17 – 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Sunday, August 18 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Admission:Online Ticket Sales:Now – August 15, 2013 – Adults – $10.00
Tickets at the Gate:Adults – $12.00
Children UNDER 12 Free (1 Child per Adult Ticket)
Hats Off Day is the only day of the year everyone can enjoy the Kentucky Horse Park and all it has to offer, at no cost! Hats Off to Kentucky's Horse Industry Day is a celebration of the horse and its impact on the state of Kentucky, and features the premiere event, the Rood and Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix for the education and entertainment of all those attending.
Kentuckians flock to the Kentucky Horse Park on Hats Off Day for a free day of family fun and an opportunity to learn more about horses and the amazing things they do for our great state. Events include children’s activities, free pony rides, educational booths, interactive equine stations, and much more.
Free admission to Hats Off Day will include entrance into all of the park’s regular attractions, including the two museums, the Horses of the World Show, the Hall of Champions Presentation, and the Trolley Tour. The day will also include admission to the Kentucky Summer Horse Show.
The Rood and Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix, a challenging show jumping competition between top international horses and riders, is the featured evening entertainment for Hats Off Day taking place in the beautiful outdoor Rolex Stadium. Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital is the proud sponsor of the Rood and Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix, a premier show jumping competition held annually at the Kentucky Horse Park for the past 25 years.
Top-level show jumpers are guaranteed to impress the crowd as they soar over thirteen, 5-foot fences. Join us and witness the athletic ability of Grand Prix Show Jumpers and the teamwork of horse and rider. Each horse and rider must clear every obstacle on the course with the least number of faults and the fastest time. In the event of a tie, an altered course is set, and a timed jump off is held to determine the winner.
Come on out and take your hat off for the Kentucky horse industry!
For more information about Hats Off Day or the Rood and Riddle Grand Prix, contact the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital at (859) 233-0371.
Date & Time:July 27, 2013 – 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Special Activities Schedule:4:00 pm – Line up for Free Souvenir hats while supplies last at the North Gate entrance
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Free Pony Rides, Picture on a Pony, Inflatable Games, Arts and Crafts, Music, contests, prizes and more!
7:00 pm – Spectacular equine exhibitions and Opening Ceremonies for the $50,000 Rood and Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix
7:30 pm – $50,000 Rood and Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix Show Jumping Competition begins!
Admission:Free All Day!
Location and Parking:Hats Off Day – ParkwideRood and Riddle Grand Prix – Rolex StadiumParking Available in the Main Parking Lot
Thoroughbred Hall of Fame trainer and American Horse Racing Legend, Jack Van Berg, who became the first trainer to win 5,000 races when he saddled Art’s Chandelle to victory at Arlington Park on July 15, 1987, will be at the Kentucky Horse Park on Sunday, July 14, to sign copies of his biography Jack, From Grit to Glory.
As told by television racing analyst and author Chris Kotulak, Jack, From Grit to Glory is the true story depicting the hardships and joys of young Jack Van Berg, who emerged from the prairie lands of Columbus, Nebraska, to train champions, break records, and become a Hall of Fame trainer like his father, Marion H. Van Berg. Jack Van Berg is known best for training 1987 Kentucky Derby winner, Alysheba.
“Jack lived through a golden age of horse racing, trained champions, broke records and became a Hall of Fame trainer” said Chris Kotulak. “This biography reveals how a son worshiped his father and how those he mentored would later worship him. A trainer of horses; a leader of men; a hero to us all. Jack!”
Special guest, Liza G. Fly, will be joining Jack Van Berg singing and signing copies of her CD, “Zenyatta,” named after the horse that Jack Van Berg introduced her to, rekindling Fly’s love of racing and horses. When Fly sings the story of Zenyatta, the song evokes happiness, history and the love of a most unique horse. It was Van Berg who encouraged Fly to write a song about Zenyatta’s history, personality and special relationship with people.
Racing fans will be able to purchase copies of the book and have it autographed by Van Berg and Fly from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions Pavillion. Come on out to the Kentucky Horse Park this Sunday, July 14, for this special book and CD signing with two people that hold horses very dear to their hearts!
Date & Time:
July 14, 2013 – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location & Parking:
Hall of Champions Pavilion
Parking in the Main Parking Lot
Join the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross for the 2013 Disaster Blaster presented by Columbia Gas of Kentucky on July 12!
This year’s theme is Red Cross Round-up. Disaster Blaster is a premier event in the Bluegrass which features dinner, drinks, incredible music, and a live silent auction. Live country music will be provided by Whitney Acke and Brandon Holder. This event is casual, fun, suitable for all ages, and best of all, for a great cause! Proceeds will go to benefit local area Red Cross programs and services.
For more information about the American Red Cross Disaster Blast Fundraiser or to purchase tickets, please contact Winn Stephens at (859)253-1331.
July 12, 2013 – 7:00 pm
$75.00 – Individual Ticket
$750.00 – Table for 10
The 24th annual Breyerfest, the world's largest model horse celebration and collector’s event, returns to the Kentucky Horse Park, July 19-21! Breyer horse model fans and collectors from around the world will gather for this three-day event filled with horse-filled fun!
This year’s theme is Denim and Diamonds! Breyerfest will features equestrian events such as trick riding as well as equine star appearances in the theme of Denim and Diamonds. Lyle Lovett’s golden American Quarter Horse, Smart and Shiney, will headline an amazing line-up of equestrian talent. Presented by the legendary reining horse rider/trainer, Tim McQuay, Smart and Shiney has been selected as the 2013 BreyerFest Celebration Horse. Each three-day ticket holder will go home with a gorgeous Breyer model of Smart and Shiney. The model used to create the celebration horse is broken after the event – guaranteeing that attendees are the only ones that will have it.
Anticipated to draw upwards of 10,000 horse lovers to Lexington, guests should look forward to three full days of equine performances that highlight the event. There will also be a Trade Fair and Breyer Store, a pop-up Boots & Bling gift shop, a crafts center, model horse displays and shows, meet and greets with special equine guests, charity auctions and raffles, pony rides, a petting zoo and wandering circus performers!
In addition to Tim McQuay and Smart and Shiney, special guests will include another top American Quarter Horse, the-all time leading money earner of reined cow horses and three-time World Champion Reined Cow Horse,Topsails Rien Maker with co-owner/trainer Russell Dilday. Joining them will be the 2012 Road to the Horse winner Dan James of Double Dan Horsemanship, who will perform daily, as will trick horse trainer Sue De Laurentis and Lady C. with her stunning 2001 double-registered Tennessee Walking Horse. This Spotted Saddle Horse mare has appeared in Rolling Stone magazine and on Animal Planet with her former owner, rock star Sheryl Crow.
BreyerFest Denim & Diamonds will also host the Eastern Regional Splash Dogs Trials and Championships. Splash dog competitions attract the best and farthest flying dock diving dogs from across the country! Dog dock diving is one of the most exciting new sports for handlers and their dogs! Pets compete for distance, diving from a dock into a 40 ft. pool surrounded by cheering fans. The Championships will be held on Sunday.
The blend of real horses and model horse hobby activities sets Breyerfest apart from other equine events. In addition to watching guest stars perform, both children and adults can meet and mingle with horse owners and horses, participate in model horse hobby activities and enjoy an entire weekend dedicated to the celebration of horses! It’s a hands-on, interactive experience! Make your plans to be in Kentucky for the biggest country party of the year: BreyerFest Denim & Diamonds!
Admission to the Kentucky Horse Park will be included with a Breyerfest ticket purchase. Breyerfest has a separate admission ticket. Admission into the Kentucky Horse Park does not include admission to Breyerfest. Three day and single day tickets are on sale now at www.BreyerHorses.com or call (800) 413-3348.
July 19-21, 2013 ~ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
*See www.BreyerHorses.com for full event schedule including some evening events
Three Day Tickets – Includes 1 Traditional Breyer Model Horse each
Adults & Seniors – $95
Children (Ages 7-12) – $65
Single Day Tickets – Includes 1 Stablemates Model each
Adults & Seniors – $21
Children (Ages 7-12) – $11
Admission is free for children 6 and under (no horse model included)
Parking available in the Main Parking Lot
The Art, Antique and Rare Book Auction, a consignment auction and fundraiser that is now in its eighth year, will be held at the American Saddlebred Museum in its Showplace for Saddlebreds at the Kentucky Horse Park on Saturday July 13 at noon.
Items may be previewed on Friday, July 12, from 9 am – 6 pm, and Saturday morning, July 13,from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, prior to the auction. If you cannot be present but wish to bid on an item, telephone bids can be made with advance arrangements.
The Art, Antique & Rare Book Auction has earned its reputation as a venue at which a variety of serious equine artwork, antiques, collectibles, rare books and historic artifacts can be purchased. The focus of the auction is particularly on American Saddlebred items, but coaching, Thoroughbred, Standardbred, draft horse, Hackney and Morgan artwork are also accepted.
Never before presented items will be part of the July sale. Among them are eight original pieces by George Ford Morris, one of America's premier 19th - 20th century sporting artists. There will also be a 1904 trophy that was won by Tom Bass when he showed Jack O’Diamonds, the original audio recording of the 1950 Five-Gaited World’s Grand Championship with Wing Commander winning his third title, six lots of sculptures, including one of the handful of rare sculptures by George Ford Morris, five rarely seen advertising posters/memorabilia, an unusual hand-painted chair, Dodge Stables memorabilia, an Hermés scarf, a vintage diamond horse shoe pin, artwork by 25 different artists, 11 lots of historic books, and a painting by Justin, The Artistic Horse. In addition to Morris, samplings of other artists represented in past auctions include Edwin Bogucki, Allen F. Brewer, Currier and Ives, Frank Whitney, Leroy Neiman and McClure Jackson – just to name a handful.
A variety in media, subject matter and pricing is offered to ensure that everyone may find something of interest!
For more information, contact Tolley Graves at 859-259-2746 ext. 304 or at
To request a hard copy of the catalog, call the museum at 859-259-2746 ext. 305. The 2013 Art Auction Catalog is now available at www.asbmuseum.org.
Time & Date:
July 13, 2013 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Included in Kentucky Horse Park general admission
American Saddlebred Museum & Gift Shop/The Showplace for Saddlebreds
In celebration of our 35th anniversary, the Kentucky Horse Park welcomes County Days this summer, a time when predetermined weeks are opened up to specific counties to whom the park will offer free admission. To kick off the event, the first week of free admission will go to residents of Scott County, July 8 - 14, followed shortly by Bourbon and Woodford Counties.
Residents will have the opportunity to enjoy the park’s many regular daily activities that are included in general admission such as the popular Hall of Champions Presentation, the Horses of the World Show and the Horse-Drawn Trolley Tour, as well as the International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian Affiliate, the American Saddlebred Museum, home of Kentucky’s first native breed of horse, and the Wheeler Museum, in the United States Hunter Jumper Association headquarters (Monday to Friday only).
In addition, residents may visit the Big Barn, Kids Barn, and Mounted Police Barn, visit with the park’s farrier, watch the movie “Rein of Nobility,” catch a horse show or simply explore the park’s more than 1,200 acres of paddocks and fields. Additional park activities such as horseback riding, pony rides and horse farm tours are available at the regular daily charge.
There is no better place to spend the summer than at the Kentucky Horse Park. Bluegrass region residents do not want to miss this opportunity to experience our equine theme park. Watch out for other County Days to come!
For more information on County Days, contact the park at 859-233-4303 or check back here at a later date.
Anderson - August 5 - 11, 2013
Bourbon County Days - July 29 - August 4, 2013
Boyle County Days - August 19 - 25, 2013
Clark County Days - August 12 - 18, 2013
Franklin - August 5 - 11, 2013
Garrad - August 26 - September 1, 2013
Harrison - August 12 - 18, 2013
Jessamine - August 26 - September 1, 2013
Lincoln - August 26 - September 1, 2013
Madison - August 19 - 25, 2013
Mercer - August 19 - 25, 2013
Nicholas - August 12 - 18, 2013
Woodford - August 5 - 11, 2013
...watch for more County Days to be announced in 2014.
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Kentucky Horse Park is hosting the July 4th Celebration, a fun filled weekend of festivities to entertain our campers, in the Kentucky Horse Park Campground on July 5-6, 2013.
At the pool, try the WOW Bubbles where campers can walk on water in a giant bubbles, much like a hamster ball. This activity will be held at the pool and costs just $5 each. This event will take place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, June 4-6, all day long.
There will also be a Kid’s Bike Parade. Each child may decorate their bike and be a part of the parade. This event is at 1:30 pm on Friday.
There will be a site decorating competition where campers may decorate their camp site patriotically to be judged at 2:00 pm on Friday. Our younger campers will be excited to join in the chalk art competition where they will decorate their area of the sidewalk to be judged at 3:00 pm on Friday.
The golf cart parade will begin at approximately 10:30 pm. Campers decorate their golf carts to be a part of the golf cart parade! Additionally, campers will be entertained by the band, Jo Jo Gunne, playing at 7:30 pm on Friday.
These events are strictly for campers at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground. Those wishing to attend may make reservations at our campground by calling (888) 459-7275 or visiting www.parks.ky.gov. For information and group reservations for 20+ call (859) 259-4257 or email
There is something for everyone and there is no better place to spend the fourth of July than camping at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground with friends or family!
July 5-6, 2013
Kentucky Horse Park Campground
$35.00 – Sunday-Thursday per night/1-8 people
$35.00 – Friday-Saturday per night/1-8 people
$28.00 per night/primitive with electric
$20.00 per night/primitive
THIS IS FOR KENTUCKY HORSE PARK CAMPERS ONLY! Those wishing to attend may make reservations at our campground by calling (888) 459-7275 or visiting www.parks.ky.gov. For information and group reservations for 20+ call (859) 259-4257 or email
We are very sorry, but due to Fayette County regulations, THIS YEAR'S FIREWORKS DISPLAY HAS BEEN CANCELED. Please come enjoy our other activities at the campground!