The Rocky Mountain Horse Association (RMHA) will be holding their 25th annual International Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park, September 10-14, in the Covered Arena.
The Rocky Mountain Horse Association was founded in 1986 as a non-profit organization in Kentucky, and is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and breeding of the Rocky Mountain Horse. The Rocky Mountain Horse as a recognized breed is relatively new, but these horses go back more than 70 years to a small farm owned by Sam Tuttle, in Estill County Kentucky, where he developed these horses which had a natural single foot (4-beat gait) for riding at the Natural Bridge State Park. Mr. Tuttle’s line of horse descended from a stallion originally from the Rocky Mountains which were bred to Kentucky mares. There are more than 19,000 registered Rocky Mountain Horses in the United States, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, and found in several countries throughout Europe.
The Rocky Mountain Horse Stallion Showcase will be from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm on Friday, September 13, in the Covered Arena. This is a time for stallion owners to promote their stallions, presenting them individually, and spectators to see some of the most beautiful Rocky Mountain Horse stallions. After the Stallion Showcase presentations, there will be an opportunity to meet the stallions face-to-face in the show ring.
The Stallion Row Barn will be open Friday, September 13, from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm, giving stallion owners an additional opportunity for visitors to admire some of the world's finest Rocky Mountain stallions standing side by side. On Stallion Row the many talented stallion handlers will be eager to share their knowledge, display photos and ribbons or trophies of their Rocky Mountain stallions.
Ride A "Rocky" Day is from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14. These rides will be paid for by donation and an excellent opportunity to experience what it is like to ride one of the world's most beloved naturally gaited horse breeds.
Sundy Best, Eastern Kentucky's hottest country music duo, is the perfect fit for the 25th International Rocky Mountain Horse Celebration. The legacy of horses, storytellers and balladeers will come together in an evening of front porch melodies and song lyrics grown out of the rocky topsoil of Eastern Kentucky's Appalachian Mountains, and brought to the Covered Arena Stage at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm on Friday, September 13.
Admission to this event will be included with park admission. Several local vendors will be set up around the show ring concourse daily. Events for the whole family are planned throughout the week. The show will culminate on Saturday evening with the Grand Championship performance.
Please join us for family fun and entertainment at the Kentucky Horse Park to celebrate the Rocky Mountain Horse Association’s International Horse Show. For more information about this event, call (859) 243-0260 or visit the RMHA website at www.rmhorse.com.
Date & Time:September 10-14, 2013 – 9:00 am – 9:00 pmSundy Best – Friday, September 13, 2013 – 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Admission:Included in Kentucky Horse Park general admission, horse show-only rate available
Location & Parking:Covered Arena - Parking Available in the Main Parking Lot
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)
The Clayton Woosley Hall of Fame Reining Show, a long-time staple of the Central Kentucky Reining Horse Association's (CKRHA) show schedule, is back at the Kentucky Horse Park, July 23-28!
Since teaming up with the Darling 888 Ranch in 2011, the event has exploded. The Clayton Woosley Hall of Fame Reining Show features approximately 50 riders and $72,000 in added money spread out over the Darling 888 Ranch Derby and Futurity. Modifications have been made to the show schedule so that everyone has plenty of riding time, adding to its huge success.
In addition to the aged-event competition, the Clayton Woosley Hall of Fame Reining featured a slate and a half of ancillary classes that included a $2,000 open and a $2,000 non-pro class.
For further information, call Alan Crupper at (606) 232-7423 or visit www.ckrha.com.
Date & Time:
July 23-28 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Included in Kentucky Horse Park general admission, horse show-only rate available
Location & Parking:
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.
July 17-21, 2013 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Covered Arena, Hunter Jumper Complex, Walnut Ring, Rolex Stadium, and the Alltech Arena.
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 Parelli Horse & Soul Tour, guaranteed to entertain just as much as educate, is making a stop at the Kentucky Horse Park on May 25-26, 2013. The Parelli program focuses on building the natural relationship between human and horse using the principles of love, language and leadership as guides.
Founded in 1981 by lifelong horseman, horse trainer, rodeo rider, cowboy and teacher, Pat Parelli and his wife, Linda Parelli, began the Parelli Program to focus on teaching the human rather than training the horse. Participants are guided through a series of segments covering a wide range of topics, from Colt Starting to Horsenality, from Lead Changes to the Game of Contact. Each show features different students, different presenters, different music, and different lessons making each horsemanship tour unique, just like each horse.
Horse lovers at all levels and disciplines are welcome and may benefit from the Parelli Natural Horsemanship method. Themes include achieving success without force, partnership without dominance, teamwork without fear, willingness without intimidation, and harmony without coercion. Horse owners who follow the Parelli program have found that, not only does the program enable them to become a gifted horse trainer, but they also come away with the lasting gift of an enhanced relationship and communication with their horse as well as with everyone in their lives.
For this event, pets will not be allowed.Outside food and drink will also not be allowed into the arena. Food vendors will be open on-site.
May 25-26, 2013 - 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
$25 for two full days (parking: $5.00)
The Alltech Arena
For further information on the Parelli Horse & Soul Tour, please visit www.parellinaturalhorsetraining.com
The Kentucky Reining Cup, a world-class event right here at the Kentucky Horse Park, returns with exciting reining action April 26 and 27 at the Alltech Arena!
The world’s top riders compete in a series of prescribed turns, sliding stops and flying lead changes, culminating with the crowning of the coveted title of champion. Testing classic western horsemanship and demonstrating an exhilarating display of the heightened connection between horse and rider! Friday night begins the Kentucky Reining Cup and Saturday, a crowd favorite, the World Freestyle Championship. Freestylers deliver unique performances crafted to music that highlight the rider’s creativity and showmanship. Spectators travel around the globe to gather at the Kentucky Horse Park to witness the Kentucky Reining Cup. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this exciting weekend!
CRI3* Open FEI Reining - $18
Reining World Freestyle Championship - $25
Dates and Times
CRI3* Open FEI Reining – Friday, April 26, 2013 – 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Reining World Freestyle Championship – Saturday, April 27, 2013 – 5:30 – 7:30 pm
For more information, please visit the Kentucky Reining Cup website at www.KentuckyReining.com.
The Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation’s Antiques and Garden Show at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena will celebrate its 28th year with its show March 8-10, 2013. Highlights include nationally renowned Keynote Speakers* landscape designer Jon Carloftis, Hall of Fame interior designer Laura Bohn, and culinary artists Christopher Hirsheimer & Melissa Hamilton of Canal House Cooks; a special loan exhibit “Kentucky Revealed: Treasures from the Speed Art Museum”, a vintage car show, Designer Vignettes by Matthew Carter Interiors, Jennifer Schnabel Interior Design, Kimbrel/Birkman Interior Design, and J. Michael’s Design; daily complimentary lectures featuring regional experts, and on Saturday only, an Appraisal Fair* with Leslie Hindman Auctioneers and Bluegrass Auction & Appraisal.
The festivities begin with a Gala Preview Party* on Thursday, March 7, 2013 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm featuring fine cocktails and culinary specialties from Catering by Donna, a silent auction, valet parking, and shopping opportunities. The three-day show features more than 80 exhibitors of antiques, gardens, designer vignettes, silver, jewelry, collectibles and fine home furnishings, and hosts an A la Carte Café & Bar by Kentucky Horse Park Catering.
The show’s complimentary daily lecture schedule begins March 8 at 2:00 p.m. with “Beauty & the Bluegrass: Maine Chance Farm & Elizabeth Arden” with Martha Birchfield. On March 9 at 10:30 a.m. “The Seasons of the Gardens & Flowers of the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion” with Beth Sebastion, Garth Vinson and Tim Depenbrock; at 2:00 p.m., “Antiques in the Market Place” with Taylor Thistlethwaite; and at 3:30 pm, “Gardens of Inspiration: Incorporating Ideas from Historic Gardens around the World into Your Own Garden” with Joseph Hillenmeyer. On Sunday, March 10 at 12:30 p.m., “Short Stories of Early Kentucky Furniture, 1790-1820” with Mack Cox; and the final complimentary lecture will be at 2:30 p.m., “Kentucky in Prints” with James D. Birchfield.
*Denotes events requiring reservations, by calling the Blue Grass Trust at (859)253-0362 or going online at www.bluegrasstrust.org
Dates and Times:
Thursday, March 7, 2013 – 7:00 – 10:00 pm – Gala Preview Party
Friday, March 8, 2013 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, March 9, 2013 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, March 10, 2013 – 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location and Parking:
Daily entry is $10.00; Run of Show ticket is $15.00 – available at the door
*Gala Preview Party $125 p/p; $95 young collector (35 & under)
*Keynote Lectures: Hirsheimer/Hamilton: $60 p/p; Laura Bohn: $40 p/p; Jon Carloftis: $60 p/p. Special See all 3 for $130.
*Appraisal Fair on March 9, 10 am – 4 pm: with Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Alexander Eblen, G.G., Director, Fine Jewelry and Time Pieces, and Rowley Kennerk, Director, Fine Arts; and from Bluegrass Auction & Appraisal LLC, Filson Graham, owner. Reservations required, call BGT @ 859/253-0362. $20 p/p, includes appraisal fee and daily show ticket. Limit: 2 items p/p, subject to approval.