Take a 6-minutevideo tour of the Alltech Arena, as the Kentucky Horse Park prepares to host the Alltech National Horse Show, Nov 2-6. Narrated by John Nicholson, executive director of the park. Brought to you by Ky Forward.
Photo by Craig Brown
Lexington, KY - September 30, 2011 - Nine Olympic veterans, including four gold medalists highlight the talented roster of riders scheduled to compete at this year's Alltech National Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky on November 2 - 6, 2011.
This year's debut event in Kentucky, designated a CSI-W 4*, will feature a big money Open Jumper division with over $370,000 in prize money, including the main event, the $250,000 Alltech National Horse Show Grand Prix, an FEI World Cup qualifier, on Saturday night. All in all, over $600,000 in prize money is up for grabs in November. "That brings this show on par or better than any show in North America, or any indoor show anywhere in the world," noted show manager Hugh Kincannon.
American Olympians McLain Ward, Laura Kraut, Lauren Hough, Joe Fargis, Margie Engle and Todd Minikus will lead a stellar field of riders, representing eight different nations at this year's show.
Currently ranked number two in the Rolex World Rankings, two-time Olympic Gold medalist McLain Ward will be joined by his Athens and Hong Kong teammate Laura Kraut. Joining this dynamic duo is veteran rider Joe Fargis who secured Olympic Gold in Los Angeles in 1984. Margie Engle and Lauren Hough, members of the United States Olympic team at Sydney, Australia are also scheduled to compete in Lexington.
Engle and Ward are currently ranked one-two on the list of all time grand prix wins in North America.
Brazil's Rodrigo Pessoa, the Individual Gold medalist at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, leads the international list that also includes Nick Skelton, a six-time Olympic veteran for his home country of Great Britain. Pessoa is a three-time World Cup Champion, while Skelton, also a former World Cup Champion, has won Gold at the European Championships and just last month narrowly missed a second Gold, but took home the Bronze in this year's event.
Adding to the international flavor of this year's show are Harrie Smolders of the Netherlands, Pablo Barrios of Venezuela, Ireland's Shane Sweetnam, Richard Maloney and Jonathan McCrea and a strong contingent from Great Britain that includes Skelton, and up and coming stars, Scott Brash and Ben Maher. Barrios has represented his country at the Olympic Games, while Sweetnam, Maher and Brash have all just completed a very successful summer on this year's FEI Nations Cup tour.
The national roster of top rider includes top competitors Kent Farrington, Charlie Jayne, Christine McCrea, Richard Spooner and Ashlee Bond, all members of the United States FEI Nations Cup efforts over the past two seasons. Spooner is among the top five in all-time grand prix victories.
The stars of the future will be well represented at this year's Alltech National Horse Show. Led by Katie Dinan, the Individual Gold Medalist at this year's North American Young Riders Championships in Lexington, the roster also includes Young Rider Team Gold Medalists Lucy Davis and Saer Coulter of California and Reed Kessler, one of the country's top junior riders, with multiple wins on the highly competitive European circuit this summer. Joining the group is Brianne Goutal a former ASPCA Maclay national champion, and Kirsten Coe, a World Cup qualifier winner in California just a couple of weeks ago.
All in all, thirty-five of the world's best show jumpers will take center stage when the Alltech National Horse Show, 128th Edition, gets underway on November 2 - 6, 2011, at the beautiful, new Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
This year's show, designated CSI4*-W, will feature a complete schedule of 'AA'-rated hunter divisions, including the Pony Lane Farm High Performance Hunter section. Also on the agenda, a big money Open Jumper division highlighted by the Sasco Creek Farm $50,000 Welcome Speed Class, the $75,000 Double H Farms Thursday's Jump-Off class, the $60,000 Spy Coast Farm Faults Converted Speed class on Friday and of course, the $250,000 Alltech National Horse Show Grand Prix, an FEI World Cup qualifying event. $100,000 will be up for grabs for the Junior and Amateur Jumper divisions, including the $50,000 SJHOF Junior/Amateur Championships, sponsored by Sleepy P Ranch, Chansonette and Deeridge Farm. The final Sunday is highlighted by the signature event of the National Horse Show, the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals, presented by C.M. Hadfield's Saddlery.
Founded in 1883 at the original Madison Square Garden, the National Horse Show is America's oldest indoor horse show, firmly established as a major fixture on the national and international sports and social event calendars. The National Horse Show Association's primary activity is the annual production of the National Horse Show and all ancillary events. Over the years, the National Horse Show has provided financial aid to many worthwhile charities.
For more information on the National Horse Show Association of America, Limited, please visit www.nhs.org.
[Lexington, KY] – For the first time ever, the Alltech National Horse Show is in Kentucky, and for as low as $10, you can be a part of history in the making, while at the same time benefiting a noteworthy charity. Fifty percent of the net proceeds from the Alltech National Horse Show general admission gate receipts will be donated to the various charities featured each day at the event.
The 128th Alltech National Horse Show will be held from November 2-6, at the beautiful, new Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Tickets are now available for purchase online at ticketmaster.com, and range from $10 to $30. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult (limit two child tickets for every paying adult). Parking at the Alltech Arena is free.
The schedule of charities benefiting from the Alltech National Horse Show ticket sales is as follows:
Wednesday, November 2
• Daytime: The Shriners Hospitals for Children Shriners Hospitals for Children has a mission to provide the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment. It also provides for the education of physicians and other healthcare professionals, and conducts research to discover new ways of improving the quality of care and quality of life of children and families. This mission is carried out without regard to race, color, creed, sex or sect, disability, national origin or ability of a patient or family to pay.Dr. Henry Iwinski, pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Shiners Hospital, said, “We are thrilled to be selected as one of the charities for the Alltech National Horse Show. Over 10,000 children from Kentucky and the surrounding states are currently receiving expert pediatric orthopedic care at our hospital. Gifts such as this one from Alltech enable us to deliver that care regardless of the families’ ability to pay.”
• Evening: The Alltech Sustainable Haiti ProjectJust days following Haiti's devastating earthquake in 2010, Alltech began its work to help rebuild the country through tangible, long-term investment. Within 48 hours of the quake's cessation, Dr. Pearse Lyons was in Haiti identifying opportunities for involvement, and the Alltech Sustainable Haiti Project was launched. Today the project includes complete financial responsibility as well as renovations for a grade school in northern Haiti and the resurrection of a Haitian gem - the country's 100% mountain-grown Arabica coffee. Organically grown and Fair Trade Certified™, Alltech's Café Citadelle coffee is hand-picked, ensuring a consistent and flavorful coffee at the peak of its richness. Most importantly, the coffee provides a sustainable livelihood for the people of Haiti with all proceeds from Café Citadelle going directly to the thousands of families working for the co-op as well as two Haitian primary schools.
“Haiti needs a healthy economy,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. “Sustainable economic growth is the only thing that will make a long-term difference in Haiti. Alltech is pleased that our Sustainable Haiti Project can be among the other well deserving charities benefiting from the Alltech National Horse Show.”
Thursday, November 3
• Daytime: The Kentucky Horse Park Mustang TroopThe Kentucky Horse Park Mustang Troop was designed and is dedicated to providing services, activities, and supervision that will help engage youth in a manner as to keep them off the streets and hopefully off the path that leads to gun violence, gang affiliation and substance abuse. Through the collective efforts of staff members, volunteers, parents, and peers, the Mustang Troop has proven a successful avenue for children looking for structure, guidance, and purpose in their lives. It is the goal of the Kentucky Horse Park, and the Mustang Troop in general, to encourage children and young adults to live up to their potential by giving them, through their work with horses, the necessary resources to be successful in school, work and life as a whole. Kathy Hopkins with the Mustang Troop stated, “The Mustang Troop, and the Kentucky Horse Park as a whole, is overwhelmed and extremely grateful to have been chosen as one of the beneficiaries of the Alltech National Horse Show. This is a wonderful honor that will be greatly appreciated by our staff, troopers, and horses. The Mustang Troop is a program that survives solely on donations and volunteer manpower, and we are thankful for each and every generous contribution that comes our way. Thank you so much for this outstanding recognition.”
• Evening: Kentucky Horse Park Foundation The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to enhancing, expanding and improving the Kentucky Horse Park. The Kentucky Horse Park, located on over 1,200 acres in the heart of Kentucky, is known throughout the horse industry as a competition facility and working horse farm, and to visitors from around the world as a beautiful and serene tourist destination. The Kentucky Horse Park celebrates the horse, in all its forms and interactions with humans. It is the world’s only park dedicated to humankind’s relationship with-and love for-the horse. More than one million visitors travel to the park annually to explore their own personal relationship with horses. Since its inception in 1985, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation has contributed over $25 million worth of improvements, helping to make the Kentucky Horse Park the leading equestrian facility of its kind in the world.
“The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation is pleased and honored to be named one of the charity recipients of the 2011 Alltech National Horse Show. Please join us on the evening of Thursday, November 3 at the Kentucky Horse Park's Alltech Arena to watch world-class equestrians compete and help raise funds to support the Kentucky Horse Park,” said Laura Klumb, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation.
Friday, November 4
• Daytime: Louisville Mounted PoliceThe Louisville Mounted Police’s mission is to help ensure that Louisville is one of America’s safest cities by using private donations to provide the Louisville Metro Police Department and its officers with essential equipment and programs not covered by tax dollars. The Louisville Metro Police Foundation is a private, independent and non-profit charitable organization and focuses its spending on four categories: crime fighting, excellence in policing, health and well-being of LMPD officers, and community partnerships.
“Louisville Metro Police Foundation certainly appreciates opportunities to partner with Alltech. This is a great opportunity to make Louisville a safer city and ensure LMPD has the necessary resources. Community partnerships have proven over the decades to be an invaluable asset to combat criminal activity,” said Troy Pitcock of the Louisville Metro Police Foundation.
• Evening: Kentucky Equine Humane CenterThe Kentucky Equine Humane Center (KyEHC) is a first-of-its-kind facility, established with the specific goal of providing owners with a humane option when they need to give up their horses. No horse in Kentucky in a precarious situation is ever turned away. Those who can be adopted go to loving homes and, like dogs and cats, those with chronic pain, hopeless injuries or illness are compassionately euthanized by a licensed veterinarian. Since KyEHC opened its doors in 2007, it has given refuge to more than 650 horses. www.KyEHC.org.
Saturday, November 5
• Daytime: Lexington Mounted PoliceFriends of the Lexington Mounted Police, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, supporting the horses and officers of the Lexington, KY mounted police unit and their outreach training efforts to mounted officers throughout North America with an annual National Mounted Police Colloquium. The Lexington mounted unit also offers The Civilian Equine Sensory Clinics, supporting civilian riders.
“We recognize and appreciate the enormous support of corporations in the sustenance of equine sports. Without this level of involvement, these sports would not be able to maintain the level of excellence we are experiencing in the current economy. The Friends of the Lexington Mounted Police are especially grateful for the invitation to participate in the educational opportunities during the 2011 Alltech National Horse Show,” said Gin Preston with the Friends of the Lexington Mounted Police.
• Evening: United States Equestrian Team Foundation The United States Equestrian Team Foundation supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international high performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation. Its main tasks are to support athletes, promote international excellence and build for the future.
Bonnie Jenkins, executive director of the USET Foundation, said, “We are so appreciative of being selected as one of the charities for the Alltech National Horse Show this year. The NHS has been an important and prestigious competition for our U.S. Equestrian Teams in the years past. Choosing the USET Foundation as the charity for the Grand Prix evening is wonderful and will truly help as we look forward to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.”
Sunday, November 6
• Daytime: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to AnimalsFounded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in fighting animal cruelty, engaging community partners in animal welfare and enhancing animal health services. The ASPCA, headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, a grant program that helps animals in need across the nation, and a ground-breaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/aspca.
“The ASPCA is honored to be a beneficiary at the Alltech National Horse Show’s ASPCA Day on Sunday, November 6,” said Valerie Angeli, senior director of Equine and Special Projects at the ASPCA. “For 145 years, we have been dedicated to the protection of horses, and this donation will allow us to do more for horses across the country in need of help and a protective voice. In 1933, ASPCA board member Alfred B. Maclay created the ASPCA Maclay Competition in partnership with the National Horse Show to foster responsible and compassionate horsemanship. We are confident this tradition will continue at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, the home of our ‘Angels for Horses: The ASPCA at the International Museum of the Horse.’ exhibit.”
For more information on the National Horse Show Association of America, please visit www.nhs2011.org. Order tickets. -Ends-
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Lexington, KY - September 20, 2011 - The Alltech National Horse Show, 128th Edition, will be held November 2- 6, 2011 in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games(TM).
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The Alltech National Horse Show, 128th Edition, will be held from November 2 - 6, 2011, at the beautiful, new Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
Aurora, CO (August 19, 2011) - The breed's premier sport horses will gather for the ninth annual Sport Horse National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show (Sport Horse Nationals) Sept. 28 – Oct. 2, 2011.
Sport Horse Nationals ranks as the only single-breed sport horse event in the nation.
Unique from the Arabian Horse Association's (AHA's) other national shows, Sport Horse Nationals offers only classes from sport horse divisions including hunter/jumper, dressage, carriage pleasure driving, sport horse under saddle and in-hand classes. The youngest of all the AHA nationals shows, Sport Horse Nationals is known for its amateur friendly atmosphere coupled with bar-raising competition.
With 500 horses expected, three arenas will run simultaneously beginning at 8 a.m. each day. New this year is the A/HA/AA 14.2 & Under Working Hunter Exhibition, spotlighting the new division of working hunter horses measuring 14.2 hands or smaller. There are no qualification points and no entry fee required for the exhibition, but exhibitors must enter in the Show Office on an Official Entry Form. Other must-see classes include Saturday evening's Carriage Pleasure Driving – Gamblers Choice and Sport Horse In-Hand Supreme which serves as an all-star-like competition with all the in-hand champions in the same ring so one can be named supreme.
Exhibitors, spectators and visitors to the show will have the chance to visit The International Museum of the Horse's newest wing, the Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries, which officially opened in June of 2010, and shop at the Sport Horse Nationals Shopping Expo on the concourse of the Covered Arena. The always popular Barn Parties, on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. lets exhibitors host spectators and each other to a spread of food, drink, and fun.
Visit www.ArabianHorses.org/SHN during the show for daily updates and for more informaiton.
What makes Arabians Special?Arabians are the oldest pure breed of horse. The Arabian horse was portrayed on the walls of caves as early as 25,000 to 40,000 years ago. The first written documentation of the breed more than 3,000 years ago verifies that the Arabian horse is basically the same today as it was then. Most of today's popular breeds came from Arabians, including the Thoroughbred--the majority of Thoroughbreds can be traced back to three foundations stallions, two of which were Arabians.The Arabian's physical attributes are not only eye-appealing, but also very functional as a sport horse. Arabians have a shorter, stronger back that allows it to carry substantial weight in comfort; large nostrils and trachea for greater lung capacity; dense, compact bone; and lighter muscling which dissipates heat and lactic acid more readily.Lastly, Arabians are known for their intelligence, willingness to be trained and for the fact that they really enjoy human companionship, due to the fact that they actually used to stay in the tents of their owners in the deserts of Arabia. The history of the Arabians is wonderfully told at the brand new Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries. A spin around the museum and some time watching classes would make a perfect daily outing!
Lexington, KY - September 8, 2011 - The Alltech National Horse Show, 128th edition, announced today that tickets, ranging from only $10 to $30, are now available for purchase, online at www.ticketmaster.com.
Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult (limit 2 child tickets for every paid adult).
Additionally, fifty percent of the net proceeds from the General Admission gate receipts will be donated to the various charities that are featured each day at the Alltech National Horse Show.
Doors for each session open 30 minutes prior to the start of the event. All seats are General Admission and parking is free.
The Alltech National Horse Show, 128th Edition, will be held from November 2 - 6, 2011, at the beautiful, new Alltech Indoor Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
In addition to the Alltech National Horse Show itself, those attending will be able to enjoy a fabulous sixty booth equestrian trade fair and wonderful educational opportunities for the entire family.
"We hope people will take advantage quickly of the availability of online ticket purchases at Ticketmaster," said Mason Phelps, Jr., President of the National Horse Show Association. "There is a real excitement about the Alltech National Horse Show coming to Lexington and I have no doubt that every session, especially the prime time events, will be a complete sell out. So, I would say that if you're planning on attending any of the night sessions or Sunday's ASPCA Maclay National Finals, please buy your tickets early."
Alltech National Horse Show Class Schedule
Wednesday, November 2nd (Charity: Shriners Hospital for Children)8:00 AM20 14 Hands Winery Regular Confirmation Hunter Model10 Green Confirmation Hunter Model22 14 Hands Winery Regular Confirmation Hunter23 14 Hands Winery Regular Confirmation Hunter - Handy12 Green Conformation Hunter13 Green Confirmation Hunter - Handy32 First Year Green Working Hunter33 First Year Green Working Hunter - Handy42 McNeil - Oare Second Year Green Working Hunter43 McNeil - Oare Second Year Green Working Hunter - Handy52 Pony Lane Farm High Performance Hunter53 Pony Lane Farm High Performance Hunter - Handy151 International-Open Jumpers $50,000 Welcome
First Group (Charity: Alltech Sustainable Haiti Project)7:00 PM Evening SessionExhibition and Opening Ceremonies151 International-Open Jumpers $50,000 Welcome
Thursday, November 3rd (Charity: Kentucky Horse Park Mustang Troop)8:00 AM82 Bright Star LLC Amateur Owner Hunter 33"83 Bright Star LLC Amateur Owner Hunter 33" - Handy72 Suzanne Thoben Marquard A/O Hunter - over 3562 Hill 'N Dale Amateur Owner - 18 - 3573 Suzanne Thoben Marquard A/O Hunter - over 35 - Handy63 Hill 'N Dale Amateur Owner - 18 - 35 - Handy31 First Year Green Working Hunter U/S41 McNeil - Oare Second Year Green Working Hunter U/S11 Green Conformation Hunter U/S21 14 Hands Winery Regular Conformation Hunter U/S51 Pony Lane Farm High Performance Working Hunter U/S
1:00 PM Afternoon Session34 First Year Green Working Hunter $7,500 Stake14 Green Conformation Hunter $7,500 Stake44 McNeil - Oare Second Year Green Working Hunter $7,500 Stake24 14 Hands Winery Regular Conformation Hunter $5,000 Stake54 Pony Lane Farm High Performance Hunter $10,000 Stake161 Sleepy P Ranch $10,000 Junior Jumper
Thursday, November 3rd (Charity: Kentucky Horse Park Foundation)7:00 PM Evening Session163 Chansonette Farm $10,000 Amateur Owner Jumpers152 Double H Farm $75,000 International-Open Jumpers
Friday, November 4th (Charity: Louisville Mounted Police)8:00 AM84 Bright Star LLC A/O Hunter - 3'3" $5,000 Stake74 Suzanne Thoben Marquard A/O Hunter - 35 and older $7,500 Stake64 Hill 'N Dale A/O Hunter - Under 35 - $7,500 Stake81 Bright Star LLC Amateur Owner Hunter U/S71 Suzanne Thoben Marquard A/O Hunter U/S - 35 and older61 Hill 'N Dale Amateur Owner Hunter U/S - Under 3592 Small Junior Hunter O/F - 15 and under102 Small Junior Hunter O/F - 16 - 17112 Large Junior Hunter O/F - 15 and under
1:00 PM Afternoon Session122 Greentree South Large Junior Hunter O/F 16 - 1793 Small Junior Hunter O/F - 15 and under -Handy103 Small Junior Hunter O/F - 16 - 17 - Handy113 Large Junior Hunter O/F - 15 and under - Handy123 Greentree South Large Junior Working Hunter O/F 16 - 17 - Handy164 Chansonette Farm $15,000 A/O Time 1st Jump - Off
7:00 PM Evening Session (Charity: Kentucky Equine Humane Center)162 Sleepy P Ranch $15,000 Junior Jumper Time First Jump- Off153 Spy Coast Farm $60,000 International-Open Jumpers Speed
Saturday, November 5th (Charity: Lexington Mounted Police)6:00 AM ASPCA Maclay Warm-Up - not judged
11:30 AM91 Small Junior Hunter - 15 and under U/S101 Small Junior Hunter - 16-17 U/S111 Large Junior Hunter - 15 and under U/S121 Greentree South Large Junior Hunter -16-17 U/S
1:00 PM Afternoon Session94 Small Junior Hunter -15 and under $7,500 Stake104 Small Junior Hunter - 16-17 $7,500 Stake114 Large Junior Hunter - 15 and under $7,500 Stake124 Greentree South Large Junior Hunter - 16-17 $7,500 Stake165 Show Jumping Hall of Fame $50,000 JR/AO Championship
7:00 PM Evening Session (Charity: United States Equestrian Team Foundation) Opening CeremoniesSpecial Presentations - Awards only154 Alltech National Horse Show $250,000 Grand Prix
Sunday, November 6th (Charity: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)7:00 AMMaclay National Championship for the ASPCA Maclay HorsemanshipClasses - Presented by Hadfield's Saddlery
Approximately 3:00 PMFINAL ROUNDClasses - Presented by Hadfield's Saddlery
Tickets are on sale now online at www.ticketmaster.com
Founded in 1883 at the original Madison Square Garden, the National Horse Show is America's oldest indoor horse show, firmly established as a major fixture on the national and international sports and social event calendars. The National Horse Show Association's primary activity is the annual production of the National Horse Show and all ancillary events. Over the years, the National Horse Show has provided financial aid to many worthwhile charities.For more information on the National Horse Show Association of America, Limited, please visit www.nhs.org.
WHO: Richard and Jeannette McGrath of Hearts Up Ranch
WHAT: Press conference with Public Safety Administrative Officer Rick Curtis, representing Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, Kentucky Horse Park executive director John Nicholson, and the McGraths.
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept 7, 4pm
WHERE: Kentucky Horse Park's Alltech Arena
WHY: Richard and Jeannette McGrath are 3,000 miles into a 4,000-mile coast-to-coast horseback journey to raise awareness and funds for Hearts Up Ranch, a serene, working ranch established in Jackson, Wyoming where "emotionally broken people can find peace with both God and themselves once again." Their ride began on March 4, 2010. They have traversed the deserts and mountains of the west, winter on the plains, and the flooding and storms of the spring on the same 4 horses (who will be resting and recuperating at the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center, located at the Kentucky Horse Park before finishing the last segment of the ride in Virginia Beach). www.HeartsUpRanch.com. HOW: Members of the media should go to the Alltech Arena. Past the parking booth, take the roundabout to Cigar Lane, then turn left on Alltech Way. The press conference will be held outside the main entrance (signs will be posted for alternate rain location). For more information please contact Equestrian Influence Media Department, www.equestrianinfluence.com, 615-830-1001, or
Watch an interview with the McGraths from the Kentucky Horse Park: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfElmeNDETk
Watch a video from WTVQ-ABC36 from the press conference: http://www.wtvq.com/news/9551-4000-miles-on-horseback-to-heal
Photos from the Lexington Herald-Leader from the press conference:http://www.kentucky.com/2011/09/07/1873207/couple-rides-x-country-on-horses.html
[Lexington, KY] - With the historic Alltech National Horse Show preparing for its Lexington debut this fall, horse enthusiasts and members of the community are invited to attend an informational program about the show and the experiences that will be available to spectators during the five-day event.Free and open to the public, Alltech's popular Equine News and Brews program will be held August 25 at Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company in downtown Lexington. "The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games were transformational for Lexington and for the Commonwealth of Kentucky," said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech, the first-ever title sponsor of the Games and of the National Horse Show. "Opportunity once again literally landed in our backyard with the National Horse Show.""As with the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in 2010, we are eager to help people understand and enjoy this year's highly acclaimed equestrian competition, along with experiencing the many exhibits and demonstrations on the show grounds for the entire family."The 2011 Equine News and Brews program, he added, is designed to "build on the spirit of the Alltech FEI Games by providing a forum for all those who share a love of the horse. The open, casual dialogue encouraged at Equine News and Brews is meant to serve as a catalyst in fostering local involvement and interest in the equine industry." The Alltech National Horse Show, 128th Edition, will be held November 2- 6 in the indoor, climate-controlled Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. This year's show offers more than $600,000 in prize money. It has been designated CSI-W 4*, with the Alltech National Horse Show Grand Prix being named an FEI East Coast League World Cup qualifying event.The Equine News and Brews program will be held at Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company at 401 Cross St. in downtown Lexington. A Kentucky Ale reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7:00. There is no charge but attendees must preregister by emailing
. Space is limited. Equine News and Brews is presented by Alltech's natural equine supplement, LIFEFORCE. LIFEFORCE is a once-daily, natural supplement that enhances performance through nutrition and is the official supplement of the Alltech National Horse Show. For more information, please visit lifeforcehorse.com or call Alltech's Customer Service at 1-888-636-3302. For more information about the Alltech National Horse Show, visit www.nhs2011.org.-Ends-Founded by Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech is a global animal health and nutrition company with more than 31 years' experience in developing natural products that are scientifically proven to enhance animal health and performance. With more than 2650 employees in 128 countries, the company has developed a strong regional presence in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle-East, Africa and Asia. For further information, visit www.alltech.com. For media assets, visit www.alltech.com/press. Press Contact: Allie HembreeAlltech Corporate Headquarters 3031 Catnip Hill PikeNicholasville, KentuckyUnited States Telephone: (859) 887-3326 Mobile: (859) 553-3728 Email:
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Presented by Alltech and Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, Kentucky
Hats Off Day is a special day to celebrate Kentucky’s horse industry at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentuckians are invited to the Kentucky Horse Park for a FREE day of family fun and educational activities to learn about the state’s amazing horse industry.
Hats Off Day provides something for everyone – fantastic entertainment for families, intense show jumping competition, a state-of-the-art facility for riders, and premium hospitality and enhanced benefits for sponsors.
Activities include all the regular features of the Kentucky Horse Park, plus free pony rides (1 per child), educational booths and interactive equine stations, equestrian demonstrations, and more, all leading up to the featured event of the evening, the Rood & Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix.
The $50,000 Rood & Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix is a premier show jumping competition with a 27 year history at the Kentucky Horse Park. Top level show jumpers are guaranteed to impress and thrill the crowd as they fly over 5 foot fences.
In addition to thrilling spectators over the years, The Rood & Riddle Grand Prix has served as a charity fundraiser since 2003 and raised over $350,000 for charitable organizations.
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Since its inception in 1985, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation has followed its mission to “expand and enhance the Kentucky Horse Park.” The Foundation has provided funding for many of the park’s facilities, such as show rings and barns for equine competitions, new horses, tack and carriages, safety equipment, costuming, educational programs, landscaping projects, signage, sound systems, special research projects, and special exhibits at the International Museum of the Horse.
The mission of the Kentucky Equine Humane Center is to provide humane treatment and shelter while working as a clearinghouse to seek adoptive homes for all of Kentucky’s unwanted equines, regardless of breed; To educate the public and raise awareness for responsible equine ownership so that fewer horses end up in crisis; To work with and serve as a model for organizations with the same mission in other states: to save America’s equines from inhumane treatment.
MEDIA ADVISORYCindy Rullman859-259-4209
The Black Stallion Show Media Opportunity WHO: The Kentucky Horse Park, Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, The Little Foundation, UKHealthcare Children’s Hospital, Kentucky Bank and Kentucky Thoroughbred Association.
WHAT: Four thousand fourth graders from the Lexington and surrounding counties are currently reading Walter Farley’s book, “The Black Stallion,” through a partnership between the Kentucky Horse Park, The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation and the Black Stallion Literacy Program. Next, during a trip to the Kentucky Horse Park, the fourth graders will experience the book in a new way. Notable scenes from the book will come to life as professional performers and horses from Arabian Nights (Orlando, Florida) will perform scenes from the childhood favorite and dazzle the audience with daredevil stunts in the Black Stallion Literacy Show. WHEN: Wednesdy. May 11, Noon
WHERE: Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park WHY: The purpose is to inspire children to discover the joys of reading and the excitement of learning through the wonders of live horses and Walter Farley’s Black Stallion books. HOW: Members of the media, while there will not be an official press conference for this, please park in the designated Press Conference area at the Alltech Arena. Inside the main doors to the arena, look for a volunteer with a "Media" sign.
There will be a press conference at 11am at The Farmhouse regarding the Alltech National Horse Show, so please plan to attend both.