Next week, Jul 27-31, we'll have the very prestigious Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships here at the park.
The NAJYRC is the premier equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders, age 14-21. Young equestrians come from the U.S, Bermuda, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands to vie 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 (for the first time) endurance. They will use 75 miles of the now world-famous endurance course designed for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
The competition is the only FEI championship held annually on this continent.
The NAJYR is included with park admission.
For more information go to www.youngriders.org or contact Joanie Morris at
BREYER’S 22nd BREYERFEST® BRINGS FAIRY TALES AND HORSES TOGETHER
Where Equine Fantasies and Fairy Tales Connect Kids with the Horse World
(Pequannock, NJ – July 12, 2011) – Equine fantasies and fairy tales will come true for more than 6,000 Breyer fans and horse lovers whenBreyerFest, the annual horse fair and model horse collector festival hosted by Breyer Animal Creations®, prances into Lexington, KY for its 22nd consecutive festival at the Kentucky Horse Park. BreyerFest will be held Fri.-Sun., July 15th-17th rain or shine. The three-day family festival features nationally known equine entertainers, a trade show, petting zoo, free pony rides, fine Artisans’ Gallery, model horse customizing workshops, a free craft & activity tent, dog agility and more! Most importantly, BreyerFest is a place where kids and horses can connect.
Matt McLaughlin’s Pecos has claimed the coveted spot as the 2011 BreyerFest Celebration Horse, the horse whose Breyer portrait model comes with each three-day ticket. Pecos isa gorgeous Andalusian stallion descended from the Champion of Champions Legionario III of Spain (also honored as a Breyer model). They will perform their signature garrocha act daily.
Also performing daily will be the Awesome Aussie Guy McLean, dubbed the “Steve Irwin of horses.” He has brought his four Australian-bred horses out of the Outback and into America dazzling crowds with their mesmerizing performances. Mark & Dusty will prove to you that there is no limit to what you can teach your horse to do. Mark Peterson and Dusty have traveled the country showcasing Dusty’s astonishing ability to learn new tricks and skills on command! The All American Cowgirl Chicks, a team of daredevil, trick riders whose performance partners are rescue horses and rehabilitated mustangs, will dazzle audiences delivering thrills and chills as well as demonstrating the importance of equine rescue and rehabilitation.
BreyerFest will also welcome Kentucky’s own knight in shining armor, when Dan Peterson, director of the Don F. Pratt Museum, Fort Campbell, KY brings his Medieval Pavilion to life. The 30’ pavilion is complete with artifacts, period clothing, furnishings and full suits of armor.
As always, BreyerFest is the place where kids can connect with the horses that inspired the Breyer models. This year’s event features a stellar assembly of the most portrait models ever. Breyer Portrait Models include:KONG, the legendary ‘wheeler’ of the famed Priefert Ranch Equipment Hitch, a massive Percheron, who performs for more than six million people each year. Sato, a Jockey Club registered Thoroughbred stallion that is an extremely rare palomino pinto sabino. He has flashy Paint coloration and the elegant conformation of a Thoroughbred. Kripton Seni II, stunning Andalusian was a USEF Horse of the Year honoree and has more than twelve (12) National Championship titles to his record. TS Black Tie Affair, a 7/8 Arabian Pinto that has won an astonishing 22Pinto World and Reserve World Championships and two Pinto All-Around Pleasure High Point titles. And Grand Central, grandson of Prince Jester, a Missouri Fox Trotter stallion that is a three-time World Grand Champion. Prince Jester has sired 15 World Grand Champions, six Reserve World Champions, and six Futurity/World Champions.
BreyerFest holds two raffles and both a Silent Auction and a Live Auction to support worthwhile animal welfare-related causes! 2011 Beneficiaries include: The Grace Foundation (Saved By Grace), Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue, PATH (formerly North American Association Riding for the Handicapped), People Helping Horses, as well as various local Kentucky non-profit organizations including: Lions Club of Lexington, Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, Kentucky Horse Council and more
Other Activities include:
TICKETS: Tickets are available for purchase on-site at the BreyerFest Ticket Booth at KHP.
Visit www.BreyerHorses.com for more information or call 973-633-5090.
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Kathleen Fallon, Reeves International, Inc.
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WATCH A VIDEO SHOT FRIDAY, JULY 15 AT BREYERFEST BY A KENTUCKY HORSE PARK EMPLOYEE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWaIAfpxom4
This weekend, July 15-17, you can meet Sato, a Thoroughbred who is an extremely rare palomino pinto sabino.
This 16-hand stallion is registered with The Jockey Club and the American Paint Horse Association.
He has the flashy coloration of a Paint and the sleek, elegant conformation of a Thoroughbred, making him one show-stopping piece of equine eye candy. Sato will be appearing courtesy of BreyerFest so come out and see him!
Watch a video of him, shot at the Kentucky Horse Park on July 14, 2011:
Contact: Charlene Mingus FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UK Healthcare’s Bluegrass International Cup at Polo in the Park
Benefiting Bluegrass Conservancy & The Fayette Alliance
May 19, 2011 – Lexington, KY
The location of the 5th annual Bluegrass International Cup at Polo in the Park presented by UK Healthcare has changed. It will now be held at the Kentucky Horse Park’s renowned John Henry field. The eventwill still be held on Saturday, July 16, 2011. The Bluegrass International Cup at Polo in the Park benefits the crucial efforts of Bluegrass Conservancy and the Fayette Alliance. Main tent patrons enjoy a delicious dinner by Dupree Catering and drinks as they watch an exciting polo match between Team U.S.A. and Team South Africa. While tailgaters get a front row view of the polo match from the limited availability tailgating spots. Tailgaters should bring their own food and drink, as well as, blankets and chairs so they can stretch their feet out in the lawn. After the match, tailgaters are invited to join the main tent for an evening of dancing to the sensational beats of 24/7. Tickets are now available. Please visit PoloBenefit.com or call 859-255-4552 for more information or to purchase tickets.
Last year, over 800 guests enjoyed a fantastic evening of professional polo between South Africa and the United States, delicious food, and dancing. This year, over 1,000 guests are expected to enjoy the same good cheer and unique field sport while supporting farmland preservation and the work of Bluegrass Conservancy and The Fayette Alliance.
Founded in 1995, Bluegrass Conservancy is a private, nonprofit land trust working to protect the Inner Bluegrass Region of Kentucky through land conservation for future generations. We encourage the preservation of these lands through the use of conservation easements for agricultural viability, natural habitat, rural heritage, and scenic open space. Our service area includes but is not limited to Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Mercer, Scott, and Woodford counties. Conservation easements are voluntary legal agreements between a landowner and a qualified land trust such as Bluegrass Conservancy. These flexible agreements are tailored to the landowner’s objectives and property in order to preserve the land for agriculture and/or other open space activities in perpetuity, thereby protecting the land’s conservation values. A landowner donating a conservation easement to Bluegrass Conservancy may be eligible for significant income tax and estate tax savings. Our land trust currently holds 74 conservation easements permanently protecting 11,279 acres.
The Fayette Alliance is Lexington’s ONLY land-use advocacy organization that regularly educates and lobbies local government for a sustainable Lexington that benefits all of us. We believe that preserving and promoting our signature Bluegrass landscape and its related agricultural industries, creating a dynamic and equitable city through responsible development, and improving our infrastructure and environment are key to achieving success here in Lexington-Fayette County. We are an alliance of citizens from the entire community. As a united voice for sustainable growth, we only weigh-in on those land-use issues that have countywide significance. Together we chart our future, and positively impact local zoning and policy decisions—the very building blocks of our community.
To learn more about these organizations, please visit www.bluegrassconservancy.org and www.fayettealliance.com.
Meet the Kentucky Equine Humane Center's adoptable horse of the week: Derby!
Derby is a 4-year-old Thoroughbred mare, 15.3 hands, who is busy absorbing all kinds of new experiences at KyEHC. She is cautious yet curious when introduced to new objects and obstacles but is learning to explore her new world more confidently.
Derby gets along in a herd with both mares and geldings. She is sound for any discipline, a quick learner, and ready for a new home and career.
For more information about her or any of the other adoptable horses at the Kentucky Equine Humane Center, contact them at
Enrollment applications are now available for the Fall 2011 Semester of the Kentucky Horse Park Professional Horseman’s Course. The course will be held from August 15 to December 16, 2011. The deadline is July 15.
The Kentucky Horse Park’s Education Department offers a unique and hands-on educational opportunity unequalled by other equine schools. Students will have the opportunity to study and work with more than 30 breeds of horses residing at the Kentucky Horse Park while acquiring the knowledge and skills to launch a productive career in the equine industry. This program challenges students with daily hands-on practical interaction with horses in a variety of different environments, health issues and training levels, as well as broadens their overall level of equine understanding.
Classes and practicum work in stable management, anatomy and physiology, reproduction, marketing and career development all compliment the hands on side of the program to ensure a well-rounded education. Students will also receive an introduction to - and be able to interact with - breeding practices, and disciplines of carriage driving, racing, and World Equestrian Games disciplines. Former student Heidi Bruner from Indiana commented, “My expectations for this course exceeded everything I could ever imagine” and former student Amelia Clyatt from California stated, “The opportunities that have arisen and the knowledge that I’ve gained has literally changed my life.”
Through a comprehensive curriculum and small class size, which ensures adequate hands-on and individualized learning experiences, students will be prepared to seek entry level work or advance their current position in the industry upon graduation. Eighty-percent of the Spring Semester graduates achieved full time employment in the equine industry within two weeks of completing the course.
Applications must be received by the Kentucky Horse Park no later than July 15, 2011, for fall enrollment consideration. To apply please contact Sheila Forbes at 859-509-1441 or Sheila.forbes@ky for more information or to receive an application by email or mail.
Photos (c) www.jennifermunson.com
Meet the Ky Equine Humane Center’s adoptable horse of the week: Sophie.
She is a very cute, 2-year-old Mustang cross filly, 14.2-hands (and still growing) who LOVES attention. She was actually born at the Kentucky Equine Humane Center in August of 2008.
Sophie is currently working on her ground manners and is progressing nicely. Sh...e has been started under saddle and does well with obstacles. Sophie needs a home where she can get consistent handling to continue her progress.
For more info on Sophie or any of the other adoptable horses at the Kentucky Equine Humane Center, contact them at
The Carriage Association of America is holding its first pleasure driving competition, the Carriage Classic, this weekend, July 1-3 at the Kentucky Horse Park. This USEF-sanctioned show will be held in the Alltech Arena.
Horses and antique carriages from across the country are competing and being driven throughout the park for visitors to enjoy watching. Included with park admission!
This is just a little peek at a few of the single-horse carriages as they left the Alltech Arena after their first class this morning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEVLa8UoLHE
For more information contact the Carriage Association of America, which is headquartered at the Kentucky Horse Park, www.caaonline.com
Photo by Lesley Ward
Carriage Association of America To Host a “Driving Show and More”
The Carriage Association of America (CAA) is pleased to announce the first CAA Carriage Classic, which will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, July 1–3. The event, which will take place mostly in the Horse Park’s Alltech Arena, will be 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 a several “just for fun” classes, in a variety of divisions. The prize list for the show is available now, and entries close on May 15. You can download the prize list at www.caaonline.com (click on Calendar of Events), or you can contact the CAA office for a copy (call 859-231-0971, send a fax to 859-231-0973, or write to
The event will also feature pleasure drives throughout the Horse Park (for those entered in the pleasure-driving show, or not), lectures, and social activities usually associated with a full CAA Conference. Also in the works are a few special events, such as an antique car show. More details on this portion of the event will be posted at www.caaonline.com as they become available.
The CAA was founded in 1960 and is the oldest and largest international organization devoted to the preservation and restoration of horse-drawn carriages and sleighs. The CAA has more than 3,000 members in all 50 states and in 40 other countries.
For more information on the Carriage Association of America or to join, visit www.caaonline.com, write to