The Kentucky Classique Horse Trials, a championship horse show, will be at the Kentucky Horse Park, August 30 through September 1.
More than 350 horses and riders from as far away as Canada and Florida are scheduled to compete in this Fédération Equestre Internationale-approved qualifier for international competition at the Intermediate and Preliminary levels. The upper level courses were designed by David O’Connor, a USA Olympic Eventing Coach.
The Kentucky Classique was selected by the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Area Council as the perfect event to host the USEA Area VIII Championships, a prestigious and trail-blazing competition. This will be the first time that all the Area VIII Championships are being held at one competition and venue. Only the best riders from Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia have placed competitively throughout the season to qualify to participate in the Championships.
For further information about the Kentucky Classique, call Mary Fike at (859) 621-2479 or visit www.kyevents.net.
Date & Time:August 30 – September 1, 2013 – 9:00am – 5:00pm
Admission:Included in Kentucky Horse Park general admission, horse show-only rate available
Location & Parking:Hunter Jumper Complex, Dressage Complex, Cross Country CourseParking available in the Main Parking Lot
The MidSouth Eventing and Dressage Association (MSEDA) will be holding their Dressage at the Park I and II, September 6-8, again this year in conjunction with the National Dressage Pony Cup (NDPC), which has an offering of $10,000 in total prize money, as well as the Region 2 Youth Team Competition, all hosted at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Performance Show I will be on September 6, 2013 and Performance Show II, the MSEDA Championships and the United States Dressage Federation Youth Team Championships will be September 7 - 8, 2013.
In the NDPC, prize money will be offered for each class and by rider classifications for Junior/Pony Club, Adult Amateur, and Open. High Point Awards for rider and breed classifications will be awarded also. A variety of classes are available from introductory walk/trot tests to fourth level and freestyle. Entries are open to any breed or mix of breed pony with a current United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Pony Measurement Card.
This event is a level-three competition and an official qualifying competition for the USDF/Dover AA Medal Program, the 2014 Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, the 2014 USEF National Pony Rider Championships, the 2014 Massey Ferguson/USEF National Junior and Young Rider Championships and the 2014 USEF Brentina Cup Championships.
The horses will be dancing for the MSEDA Dressage at the Park, so mark your calendar for this must-see event!
For more information about the MSEDA Dressage at the Park, contact Susan Posner at (859)221-3462 or visit www.mseda.org.
Date & Time:September 6-8, 2013 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location & Parking:Dressage ComplexParking Available in the Main Parking Lot
The 3rd annual Horses and Hope Trail Ride at the Kentucky Horse Park, an event to benefit Horses and Hope, a partnership that Kentucky's First Lady Jane Beshear began with the Kentucky Cancer program in 2008, will be on Saturday, September 14.
How can a Saturday trail ride make a difference in the lives of our equine industry workers and their families? Well, proceeds from the event will go to support breast cancer awareness, referral and treatment services for Kentucky's equine industry workers and their families. Additionally, events are held across Kentucky to honor breast cancer survivors, raise breast cancer awareness among fans, and provide breast cancer education and mammography screening to horse industry workers. More than 600,000 race fans, equine enthusiasts, and horse industry workers have received breast cancer information and services through Horses and Hope.
More than 10 miles of marked trails and open fields are available for the ride. Riders may explore the park by choosing one of two options: Enjoy a “Guided Tour” of the park that highlights scenic, historic, or otherwise special places along the way; or take an “On Your Own Tour” of the park trails, riding anytime between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. The guided tour groups will depart continually from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. In addition to the trail ride, the registration fee includes a commemorative Horses and Hope gift, free park admission to access park attractions and a BBQ picnic.
Honors Registration will have a $100 registration fee, and will include a sign posted to honor your designated breast cancer survivor, or in memory of a friend/loved one lost to breast cancer. The additional $35 is a tax-deductible donation.
“Pretty in Pink” prizes will be awarded to the most “pinked out” riders and “pinked out” horses at the event. Get in the spirit and “pink out!”
For more information about Horses and Hope, contact the Kentucky Cancer Program at (877) 326-1134 or visit www.horsesandhope.org/events.php.
Date & Time:September 14, 2013 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Schedule of Events:9:00 am – Registration Opens – All riders must check in and receive a wristband10:00 am – 11:00 am -“Pretty in Pink” Judging10:00 am – 2:00 pm - Trail Ride2:30 pm – BBQ Picnic at Alltech Arena, Merchandise Sales, Prize Drawings, and Silent Auction
Admission:Pre-register by September 7 – $65.00On-site or late registration (after September 7) – $75.00Honors Registration - $100.00BBQ Picnic Only – $25.00Cash/checks only at this event
Location & Parking:Alltech Arena
Registration Form:Click here
Horses and Hope Brochure:Click here
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
Location & Parking:Covered Arena - Parking Available in the Main Parking Lot
The Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop announces the Summer Sidewalk Sale, August 7-11!
Shoppers in the market for a bargain need to come out to take advantage of this inventory clearance with huge savings on apparel, accessories, housewares, Christmas items and fine art while supplies last.
The Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop is located within the Visitor Information Center at the Kentucky Horse Park. The gift shop is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week. Patrons wishing only to come to the gift shop are not required to purchase admission to the rest of the park and they also get free parking.
For more information about the Summer Sidewalk Sale, visit the Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop or call (877) 711-2110.
Date & Time:
August 7-11, 2013 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location & Parking:
Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop
Parking available in the Main Parking Lot
Funny Cide, Thoroughbred Champion and Hall of Champions resident, will be off the park August 1-8 for a special trip:
Funny Cide, winner of two legs of Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown in 2003, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, will travel to Saratoga Springs, N.Y. for a special 10th anniversary celebration to mark his victories and the 150th Anniversary of Racing at Saratoga. The only New York-bred to win the Kentucky Derby, Funny Cide returns home to make an appearance at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, for an Equine Retirement Day Salute to Funny Cide.
The day will start with a meet and greet in the paddock with Funny Cide at 11:30 a.m., which will include his trainers, Barclay Tagg and Robin Smullen; and Jack Knowlton, representing his owners, the Sackatoga Stable. The New York Racing Association will be on hand to give out 1,000 Funny Cide posters. Funny Cide’s former jockeys, Jose Santos and Richard Migliore, will sign autographs to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Four New York-based horse retirement organizations will be at the track and will accept donations throughout the day. Later, Funny Cide will lead the post parade for the Vanderbilt at the track, approximately 5-5:45 p.m.
Funny Cide, or “Funny” as he is known at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions where he has lived since being retired to the park in 2008, will be away from the park Aug. 1 - 8 for the trip to New York. Funny retired with the highest earnings ever by a New York-bred Thoroughbred at $3,529,412. At the 2003 Kentucky Derby, he was known as “the people’s horse” mostly through the story of his owners - a group of former high school buddies who pooled their money to buy the chestnut gelding. He can usually be seen at the Hall of Champions daily throughout the summer at 10:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
Learn more at www.nyra.com/saratoga/information/events/.
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
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 2013 Kentucky Summer Series, a great line-up of hunter jumper shows, will begin July 24, 2013 and run for two weeks, followed by the USEF Pony Finals, the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show, and the KHJA Horse Show. The Kentucky Summer Horse Show will be held July 24 – 28, 2013, and will be followed by the Kentucky Summer Classic, scheduled for July 30 – 4, 2013.
Held at the renowned Kentucky Horse Park, the Kentucky Summer Horse Show will include the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby sponsored by Hallway Feeds, one of the seven events of the Hallway Feeds series, which will provide a $10,000 bonus to the leading professional rider and $2,500 each to the leading amateur and junior riders. Jumper highlights for the Kentucky Summer Horse Show include the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic on Thursday, July 25; at 7:00 pm. Riders will also compete at the Rolex Stadium in the $50,000 Rood and Riddle Grand Prix on Saturday, July 27, at 7:00 pm.
The series will continue with the Kentucky Summer Classic held July 30 – August 4, 2013. The $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic will be held on Thursday, August 1, at 7:00 pm. The $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby will also return on Saturday, August 3. The $50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix, sponsored by Audi of Lexington, will be on August 3 at 7:30 pm.
The USEF Pony Finals will be held August 7 - 11. More than 600 qualifying ponies will compete for awards in Green and Regular pony sections, pony jumpers and the Pony Medal Finals. The Pony Medal Finals will be held on Sunday in the Alltech Arena at 7:00 am.
The fourth show of the Kentucky Summer Series, the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show, a World Championship Hunter Rider Event, will start on August 13 and go through Sunday, August 18, 2013. Spectators can look forward to the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic on Friday, August 16, at 7:00 pm. The $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix, sponsored by Audi of Lexington, will be Sunday, August 18, at 2:00 pm.
Wrapping up the summer series will be the KHJA Horse Show in the Alltech Arena that is held August 21 – 25, 2013. The $10,000 Hagyard Welcome Stake will run Friday, August 23, at 6:00 pm and will be followed on Sunday, August 25, by the $30,000 KHJA Grand Prix at 2:00 pm. The KHJA Horse Show will also host the final event of the Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby and the presentation of the leading rider awards.
Based at the renowned Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, host of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, the Kentucky Summer Series offers equestrians a chance to compete at one of the top facilities in the world. For more information about the Kentucky Summer Series, please check the prize list on www.kentuckyhorseshows.com or contact the Kentucky Horse Shows at (859)233-0492.
KENTUCKY SUMMER HORSE SHOW – July 24-28, 2013$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic – Thursday, July 25 – 7:00 pm$50,000 Rood & Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix – Saturday, July 27 – 7:00 pm$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby – Sunday, July 28
KENTUCKY SUMMER CLASSIC – July 30 – August 4, 2013$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic – Thursday, August 1 – 7:00 pm$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby – Saturday, August 3$50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix – Saturday, August 3 – 7:30 pmSponsored by Audi of Lexington
BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL HORSE SHOW – August 13 – 18, 2013$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic – Friday, August 16 – 7:00 pm$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby – Sunday, August 18$40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix – Sunday, August 18 – 2:00 pmSponsored by Audi of Lexington
KHJA HORSE SHOW – August 21 – 25, 2013$10,000 Hagyard Welcome Stake – Friday, August 23 – 6:00 pm$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby – Saturday, August 24 – 6:00 pm$30,000 KHJA Grand Prix – Sunday, August 25 – 2:00 pm
All shows are qualifying events for The Washington International Championship in Washington D.C., October 22-27, 2013, and The North American League Finals in Pennsylvania, October 10-19, 2013.
Date & Time:Kentucky Summer Horse Show – July 24 – 28, 2013 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pmKentucky Summer Classic – July 30 – August 4, 2013 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pmUSEF Pony Finals – August 7 – 11, 2013 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pmBluegrass Festival Horse Show – August 13-18, 2013 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pmKHJA Horse Show – August 21-25, 2013 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location & Parking:Covered Arena, Hunter Jumper Complex, Walnut Ring, Rolex StadiumParking Available in the Main Parking Lot