Upcoming Kentucky Horse Park Events and News:
-Now through Oct 23: Ancient Bronzes of the Asian Grasslands exhibition in the International Museum of the Horse
-Now through Dec 31: Celebrities: Saddlebreds and Personalities from the Silver Screen, Cinema and History exhibition in the American Saddlebred Museum
-Now through Aug 6: Natural Horseman and Performer Guy McLean
-Now through Aug 7: Kentucky Summer Classic Hunter Jumper Show
-This weekend Aug 6: Hats Off Day a free day at the park!
-This weekend Aug 6: Rood & Riddle Grand Prix to benefit KHP Foundation and Kentucky Equine Humane Center
-Aug 9-14: USEF Pony Finals
-Aug 17-21: Bluegrass Festival Hunter Jumper Show
-Aug 19-20: USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals
-Aug 24-28: Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association Show
-Sep 1-5: Bluegrass Classic Cluster Dog Show
-Sep 2-4: Kentucky Classique Horse Trials
-Sep 6-11: NRHA East Coast Championship
-Sep 9-11: MSEDA Dressage at the Park
Other equine interests & future events:
-Alltech National Horse Show debuts new website
-Horses and Hope Trail Ride
-Save the Date - Save a Horse! Black Tie Gala at Alltech National Horse Show
-Meet some of the adoptable KyEHC horses!
-Bronze statue of Ch Wild Eyed & Wicked unveiled at American Saddlebred Museum
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MEDIA ALERTCindy Rullman859-259-4209
LEXINGTON, KY (August 1, 2011) The Kentucky Horse Park is honored to welcome Guy McLean, an accomplished, self taught, thinking horseman, who will be appearing this week at the park.
Through a complete love of horses and a burning desire to find better ways of building relationships with horses, not having to use force, instead, asking them to do the job as a partner, Guy has developed his own training methods, trying something new every day as a new personality poses new problems to work through.
Master Horseman Guy McLean provides a true Australian experience. His performances include 1 to 4 horses, young horse starting, bush poetry and whip cracking. Guy has performed across Australia over the past 10 years and at Equitana Asia Pacific, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, corporate events and numerous agricultural shows.
In 2005, Guy won the Australian Horsemanship Challenge, in which he had 2 hours to start a young horse and perform a set routine. He is also a 2-time Australian Bush Poetry Champion and 2002 and 2006 Ambassador of the Outback.
Guy is performing this week, through Saturday, August 6, twice a day in the Parade of Breeds at the Kentucky Horse Park. Included with park admission.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please take a few minutes to watch Guy's video, to see why we're so excited and honored to have this horseman and performer here at the park: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYNNSiDoOVk. Guy performs at 11am and 2pm, and is available for interviews.
Park Hours and Rates: Through November 6, the park is open seven days a week. Admission is $16 for adults, $9 for children 7-12. Children six and under are always admitted free of charge. Admission includes the International Museum of the Horse - In Association with the Smithsonian Institution - and the American Saddlebred Museum.
WHO: Nearly 250 riders, ages 14-21, from 6 countries, along with their families, trainers, friends, veterinarians, farriers, judges, volunteers and spectators (174 riders from the U.S., 59 riders from Canada, 10 riders from Mexico, 2 riders from Columbia, 1 rider from Germany and 1 rider from Spain)
WHAT: Opening ceremonies of the Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships
WHEN: Wednesay, July 27, 6:30pm; Entire event, July 27-31.
WHERE: Kentucky Horse Park's Rolex Stadium
WHY: The NAJYRC is the premier equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders, age 14-21. Young equestrians 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 endurance. Many of North America's best equestrians who now regularly represent their country on Olympic, World Championship and Nations Cup teams got their first taste of international experience at NAJYRC. Watch a short video of last year's NAJYRC.
HOW: Members of the media who wish to attend the opening ceremonies should park in the main Visitor Parking lot and walk to the Media Center, located next to the large Hospitality Tent by the Rolex Stadium. For more information, contact Cindy Rullman at the Kentucky Horse Park 859-259-4209,
The public is invited to attend. The NAJYRC is included with park admission; opening ceremonies are free of charge.
WHO: Competitors, ages 14-21, who are in Kentucky for the Adequan FEI North American Junior/Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) at the Kentucky Horse Park
WHAT: 75-mile endurance race from the Kentucky Horse Park, utilizing part of the now world-famous Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games endurance course
WHEN: Friday, July 30, 6:30am
WHERE: The race begins and ends at the Kentucky Horse Park in front of the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center.
WHY: 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 endurance. The competition is run under rules of the FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale), the international governing body for equestrian sport, and is the only FEI championship held annually in this country. Many of North America's best equestrians who now regularly represent their country on Olympic, World Championship and Nations Cup teams got their first taste of international experience at NAJYRC. Watch a video, shot at 10:45am< Jul 29, at one of the endurance veterinary inspections.
HOW: Members of the media who wish to attend should contact Cindy Rullman at the Kentucky Horse Park (859-259-4209,
Tolley Graves, American Saddlebred Museum 859-259-2746 ext 304
WGC CHWILD-EYED & WICKED BRONZE AND COURTYARD DEDICATED
LEXINGTON, KY - At 11:30 a.m. on July 16, 2011, Sally and Joe Jackson hosted the unveiling and dedication of the WGC CHWild-Eyed & Wicked bronze and courtyard seating area at the American Saddlebred Museum.
The ½-life size bronze portrays the two-time World’s Grand Champion Five-Gaited horse at the rack and was sculpted by his owner Sally McClure Jackson. A noted artist, Jackson’s works are in the collections of the United States Equestrian Federation, the Kentucky Horse Park, and Lord Westmorland of London, England, among others.
A crowd gathered to hear Museum Executive Director Tolley Graves give a brief explanation of the origin of the Museum’s sculpture Garden and thank the Jacksons for their generous donation of not only the magnificent sculpture but also the beautifully designed courtyard seating area. Located to the left of the main entrance to the Showplace For Saddlebreds, the bronze serves as a focal point, drawing visitors from within the Horse Park to the Museum. Signage affixed to the base of the bronze gives a brief Saddlebred history along with an explanation of the breed’s gaits. The multi world’s champion gelding was also a two-time winner of the American Saddlebred Triple Crown among other awards throughout his stellar show career. CHWild-Eyed & Wicked is buried outside the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions.
The museum is open daily from 9-6. For more information contact museum curator Kim Skipton at 859/259-2746 or
Photo (top) by Kentucky Images. Photo (bottom) sculptor Sally McClure Jackson with her sculpture courtesy of American Saddlebred Museum..
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.
CLICK HERE TO VISIT HATSOFFKY.COM!
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.
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.
For further information or media credentials, please contact:
Kathleen Fallon, Reeves International, Inc.
Mobile : 917-592-5185mailto:
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: