Of all the equestrian sports out there, none of them are as FUN as mounted games. The US Mounted Games Association Finale Championship will be held at the park, October 26-27, sure to delight participants and spectators alike with teams competing in relays named Bang-A-Balloon, Hi Lo, Hula Hoop, Socks and Buckets, Windsor Castle and others. Riders will pick up rings from poles with wooden swords, burst balloons from horseback and put flags into cones on the ground. There are more than 25 different races and some involve dismounting and vaulting-on at speed. The games are taught at clinics and in beginner divisions at competitions, which are held throughout the year. Some experienced games riders may go on to represent the United States in competitions in other countries.
The competition is open to adult and youth divisions and is known as a niche equestrian sport that is relatively inexpensive and has a wide variety of classes suited to the skill level of the rider. Bring out the family to watch the fun, and get caught up in the action! For more information about the USMGA Finale Championship, visit www.usmga.us.
Date & Time:October 26 – 27, 2013 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Admission:Included in Kentucky Horse Park general admission, horse show-only rate available
Location & Parking:Rolex Stadium Parking available in the Main Lot
The 2013 United States Dressage Festival of Champions, presented by the Dutta Corp., starts on Tuesday, October 8, with the jog and ends on Saturday, October 12, with the freestyle competition.
Previously in Gladstone, New Jersey, this will be the first time the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park, the site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The Festival of Champions is an excellent opportunity to watch Olympic riders and rising stars in the sport of dressage. Saturday evening’s grand prix musical freestyles will be the highlight of the weekend.
This event will again hold six National Championship divisions—USEF National Grand Prix Dressage Championship, USEF National Intermediaire I Dressage Championship, USEF National “Brentina Cup” Young Adult Championship, USEF National Young Rider Dressage Championship, USEF National Junior Dressage Championship and USEF National Pony Rider Dressage Championship.
All classes will take place in the Rolex Stadium. Live streaming USEF Network U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions coverage will be broadcast throughout the show at this link - www.usefnetwork.com/featured/2013FestivalOfChampions
An annual pilgrimage to this prestigious competition is a goal for dressage riders at every level, making this a good week to be a fan of equestrian sports in Kentucky! For further information regarding the 2013 U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions, please contact the Kentucky Dressage Association at (859) 351-4137 or visit www.usef.org/_IFrames/breedsdisciplines/discipline/alldressage/dressageFestival.aspx.
Date & Time:October 8-12, 2013 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location & Parking:Rolex StadiumParking available in the Main Lot
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
Hats Off Day is the only day of the year everyone can enjoy the Kentucky Horse Park and all it has to offer, at no cost! Hats Off to Kentucky's Horse Industry Day is a celebration of the horse and its impact on the state of Kentucky, and features the premiere event, the Rood and Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix for the education and entertainment of all those attending.
Kentuckians flock to the Kentucky Horse Park on Hats Off Day for a free day of family fun and an opportunity to learn more about horses and the amazing things they do for our great state. Events include children’s activities, free pony rides, educational booths, interactive equine stations, and much more.
Free admission to Hats Off Day will include entrance into all of the park’s regular attractions, including the two museums, the Horses of the World Show, the Hall of Champions Presentation, and the Trolley Tour. The day will also include admission to the Kentucky Summer Horse Show.
The Rood and Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix, a challenging show jumping competition between top international horses and riders, is the featured evening entertainment for Hats Off Day taking place in the beautiful outdoor Rolex Stadium. Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital is the proud sponsor of the Rood and Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix, a premier show jumping competition held annually at the Kentucky Horse Park for the past 25 years.
Top-level show jumpers are guaranteed to impress the crowd as they soar over thirteen, 5-foot fences. Join us and witness the athletic ability of Grand Prix Show Jumpers and the teamwork of horse and rider. Each horse and rider must clear every obstacle on the course with the least number of faults and the fastest time. In the event of a tie, an altered course is set, and a timed jump off is held to determine the winner.
Come on out and take your hat off for the Kentucky horse industry!
For more information about Hats Off Day or the Rood and Riddle Grand Prix, contact the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital at (859) 233-0371.
Date & Time:July 27, 2013 – 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Special Activities Schedule:4:00 pm – Line up for Free Souvenir hats while supplies last at the North Gate entrance
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Free Pony Rides, Picture on a Pony, Inflatable Games, Arts and Crafts, Music, contests, prizes and more!
7:00 pm – Spectacular equine exhibitions and Opening Ceremonies for the $50,000 Rood and Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix
7:30 pm – $50,000 Rood and Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix Show Jumping Competition begins!
Admission:Free All Day!
Location and Parking:Hats Off Day – ParkwideRood and Riddle Grand Prix – Rolex StadiumParking Available in the Main Parking Lot
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.
Date & Time:
July 17-21, 2013 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Included in Kentucky Horse Park general admission, horse show-only rate available
Covered Arena, Hunter Jumper Complex, Walnut Ring, Rolex Stadium, and the Alltech Arena.
At the MayDaze Horse Trials, approximately 500 horses are scheduled to compete in dressage, cross-country and stadium jumping, here at the Kentucky Horse Park on May 24-26, 2013.
On Friday, dressage, meaning training in French, where horses are described as appearing to dance, will begin in the morning at 8:00 am. Eventing in the Rolex Stadium will begin at 10:00 am, finishing at approximately 5:00 pm. Saturday’s competitions in all three, dressage, cross-country and stadium jumping, will begin at 7:30 am and run until 6:00 pm. Sunday will run from 7:40 am to 3:00 pm and will only include jumping phases.
Competitors from both the Olympics and the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event will participate in these events as well as those in the beginner levels. Competitors will be attending from 20 states. Individual ride times may be viewed on www.champagnerun.com starting on May 21.
Date & Time:
May 24-26, 2013 – 7:30 am – 6:00 pm daily (approximately)
Location & Parking:
Hunter Jumper Complex, Walnut Ring, Cross Country Course
Parking is available in the main parking lot.
The 27th annual Kentucky Dressage Association’s (KDA) Spring Warm Up & Dressage Show, demonstrating the highest expression of horse training, returns May 23-26, 2013, to the Kentucky Horse Park!
Dressage, commonly referred to as horse ballet, is a graceful and disciplined sport where rider and horse perform a series of predetermined movements with minimal direction while maintaining a relaxed posture. At the KDA’s Annual Dressage Show, viewers can experience firsthand the fine art of dressage performed by such elegant creatures – horses.
The competition begins with the KDA Spring Warm Up on May 23-24 preceding the annual Dressage Show on May 25-26. The KDA spring shows will conduct all CDI3*/CDI*/CDIY/CDIJ/CDIP classes and many others in the Rolex Stadium, which was the site of dressage and show jumping for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. KDA is expecting more than 230 riders during the four-day show that attracts competitors domestically as well as internationally. Last year, during the 2012 competition, there were riders from Canada and Spain.
The Kentucky Horse Park, in conjunction with the KDA, will present a special World of Horses show on Saturday, May 25. Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, which teaches riding to the physically and mentally handicapped, will be introducing their horses to the public and promoting their mission. There will also be a KDA-hosted cancer walk in memory of Mary Kearney, a former KDA member, horse lover and dressage enthusiast. The community is invited to participate in the walk at 6:00 pm, and then to stay to watch an exciting dressage freestyle competition in the evening. Shuttles will take participants to the run/walk course at Mt. Brilliant Farm behind the Kentucky Horse Park and then bring them back to the park afterwards for the Dressage Freestyles in the Rolex Stadium.
Dates & Time:
May 23-26, 2013 – 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 25, 2013 – 6:00 pm – KDA Kearney Cancer 5K & Fun Walk (Mt. Brilliant Farm/Rolex Stadium)
Location & Parking: Dressage Complex – Parking is available in the Main Parking Lot
For more information about the 2013 KDA Spring Warm Up & Dressage Show, please visit www.kentuckydressageassociation.org.
The Kentucky Spring Horse Show will mark the first week of competition, from May 8-12, 2013, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. These events attract the nation's best competitors because of their wonderful venues, excellent stabling, plenty of exercise rings and spacious cross country fields.
During the first week, the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby will take place at 5:00 pm in the Rolex Stadium. This event includes jumps that are reminiscent of the hunting field, such as natural posts and split rails, a stonewall, a coop, an aiken, hedges, logs, banks, and ditches. This event gears up riders for the August $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals.
Kicking off the first week, the seven part Hagyard Challenge Series will include the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic on May 9th at 6:30 pm. These events highlight the jumper events which are held in the Rolex Stadium. The $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix will take center stage on Sunday, May 12th at 4:00 pm.
The main rings for the hunter competition are the Stonelea Ring and the Murphy Ring, which each feature the OTTO Sport footing, as do each ring's respective warm-up areas. The OTTO Riding Arena Mat System is a state-of-the-art surface that has been proven all over the world including the 1996 Olympics, the 1998 World Cup, and the 2006 and 2010 World Equestrian Games.
The Kentucky Spring Classic will continue the competition the following week, May 15-19, 2013. The $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic will be held on Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 pm as riders try to accumulate valuable points for the Hagyard Leading Rider Bonus. On Saturday, May 18, riders will compete under the lights in the Rolex Stadium at 6:30 pm for the $75,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix sponsored by Audi of Lexington.
During the World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) week of competition, the Kentucky Spring Classic riders will have the opportunity to compete for valuable points. WCHR is an awards program started by the American Hunter-Jumper Foundation and now carried forward by USHJA. The awards are presented, on both a national and regional level, to Pony, Junior, Amateur, Professional, Adult and Children's hunter riders who accumulate the most points at WCHR designated horse shows throughout the year.
This event is and is AA rated and a qualifying event for The Washington International Championship as well as The North American League Finals.
The Kentucky Spring Hunter Jumper Shows are sponsored by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Hallway Feeds, Audi of Lexington, Johnson Horse Transportation, Farm Vet, Dietrich Insurance and Sleepy P Ranch.
KENTUCKY SPRING HORSE SHOW – Rolex Stadium – May 8-12, 2013$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic – Thursday May 9th – 6:30 pm$15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby – Saturday May 11th – 5:00 pm $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby – Saturday May 11th – 5:00 pm $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix – Sunday May 12th – 4:00 pm
KENTUCKY SPRING CLASSIC – Rolex Stadium – May 15-19, 2013$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic – Thursday May 16th – 6:30 pm$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby – Saturday May 18th – 5:00 pm $75,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix – Saturday May 18th – 6:30 pm (Sponsored by Audi of Lexington)
Times: 8:00 am–5:00 pm daily (approximately)
Admission: Included in Kentucky Horse Park general admission, horse show-only rate available
Location & Parking: Events both weeks are held at the Covered Arena, Hunter Jumper Complex, and Rolex StadiumParking is available in the Main Parking Lot
For further information on the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.
NOTE: NBC stations will televise a wrap-up show of this event on Sunday, April 28 at 4 pm EDT. Check local listings for details!
The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover, returns to the Kentucky Horse Park. Come experience this iconic international event, celebrating its 35th anniversary along with the park.
One of the most popular equine sporting events in the world, it will be an exciting weekend of fun leading up to Derby the following week. Here you can experience top riders of international horse sport with their best horses in the highest classes of eventing.
Defending champion, William Fox-Pitt, as well as Olympic veterans and other past Rolex champions are included among riders set to compete. The list of entries includes some of the best riders and horses from Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand and the United States. These contestants are chomping at the bit to win their share of the $250,000 in prize money and a shot at the $350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing award.
The Sponsor Village and International Trade Fair will also be set up outside the Rolex Stadium for when you need to stretch your legs and shop the many offerings available. More than 175 merchants, corporate sponsors and food vendors will be ready to open at 9:00 a.m. on the days of the event selling clothing, horse related merchandise, jewelry, and artisan crafts.
The stakes are high and the award winning line-up is impressive. The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is sure to be a tough competition for the riders and a thrilling sight for spectators!
General admission (including parking) –
Thursday - $15
Friday - $15
Saturday - $35
Sunday - $30
Kids 12 and under - Free (when accompanied by an adult)
Dates and Times –
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 25, 7:00am - 4:00pm
Ticket sales begin at 7:00am
For more information, please visit the Rolex Kentucky website at www.rk3de.org.
If you cannot attend in person, you can watch online at www.usefnetwork.com.