Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Kentucky Horse Park
*Cancelled Event* - Event cancelled as of 5/11/13 by event organizers
The High Hope Steeplechase, held annually at the Kentucky Horse Park, is the only day dedicated to steeplechase racing in Kentucky! Area horse lovers’ enjoy the beauty and excitement of live steeplechase racing in a family-fun ambience with entertainment for all ages in a country fair setting.
The first race of the day is the Horse Farm Worker’s Olympics, followed by the Lexington Derby Jumper Relay, Lexington Polo Club Relay, and the Irish vs. American relay race. The last race will be the “Catch a Riding Star” race - a flat race featuring student jockeys from the North American Racing Academy.
Other featured events include the Parade of the Woodford Hounds, an arts and crafts fair, terrier races, a tailgating picnic competition, a silent auction and many other activities for children such as stick horse racing, face painting, and Miniature horses from Central Kentucky Riding for Hope. Come watch the races, shop, tailgate and picnic all day, rain or shine!
There will be equine demonstrations by the Kentucky Mounted Patrol, Mounted Games Across America, and Double Dan Horsemanship.
Proceeds benefit four Lexington charities: Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation, the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. The High Hope Steeplechase and many of its activities are sponsored by ABC 36, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Central Equipment, Darley,Green Horse, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, KBC International, Turftown Properties, Turner Foundation and Susan G. Komen, Lexington.
Date & Time:
May 19, 2013 - Cancelled
For further information, please contact the High Hope Steeplechase office at (859) 967-9444 or visit online at www.highhopesteeplechase.com.
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.
Cross Country Schooling Days organized by the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, combine the rare opportunity to school your horse on the Kentucky Horse Park’s world-renowned cross country course. Obstacles range from novice to advanced, and combinations are similar to those found in competitions. All skill levels are welcome. The proceeds from the event help the foundation continue to maintain and improve the park’s competition facilities year-round.
On-site registration is available and current coggins and health certificate are required. Riders must wear an ASTM/SEI approved helmet, body-protecting vest, and approved medical armband. Stabling is available, but not guaranteed for all schooling days. For riders who are not stabling at the park, a one-day $20 trailer pass or $75 seasonal trailer pass must be purchased at registration. Seasonal trailer passes may also be purchased in advance. For further stabling inquiries, please call 859-259-4219.
For more event information or in the case of inclement weather, please call the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation at 859-255-5727, or visit www.khpfoundation.org.
Summer 2013 Dates (two available sessions each day):May 6, 2013 – 12:00 to 4:00 pm & 4:30 to 8:30 pm - CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN-SOAKED GROUNDMay 7, 2013 – 12:00 to 4:00 pm & 4:30 to 8:30 pm - CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN-SOAKED GROUND
May 28, 2013 - 12:00 to 4:00 pm and 4:30 to 8:30 pm - NEW, MAKE-UP DAYJune 1, 2013 – 8:00 am to 12:00 pm & 12:30 to 4:30 pmJuly 7, 2013 – 8:00 am to 12:00 pm & 12:30 to 4:30 pmSept 7, 2013 – 8:00 am to 12:00 pm & 12:30 to 4:30 pm
Admission:$35 per horse and rider for four-hours ($20 of which is donation)
Come visit Derby Days, the chance to meet past Kentucky Derby winners, Funny Cide and Go for Gin, right here at the Kentucky Horse Park on May 3 and 4.
Help us celebrate the 10th anniversary of Funny Cide’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness wins, and Go for Gin’s 1994 Kentucky Derby win, by visiting with them in their stalls or catching them at the Hall of Champions Show.
View one of the largest collections of past Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown trophies anywhere, on display in the International Museum of the Horse, featuring the trophies of Triple Crown winners Affirmed and Seattle Slew. The museum’s collection includes the amazing Calumet Farm’s eight Derby trophies, seven Preakness trophies, two Belmont platters and two Triple Crown trophies for Whirlaway in 1941 and Citation in 1948.
Racing fans and history buffs will further have the opportunity to visit the grave of Isaac Burns Murphy, probably the world’s greatest Thoroughbred jockey, who won the Kentucky Derby three times, and achieved an incredible lifetime winning record of 44%. Kentucky Derby winners War Admiral, Bold Forbes and Alysheba, among other great Thoroughbred horses, are also buried on park grounds.
The Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop provides officially-licensed Derby merchandised including Daily Racing Forms and programs, and, of course, carries a variety of Derby hats, fancy to plain; scarves; ties; prints and notecards; and, books on Kentucky’s Thoroughbred racing heritage.
This family-friendly event also includes performances by two singer/songwriters, Taylor Dye and Dale Pyatt, and the Bittersweet Cloggers on both Friday and Saturday, and stick horse making and a coloring contest for the kids all day Saturday.
Each child (7-12) will receive a free return visit to the park just for visiting, and adult guests will be eligible for a drawing for one of several Family Season Passes.
Bring the family out to the Kentucky Horse Park for Derby Days to experience beautiful Kentucky scenery, horse culture and a lovely compliment to your Derby weekend!
Dates & Times -
Friday, May 3, 2013 – 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday, May 4, 2013—9:00 am-5:00 pm
Adults - $16.00
Children (7-12) $8.00
*Guests who show a wagering ticket from Keeneland, or here at the drive-thru booths at the Kentucky Horse Park, will receive up to 50% off of general admission on Friday or Saturday.
Photo by Steve Faust.
The Carriage Driving Event, one of several gatherings of its kind in North America, is devoted exclusively to recreational equine driving. Since 2005 this three-day event has been held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.
Spectators may witness the excitement of carriage driving while being introduced to yesterday’s world, learning the history and art of this equine sport. Carriage driving focuses on the welfare of the horse, attention to safety and building confidence.
Approximately 60 horses are entered to compete this year. Highlighting the event is a series of clinics, demonstrations and driving instruction featuring some of the nation’s most prominent clinicians and driving experts. There will be a practice show on Sunday.
Guests of the Kentucky Horse Park will have access to view the events and watch the carriages meander throughout park grounds with the purchase of a general admission ticket.
Dates and Times:
Friday-Sunday, May 3-5, 2013 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Included in Kentucky Horse Park general admission, horse show-only rate available
Location and Parking:
Park wide, parking available in the Main Lot
For more information on the Carriage Driving Event, contact Mike Lyon - 931-686-8727. Learn more at www.nationaldrive.net.
The Kentucky Reining Cup, a world-class event right here at the Kentucky Horse Park, returns with exciting reining action April 26 and 27 at the Alltech Arena!
The world’s top riders compete in a series of prescribed turns, sliding stops and flying lead changes, culminating with the crowning of the coveted title of champion. Testing classic western horsemanship and demonstrating an exhilarating display of the heightened connection between horse and rider! Friday night begins the Kentucky Reining Cup and Saturday, a crowd favorite, the World Freestyle Championship. Freestylers deliver unique performances crafted to music that highlight the rider’s creativity and showmanship. Spectators travel around the globe to gather at the Kentucky Horse Park to witness the Kentucky Reining Cup. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this exciting weekend!
CRI3* Open FEI Reining - $18
Reining World Freestyle Championship - $25
Dates and Times
CRI3* Open FEI Reining – Friday, April 26, 2013 – 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Reining World Freestyle Championship – Saturday, April 27, 2013 – 5:30 – 7:30 pm
For more information, please visit the Kentucky Reining Cup website at www.KentuckyReining.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.
Spring Bay Horse Trials
The Spring Bay Horse Trials are this weekend, April 6 and 7. Spring Bay is the first United States Equestrian Federation competition in the area for the new year for riders from novice to preliminary level and for horses that may be new to the sport of eventing as well. It is also a dual-site event with the trials being held at both the Kentucky Horse Park and the Masterson Station Park, a few miles away in Lexington.
Dressage and Stadium Jumping will be held on Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park, and Cross Country will be held on Sunday at Masterson Station Park. More than 250 horses have been entered to compete over the two days, with seven states and Canada represented in the registrations.
The Masterson Award will be given to the Junior Young Rider Preliminary Champion and the Foxmoor Trophy will be given to the Adult Amateur Preliminary Champion.
For more information, contact Mary Fike at 859/621-2479 or at
Included in Kentucky Horse Park general admission, horse-show only rate available
Main Visitor Parking Lot
Saturday - Dressage in Dressage Complex (begins 8:00 am)
Saturday - Stadium Jumping in Claiborne and Stonelea Rings (begins 10:15 am)
Sunday - Cross Country at Masterson Station Park (begins 8:30 am)
Saturday, April 6, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm (approx.)
Sunday, April 7, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm (approx.)
The annual Hippity Hoppity Hunt takes place at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground on Saturday, March 30! Little campers and their parents will enjoy the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt, a petting zoo, crafts, inflatables and a lunch sponsored by Northside RVs.
The Hippity Hoppity Hunt is open only to campers, so be sure to get your reservation in by contacting the KHP Campground at (800) 370-6416 directly or the reservation system at (888) 4KY-PARK or www.parks.ky.gov or going straight to the campground pages on this website at:
Date and Time:
Saturday, March 30 – 11 am – 3pm
$30.00 – Sunday-Thursday per night/1-8 people
$32.00 – Friday-Saturday per night/1-8 pepole
$26.00 per night/primitive with electric
$20.00 per night/primitive
The Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation’s Antiques and Garden Show at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena will celebrate its 28th year with its show March 8-10, 2013. Highlights include nationally renowned Keynote Speakers* landscape designer Jon Carloftis, Hall of Fame interior designer Laura Bohn, and culinary artists Christopher Hirsheimer & Melissa Hamilton of Canal House Cooks; a special loan exhibit “Kentucky Revealed: Treasures from the Speed Art Museum”, a vintage car show, Designer Vignettes by Matthew Carter Interiors, Jennifer Schnabel Interior Design, Kimbrel/Birkman Interior Design, and J. Michael’s Design; daily complimentary lectures featuring regional experts, and on Saturday only, an Appraisal Fair* with Leslie Hindman Auctioneers and Bluegrass Auction & Appraisal.
The festivities begin with a Gala Preview Party* on Thursday, March 7, 2013 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm featuring fine cocktails and culinary specialties from Catering by Donna, a silent auction, valet parking, and shopping opportunities. The three-day show features more than 80 exhibitors of antiques, gardens, designer vignettes, silver, jewelry, collectibles and fine home furnishings, and hosts an A la Carte Café & Bar by Kentucky Horse Park Catering.
The show’s complimentary daily lecture schedule begins March 8 at 2:00 p.m. with “Beauty & the Bluegrass: Maine Chance Farm & Elizabeth Arden” with Martha Birchfield. On March 9 at 10:30 a.m. “The Seasons of the Gardens & Flowers of the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion” with Beth Sebastion, Garth Vinson and Tim Depenbrock; at 2:00 p.m., “Antiques in the Market Place” with Taylor Thistlethwaite; and at 3:30 pm, “Gardens of Inspiration: Incorporating Ideas from Historic Gardens around the World into Your Own Garden” with Joseph Hillenmeyer. On Sunday, March 10 at 12:30 p.m., “Short Stories of Early Kentucky Furniture, 1790-1820” with Mack Cox; and the final complimentary lecture will be at 2:30 p.m., “Kentucky in Prints” with James D. Birchfield.
*Denotes events requiring reservations, by calling the Blue Grass Trust at (859)253-0362 or going online at www.bluegrasstrust.org
Thursday, March 7, 2013 – 7:00 – 10:00 pm – Gala Preview Party
Friday, March 8, 2013 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, March 9, 2013 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, March 10, 2013 – 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Daily entry is $10.00; Run of Show ticket is $15.00 – available at the door
*Gala Preview Party $125 p/p; $95 young collector (35 & under)
*Keynote Lectures: Hirsheimer/Hamilton: $60 p/p; Laura Bohn: $40 p/p; Jon Carloftis: $60 p/p. Special See all 3 for $130.
*Appraisal Fair on March 9, 10 am – 4 pm: with Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Alexander Eblen, G.G., Director, Fine Jewelry and Time Pieces, and Rowley Kennerk, Director, Fine Arts; and from Bluegrass Auction & Appraisal LLC, Filson Graham, owner. Reservations required, call BGT @ 859/253-0362. $20 p/p, includes appraisal fee and daily show ticket. Limit: 2 items p/p, subject to approval.