The beloved tradition, High Hope Steeplechase, is fun for the whole family!

Lexington, Kentucky – The 46th High Hope Steeplechase returns to the Kentucky Horse Park on May 18th, 2014.

For nearly fifty years, the High Hope Steeplechase has held a special place on the Kentucky spring calendar. It stands as one of the state’s most beloved traditions, and the third Sunday in May has long been reserved for this cultural treasure. Brimming in history and known as the “sport of kings,” steeplechasing stands as one of the most exciting equestrian competitions, and Lexington, Kentucky has been fortunate to host High Hope since its inception in 1966. For much of that time, High Hope has been held at the Kentucky Horse Park and has served as a gathering place for friends, a tradition for families, a benefit for area non-profits, and a thrilling display of equestrian excellence.

In 2014, High Hope Steeplechase returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in grand form, benefiting two beloved Central Kentucky institutions, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation and Central Kentucky Riding for Hope. The Kentucky Horse Park foundation is dedicated to raising private support for the park. This helps the park succeed as a world-renown center for equestrian competition and operate as a working horse farm. Central Kentucky Riding for Hope’s mission is to enrich the community by improving the quality of life and health of individuals with special physical, cognitive, emotional, or social needs through therapeutic activities with the horse.

Each year, over 15,000 High Hope Steeplechase spectators enjoy the thrills of jump and flat racing from a variety of vantage points. The preferred tailgate area where cars are parked trackside is sought after, with large picnics and lavish spreads displayed to entertain guests.  Corporate tents, lawn boxes, tickets to the Members Pavilion, and general admission parking passes are also available for purchase.

The day begins at noon with the Terrier races, stick horse races and various children’s activities. Post time for the first race is 1:00 pm.  The day continues until approximately 5:00 pm, incorporating equestrian entertainment, a parade of the Woodford Hounds, a variety of vendor booths, and much more. Offering something for everyone, this event celebrates the beauty of the Bluegrass in all its forms.

The High Hope Steeplechase event is May 18th, 2014; gates open at 11:00am; General admission is $25 per carload. Visit for more information.