This year, the spirit of HalloWhinny is taking over the weekend. Halloween is approaching, and the park won’t let the holiday pass without offering two presentations of HalloWhinny, the annual Halloween show, where park horses and their riders are likely to show up as just about any kind of “scary,” funny, or quirky dual human/horse costume for the holiday. Held at 2 p.m. on October 29th and October 30th in the park’s Breeds Barn, park employees and special guests will show off costumes that many have planned all year. Joining the staff, volunteers (and of course, horses) from the Breeds Barn and Big Barn will be Patrick the Miniature Horse, retired race horses from Ohio Standardbreds and Friends, and miniature horses from Stampede of Love. **HalloWhinny is included in regular park admission.
Equine Events and Competitions
During the Octoberfest Horse Trials green through novice divisions will be on display and is a great event for green to advanced horses in training. There will also be a trade fair on the grounds as well as a costume contest on Saturday during the combined test stadium jumping and on Sunday on cross-country.
Saturday October 29-Dressage and Stadium Jumping
Sunday October 30-Cross country, followed by cross country schooling after all competitor rides
The Central Kentucky Riding for Hope Halloween Trail Ride and Used Tack Sale are events to benefit the Central Kentucky Riding for Hope. The Halloween Trail Ride allows riders to ride over park grounds that are not usually open to riders. A costume class and ride-a-thon will also take place during the event. The used tack sale allows people to buy and sell tack. For more information on the CKRH Trail Ride & Used Tack Sale please visit http://www.ckrh.org/htr.html or call (859) 231-7066.
The Certified Horsemanship Association will take place in the club lounge of the covered arena from October 27, 2017 through October 29, 2017. For more information, please contact Christy Landwehr with the Certified Horsemanship Association.
They say you cannot teach an old dog new tricks, but what about an old horse? The Thoroughbred Makeover is proof that this age old saying does not apply to the horse world. This event is a great opportunity to see some retired race horses showing off their "new tricks." There are around 350 Thoroughbreds training for this event, each horse with the option to compete in up to two of ten different riding disciplines. Come on out to the Covered Arena and see these Thoroughbreds in action.
The event is put on by the Retired Racehorse Program, and organization dedicated to building further careers for retired Thoroughbred race horses. The purpose is to promote the usefulness of these retired Thoroughbreds, who may otherwise be disregarded after their racing days are over. Thoroughbred Makeover is one of the program's most important events, due to the fact that it showcases the versatility and unique capabilities that are often overlooked with these horses. For more information, or if you would like to support their program, you can visit their website at https://www.retiredracehorseproject.org or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hagyard MidSouth Three-Day Event and Team Challenge is a 3-day eventing competition. This event is USEA and USEF sanctioned. The three disciplines that will make up the competition are dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. For more information on the Hagyard MidSouth Three-Day Event and Team Challenge please go to http://www.hagyardmidsouth.com or call Mary Fike at (859) 621-2479. Photo courtesy of Sara Davidson.
The Kentucky Dressage Association Fall Classic is a KDA recognized Dressage show with classes from introductory level to grand prix level. For more information on the Kentucky Dressage Association Fall Classic please go to www.kentuckydressageassociation.org or call (859) 276-8993. Photo courtesy of Phelps Photos.
The Fall Harvest Show showcases the Arabian, Morgan, and Friesian breeds. Classes include sport horse in hand, stick horse, tandem riding, showmanship, halter classes, liberty classes, driving classes and breed championships. For more information on the Fall Harvest Show please go to www.puremorab.com.
The National Drive is a 6-day event devoted to recreational equine driving. This event is the largest gathering of recreational equine drivers in North America. Highlighting the event is a series of clinics, demonstrations and private driving lessons featuring some of the nation’s most prominent clinicians and driving experts. Participants are able to drive their horses throughout the park from dawn until dusk. For more information on the National Drive please visit http://www.nationaldrive.net or call Mike Lyon at (931) 492-0154.
The Kentucky Classic Combined Driving Event is a 4-day event. This year’s event will feature preliminary, intermediate, and advanced level divisions. The advanced-level competition is an FEI-level two-star (CAI**) event. The 2017 USEF National Championships for single, pair, and four-in-hand ponies will be taking place as well as the 2017 USEF National Pair Horse Championship. The event will also feature the Kentucky Classic Preliminary and Intermediate Championships. For more information on the Kentucky Classic Combined Driving Event please visit http://kentuckyclassiccde.com.
Click the link below to watch the 2014 Kentucky Classic video: