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 visithttp://www.nationaldrive.net or call Mike Lyon at (931) 492-0154.
Equine Events and Competitions
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 2016 USEF National Championships for single, pair, and four-in-hand ponies will be taking place as well as the 2016 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/ or call Ellen Ettenger at (352) 307-6119.
Click the link below to watch the 2014 Kentucky Classic video:
The UPHA Chapter 9 Kentucky Fall Classic Horse Show is a 3-day show for saddle/gaited horses. Classes that will be taking place include harness, pleasure, roadster, equitation, and breed-specific classes. The show is sponsored by United Professional Horseman's Association Chapter 9 and is used as their annual fundraiser. The show also benefits the American Saddlebred Museum. For more information on this event please go to www.kentuckyfallclassic.com or call Chuck Walker at (859) 333-1406. Picture courtesy of www.kentuckyfallclassic.com.
The Jump Start Horse Trials is a 3-day-eventing competition. Riders will compete in Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping. This event features levels that are recognized by the United States Eventing Association, and/or the United States Equestrian Federation. All levels are sanctioned by the MidSouth Eventing and Dressage Association. All proceeds from the event benefit the Keeneland Pony Club. For more information on the Jump Start Horse Trials please visit http://www.keenelandponyclub.org. Photo courtesy of Mary Fike.
The Kentucky National Hunter Jumper Show is a 5-day event showcasing some of the best Hunter/Jumper competitions in the country. For more information on the Kentucky National Hunter Jumper Show please go to http://www.thekentuckynational.com or call Suzanne Mayo at 615-838-7560. Photo courtesy of Shawn McMillan.
The 28th International Grand Championship Rocky Mountain Horse Association Show is a class A Rocky Mountain Horse Show. More than 300 horses will be shown in this event. Classes that will be displayed include equitation, saddleseat, breed demonstrations, and a stallion row. The Grand Champion classes will take place on Saturday evening. Also at this event will be the opportunity for the public to ‘Ride a Rocky’. For more information on the International Grand Championship Rocky Mountain Horse Association Show, please go to https://www.rmhorse.com/welcome or call Suzie Buchanan at 859-243-0260. Photo courtesy of Steve Faust, pixbysteve.smugmug.com.
The MidSouth Eventing and Dressage Association (MSEDA) Dressage in the Park is a 3-day dressage show. This event draws competitors from Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Indiana, Georgia, and Florida, and around 100 to 150 horses compete in the event. The National Dressage Pony Cup will also be held during this show, ponies of all breeds are able to participate. The levels offered are Training thru Grand Prix. For more information on MSEDA Dressage in the Park, please go to http://www.mseda.org/, or contact Susan Posner at 859.221.3462. Photo courtesy of Lesley Ward.
The Kentucky Classique Horse Trials is a 3-day-eventing competition. This is a United States Eventing Association (USEA) sanctioned event. All levels will be competing in Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping. For more information on the Kentucky Classique Horse Trials please visit http://www.kyevents.net/shows/info/kyclassic or call Mary Fike at 859-621-2479. Photo courtesy of PhelpsPhotos.com.
Hats Off to Kentucky's Horse Industry Day is a day to celebrate and promote Kentucky's Horse Industry and includes free KY Horse Park general admission from 9am- 5pm. The horse industry in Kentucky generates 80,000 - 100,000 in direct and indirect jobs, and impacts our economy by an estimated 8 billion dollars! In celebration of the horse, 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, Grand Prix Show Jumping, and much more!
The Rood & Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix, a challenging show jumping competition between top international horses and riders, is the featured evening entertainment of Hats Off Day and is taking place in the beautiful outdoor Rolex Stadium!
2016 promises to be very exciting! There’s something for everyone -- competition, a terrific book fair, great amenities and fantastic entertainment for the whole family!
For more information about the Rood & Riddle Grand Prix, visit http://www.hatsoffky.com/grandprix.html.
The Clayton Woosley Hall of Fame Reining Show is a reining show named after NRHA Hall of Famer Clayton Woosley. The show is put on by the Kentucky Reining Horse Association and is included with general Kentucky Horse Park admission. (No additional ticket is necessary.) The show should start at 7:30 Thursday through Sunday and it will last well into the evening. In addition, the show will feature a variety of vendors selling horse-related products.
There will be AQHA, NRHA, and CKRHA classes available. Youth and rookie levels all the way to Open levels will be exhibited. For more information on the Clayton Woosley Hall of Fame Reining Show, visit http://www.krha.info. Photo courtesy of James Shambhu.