More than 1,200 high school students from 312 schools across Kentucky will compete in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s State Cross Country Championshipsthis Saturday, November 10, at the KHP.
Students have competed in track meets all year to qualify for this final challenge on the beautiful fields and trails throughout the park. Six races will be held throughout the day, with the first race going off at 9:15 am.
General admission is $10.00 and admission is free for kids 10 and under. It will be a beautiful weekend to come out and cheer on these deserving students!
$10.00 – Adults
Free – Kids 10 and under
Walt Robertson Blvd. Paddocks and vicinity
Parking off Walt Robertson Blvd. (follow directional signs past Alltech Arena)
Dates and Times –
Saturday, November 10, 2012
From Olympic show jumpers to elegant gaited riders, an array of equestrians will compete at the 2012 Alltech National Horse Show, Oct. 30 to Nov. 4, held at the Alltech Arena on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park.
More than a world-class horse show, the week-long event welcomes the community with Halloween Trick-or-Treat night, a Military Day, a Fitness Friday and a 5K Countryside Canter and 1-Mile Fun Run. Inside the arena, visitors will find shopping venues, interactive exhibits, and Kentucky food and beverages. Highlights of the competition include the Puissance, the Alltech Grand Prix and the ASPCA Alfred Maclay Final. Admission is included with Kentucky Horse Park admission during daytime events. Admission is $20 for adults on Thursday and Friday evenings, and $30 on Saturday evening.
Wednesday, October 31 – Not Your Ordinary Halloween Trick-or-Treat
Bring your family to trick-or-treat at the Alltech National Horse Show with some of your favorite cartoon characters, including Woody and Jessie from Toy Story, Shrek and Fiona, Cinderella and Spider-Man. No matter the weather, we’ll be trick-or-treating in the dry and warm Alltech Arena. Free for all and open to the public, this unique trick-or-treat starts at 5 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m.
Thursday, November 1 – Military Day
Don’t miss a chance to thank our military heroes during the Alltech National Horse Show. Meet with local heroes and test your strength at the Army Activity Area at the Alltech Arena. Members of the military will receive half price admission to evening events with a military I.D. At 7 p.m. a Presentation of Colors will be performed by the Forest Hill Military Academy.
Friday, November 2 – Fit Friday
Pick up your registration packet for Saturday’s Countryside Canter 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run during events Saturday. While you’re at the Arena, receive a free health screening.
Saturday, November 3 – Family Fun Day and the Countryside Canter 5K
Two-legged athletes will race through the scenic Kentucky Horse Park during the Alltech Countryside Canter 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk. The races start at 8 a.m., but fun continues throughout the day with a balloon twister, face painting, pictures on a pony (1-3 p.m.) and your favorite cartoon characters. Pre-register online at active.com. All proceeds go to The All Glory Project.
More information is available at www.AlltechNationalHorseShow.com.
Day: Included in Kentucky Horse Park visitor admission, available at the Visitor Information Center
Night: Free, Tuesday and Wednesday
$20.00, Thursday and Friday (1/2 price with military I.D. on Thursday)
LOCATIONAND PARKING - Alltech Arena andAlltech Arena Parking Lot
DATES AND TIMES –
Tuesday, October 30
START CLASS # CLASS
8:00 AM 20 Regular Conformation Hunter Model
8:15 AM 10 Green Conformation Hunter Model
8:40 AM “Build Course”
8:50 AM 22 Regular Conformation Hunter O/F
9:20 AM 23 Regular Conformation Hunter Handy
9:50 AM 12 Green Conformation Hunter O/F
10:40 AM 13 Green Conformation Hunter Handy
11:30 AM 32 First Year Green Working Hunter O/F
12:15 PM “Drag Ring”
12:25 PM 33 First Year Green Working Handy Hunter
1:10 PM 42 Second Year Green Working Hunter O/F
1:55 PM 43 Second Year Green Working Hunter Handy
2:40 PM 52 High Performance Hunter O/F
3:15 PM 53 High Performance Hunter Handy
3:50 PM “Build Course & Walk”
4:30 PM 150 Open Jumper Training
Wednesday, October 31
8:00 AM 31 First Year Green Working Hunter U/S
8:15 AM 11 Green Conformation Hunter U/S
8:35 AM 41 Second Year Green Working Hunter U/S
8:50 AM 21 Regular Conformation Hunter U/S
9:10 AM 51 High Performance Hunter U/S
9:30 AM “Build Course”
9:45 AM 34 First Year Green Working Hunter Stake
10:35 AM 14 Green Conformation Hunter Stake
11:30 AM 44 Second Year Green Working Hunter Stake
12:25 PM 24 Regular Conformation Hunter Stake
1:00 PM 54 High Performance Hunter Stake
1:35 PM 82 Amateur Owner Working Hunter 3’3” O/F
2:20 PM 83 Amateur Owner Working Hunter 3’3” Handy
3:05 PM “Build Course”
3:40 PM “Walk Course”
3:55 PM 151 $50,000 Open Jumper Time First Round
6:05 PM Awards Ceremony
6:15 PM “Clear Ring”
6:30 PM 207 Three Gaited Open Stake
6:50 PM 209 Fine Harness Amateur Stake
7:10 PM 203 Five Gaited Open Stake
Thursday, November 1
8:00 AM 72 Amateur Owner Hunter (over 35) O/F
8:40 AM 62 Amateur Owner Hunter (under 35) O/F
9:20 AM “Adjust Course”
9:30 AM 73 Amateur Owner Hunter (over 35) Handy
10:10 AM 63 Amateur Owner Hunter (under 35) Handy
10:50 AM “Adjust Course”
11:00 AM 84 Amateur Owner Hunter (3’3”) Stake
11:50 AM “Strip Ring & Drag”
12:05 PM 81 Amateur Owner Hunter (3’3”) U/S
12:25 PM “Build Course & Walk”
1:15 PM 161 $10,000 Junior Jumper Time First Round
2:20 PM “Walk Course”
2:35 PM 163 $10,000 Amateur Owner Jumper Time First Round
7:00 PM Opening Ceremonies
7:15 PM 152 $75,000 International Open Jumper Time First Jump Off
8:45 PM “Clear Ring”
9:00 PM 205 Three Gaited Amateur Stake
9:20 PM 211 Park Horse Amateur Stake
9:40 PM 201 Five Gaited Amateur Stake
Friday, November 2
7:00 AM 92 Small Junior Hunter (15 and Under) O/F
7:40 AM 102 Small Junior Hunter (16 - 17) O/F
8:20 AM 112 Large Junior Hunter (15 and Under) O/F
9:00 AM “Drag Ring”
9:10 AM 122 Large Junior Hunter (16 - 17) O/F
9:50 AM 74 Amateur Owner Hunter (over 35) Stake
10:30 AM 64 Amateur Owner Hunter (under 35) Stake
11:10 AM “Clear Ring & Drag”
11:20 AM 71 Amateur Owner Hunter (over 35) U/S
11:40 AM 61 Amateur Owner Hunter (under 35) U/S
12:00 PM 91 Small Junior Hunter (15 and Under) U/S
12:15 PM 101 Small Junior Hunter (16 - 17) U/S
12:30 PM 111 Large Junior Hunter (15 and Under) U/S
12:45 PM 121 Large Junior Hunter (16 - 17) U/S
1:00 PM “Build Course & Walk”
1:50 PM 164 $10,000 Amateur Owner Jumper Time First Jump Off
3:10 PM “Walk Course”
3:25 PM 162 $10,000 Junior Jumper Time First Jump Off
4:45 PM “Adjust Course & Walk”
5:15 PM 153 $50.000 International Open Jumper Faults Converted
7:15 PM 208 Three Gaited Championship Stake
7:35 PM 210 Fine Harness Open Championship
7:55 PM 213 E. S. Roadster Cup
8:15 PM 204 Five Gaited Championship Stake
8:35 PM “Build Course & Walk”
9:10 PM 154 $50,000 International Open Jumper Puissance
Saturday, November 3
6:00 AM 301 ASPCA Maclay Warm Up (not judged) 90 seconds each
10:00 AM “Adjust Course”
10:20 AM 93 Small Junior Hunter (15 and Under) Handy
11:00 AM 103 Small Junior Hunter (16 - 17) Handy
11:40 AM 113 Large Junior Hunter (15 and Under) Handy
12:20 PM 123 Large Junior Hunter (16 - 17) Handy
1:00 PM “Adjust Course”
1:10 PM 94 Small Junior Hunter (15 and Under) Stake
1:55 PM 104 Small Junior Hunter (16 - 17) Stake
2:40 PM 114 Large Junior Hunter (15 and Under) Stake
3:25 PM 124 Large Junior Hunter (16 - 17) Stake
4:10 PM “Build Course & Walk”
5:00 PM 165 $50,000 SJHF Junior/Amateur Owner Championship
7:20 PM 155 $250.000 Alltech Grand Prix
8:50 PM Awards Ceremony
9:00 PM “Clear Ring & Drag”
9:10 PM 212 Park Horse Amateur Championship
9:30 PM 206 Three Gaited Amateur Championship
9:50 PM 202 Five Gaited Amateur Championship
Sunday, November 4
7:00 AM Maclay Finals - First Round
3:00 PM Maclay Finals - Flat Phase
3:30 PM Final Work-Off (if necessary)
4:00 PM Awards Ceremony
LEXINGTON, KY (October 17, 2012) It’s not just area children who dress up in costumes for Halloween. In Kentucky, horses do, too! On Sunday, October 28, at 2:00 pm, the Kentucky Horse Park will present its annual Halloween Show where park horses and their riders are likely to show up in just about anything – from a scary headless horseman, cranky wicked witch, hip 60’s chick, swashbuckling pirates, genie with a bottle, Phantom of the Opera – it’s different every year.
Throughout the day, the park will offer discounted admission to guests who arrive in costume: adult admission will be $12.00 (normally $16.00) and children 12 and under will get in free (normally $8.00) (no full-head masks, please). Treats will be given out to children and dogs upon arrival at the park, and prizes will be awarded for best adult costume, best child costume and best dog costume (dogs required to be on a leash at all times).
Not to be left out, the KHP Campground produces the annual Halloween Campout over two weekends, October 19-21 and 26-28. Campers have a frightfully good time with costume contests, trick or treating, kid’s crafts, golf cart parade, entertainment and more. The event is sponsored in part by Northside RVs, Halloween Express and the KHP Foundation. Full service sites are full for 2012, but the campground has unlimited primitive camping still available at $19/night. For information or reservations, contact (859)259-4257, (800)370-6416 or
For more information about the Halloween Show, the public may contact the Kentucky Horse Park at (859)233-4303 or (800)678-8813 or
The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man's relationship with the horse. The park is an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and hosted more than 825,000 visitors and campers, as well as 15,000 competition horses in more than 200 special events and horse shows in 2011. The park is home to the National Horse Center which comprises more than 30 national and regional equine organizations. Located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington, the Kentucky Horse Park is The place to get close to horses. Open daily March 15 to Nov. 4, and Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 5 to March 15.
2012 Celebration to be held May 2 at Kentucky Horse Park
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 17, 2012) – First Lady Jane Beshear today announced the 15th Annual Celebration of Hope, an annual gathering of cancer survivors, will offer some exciting new changes. For the first time in the history of the event, the Celebration will be held during the week leading up to Derby, on Wednesday, May 2, instead of the Monday following the race.
Additionally, the Celebration is moving out of Frankfort to the world-renowned Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
Lexington, KY - April 11, 2012 - The Alltech National Horse Show, following its highly successful debut at the Kentucky Horse Park last November, has been voted as the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame 2011 Horse Show of the Year. The top honors came as a result of voting by the many members of the Hall of Fame, comprised of exhibitors, owners, trainers and riders in the equestrian industry.
Achievements of Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council and Lexington community draw national acclaim
President Bill Clinton will celebrate Earth Day in Lexington, Ky, to bring attention to the outstanding sustainability efforts made by local students and leaders. Clinton will visit the Bluegrass on April 23 to speak with nearly 6,000 students, parents, teachers, administrators and community and state leaders at the Kentucky Horse Park Alltech Arena in special recognition of the Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council, a coalition of students representing all Fayette County public and private high schools.
For Further Information Contact:Marty Bauman, Press Chief, (508) 698-6810,
Lovett, Concert by Exile and Freestyle Championship Make Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup and Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event "More Than A Day at the Races"Lexington, KY - March 22, 2012 - Four-time Grammy Award winner and country music legend Lyle Lovett will join a world-class field of Reining riders competing in the second annual Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup, April 27-28 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.
The Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup (AKRC) is held during the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bridgestone, which runs April 26-29. The AKRC features a CRI3*, the only Three Star Reining competition currently scheduled in the United States for 2012, along with the popular $25,000 World Freestyle Championship. It is expected to draw some of the best horses and riders from around the globe.
Lovett's participation adds to a musical theme for the weekend. Much like the Freestyle performances in figure skating, the Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup's $25,000 World Freestyle Championship features top Reiners riding choreographed programs set to music. Additionally, the famed Country music group Exile will perform as part of a free two-hour concert on Saturday, April 28 from 3:30-5:30 pm. The show will be free to anyone holding a ticket to either the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event's Cross-Country competition, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm, or the Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup's World Freestyle Championship, 5:30-7:30 pm.
Lyle Lovett has been a fixture of the country music scene for 25 years. He released his self-titled debut album in 1986, and has released a total of fourteen albums. He has won four Grammy Awards, including Best Country Album for The Road to Ensenada (1996) and Best Country Male Vocal (1989). He has acted in a number of films and television shows and he recently contributed a cover of Buddy Holly's "Well... All Right" for the tribute album Listen to Me: Buddy Holly, released on September 6, 2011.
In addition to his music career, Lovett has made a name for himself in the horse world as a horse breeder and reining competitor. He raises about a half dozen foals a year, keeping some, selling others and just giving some of his "babies" away. Reining is one of his particular passions. As a horse owner, he was present to see one of his horses emerge with a Gold Medal in the Reining World Championships at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. Last year, he competed alongside all four members of the 2010 World Championship Gold Medal team in the inaugural Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup. He looks forward to his return for this year's Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup competition in Lexington.
"I was here for the World Equestrian Games in 2010, and when I was invited to ride in the Reining event at Rolex last year, nothing was going to keep me from doing that," said Lovett, who rode his horse Smart and Shiney in the CRI5*, the sport's highest level, at the 2011 Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup.Reining is a judged event designed to show the athletic ability of a western type horse in a show arena. In Reining, competitors are required to run one of several approved patterns. Each pattern includes small slow circles, large fast circles, flying lead changes, roll backs, 360 degree spins done in place, back-ups and the exciting sliding stops that are the hallmark of the reining horse.
"It is so exciting to have Lyle Lovett come to compete in the $100,000 CRI3* at this year's Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup," said Brad Ettleman, show manager of the Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup. "Last year he proved that he is capable of riding at our sport's highest level and I know that his many fans join Reining fans in looking forward to seeing him ride at this year's event."
Advance tickets for the Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup are $12 per person for Friday's $100,000 CRI3* with Lyle Lovett and $20 per person for Saturday's World Freestyle Championship. Hospitality options include the opportunity to purchase the use of luxury suites in the Alltech Arena for both nights of competition.
Further information on the 2012 Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup, including ways to purchase tickets, is available on line at www.KentuckyReining.com.
Those interested in up-to-date news may also follow the Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup online at:www.facebook.com/KentuckyReiningwww.twitter.com/KentuckyReiningwww.youtube.com/KentuckyReining
Contact: Marty Bauman, Press Chief, (508) 698-6810,
Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup Also Returns After Last Year’s Sensational Debut Lexington, KY — January 12, 2012— The excitement of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bridgestone, and the Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, April 26-29. This year’s Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event features selection trials to choose the U.S. Eventing team for the 2012 London Olympic Games. The nation’s best horses and riders will be competing in the hopes of earning places on the team for this summer’s Olympics. This year’s Event also features the 15th Rolex USEF Four Star Championship for the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation Pinnacle Cup, and is part of the HSBC FEI ClassicsTM. Horses and riders from around the world will join their U.S. counterparts in competing for their share of $250,000 in prize money as well as a shot at the $350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing which is awarded to any rider who wins Rolex Kentucky, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton and Land Rover Burghley Four Star Events in succession. Former Rolex Kentucky champion William Fox-Pitt of Great Britain, who won his record sixth Burghley championship last fall, will be seeking to win a second leg of the Rolex Grand Slam at Kentucky in the hopes of joining Pippa Funnell of Great Britain, who won it in 2003, as the only rider to win the Rolex Grand Slam. "There's no question that 2012 is going to be one of the most exciting years we’ve had," said Lisa Ball, President of Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), producer of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup. "The fact that the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is a selection trial for the London Olympics means that Eventing fans will have a chance to see many of the horses and riders who will be riding in this summer’s Olympics right here in Kentucky. Adding to the excitement is the Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup that was such a huge hit when it made its debut last year and has quickly established itself as a big crowd favorite." As always, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event will feature three distinct phases: Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping. In Dressage, the first phase of the event, horses execute a series of movements while being judged on grace, harmony and precision. During Saturday's Cross-Country phase, horses and riders gallop across the Kentucky Horse Park countryside at lightning fast speeds. The bravery and stamina of horse and rider are put to the test in this exciting phase, as they must jump a series of imposing obstacles on varied terrain. The final day features Show Jumping where horse and rider try to clear a course of brightly colored and decorated fences in a confined arena. Past winners of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the only Four Star Three-Day Event in the Western Hemisphere, include United States Olympic Medalists David and Karen O’Connor, Kim Severson and Phillip Dutton, New Zealand’s Blyth Tait and Nick Larkin, Great Britain’s Pippa Funnell, William Fox-Pitt and Mary King, and Andrew Hoy, Clayton Fredericks and Lucinda Fredericks of Australia. Spectators may purchase reserved Tailgating spaces along portions of the Cross-Country Course at the Kentucky Horse Park, giving them a chance to experience the action like never before. The purchase of a Tailgating space provides a reserved location for a passenger vehicle plus general admission for six people. A variety of hospitality packages is also available for both Eventing and Reining competitions. After its great debut last year, the Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup returns for a second year, April 27-28. The Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup is the only Three Star Reining competition currently scheduled in the world for 2012. It is expected to draw horses and riders from around the globe, vying for their share of $100,000 in prize money as they compete in the CRI3*, along with the popular $25,000 World Freestyle Championship. In the 2011 debut of the Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup, members of the U.S's Gold Medal team from the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games swept the top four places in the HorsePower Inc. CRI5* class. Winning the event was Shawn Flarida, followed by Craig Schmersal, who took second and third, and Tom McCutcheon who took fourth. Also competing was Grammy Award winning entertainer Lyle Lovett who made his personal debut riding at the sport's highest level. Reining is a judged event designed to show the athletic ability of a western type horse in a show arena. In Reining, competitors are required to run one of several approved patterns. Each pattern includes small slow circles, large fast circles, flying lead changes, roll backs, 360 degree spins done in place, back-ups and the exciting sliding stops that are the hallmark of the reining horse. In addition to the world-class competition, spectators may get equally excited about the world-class shopping at the Sponsor Village and Trade Fair. With more than 175 merchants selling everything from horse-related items to clothing, accessories, jewelry and art, this is always a favorite place for browsing and buying during the Event! For more information, or to purchase tickets to the 2012 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Bridgestone, please visit the Rolex Kentucky website at www.rk3de.org. For more information on the 2012 Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup, or to purchase tickets, please go to www.KentuckyReining.com.
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MEDIA ALERTContact Cindy Rullman859-259-4209
WHO: John and Elizabeth Fort of Peachtree Racing Stable, Inc. and the Kentucky Horse Park
WHAT: Memorial service for Kentucky Derby contender and stallion Invisible Ink
WHEN: Friday, September 16, 2011, at 11am
WHERE: Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of ChampionsWHY: Invisible Ink was not the type of horse who would normally be buried at the Hall of Champions alongside some of the greatest of the racing industry’s stars. However, the Kentucky Horse Park agreed with his owners, John and Elizabeth Fort, that Invisible Ink earned a place there, to stand as a permanent reminder that the heart of a champion beats in every horse, regardless of breed, discipline, or success on the racetrack or in the show ring. All a horse needs is someone to believe in him. Beautifully bred Invisible Ink (Thunder Gulch-Conquistress, by Conquistador Cielo) stole the hearts of many who don’t normally follow Thoroughbred racing by winning a much-publicized battle against a life-threatening illness as a 2-year-old, thanks to the valiant efforts of his owners and a team of people who wouldn’t give up on him. He went on to earn the respect of the Thoroughbred industry when he came back from that illness to place second in the Kentucky Derby (G1). His career earnings were $465,088. While John Fort admits that Invisible Ink may not have been an outstanding racehorse, he “has been a very special horse to us and to literally thousands of other people across the nation. I know because I have received their e-mails and phone calls. You're lucky in this business to come across a horse like Invisible Ink." Even Paul Harvey told Invisible Ink’s story on is radio broadcast.Invisible Ink died in Pennsylvania on July 7. He will be buried at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions this week and remembered in a public memorial service. Read more about Invisible Ink’s story in a beautiful tribute by Steve Haskin: http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/horse-racing-steve-haskin/archive/2011/07/07/the-loss-of-a-thoroughbred.aspx
HOW: Media availability with John and Elizabeth Fort and John Nicholson. Members of the media should park in the main parking lot at the Visitor Center. Golf cart shuttles will be available from there to the Hall of Champions beginning at 10:30am. The public is invited to attend.
Editor's note: Photos of Invisible Ink are available for use by the media by emailing