It’s time again for the Country Heir I & II Hunter Jumper Shows at the Kentucky Horse Park on June 5-9 and June 12-16, 2013.
Country Heir prides itself on offering a fun, friendly show with a great lineup of classes for everyone from Leadline, to Walk Trot, and Grand Prix! There will be show classes every day.
The Country Heir Horse Shows offer a total of $380,000 in prize money. Featured classes over the two-week show include the $60,000 Country Heir II Grand Prix, $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. A total of $105,000 in Hunter Money will be offered and prize money checks awarded.
New this year being offered on Wednesday of week II in the Rolex Stadium is the $8000 Half-Million Jumper Classic which is limited to riders that have won less than $500,000 in Jumper classes since December 1, 2008.
One of this year's highlights not to be missed is the Buckeye Donkey Ball to be held Friday evening of week I in the Claiborne ring. This event is a quirky twist on basketball played while mounted on the back of donkeys, a long-time tradition in many rural communities.
Prize List $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
$10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby
$7,000 High Performance Hunter Section
$4,000 Performance Hunter Sections
$25,000 Grand Prix Friday-Week II
$45,000 Country Heir I Grand Prix
$60,000 Country Heir II Grand Prix
$10,000 Welcome Prix
NEW - $8,000 Half-Million Jumper Classic - NEW
$10,000 SJHOF Jumper Classic
$10,000 Children’s/Adult Jumper Prix
$8,000 Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic
For more information, contact Frankie Stark by calling (248) 892-6806 or visit their website at www.countryheir.com.
Dates & Times:
June 5-9 and June 12-16, 2013 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Included in Kentucky Horse Park general admission, horse show-only rate available
Location & Parking:
Hunter Jumper Complex, Walnut Ring, Rolex Stadium
Parking available in the main parking lot.
The Thoroughbred Horse Show Association (TBHS) is making plans to showcase off-the-track Thoroughbreds that are now competing as hunters and jumpers, as well as dressage, during its second Spring Show on June 1 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
TBHS was founded in 2011 by a group of Central Kentuckians interested in creating opportunities to showcase the talent and competitive spirit of off-the-track Thoroughbreds. Shows are affiliated with The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP), which encourages the retraining of Thoroughbreds into other disciplines upon the completion of their careers in racing or breeding.
During TBHS's successful inaugural shows in 2012, more than 200 Thoroughbreds of all ages competed in a variety of classes using their registered Jockey Club names. The TBHS Spring Show is geared for Thoroughbreds just starting their show careers with entry-level divisions in multiple disciplines, including dressage, combined training, hunter jumper and competitive trail riding.
Horses competing in the TBHS Spring Show will be eligible for The Jockey Club TIP High Point Awards. The Jockey Club will award ribbons, prizes and $100 to the winner with the highest number of points in the following divisions: Starter Hunter, Hunter, Jumper, Beginner Novice Combined Test, Training Level Dressage, and First Level Dressage.
Classes during the June 1 show include the $500 Nick Zito Racing Stable Hunter Classic for horses that have not won a blue ribbon at a recognized horse show, and the $500 Ocala Breeders' Sales Company Gamblers Choice, a competition in which each fence will have a point value and riders will create their own courses. There will also be the $300 Bantry Farms High Jump Class and the $200 Jumper Classic, Cross Rails Championship, and Handy Hunter Championship sponsored by The Jockey Club TIP, which is providing awards in Dressage and Show Jumping.
For more information regarding the Thoroughbred Horse Show Association, contact executive director Jan Roehl at (859) 559-1409 or email
or visit www.TBhorseShow.com.
Date & Time:
June 1, 2013 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hunter Jumper Complex
Parking is available in the main parking lot.
At the MayDaze Horse Trials, approximately 500 horses are scheduled to compete in dressage, cross-country and stadium jumping, here at the Kentucky Horse Park on May 24-26, 2013.
On Friday, dressage, meaning training in French, where horses are described as appearing to dance, will begin in the morning at 8:00 am. Eventing in the Rolex Stadium will begin at 10:00 am, finishing at approximately 5:00 pm. Saturday’s competitions in all three, dressage, cross-country and stadium jumping, will begin at 7:30 am and run until 6:00 pm. Sunday will run from 7:40 am to 3:00 pm and will only include jumping phases.
Competitors from both the Olympics and the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event will participate in these events as well as those in the beginner levels. Competitors will be attending from 20 states. Individual ride times may be viewed on www.champagnerun.com starting on May 21.
Date & Time:
May 24-26, 2013 – 7:30 am – 6:00 pm daily (approximately)
Location & Parking:
Hunter Jumper Complex, Walnut Ring, Cross Country Course
The Kentucky Invitational High School Rodeo Finals, with action you don’t want to miss, is here at the Kentucky Horse Park,May 24-26!
Approximately 85 of the best high school athletes in the region will compete over the weekend. Each contestant will perform most all of the events. Events include Bareback Riding, Breakaway Roping, Barrel Racing, Calf Roping, Goat Tying, Pole Bending, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, and Bull Riding.
Junior high school students will also compete during Friday and Saturday’s competition for their state finals. Events exclusive to Junior High will be Cute Dogging, Boys Goat Tying, Ribbon Roping, and Boys Breakaway.
Friday night kicks off the rodeo at 7:30 pm with a Cowboy Mounted Horse Shooting. Saturday’s performances are scheduled for 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm with a 4-H drill team doing their drill in observance for Memorial Day before the evening competition. Sunday’s performance will be at 2:00 pm and will feature several Bull Riders and many Barrel Racers.
Scholarships will be awarded to the All Around Cowboy and Cowgirl with the best average for the weekend. Rodeo proceeds will go to support the Kentucky High School Rodeo Association.
Friday, May 24, 2013 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 25, 2013 – 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 26, 2013 – 2:00 pm
Children 5 and under are free.
Weekend passes are available.
There is a $5.00 fee for parking.
Location & Parking:
Covered Arena – Parking available in the main lot
For further information about the Kentucky Invitational High School Rodeo Finals, please visit www.kyhsra.com or contact Chasidy Chappell at 270-619-0112.
The 27th annual Kentucky Dressage Association’s (KDA) Spring Warm Up & Dressage Show, demonstrating the highest expression of horse training, returns May 23-26, 2013, to the Kentucky Horse Park!
Dressage, commonly referred to as horse ballet, is a graceful and disciplined sport where rider and horse perform a series of predetermined movements with minimal direction while maintaining a relaxed posture. At the KDA’s Annual Dressage Show, viewers can experience firsthand the fine art of dressage performed by such elegant creatures – horses.
The competition begins with the KDA Spring Warm Up on May 23-24 preceding the annual Dressage Show on May 25-26. The KDA spring shows will conduct all CDI3*/CDI*/CDIY/CDIJ/CDIP classes and many others in the Rolex Stadium, which was the site of dressage and show jumping for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. KDA is expecting more than 230 riders during the four-day show that attracts competitors domestically as well as internationally. Last year, during the 2012 competition, there were riders from Canada and Spain.
The Kentucky Horse Park, in conjunction with the KDA, will present a special World of Horses show on Saturday, May 25. Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, which teaches riding to the physically and mentally handicapped, will be introducing their horses to the public and promoting their mission. There will also be a KDA-hosted cancer walk in memory of Mary Kearney, a former KDA member, horse lover and dressage enthusiast. The community is invited to participate in the walk at 6:00 pm, and then to stay to watch an exciting dressage freestyle competition in the evening. Shuttles will take participants to the run/walk course at Mt. Brilliant Farm behind the Kentucky Horse Park and then bring them back to the park afterwards for the Dressage Freestyles in the Rolex Stadium.
Dates & Time:
May 23-26, 2013 – 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 25, 2013 – 6:00 pm – KDA Kearney Cancer 5K & Fun Walk (Mt. Brilliant Farm/Rolex Stadium)
Location & Parking: Dressage Complex – Parking is available in the Main Parking Lot
For more information about the 2013 KDA Spring Warm Up & Dressage Show, please visit www.kentuckydressageassociation.org.
*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.
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 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
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.)