The KHSAA Competitive Cheer Championships will take place in the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena on Saturday, December 14. The KHSAA created divisions for both all-girls and coed competition, with the winning school in each division at the regional level advancing to the State competition.
Doors open to the fans at 9 a.m., with the competition beginning at 10 a.m. for the All-Girls’ Small and Medium Divisions. The All-Girls’ Large and Super-Large Divisions will compete at 2 p.m., followed by the Coed Division at 6 p.m. There will be approximately 80 squads competing, comprised of 16 to 24 members each. An awards presentation will follow each competition block.
Tickets are $10 for adults, and children 10 and under will be admitted free. A single ticket is valid for the entire day's competition, with no re-entry. Tickets are available at the Alltech Arena ticket windows.
To learn more, go to www.khsaa.org or call (859) 299-5472.
Location and Parking:Alltech Arena
Admission:$10.00 adultsFree for children 10 and under
Dates and Times:Saturday, December 14, 2013 – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (approximately)
Full schedule is available here: http://khsaa.org/sports/sports-activities/competitive-cheer/
The much-anticipated annual Holly Day Market, presented by the Junior League of Lexington, is almost here at the Kentucky Horse Park in the Alltech Arena, November 15-17, to inspire the holiday spirit in us all!
Most of the merchants attending the Holly Day Market are not normally seen around the Lexington area. Vendors will be set up along the arena concourse selling everything from jewelry and clothing to toys, books, art, food, and, of course, holiday decorations. You will find fabulous, boutique-style items, a packed schedule of special events each day and prize drawings. There will be arts and crafts for the children to enjoy as well as their first chance of the season to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Don’t let the holiday season sneak up on you! Shop for a cause and get your shopping done early – all in one place – at the Junior League of Lexington’s Holly Day Market. Ticket proceeds will go to support the Junior League of Lexington.
To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.hollydaymarket.com or contact the Junior League of Lexington at 859-252-8014.
Dates & Times:General Shopping HoursFriday, November 15, 2013 – 12:00 pm – 9:00 pmSaturday, November 16, 2013 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pmSunday, November 17, 2013 – 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
VIP EventFriday, November 15, 2013 – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Admission:General Admission - $10.00 per dayVIP Event - $25.00Children 12 and under – Free
Friday November 15, 2013 – Student Discount Day – $8.00 General Admission w/College ID
Location & Parking:Alltech Arena
Central Kentucky Riding for Hope has some fun activities to join in on this fall as part of the 2013 Halloween Trail Ride, Ride-A-Thon, and Used Tack Sale on Saturday, October 26.
This is an opportunity to ride your own horse and see areas of the park normally not available to riders. There will also be a Costume Class where riders are encouraged to be creative and compete for prizes by dressing both themselves and their horse in a costume.
Proceeds support CKRH in its mission of providing therapeutic riding and equine-related activities to those with special needs. Riders may choose to raise money for CKRH by having their friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers sponsor them. To qualify to ride for free, the rider must raise a minimum of $60.
The 16th Annual Used Tack and Equipment Sale is the perfect opportunity for those with too much tack or not enough. Clean out unused tack and get a tax write-off. Those in need of tack will find some great bargains.
For more information about the Halloween Trail Ride, Ride-A-Thon, and Used Tack Sale, visit http://www.ckrh.org/htr.html.
Date & Time:October 26, 2013 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (no starts after noon)
Registration Fee:$35.00 – Register by October 22$45.00 – Register after October 22$60.00 – Minimum sponsorship to participate in the Ride-a-Thon
Location & Parking:The paddock across from the CKRH building at the Kentucky Horse Park
The 33rd Annual Egyptian Event, Mares: Queens of the Nile is a must-attend event of 2013 at the Kentucky Horse Park!
Every year in early June, thousands of people from across the globe gather in Lexington, KY, “The Horse Capital of the World,” to experience The Pyramid Society’s annual Egyptian Event, well-known as the world’s largest showcase of the Egyptian Arabian Horse. This year’s Egyptian Event theme is Mares: Queens of the Nile.
The Pyramid Society seeks to educate, inspire and connect people world-wide who are interested in Arabian horses with Egyptian bloodlines. This one-of-a-kind, six-day Egyptian Event is a hands-on exhibition of the highest caliber. There will be show classes starting on Monday and going on throughout the week but below you will find a few of the other featured events. For more specific show class times, visit the Pyramid Society website.
Wednesday, June 5 – Progressive Barn Parties & Tours
Celebrate with friends old and new as we party through the show barns “Progressive Style” beginning at 5:00 pm and continuing until 8:30 pm. Breeders, exhibitors, and visitors will all be treated to a great evening of food, music, and horse presentations. This is a favorite activity of members and guests alike and an excellent opportunity to meet owners and breeders of the participating farms and visit their beautiful Egyptian Arabian horses in a relaxed atmosphere.
And don’t forget to bid on "your" Straight Egyptian futurity colt in the Kalkata Stakes! You could get a BIG payback, even if you didn't bring a horse to show.
Thursday, June 6 – Newcomers Meet & Greet, Guided Barn Tours, Shopping & EBC Auction
The Newcomers’ Meet & Greet will be Thursday, June 6, at 11:00 am in the Covered Arena. All new Pyramid Society members, and all first-time Egyptian Event attendees, are invited to gather on the south end of the Covered Arena concourse to meet The Pyramid Society’s board of directors, trustees, staff and membership committee, and learn more about the society as well as the activities planned for the Egyptian Event.
There will be Guided Barn Tours from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm in the stable area, another excellent opportunity for attendees to enjoy personal introductions to the Egyptian Event’s participating farms and horses! Interested attendees should meet on the sidewalk by the Covered Arena in-gate at 12:45 pm to begin their tour. There will be a Shopping Social starting at 5:30pm in the Covered Arena concourse. Enjoy complimentary refreshments sponsored by Markel and Arabella Wines while strolling through the many commercial exhibit booths on the concourse. This is a perfect opportunity to find that special Egyptian Event treasure!
Watch the live Egyptian Breeders’ Challenge Auction at 6:30 pm in the Covered Arena where auction breedings to some of the world’s most influential stallions will be live in center ring! Registered bidders are welcomed on the area floor to bid on their favorites in hopes of finding the perfect sire for their future champions!
Friday June 7 at 7:00 pm – Gala & Fundraiser
Plan to attend the 2013 Nile-themed Gala & Fundraiser which follows the event theme of “Mares: Queens of the Nile.” The evening begins with cocktails at 7:00 pm, followed by dinner, our live Premier Art Auction, and dancing at 8:00 pm held at the Embassy Suites Hotel and sponsored by Salayel. Reservations are required for this event.
Saturday June 8 – TheHeirs Apparent &Crowning Champions
The Heirs Apparentis at 1:30 pm in the Covered Arena, showcasing a variety of exquisite, up-and-coming, junior Straight Egyptian stallions (3-5 year olds). Each stallion will be shown individually, allowing the audience an opportunity to meet them up close in the center ring. Final goodbye cocktails, shopping and socialization will be at 6:30 pm in the Covered Arena in full event spirit prior to the Champions Crowning at 7:30 pm when the gold, silver and bronze will be awarded for the closing of the 2013 Egyptian Event.
For further information about The Egyptian Event, please contact the Pyramid Society at (859)231-0771 or visit www.pyramidsociety.org.
Dates & Times:
Included in Kentucky Horse Park general admission, horse show-only rate available
Location & Parking:
Covered Arena – Parking is available in the main lot.
The Kentucky Spring Horse Show will mark the first week of competition, from May 8-12, 2013, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. These events attract the nation's best competitors because of their wonderful venues, excellent stabling, plenty of exercise rings and spacious cross country fields.
During the first week, the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby will take place at 5:00 pm in the Rolex Stadium. This event includes jumps that are reminiscent of the hunting field, such as natural posts and split rails, a stonewall, a coop, an aiken, hedges, logs, banks, and ditches. This event gears up riders for the August $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals.
Kicking off the first week, the seven part Hagyard Challenge Series will include the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic on May 9th at 6:30 pm. These events highlight the jumper events which are held in the Rolex Stadium. The $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix will take center stage on Sunday, May 12th at 4:00 pm.
The main rings for the hunter competition are the Stonelea Ring and the Murphy Ring, which each feature the OTTO Sport footing, as do each ring's respective warm-up areas. The OTTO Riding Arena Mat System is a state-of-the-art surface that has been proven all over the world including the 1996 Olympics, the 1998 World Cup, and the 2006 and 2010 World Equestrian Games.
The Kentucky Spring Classic will continue the competition the following week, May 15-19, 2013. The $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic will be held on Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 pm as riders try to accumulate valuable points for the Hagyard Leading Rider Bonus. On Saturday, May 18, riders will compete under the lights in the Rolex Stadium at 6:30 pm for the $75,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix sponsored by Audi of Lexington.
During the World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) week of competition, the Kentucky Spring Classic riders will have the opportunity to compete for valuable points. WCHR is an awards program started by the American Hunter-Jumper Foundation and now carried forward by USHJA. The awards are presented, on both a national and regional level, to Pony, Junior, Amateur, Professional, Adult and Children's hunter riders who accumulate the most points at WCHR designated horse shows throughout the year.
This event is and is AA rated and a qualifying event for The Washington International Championship as well as The North American League Finals.
The Kentucky Spring Hunter Jumper Shows are sponsored by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Hallway Feeds, Audi of Lexington, Johnson Horse Transportation, Farm Vet, Dietrich Insurance and Sleepy P Ranch.
KENTUCKY SPRING HORSE SHOW – Rolex Stadium – May 8-12, 2013$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic – Thursday May 9th – 6:30 pm$15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby – Saturday May 11th – 5:00 pm $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby – Saturday May 11th – 5:00 pm $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix – Sunday May 12th – 4:00 pm
KENTUCKY SPRING CLASSIC – Rolex Stadium – May 15-19, 2013$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic – Thursday May 16th – 6:30 pm$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby – Saturday May 18th – 5:00 pm $75,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix – Saturday May 18th – 6:30 pm (Sponsored by Audi of Lexington)
Times: 8:00 am–5:00 pm daily (approximately)
Admission: Included in Kentucky Horse Park general admission, horse show-only rate available
Location & Parking: Events both weeks are held at the Covered Arena, Hunter Jumper Complex, and Rolex StadiumParking is available in the Main Parking Lot
For further information on the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.
The Oleika Shrine Rodeo is coming to town! This Friday and Saturday, November 16 and 17, at the KHP’s Alltech Arena, the dust starts flying at 7:30 pm.
Events include Bareback Broncs, Saddle Broncs, Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling, Barrel Racing, Team Roping, and Bull Riding.
Don’t miss the rootin’, tootin’ action brought to you by the Oleika Shrine Temple in partnership with Chrysler on Nicholasville. For more information, go to www.OleikaRodeo.com.
Download a poster at: http://oleikashrine.org/images/stories/2012oleikarodeoposter.pdf
General admission - $10.00 in advance, or $12.00 at the door
Two-day pass - $15.00 in advance or $17.00 at the door.
Free – Kids 10 and under
Location and Parking-
Dates and Times –
Friday and Saturday, November 16 and 17, 2012
Doors open at 6:00 pm
Rodeo starts at 7:30 pm
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.
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.
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