Upcoming Kentucky Horse Park Events and News:
-Now through Oct 23: Ancient Bronzes of the Asian Grasslands exhibition in the International Museum of the Horse
-Now through Dec 31: Celebrities: Saddlebreds and Personalities from the Silver Screen, Cinema and History exhibition in the American Saddlebred Museum
-Now through Aug 6: Natural Horseman and Performer Guy McLean
-Now through Aug 7: Kentucky Summer Classic Hunter Jumper Show
-This weekend Aug 6: Hats Off Day a free day at the park!
-This weekend Aug 6: Rood & Riddle Grand Prix to benefit KHP Foundation and Kentucky Equine Humane Center
-Aug 9-14: USEF Pony Finals
-Aug 17-21: Bluegrass Festival Hunter Jumper Show
-Aug 19-20: USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals
-Aug 24-28: Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association Show
-Sep 1-5: Bluegrass Classic Cluster Dog Show
-Sep 2-4: Kentucky Classique Horse Trials
-Sep 6-11: NRHA East Coast Championship
-Sep 9-11: MSEDA Dressage at the Park
Other equine interests & future events:
-Alltech National Horse Show debuts new website
-Horses and Hope Trail Ride
-Save the Date - Save a Horse! Black Tie Gala at Alltech National Horse Show
-Meet some of the adoptable KyEHC horses!
-Bronze statue of Ch Wild Eyed & Wicked unveiled at American Saddlebred Museum
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LEXINGTON, KY (August 1, 2011) The Kentucky Horse Park is honored to welcome Guy McLean, an accomplished, self taught, thinking horseman, who will be appearing this week at the park.
Through a complete love of horses and a burning desire to find better ways of building relationships with horses, not having to use force, instead, asking them to do the job as a partner, Guy has developed his own training methods, trying something new every day as a new personality poses new problems to work through.
Master Horseman Guy McLean provides a true Australian experience. His performances include 1 to 4 horses, young horse starting, bush poetry and whip cracking. Guy has performed across Australia over the past 10 years and at Equitana Asia Pacific, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, corporate events and numerous agricultural shows.
In 2005, Guy won the Australian Horsemanship Challenge, in which he had 2 hours to start a young horse and perform a set routine. He is also a 2-time Australian Bush Poetry Champion and 2002 and 2006 Ambassador of the Outback.
Guy is performing this week, through Saturday, August 6, twice a day in the Parade of Breeds at the Kentucky Horse Park. Included with park admission.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please take a few minutes to watch Guy's video, to see why we're so excited and honored to have this horseman and performer here at the park: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYNNSiDoOVk. Guy performs at 11am and 2pm, and is available for interviews.
Park Hours and Rates: Through November 6, the park is open seven days a week. Admission is $16 for adults, $9 for children 7-12. Children six and under are always admitted free of charge. Admission includes the International Museum of the Horse - In Association with the Smithsonian Institution - and the American Saddlebred Museum.
Lexington, Kentucky - July 25, 2011 - The Alltech National Horse Show, 128th edition, announced today that the show's official new website is up and running at: http://www.nhs2011.org .
The site will be a one-stop source for all of the news and vital up-to-date information relating to this year's exciting debut in Lexington, Kentucky.
The Alltech National Horse Show will be held from November 2 - 6, 2011, at the beautiful, new Alltech Indoor Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
The prize list for this year's show is also now available at http://www.nhs2011.org .
Additionally, the prize list also on at the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows website at: http://kentuckyhorseshows.com
The new website features important exhibitor information, including all of the details regarding the ASPCA Maclay National Finals. Also, look for essential information regarding vendors, table sales, program advertising and much more.
Also, scheduling details, directions to and from the ANHS Horse Show, hotel lists, sponsorship and sponsor links, press releases, who's who at the ANHS and links to what you need to know about the venue at the Kentucky Horse Park are all available at http://www.nhs2011.org .
In addition, a link will send you back in time and offer visitors a chance to read up on the long and glorious history of the National Horse Show.
This year's show, designated CSI4*-W, will feature a complete schedule of 'AA'-rated hunter divisions, including the Pony Lane Farm High Performance Hunter section. Also on the agenda, a big money Open Jumper division highlighted by the $75,000 Double H Farms Thursday's Jump-Off class, the $60,000 Spy Coast Farm Faults Converted Speed class on Friday and of course, the $250,000 Alltech National Horse Show Grand Prix, an FEI World Cup qualifying event. $100,000 will be up for grabs for the Junior and Amateur Jumper divisions, including the $50,000 SJHOF Junior/Amateur Championships, sponsored by Sleepy P, Chansonette and Deeridge Farm. The final Sunday is highlighted by the signature event of the National Horse Show, the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals, presented by C.M. Hadfield's Saddlery.
Founded in 1883 at the original Madison Square Garden, the National Horse Show is America's oldest indoor horse show, firmly established as a major fixture on the national and international sports and social event calendars. The National Horse Show Association's primary activity is the annual production of the National Horse Show and all ancillary events. Over the years, the National Horse Show has provided financial aid to many worthwhile charities.
For more information on the National Horse Show Association of America, Limited, please visit www.nhs2011.org .
Presented by Alltech and Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, Kentucky
Hats Off Day is a special day to celebrate Kentucky’s horse industry at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentuckians are invited to the Kentucky Horse Park for a FREE day of family fun and educational activities to learn about the state’s amazing horse industry.
Hats Off Day provides something for everyone – fantastic entertainment for families, intense show jumping competition, a state-of-the-art facility for riders, and premium hospitality and enhanced benefits for sponsors.
Activities include all the regular features of the Kentucky Horse Park, plus free pony rides (1 per child), educational booths and interactive equine stations, equestrian demonstrations, and more, all leading up to the featured event of the evening, the Rood & Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix.
The $50,000 Rood & Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix is a premier show jumping competition with a 27 year history at the Kentucky Horse Park. Top level show jumpers are guaranteed to impress and thrill the crowd as they fly over 5 foot fences.
In addition to thrilling spectators over the years, The Rood & Riddle Grand Prix has served as a charity fundraiser since 2003 and raised over $350,000 for charitable organizations.
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Since its inception in 1985, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation has followed its mission to “expand and enhance the Kentucky Horse Park.” The Foundation has provided funding for many of the park’s facilities, such as show rings and barns for equine competitions, new horses, tack and carriages, safety equipment, costuming, educational programs, landscaping projects, signage, sound systems, special research projects, and special exhibits at the International Museum of the Horse.
The mission of the Kentucky Equine Humane Center is to provide humane treatment and shelter while working as a clearinghouse to seek adoptive homes for all of Kentucky’s unwanted equines, regardless of breed; To educate the public and raise awareness for responsible equine ownership so that fewer horses end up in crisis; To work with and serve as a model for organizations with the same mission in other states: to save America’s equines from inhumane treatment.
Next week, Jul 27-31, we'll have the very prestigious Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships here at the park.
The NAJYRC is the premier equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders, age 14-21. Young equestrians come from the U.S, Bermuda, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands to vie for team and individual FEI medals in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, eventing and the FEI World Equestrian Games disciplines of reining and (for the first time) endurance. They will use 75 miles of the now world-famous endurance course designed for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
The competition is the only FEI championship held annually on this continent.
The NAJYR is included with park admission.
For more information go to www.youngriders.org or contact Joanie Morris at
BREYER’S 22nd BREYERFEST® BRINGS FAIRY TALES AND HORSES TOGETHER
Where Equine Fantasies and Fairy Tales Connect Kids with the Horse World
(Pequannock, NJ – July 12, 2011) – Equine fantasies and fairy tales will come true for more than 6,000 Breyer fans and horse lovers whenBreyerFest, the annual horse fair and model horse collector festival hosted by Breyer Animal Creations®, prances into Lexington, KY for its 22nd consecutive festival at the Kentucky Horse Park. BreyerFest will be held Fri.-Sun., July 15th-17th rain or shine. The three-day family festival features nationally known equine entertainers, a trade show, petting zoo, free pony rides, fine Artisans’ Gallery, model horse customizing workshops, a free craft & activity tent, dog agility and more! Most importantly, BreyerFest is a place where kids and horses can connect.
Matt McLaughlin’s Pecos has claimed the coveted spot as the 2011 BreyerFest Celebration Horse, the horse whose Breyer portrait model comes with each three-day ticket. Pecos isa gorgeous Andalusian stallion descended from the Champion of Champions Legionario III of Spain (also honored as a Breyer model). They will perform their signature garrocha act daily.
Also performing daily will be the Awesome Aussie Guy McLean, dubbed the “Steve Irwin of horses.” He has brought his four Australian-bred horses out of the Outback and into America dazzling crowds with their mesmerizing performances. Mark & Dusty will prove to you that there is no limit to what you can teach your horse to do. Mark Peterson and Dusty have traveled the country showcasing Dusty’s astonishing ability to learn new tricks and skills on command! The All American Cowgirl Chicks, a team of daredevil, trick riders whose performance partners are rescue horses and rehabilitated mustangs, will dazzle audiences delivering thrills and chills as well as demonstrating the importance of equine rescue and rehabilitation.
BreyerFest will also welcome Kentucky’s own knight in shining armor, when Dan Peterson, director of the Don F. Pratt Museum, Fort Campbell, KY brings his Medieval Pavilion to life. The 30’ pavilion is complete with artifacts, period clothing, furnishings and full suits of armor.
As always, BreyerFest is the place where kids can connect with the horses that inspired the Breyer models. This year’s event features a stellar assembly of the most portrait models ever. Breyer Portrait Models include:KONG, the legendary ‘wheeler’ of the famed Priefert Ranch Equipment Hitch, a massive Percheron, who performs for more than six million people each year. Sato, a Jockey Club registered Thoroughbred stallion that is an extremely rare palomino pinto sabino. He has flashy Paint coloration and the elegant conformation of a Thoroughbred. Kripton Seni II, stunning Andalusian was a USEF Horse of the Year honoree and has more than twelve (12) National Championship titles to his record. TS Black Tie Affair, a 7/8 Arabian Pinto that has won an astonishing 22Pinto World and Reserve World Championships and two Pinto All-Around Pleasure High Point titles. And Grand Central, grandson of Prince Jester, a Missouri Fox Trotter stallion that is a three-time World Grand Champion. Prince Jester has sired 15 World Grand Champions, six Reserve World Champions, and six Futurity/World Champions.
BreyerFest holds two raffles and both a Silent Auction and a Live Auction to support worthwhile animal welfare-related causes! 2011 Beneficiaries include: The Grace Foundation (Saved By Grace), Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue, PATH (formerly North American Association Riding for the Handicapped), People Helping Horses, as well as various local Kentucky non-profit organizations including: Lions Club of Lexington, Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, Kentucky Horse Council and more
Other Activities include:
TICKETS: Tickets are available for purchase on-site at the BreyerFest Ticket Booth at KHP.
Visit www.BreyerHorses.com for more information or call 973-633-5090.
For further information or media credentials, please contact:
Kathleen Fallon, Reeves International, Inc.
Mobile : 917-592-5185mailto:
WATCH A VIDEO SHOT FRIDAY, JULY 15 AT BREYERFEST BY A KENTUCKY HORSE PARK EMPLOYEE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWaIAfpxom4
Next week the the park will be filled with Quarter Horses during the Mid-East Kentucky Quarter Horse Association's Bluegrass Classic, June 23-26.
This AQHA and KyQHA-approved show will begin at 7:30 each morning and go throughout the day, with an exhibitors' party Friday and Saturday nights.
Included with park admission.
For more information go to www.KyQHA.com.
Photo courtesy of AQHA.
CAA Carriage Classic Weekend Makes Its Debut at the Kentucky Horse Park Whether you’re a carriage driver, a driving enthusiast, or completely new to carriage driving, you’ll find something to enjoy at the Carriage Association of America’s (CAA) first CAA Carriage Classic Weekend. The event—a pleasure-driving show plus a mini-Conference—will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, July 1–3, 2011.
June 9 - 12, Kentucky Horse Park CampgroundFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: AnnaMarie Cornett859-253-0806
LEXINGTON, KY - For the 38th consecutive year, the biggest names in bluegrass will converge at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground in Lexington, KY for the oldest family-run bluegrass festival in the country, the Festival of the Bluegrass.
Started in 1974 by Bob and Jean Cornett, this event is attended by thousands and is the crown jewel of bluegrass festivals in the Bluegrass. At its heart, the mission of the Festival of the Bluegrass is to maintain the roots of Bluegrass music in Kentucky and to honor the community spirit of evenings spent on front porches throughout Appalachia. That same spirit can be found in “villages” around the campground as music spills beyond the stage to individual camp sites.The music begins at 7:00 on Thursday, June 9 and concludes with a gospel show on the morning of Sunday, June 12. On the days in between, music begins at 1pm and runs until after midnight.
The familiar faces of The Seldom Scene and Mountain Heart will be there, joined by firsttimers the Dixie Bee Liners and Steep Canyon Rangers. We’re also excited to welcome back Town Mountain for their second Festival of the Bluegrass performance. Tickets for this family-friendly event run between $15 for the day to $95 for the entire weekend, with an extra $20 per ticket to camp.
Find out more at www.festivalofthebluegrass.com,
by calling 859-253-0806.
Note to editors: If you would like additional information or to sit down for an interview, please contact AnnaMarie Cornett at 859-327-0473 or
Full line up of bands:Steep Canyon RangersTown MountainKatie Penn & New TownIIIrd Tyme OutDixie Bee-LinersLonesome River BandJoe Mullins & the Radio RamblersKentucky BlueSeldom SceneMountain HeartNothin FancyJD Crowe & the New SouthDry Branch Fire SquadContinental DivideDriving RainBluegrass CollectiveBlind Corn Liquor PickersThe Grass Stains