The 3rd Annual TNT Kentucky Invitational Truck and Tractor Pull will be held January 3-4, 2014 at the Kentucky Horse Park Alltech Arena with more than 100 pullers coming together for some Kentucky hospitality and good pulling. There will be three different ground-pounding, heart-racing sessions with 12 different classes spread among the three!
On Friday night, January 3, the event will rev-up with the action of the 8500 Pro-Farm Tractors, Pro-Stock 2WD Trucks, Super Modified 4WD Trucks, and the Super Modified 2WD Trucks.
During the Saturday early session, January 4, guests will experience the smoke-blowing action from the 4300 Light Pro-Stock Trucks, Economy Hotrod Tractors, 10,000 Hot Farm Tractors, and the Super Stock 4x4 Trucks.
The 2014 Kentucky Invitational Truck and Tractor Pull will wind down with the Saturday evening show with the Super Modified 2WD Trucks, Pro-Stock 4WD Trucks, 6000 Limited Light Super Tractors, and the 8,000 Diesel Trucks.
There will be a monster truck show during each session, and kids will even be able to ride on a monster truck!
Learn more at 270/849-5784 or at www.ktpa.webs.com. Vendor applications are still being accepted.
Dates and Times:Friday, January 3, 2014 – 7:00 pmSaturday, January 4, 2014 – 11:00 amSaturday, January 4, 2014 – 7:00 pm
Tickets:$20.00 AdultsFree for children 6 and underAvailable on-line at www.ktpa.webs.com or at the Kentucky Horse Park at 859/259-4200 or at the park’s Visitor Center ticket counter from Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and nightly during Southern Lights, through December 23, 5:30 to 10:00 pm.
Location and Parking: Alltech Arena
The Kentucky Horse Park is currently soliciting a response for naming and/or advertising rights, product placement and/or financial considerations at the Covered Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in return for significant advertising opportunities with the Kentucky Horse Park.
Responses shall be delivered by 11:30 a.m. (EST), Friday, December 20, 2013 to:
Facility Naming and Advertising Rights
c/o John Nicholson, Executive Director
Kentucky Horse Park
4089 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington KY 40511
For more detailed information, click to download the following document: Covered Arena Naming Rights Solicitation
Mark your calendar for Friday, December 6th, and Saturday, December 7th, when the KY Horse Park gift shop will be hosting its annual holiday open house. The event runs from 9am-5pm both days and will feature door prizes, refreshments, product samples, store-wide discounts, and much more.
Parking is free, and a gift shop receipt entitles visitors to receive a KY Horse Park general admission ticket at a discounted rate. Don't miss it!
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Southern Lights holiday festival, presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., returns to the Kentucky Horse Park November 22 to December 31. In addition to reaching the milestone of two decades as a tradition for Kentucky families, Southern Lights, produced by the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, has also achieved status as a premier holiday event in the region and nation. More than 115,000 individuals in more than 27,000 vehichles attend Southern Lights annually.
From 5:30 until 10:00 pm each evening, visitors will be awed by the majestic light displays against the winter landscape. The drive begins at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground, and will proceed through an enhanced dreamland of dazzling lighted and often animated figures. While many displays represent the holiday season, favorites are customized to represent the Bluegrass state.
This year’s displays include the Christmas Village, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Keeneland Race Track, Show Jumping, Steeplechase and the Spires of Churchill Downs — displays comprising thousands of twinkling lights. New this year will be several Wizard of Oz light displays featuring favorite characters Dorothy, Toto, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Lion, and the Wicked Witch.
After enjoying the drive, visitors will be able to leave their cars behind and visit inside the other attractions inside the park to see a multitude of holiday happenings and seasonal entertainment. Enjoy shopping the Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop and holiday craft vendors. Bring the little ones to meet and have their picture taken with Santa Claus and Frosty. There will also be an exotic petting zoo, pony rides, camel rides and, new this year, an encounter with live reindeer. Catch a ride on the Mini Train Express as it goes chug-chug-chugging around the Man o’ War statue. Then be sure to stop by and see the model trains and antique dollhouses, visit the International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian Affiliate, and enjoy a festive dinner in the Bit & Bridle Restaurant.
The American Bus Association (ABA) selected Southern Lights as a Top 100 event for 2013 and 2014, which is an annual compendium of the best events for group travel in the United States and Canada. Winners are chosen from hundreds of celebrations, festivals, fairs, commemorative events, and more that have been nominated by ABA members. The Southeast Tourism Society has again selected Southern Lights a Top 20 Event among states across the Southeast, and the Kentucky Travel Industry Association annually selects Southern Lights as a Top 10 Winter/Holiday Event in Kentucky.
The Southern Lights Stroll, on Thursday, November 21, is the only night the lights can be viewed on foot. Featuring a competitive 5K race in addition to the leisurely stroll available to families, the Southern Lights Stroll is $15 for pre-registered adults ($20 walk-up) and includes a long-sleeved T-shirt for the first 500 registered adults; $10 for pre-registered kids 7-12 ($15 walk-up) includes a souvenir holiday item for the first 200 registered children. Sponsored in part by John’s Run/Walk Shop, the event features race awards, prize drawings, refreshments, entertainment, the Mini Train Express and more. For more information about the Southern Lights Stroll, visit here – http://www.kyhorsepark.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=4931.
All proceeds support the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. The 2013 Shining Star Presenting Sponsor is Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.; the Holly & Ivy Sponsors are Kerr Brothers and Cafe Press, Inc.; and, the Ribbons & Bows Sponsor is Kentucky Utilities.
For more information on Southern Lights, group admissions, and the Southern Lights Stroll registration, contact the KHP Foundation at (859) 255-5727 or at
ADDITIONAL ATTRACTIONS -
Kentucky Horse Park Gift ShopHoliday Craft FairPony Rides and Camel Rides ($)Exotic Petting ZooReindeer EncounterSanta Claus with visits from Frosty and pictures with Santa, with Lexington Rotary Club ($)Mini Train ExpressLive Entertainment and Activities for ChildrenBluegrass Railroad Club Model TrainsThe Bluegrass Miniature Society Dollhouses International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian AffiliateBit & Bridle Restaurant, home of Santa’s Workshop
SPECIAL NIGHTS/WEEKENDS (included with admission) -
November 29-30: Christmas Carriage Parade Covered ArenaDecember 6-7: Breyer WeekendDecember 13-14: Frosty's Family FunhouseDecember 17 (Tuesday): Military Night (must show valid military ID for one personal vehicle admission)
Dates & Times: November 21, 2013 – Southern Lights Stroll- 5:00 pm registration, 6:45 pm stroll beginsNovember 22 - December 31, 2013 - 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm each eveningDriving tour only on Thanksgiving night, November 28, and December 24-31 (indoor closed)
Admission:Personal Vehicle Sunday – Thursday $15.00Friday and Saturday $20.00Other VehicleExtended Van $30.00Limousine $30.00Mini-Bus $50.00School Bus $75.00Motor coach $125.00
Location & Parking:Enter at KHP Campground entrance to drive through lights,Park in Main Visitor Parking to go to additional attractions inside the park
Directions to the Kentucky Horse Park: http://kyhorsepark.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=610&Itemid=336Please note that some electronic map services available on Apple and Android mobile and auto GPS devices are not providing accurate directions to the Kentucky Horse Park. We recommend that visitors use home computers to access a mapping service for directions, use the directions provided on the KHP website, follow the brown highway signs or call ahead to double-check their route. Additionally, we recommend that out-of-town visitors use Interstate 75, Exit 115 (Newtown Pike) instead of Exit 120 (Georgetown Road) to access the Southern Lights entrance at the KHP Campground to help avoid congestion and a left-hand turn across traffic into the park.
Help us set the holiday season in motion by coming out for the 12th annual Southern Lights Stroll, Thursday night, November 21, where you can run, walk or stroll through the holiday displays in the heart of horse country.
With the return of the Southern Lights holiday festival, presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Inc., the Southern Lights Stroll also returns on the festival's opening night on Thursday, November 21. This is the only evening of the seasonal event when the public is allowed to experience a major portion of the lighted route on foot. Now in its 12th season, the Southern Lights Stroll has proven popular, from casual walkers and families who bring out their children and dogs to get photos and see the lights outside of a car to serious runners who come to compete in the 5K portion of the “stroll.”
Visitors will take in displays of the Christmas Village, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Keeneland Race Track, Show Jumping, Steeplechase and the Spires of Churchill Downs — displays comprising of thousands of twinkling lights. New this year will be several Wizard of Oz light displays featuring favorite characters Dorothy, Toto, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Lion, and the Wicked Witch.
John’s Run/Walk Shop has donated its services to the competitive 5K race, and awards will be given to winners. Additional activities include complimentary Mini Train Express rides, refreshments, prize drawings and more. A food drive for God’s Pantry and a local animal shelter will be held in conjunction with this event. All participants are asked to bring non perishable items to help local families and animals in need.
Pre-registration through November 10 is $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for kids 7-12. Registration after November 10 is $20.00 for adults and $15.00 for kids 7-12. Walk-up registration on November 21 begins at 5:00 pm, and the stroll begins at 6:45 pm. Check-in is at the park’s Visitor Information Center. The first 500 registered adults receive a free souvenir T-shirt and the first 200 registered kids receive a free holiday souvenir.
All proceeds support the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. The 2013 Shining Star Presenting Sponsor is Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.; the Holly & Ivy Sponsors are Kerr Brothers and Cafe Press, Inc.; and, the Ribbons & Bows Sponsor is Kentucky Utilities. Additional sponsors are Pepsi, SafetyTec and John's Run/Walk Shop.
The Southern Lights driving route is open to vehicles from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm nightly from November 22 to December 31, 2013. The additional attractions inside the park will be open every night except November 28 and December 24 - 31. The cost is $15.00 per car Sunday through Thursday evenings and $20.00 per car on Friday and Saturday nights. To learn more about Southern Lights, visit here – http://kyhorsepark.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=4932.
Pre-registration for the 5K is available, but walk-ups are welcome too! For more information about the Southern Lights Stroll and to register, visit here - http://kyhorsepark.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4541&Itemid=438.
Dates & Times: November 21, 2013 – Southern Lights Stroll- 5:00 pm registration, 6:45 pm stroll begins
Registration: Pre-registration through November 10 $15.00 for adults $10.00 for kids 7-12
Registration after November 10 $20.00 for adults $15.00 for kids 7-12
Location & Parking: Check-in at the Visitor Information Center Park in Main Visitor Parking Lot
Directions to the Kentucky Horse Park: http://kyhorsepark.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=610&Itemid=336
Please note that some electronic map services available on Apple and Android mobile and auto GPS devices are not providing accurate directions to the Kentucky Horse Park. We recommend that visitors use home computers to access a mapping service for directions, use the directions provided on the KHP website, follow the brown highway signs or call ahead to double-check their route. Additionally, we recommend that out-of-town visitors use Interstate 75, Exit 115 (Newtown Pike) instead of Exit 120 (Georgetown Road) to access the Southern Lights entrance at the KHP Campground to help avoid congestion and a left-hand turn across traffic into the park.
An oil portrait entitled “Snowman and Harry” is now part of the permanent collection of the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park. The painting by Joan Porter Jannaman of Lakehill Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee, was presented to the Museum on July 27, 2013 during a ceremony preceding the start of the Rood and Riddle $50,000 Grand Prix.
In the rarefied world of 1950s show jumping, Snowman and Harry de Leyer were the longest of long shots and their wins became the stuff of legend. The former plow horse bought by de Leyer for $80 off a truck bound for the slaughterhouse would rise to the top of the show jumping world, winning the 1958 horse show Triple Crown — the American Horse Shows Association Horse of the Year, Professional Horseman’s Association Champion and Champion of Madison Square Garden’s Diamond Jubilee. In 2011, their story became the subject of Elizabeth Letts’ #1 New York Times bestseller, The Eighty-Dollar Champion.
“It’s been an honor to have even a small part of celebrating the story of Snowman and Harry,” says Jannaman, who made certain to ask de Leyer for his input once the portrait was well underway. “It brought tears to my eyes,” de Leyer told Jannaman. “You got the slope of his shoulder that made him such a good jumper. And his eyes, they are perfect -- the soft eyes that I first noticed about him. It is exactly Snowman.”
Jannaman’s artwork has been published in numerous magazines and publications including The Chronicle of the Horse, Sidelines, Horses in Art, Polo Players Edition, and Steeplechase Times. Most recently her paintings have been chosen to show in the American Academy of Equine Art’s Fall Open Juried Show and the Best and the Brightest Show in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Limited edition giclee prints of “Snowman and Harry” are available for purchase at www.lakehillstudio.com with 100% of the proceeds being donated to support the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation and The Kentucky Equine Humane Center.
For more information, contact Joan Jannaman: 615-822-3124
The Kentucky Horse Park will be closed during regular business hours on Thanksgiving Eve and Day, November 27 and 28, however; the American Saddlebred Museum’s “Showplace for Saddlebreds,” will be open all day Wednesday, November 27, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, charging visitors just $3.00 for admission.
The park will be open for Southern Lights at 5:30 pm on both evenings for a drive though the thousands of dazzling holiday lights. The inside portion of Southern Lights will also be available to guests on November 27, but only the drive will be available on Thanksgiving night, November 28.
Be safe, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
During the Lexington Kennel Club’s Dog Tracking event on November 3, the competition will pit some of the country’s best noses against one another in a friendly but important competition to determine the best trackers.
Tracking events are the competition form of canine search and rescue. They demonstrate the extremely high level of scent capability that dogs possess. Dogs are blessed with the gift of actually enjoying repugnant smells, and it’s good for us that they do. For centuries, their exquisite noses have saved the lives of countless people who were lost, kidnapped, trapped or trying to survive in other precarious or life-threatening situations.
There is no scoring in AKC tracking - it is either pass or fail and a dog only needs to complete one track successfully to earn each title. All of the dogs are already certified trackers. They have been narrowed down from entries all over the country. One interesting aspect of this competition is that a 5-pound Maltese can successfully compete nose-to-nose with a 150-pound Rottweiler. It’s all in the nose.
There are three levels of tracking tests. A dog earns a TD (Tracking Dog) title by following a track 440 to 500 yards long with three to five changes of direction. The track is laid by a human tracklayer and is "aged" 30 minutes to two hours before the dog begins scenting. The goal is to use the scented track to locate an article left at the end of the trail by the tracklayer.
The TDX (Tracking Dog Excellent) is earned by following an "older" track (three to five hours) that is also longer (800 to 1,000 yard) and has five to seven directional changes with the additional challenge of human cross tracks. In the real world, dogs track through urban settings, as well as through wilderness.
A VST (Variable Surface Tracking) dog has demonstrated this ability by following a three-to five-hour-old track 600 to 800 yards long that may take him down a street, through a building and other areas devoid of vegetation.
In TDX and VST tests, there are several articles left on the track and at the end of the track that the dog must find. A dog that has successfully completed all three tracking titles (TD, TDX and VST) earns the prestigious title of CT (Champion Tracker).
This event has been approved for all AKC-Recognized Breeds. The closing date for participants will be on Thursday, October 24 at 6:00 pm (Eastern Time Zone).
Put your nose down and your tail up! The fun begins at 8:00 am on Sunday, November 3 at the Kentucky Horse Park. For more information about the Lexington Kennel Club Dog Tracking, visit www.lexingtonkennelclub.com or call Bonnie Massie at (859) 223-8873.
Date & Time:November 3, 2013 – 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Admission:$5 for parking
Location & Parking:Check in at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Main Show Office
Texas origin equine destined to Kentucky are not required to meet additional entry requirements of providing evidence of having tested negative for equine piroplasmosis. Additionally, Texas origin equine are not required to have a permit for entry issued by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
The testing conducted in Texas during 2011 provided us sufficient data to conclude Texas origin equine do not currently pose an elevated risk of introducing this disease to Kentucky and that our routine and normal requirements for equine entering Kentucky provides the needed mitigation.
Equine animals originating from Texas are permitted to enter Kentucky by meeting the standard entry requirements found in our Administrative Regulation 302:KAR20.040.
The Franklin County Cross Country Invitational, for Kentucky high school and middle school students competing in the 3000 and 5000 meters, will be September 21, and kick off starting at 9:00 am.
Runners will make use of the Walt Robertson Boulevard Paddocks, the land on the northwest side of Kentucky Horse Park property in Fayette and Scott Counties, entertaining our horses for a change.
Many of the top ranked runners and teams from across the state will be in attendance. Teams attending include the Augusta Panthers, DeSales, Dunn Elementary, Elkhorn Middle School, Fern Creek, Franklin County, Henry Clay, Henry County, Louisville Ballard, Mason County, North Oldham, Providence Christian Academy, Pulaski County, and Trimble County. There will be a $5.00 admission fee charged to spectators.
For more information, contact Robin Lawhorn at (502) 330-1933, or visit http://ky.milesplit.com/meets/146186-franklin-county-invitational.
Date:September 21, 2013
Event Schedule:9:00 am Girls Varsity 5000 meters9:40 am Boys Varsity 5000 meters10:10 am Girls JR Varsity 5000 meters10:45 am Boys JR Varsity 5000 meters11:20 am Girls Middle School 3000 meters11:50 am Boys Middle School 3000 meters12:20 pm Girls 6th and under 3000 meters12:40 pm Boys 6th and under 3000 meters
Admission:$5.00 per person
Location & Parking:Walt Robertson Boulevard PaddocksParking available in the grassy area in front of the Alltech Arena