Celebrate this 4th of July holiday weekend at the Robert Murphy Hunter Jumper Show at the Kentucky Horse Park, June 4-7!
Sponsored by the Robert Murphy Stables of Lexington, the show will feature hunter/jumper classes for all ages. Riders from Kentucky and the surrounding region will compete in more than 120classes ranging from beginner to advance. This show will feature hunter classes that test the rider’s equitation and ability to communicate with their horse.
Jumper competitions will keep the spectators on the edge of their seats, as the horse and rider teams are asked to negotiate a series of high fences as fast as they can. The team that can jump the highest jumps with the least amount of errors in the fastest time is determined to be the winner.
These horses and riders demonstrate athleticism, agility and communication. Spectators will enjoy this challenging competition at the Hunter Jumper complex.
For more information, please contact Robert Murphy stables at (859)255-3422 or visit www.robertmurphy stables.com.
Date & Time:
July 3-6, 2013 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Included in Kentucky Horse Park general admission, horse show-only rate available
Location & Parking:
Hunter Jumper Complex
Parking available in the Main Parking Lot
The 4th annual Bluegrass Morgan Classic, an event that showcases the fantastic Morgan horses, will be at the Kentucky Horse Park, July 3-6!
The Morgan horse is an American breed recognized for its beauty, versatility, and friendly personality. Their sensible nature and people-oriented personality make them ideal trail horses and family companions. They also excel in carriage driving and in all equestrian sports.
The Bluegrass Morgan Classic is a USEF A-rated event. It is also an AMHA four-star horse show and the 2011 and 2012 Horse World People’s Choice Champion. Classes will include Mares In Hand, Fitting and Showmanship, Hunter Pleasure, Western Pleasure, Carriage Driving, Road Hack, Western Seat Equitation, Hunter Seat Equitation, Leadline, Stallions In Hand, Geldings In Hand, English Pleasure, Pleasure Driving, Classic Pleasure Saddle, Classic Pleasure Driving, Park Saddle, Park Harness, and Saddle Seat Equitation.
As part of “Leave your mark at the park,” winners of all championships will receive a Morgan Pavilion brick with the 11 Grand Championship winners receiving a Morgan Pavilion Patio Stone.
The Bluegrass Morgan Classic Youth of the Year Contest is offered for senior, junior, walk-trot, and stick horse exhibitors. The winner of the senior division will have the opportunity to represent the Bluegrass Morgan Classic at the National Youth of the Year Contest in Oklahoma City during the 2013 Morgan Grand National and World Championship in October.
For more information about the Bluegrass Morgan Classic, contact Byron Singer at (317) 758-6518 or visit www.bluegrassmorganclassic.com.
July 3-6, 2013 – 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Region XIV and Silverama Championship Horse Show, an event showcasing the stunning Arabian and Half Arabian horses, returns to the Kentucky Horse Park, June 26-30!
The Region XIV and Silverama Championship Horse Show is one of the largest Arabian and Half Arabian regionals in the country attracting exhibitors from all over the country. There are classes in almost all divisions including English, Western dressage, sport horse, equitation, hunter, reining, trail, and halter, for both Arabians and Half Arabians. Exhibitors range all ages from 2-year-olds in leadline, to the oldest exhibitor, an 84-year-old riding in the country division.
On Wednesday, June 26, attend the Bill & Betty Zekan Memorial Youth Show. This is the 19th year that this all youth championship show has been a part of the Silverama Horse Show which offers a full slate of youth classes.
Known for being a show where you can bring your family, children and horses, exhibitors and spectators alike take pleasure in the safe and relaxed atmosphere dedicated entirely to the horse. So come take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet and be entertained by the beautiful Arabian and Half Arabian horses. Cheer for your favorite horse, walk through the barns and meet the horses!
For more information about the Silverama Horse Show, contact Cindy at (937) 962-4336 or visit www.aha14.com.
Time & Date:
June 26-30, 2013 – 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Covered Arena, Hunter Jumper complex
The Octoberfest Horse Trials by Champagne Run farm in Lexington are this weekend, October 27-28. Octoberfest is a fun schooling show for many new riders as well as experienced riders who will be bringing out green horses.
Dressage and Stadium Jumping will be held on Saturday, and Cross Country will be held on Sunday. Some 200-300 horses will be shown over the two days, some dressed up just for the special costume competitions (hey, it is Octoberfest after all!), creating a fun and friendly atmosphere for the new competitors. www.champagnerun.com
Included in Kentucky Horse Park visitor admission, available at the Visitor Center
Main Visitor Parking Lot
Saturday - Dressage in Dressage Complex (starts 8:00 am)
Saturday - Stadium Jumping in Hunter/Jumper Complex (finishes by 5:30 pm)
Sunday - Cross Country on Cross Country Course
Saturday, October 27, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm (approx.)
Sunday, October 28, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm (approx.)
Of all the equestrian sports out there, none of them are as FUN as mounted games. The US Mounted Games Association Championship Finale will be held at the park this weekend, October 27-28, sure to delight participants and spectators alike with teams competing in relays named Bang-A-Balloon, Hi Lo, Hula Hoop, Socks and Buckets, Windsor Castle and others.
The competition is open to adult and youth divisions and is known as a niche equestrian sport that is relatively inexpensive and has a wide variety of classes suited to the skill level of the rider. Bring out the family to watch the fun, and get caught up in the action! www.usmga.us
Admission: Included in Kentucky Horse Park visitor admission, available at the Visitor Information Center
Parking: Main Visitor Parking Lot
Location: Rolex Stadium
Times: Saturday, October 27, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (approx.)
Sunday, October 28, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (approx.)
Horse Park regularly hosts Olympic-caliber athletes FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2012) – As the 2012 Olympic Games in London close, Gov. Beshear today recognized the Kentucky Horse Park as an elite international equestrian facility for consistently hosting world-class and Olympic-caliber athletes. The Horse Park is also a significant economic contributor to the Commonwealth, with an estimated economic impact of approximately $180 million each year. “The Kentucky Horse Park is the only place in our state—and one of the few places in the world—where visitors can see world-class equestrian competitions on a regular basis,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are not only the Horse Capital of the World, but Kentucky is also one of the premier homes for high-level equestrian sports. I encourage Kentuckians and visitors to attend one of the many top-rated shows held at the Kentucky Horse Park and witness elite competition firsthand.”More than 115 athletes who participated in equestrian events in the 2012 Olympics have competed at the Kentucky Horse Park. Seventeen of those athletes earned a medal in the London Olympics. Athletes frequently travel from Australia, France, Great Britain and many other countries to the Lexington facility to contend for top honors in equestrian sports such as dressage, jumping and eventing. The Horse Park also hosted the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which marked the first time the elite competition was held outside of Europe. That event placed Kentucky in the international spotlight and generated more than $200 million in economic impact, and also built on the park’s international reputation as a signature event site. The new facilities added to the Horse Park for WEG continue to attract competitors and tourists to Kentucky from across the country and around the world. "We appreciate the continued support from the Governor and First Lady. We are exceedingly proud of our facility and the competitions that bring in visitors and athletes from around the globe,” said John Nicholson, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park. “The Kentucky Horse Park is clearly one of the leading equestrian competition facilities not just in North America, but anywhere in the world. We expect the tremendous growth of the sport horse industry in Kentucky will accelerate in the years ahead." The Kentucky Horse Park is a 1,200 acre competition facility and tourist attraction recognized as the epicenter of equestrian life, sports and business. Most notably, the park annually hosts the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. The event is ranked at four stars, which is the highest level in international competition. The Horse Park hosts a number of other award-winning shows as well. The Alltech National Horse Show won the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame’s Show of the year. They were also named the top U.S. show by the North American Riders Group. North American Junior and Young Rider Championships and the two weeks of Kentucky Spring Hunter Jumper were named among the top 25 events in North America.This year, the facility will host 21 grand prix jumper classes as well as seven national or international hunter derbies, with more than $1 million offered in prize money.The Park will host three upper-level dressage events in 2013, including the U.S. Dressage Finals. For more information on the Kentucky Horse Park and its world-class events, please visit http://kyhorsepark.com/.
Photo above from Rolex Kentucky, by www.PixBySteve.com.