The Festival of the Bluegrass is the premier traditional Bluegrass Music Festival in the country where the biggest names in bluegrass will converge at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground in Lexington, KY, June 6-9, 2013.
Since 1974, the Cornett Family of Central Kentucky has been bringing the best bluegrass to the Bluegrass. Still going strong, the festival is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and is the oldest family-run bluegrass festival in the country. This week-long celebration takes place at the Kentucky Horse Park and in downtown Lexington with transportation provided between the two. Features include workshops, music, and more!
There are three stages at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground: the Main Stage, the Homegrown Stage and the Progressive Stage. There is an extensive line-up with different bands playing each day. While there is seating available for some stages, it is wise to bring your own lawn chair. Attended by thousands and the crown jewel of bluegrass festivals in the Bluegrass, their mission 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.
Camping is a big part of the Festival of the Bluegrass experience. Whether you load up your RV or throw a tent in your trunk, you’ll be joining a few thousand of the closest friends you never knew you had. Every year it’s the same; people come for the music, they stay for the community. The late night pickin’, the morning smells of coffee and bacon, the trek to the showers and dip in the pool all reinforce that the Festival of the Bluegrass is more village than campground.
The Kentucky Horse Park Campground is a beautiful state park campground that provides campers with access to a bath house, playground, store and swimming pool. If you’re interested in a site, book soon as we fill up. Two ticket purchases are required per campsite.
An important part of the Festival of the Bluegrass is encouraging younger generations to carry on the musical tradition. The Cornett family has supported a non-profit Bluegrass Music Camp for this purpose - kids ages 6-18 come and learn the craft from experienced musicians. The Bluegrass Music Camp for youngsters will be opening the festival at 7 pm on Thursday, June 6.
For more information about the Festival of the Bluegrass or the Bluegrass Music Camp, please visit www.festivalofthebluegrass.com or call (859) 253-0806.
Thursday– Lonesome River Band, Coal Town Dixie, Newtown, The Grass Stains
Friday– Dailey and Vincent, IIIrd Tyme Out, 23 String Band, Dale Ann Bradley, Bluegrass Collective, Laurel River Line, Moron Brothers, True Life Travelers, Driving Rain and more.
Saturday – The Masters of Bluegrass featuring Del McCoury, JD Crowe, Bobby Osborne and others, Seldom Scene, Town Mountain, The Boxcars, Blue Highway, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Kentucky Blue and more.
Sunday – Dry Branch Fire Squad, and Kentucky Blue
Dates & Time:
Thursday, June 6, 2013 – 7:00 pm
Friday, June 7, 2013 – 1:00 pm – After Midnight
Saturday, June 8, 2013 – 1:00 pm – After Midnight
Sunday, June 9, 2013 – Gospel Show TBA
4-Day Ticket – $85.00
4-Day Ticket w/ Primitive Camping – $105.00
Thursday Ticket – $25.00
Friday Ticket – $40.00
Saturday Ticket – $45.00
Sunday Ticket – $10.00
Youth Ticket – $40.00 (4-Day Ticket w/ Camping for ages 13-17)
Kids 12 and under are free.
Location & Parking:
The Kentucky Horse Park Campground – Parking is included with admission.
The Parelli Horse & Soul Tour, guaranteed to entertain just as much as educate, is making a stop at the Kentucky Horse Park on May 25-26, 2013. The Parelli program focuses on building the natural relationship between human and horse using the principles of love, language and leadership as guides.
Founded in 1981 by lifelong horseman, horse trainer, rodeo rider, cowboy and teacher, Pat Parelli and his wife, Linda Parelli, began the Parelli Program to focus on teaching the human rather than training the horse. Participants are guided through a series of segments covering a wide range of topics, from Colt Starting to Horsenality, from Lead Changes to the Game of Contact. Each show features different students, different presenters, different music, and different lessons making each horsemanship tour unique, just like each horse.
Horse lovers at all levels and disciplines are welcome and may benefit from the Parelli Natural Horsemanship method. Themes include achieving success without force, partnership without dominance, teamwork without fear, willingness without intimidation, and harmony without coercion. Horse owners who follow the Parelli program have found that, not only does the program enable them to become a gifted horse trainer, but they also come away with the lasting gift of an enhanced relationship and communication with their horse as well as with everyone in their lives.
For this event, pets will not be allowed.Outside food and drink will also not be allowed into the arena. Food vendors will be open on-site.
Date & Time:
May 25-26, 2013 - 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
$25 for two full days (parking: $5.00)
The Alltech Arena
For further information on the Parelli Horse & Soul Tour, please visit www.parellinaturalhorsetraining.com
CKRH has partnered with the Kentucky National Guard and the Kentucky Horse Park to honor our service members with a fun-filled day of equine educational sessions, social recreation & all general admission horse park shows, museums and activities free of charge.
FREE Trail Ride for the First 50 People to RSVP !!and One FREE Pony Ride for Each Child !!
Free shows & exhibits include:*Spring Hunter Jumper Show*Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries*National Horse Show: Glamour and Sport*Trolley Tours*Hall of Champions Show*Horses of the World
Discounts include:*Trail rides only $17*20% off all camp sites
For details and online registration information, visit kentuckydressageassociation.org.
Cross Country Schooling Days organized by the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, combine the rare opportunity to school your horse on the Kentucky Horse Park’s world-renowned cross country course. Obstacles range from novice to advanced, and combinations are similar to those found in competitions. All skill levels are welcome. The proceeds from the event help the foundation continue to maintain and improve the park’s competition facilities year-round.
On-site registration is available and current coggins and health certificate are required. Riders must wear an ASTM/SEI approved helmet, body-protecting vest, and approved medical armband. Stabling is available, but not guaranteed for all schooling days. For riders who are not stabling at the park, a one-day $20 trailer pass or $75 seasonal trailer pass must be purchased at registration. Seasonal trailer passes may also be purchased in advance. For further stabling inquiries, please call 859-259-4219.
For more event information or in the case of inclement weather, please call the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation at 859-255-5727, or visit www.khpfoundation.org.
Summer 2013 Dates (two available sessions each day):May 6, 2013 – 12:00 to 4:00 pm & 4:30 to 8:30 pm - CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN-SOAKED GROUNDMay 7, 2013 – 12:00 to 4:00 pm & 4:30 to 8:30 pm - CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN-SOAKED GROUND
May 28, 2013 - 12:00 to 4:00 pm and 4:30 to 8:30 pm - NEW, MAKE-UP DAYJune 1, 2013 – 8:00 am to 12:00 pm & 12:30 to 4:30 pmJuly 7, 2013 – 8:00 am to 12:00 pm & 12:30 to 4:30 pmSept 7, 2013 – 8:00 am to 12:00 pm & 12:30 to 4:30 pm
Admission:$35 per horse and rider for four-hours ($20 of which is donation)
Come visit Derby Days, the chance to meet past Kentucky Derby winners, Funny Cide and Go for Gin, right here at the Kentucky Horse Park on May 3 and 4.
Help us celebrate the 10th anniversary of Funny Cide’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness wins, and Go for Gin’s 1994 Kentucky Derby win, by visiting with them in their stalls or catching them at the Hall of Champions Show.
View one of the largest collections of past Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown trophies anywhere, on display in the International Museum of the Horse, featuring the trophies of Triple Crown winners Affirmed and Seattle Slew. The museum’s collection includes the amazing Calumet Farm’s eight Derby trophies, seven Preakness trophies, two Belmont platters and two Triple Crown trophies for Whirlaway in 1941 and Citation in 1948.
Racing fans and history buffs will further have the opportunity to visit the grave of Isaac Burns Murphy, probably the world’s greatest Thoroughbred jockey, who won the Kentucky Derby three times, and achieved an incredible lifetime winning record of 44%. Kentucky Derby winners War Admiral, Bold Forbes and Alysheba, among other great Thoroughbred horses, are also buried on park grounds.
The Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop provides officially-licensed Derby merchandised including Daily Racing Forms and programs, and, of course, carries a variety of Derby hats, fancy to plain; scarves; ties; prints and notecards; and, books on Kentucky’s Thoroughbred racing heritage.
This family-friendly event also includes performances by two singer/songwriters, Taylor Dye and Dale Pyatt, and the Bittersweet Cloggers on both Friday and Saturday, and stick horse making and a coloring contest for the kids all day Saturday.
Each child (7-12) will receive a free return visit to the park just for visiting, and adult guests will be eligible for a drawing for one of several Family Season Passes.
Bring the family out to the Kentucky Horse Park for Derby Days to experience beautiful Kentucky scenery, horse culture and a lovely compliment to your Derby weekend!
Dates & Times -
Friday, May 3, 2013 – 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday, May 4, 2013—9:00 am-5:00 pm
Adults - $16.00
Children (7-12) $8.00
*Guests who show a wagering ticket from Keeneland, or here at the drive-thru booths at the Kentucky Horse Park, will receive up to 50% off of general admission on Friday or Saturday.
Photo by Steve Faust.
The annual Hippity Hoppity Hunt takes place at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground on Saturday, March 30! Little campers and their parents will enjoy the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt, a petting zoo, crafts, inflatables and a lunch sponsored by Northside RVs.
The Hippity Hoppity Hunt is open only to campers, so be sure to get your reservation in by contacting the KHP Campground at (800) 370-6416 directly or the reservation system at (888) 4KY-PARK or www.parks.ky.gov or going straight to the campground pages on this website at:
Date and Time:
Saturday, March 30 – 11 am – 3pm
$30.00 – Sunday-Thursday per night/1-8 people
$32.00 – Friday-Saturday per night/1-8 pepole
$26.00 per night/primitive with electric
$20.00 per night/primitive
The Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation’s Antiques and Garden Show at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena will celebrate its 28th year with its show March 8-10, 2013. Highlights include nationally renowned Keynote Speakers* landscape designer Jon Carloftis, Hall of Fame interior designer Laura Bohn, and culinary artists Christopher Hirsheimer & Melissa Hamilton of Canal House Cooks; a special loan exhibit “Kentucky Revealed: Treasures from the Speed Art Museum”, a vintage car show, Designer Vignettes by Matthew Carter Interiors, Jennifer Schnabel Interior Design, Kimbrel/Birkman Interior Design, and J. Michael’s Design; daily complimentary lectures featuring regional experts, and on Saturday only, an Appraisal Fair* with Leslie Hindman Auctioneers and Bluegrass Auction & Appraisal.
The festivities begin with a Gala Preview Party* on Thursday, March 7, 2013 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm featuring fine cocktails and culinary specialties from Catering by Donna, a silent auction, valet parking, and shopping opportunities. The three-day show features more than 80 exhibitors of antiques, gardens, designer vignettes, silver, jewelry, collectibles and fine home furnishings, and hosts an A la Carte Café & Bar by Kentucky Horse Park Catering.
The show’s complimentary daily lecture schedule begins March 8 at 2:00 p.m. with “Beauty & the Bluegrass: Maine Chance Farm & Elizabeth Arden” with Martha Birchfield. On March 9 at 10:30 a.m. “The Seasons of the Gardens & Flowers of the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion” with Beth Sebastion, Garth Vinson and Tim Depenbrock; at 2:00 p.m., “Antiques in the Market Place” with Taylor Thistlethwaite; and at 3:30 pm, “Gardens of Inspiration: Incorporating Ideas from Historic Gardens around the World into Your Own Garden” with Joseph Hillenmeyer. On Sunday, March 10 at 12:30 p.m., “Short Stories of Early Kentucky Furniture, 1790-1820” with Mack Cox; and the final complimentary lecture will be at 2:30 p.m., “Kentucky in Prints” with James D. Birchfield.
*Denotes events requiring reservations, by calling the Blue Grass Trust at (859)253-0362 or going online at www.bluegrasstrust.org
Dates and Times:
Thursday, March 7, 2013 – 7:00 – 10:00 pm – Gala Preview Party
Friday, March 8, 2013 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, March 9, 2013 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, March 10, 2013 – 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location and Parking:
Daily entry is $10.00; Run of Show ticket is $15.00 – available at the door
*Gala Preview Party $125 p/p; $95 young collector (35 & under)
*Keynote Lectures: Hirsheimer/Hamilton: $60 p/p; Laura Bohn: $40 p/p; Jon Carloftis: $60 p/p. Special See all 3 for $130.
*Appraisal Fair on March 9, 10 am – 4 pm: with Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Alexander Eblen, G.G., Director, Fine Jewelry and Time Pieces, and Rowley Kennerk, Director, Fine Arts; and from Bluegrass Auction & Appraisal LLC, Filson Graham, owner. Reservations required, call BGT @ 859/253-0362. $20 p/p, includes appraisal fee and daily show ticket. Limit: 2 items p/p, subject to approval.
Road to the Horse International 2013 celebrates the 10th anniversary of the World Champion Colt Starting competition with the most extravagant competition yet in Lexington, Kentucky.
A competition untouched by others, tests skill, experience and colt training prowess, Road to the Horse dares four young, elite horse trainers, Guy McLean, Dan James, Sarah Winters and Obbie Schlom, to create a trusting partnership with an untouched 3-year-old Quarter Horse from the renowned 6666 Ranch in Texas. Competitors have just three hours spread out over three days to build a working relationship with their colt. Clinicians work through the process using their own natural horsemanship style giving spectators a chance to learn from the best in the world. With disruptive sounds, exhilarating sights and adrenaline-pumping time constraints each competitor must face the final trial, an obstacle course. Only one will walk away with the Colt Starting World Champion Title.
Unlike the team format of 2012, these horsemen and horsewomen will represent their countries as individuals. Road to the Horse 2012 champions, Australians, McLean and James have their sights on once again being on top of the world.
Americans, Winters, 22, and Schlom, 18, will be the youngest ever competitors, marking only the second time another female competed in the event’s 10 year history. In a battle of Australia versus America, will the title go back to Australia or will the challengers keep it at home?
True horse enthusiasts recognize Road to the Horse as the event of the year. An event so big can only happen in one place; the “Horse Capital of the World,” Lexington, Kentucky. Meet horsemen and women from around the world at the Kentucky Horse Park for a truly unique experience. Now, for the first time ever, Road to the Horse legends will meet in one arena.
“This is the greatest equine event, held in the greatest facility, in the horse capital of the world,” says award-winning producer, Tootie Bland.
The event will expand into the Alltech Arena, home to the 2010 World Equestrian Games, Kentucky Horse Park on March 15-17, 2013. The site boasts an on-site campground, nearby racehorse farms and historical sites.
Road to the Horse has become the hottest ticket in the equine world and historically sells out months in advance. Don’t miss your chance to witness the World Championship of Colt Starting, much like the Super Bowl, being there is an experience that is unforgettable! Tickets for this electrifying event are on sale now and going fast at roadtothehorse.com.
To learn more, go to www.RoadToTheHorse.com or call 325.736.5000.
2013 Competitors: Guy McLean, Sarah Winters, Dan James and Obbie Schlom
2013 Clinicians: Chris Cox, Clinton Anderson, Craig Cameron, Curt Pate, Dan James, Glenn Stewart, Guy McLean, Jonathan Field, Ken McNabb, Martin Black, Richard Winters, Stacy Westfall and Tommy Garland
Alltech Arena for competition and all clinicians
Nations Members park in the Alltech Arena lot
General parking in the Main Visitor Parking lot; shuttles will be available to the Alltech Arena
Friday, March 15, 2013
9:00 am - Doors open for Nations Members
9:15 - 11:30 - Clinician Meet and Greet
10:30 am - Doors Open to all Ticket Holders
12:00 pm - Clinics Begin
2:00 pm - Opening Ceremonies
6:00 pm - End of Day 1
Saturday, March 16, 2013
10:00 am - Doors Open
10:30 am - Clinics Begin
12:00 pm - Opening Ceremonies
4:00 pm - End of Day 2
10th Anniversary Celebration Party - Alltech Arena Floor - Saturday 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Sunday March 17th, 2013
8:00 am - Doors Open
8:15 am - Cowboy Church - Section 101
9:00 am - Opening Ceremonies
3:00 pm - 2013 World Champion Announced!
Tickets range from $80 to $200 (plus fees) and are valid for all three days
General Admission tickets or Nations Members tickets are available at
877-772-5425, or 888-695-0888, or at www.RoadToTheHorse.com.
The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation is hosting a benefit trail ride March 13 and 14 in conjunction with the Road to the Horse event being held at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena March 15-17, relocating to Kentucky in 2013 from Tennessee. All proceeds from the trail ride will support the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation – a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to enhancing, expanding, and improving the Kentucky Horse Park.
The “Ride the Park on the Road to the Horse” trail ride will provide participants with a unique opportunity to bring their personal horses and ride on many trails marked throughout the park especially for this event. The trails will be open for the exclusive use of registered participants from 10 am to 4 pm both March 13 and 14, subject to weather conditions. Riders can enjoy the trails at their own pace on this unguided exploration of the park grounds.
Wednesday and Thursday, March 13 and 14, 2013 – 10 am to 4 pm
$50 per horse/rider combination – allows unlimited access to trails on either or both days
$20 per night stabling fee
Registration forms are available here - http://khpfoundation.org/Latest/2013-trail-ride.html
and are available by calling 859-255-5727 or by simply visiting www.khpfoundation.org.
For more information on Road to the Horse, visit www.roadtothehorse.com.