Synchronized swimming has some serious competition from horses. The 4th Annual “Bluegrass Blast” Open Drill Team Competition and 2013 4-H Nationals is this Saturday, December 7, at the KHP’s Alltech Arena.
Saturday’s drill team competition is all business, starting at 9 am, for multi-state teams from Youth Novice all the way to Adult with specialty divisions for Theatrical Theme, Gaited and Rodeo. 4-H Teams compete after their individual state competitions. Check out yet another unique equine sport!
For more information about the Bluegrass Blast, contact Karen Smith at (931)445-5211 or find them on Facebook under Bluegrass Blast Drill Team Competition & 4-H Nationals.
Date & Time:Saturday, December 7, 2013 – 9:00 am – 8:00 pm (or earlier depending on registrations)
Schedule:8:00 am – Check-in/coaches and judges meeting9:00 am – 4-H Nationals drill competition starts10:30 am – 4-H Awards ceremony 11:00 am – Open Drill Team Competition starts 8:00 pm – Open Awards Ceremony
Admission:Included in Kentucky Horse Park general admission, horse show-only rate available
Location & Parking:Alltech Arena
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
The Oleika Pro Rodeo is coming to town Friday and Saturday, November 22-23, at the Alltech Arena, where the dust will start flying at 7:30 pm each evening.
Events include Bareback Broncs, Saddle Broncs, Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling, Barrel Racing, Team Roping, and everyone’s favorite, 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.
Dates & Times:Friday and Saturday, November 22-23, 2012Doors open at 6:00 pmRodeo starts at 7:30 pm
Admission:General admission - $10.00 in advance, or $12.00 at the doorTwo-day pass - $15.00 in advance or $17.00 at the door. Free – Kids 10 and under
From Olympic show jumpers to elegant gaited riders, an array of equestrians will compete at the 2013 Alltech National Horse Show, October 29 – November 3, at the Alltech Arena on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park. This year’s event will feature a full array of hunter, jumper, and equitation divisions.
The inaugural Alltech National Horse Show in Kentucky was ranked as the number one show in the United States by the North American Riders Group (NARG) and voted Horse Show of the Year by the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame. President Mason Phelps, Jr. said, “We are excited to once again showcase the best our sport has to offer in one of the most beautiful settings in the United States.”
The Alltech National Horse Show is America’s longest-standing indoor horse show. This is the third year it is being held at the Kentucky Horse Park. Regarded as the proving grounds for equestrian champions, the Alltech National Horse Show opens the ring to a variety of disciplines and classes, including hunt seat divisions, show jumpers and gaited breeds in competition.
This year’s show will offer nearly $850,000 in total prize money, including a huge Open Jumper division. The Open Jumpers will feature $500,000 in total prize money, including the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix. In addition, this year’s show has been designated CSI-W 5*, with the Alltech Grand Prix being an all important FEI East Coast League World Cup qualifying event. Highlights of the competition include the Puissance, the Alltech Grand Prix and the ASPCA Alfred Maclay Final.
$100,000 in prize money is up for grabs for the Junior and Amateur Owner Jumpers Division. $175,000 in prize money will be offered in the AA rated Hunter Division. Each of the hunter divisions hosted during the Alltech National Horse Show will offer an incredible $10,000 – $20,000 per division. This year’s divisions will include Junior Hunters, Amateur-Owner Hunters, and the High Performance Hunters, Green and Regular Working Hunters and the Conformation Divisions. Each year, the top hunters from around the country are invited to compete during the Alltech National Horse Show.
The Alltech National Horse Show will be part of Alltech’s first-ever Kentucky Gathering, a toast to bluegrass traditions and a week-long festival that will also include the Biggest Loser 5K RunWalk, a Halloween Trick-or-Treat night, a Savor Kentucky showcase featuring locally crafted brews and foods, and many other fun-filled activities for the entire family, including shopping venues as well as interactive exhibits. Kentucky Gathering will embrace magnificent horses, unmatched hospitality and a rich culture only found in the Bluegrass state.
Thursday, October 31 – Not Your Ordinary Halloween Trick-or-TreatBring your family to trick-or-treat at the Alltech National Horse Show with some of your favorite cartoon characters, including Woody and Jessie from Toy Story, Shrek and Fiona, Cinderella and Spider-Man. No matter the weather, we’ll be trick-or-treating in the dry and warm Alltech Arena. Free for all and open to the public, this unique trick-or-treat starts at 5:30 pm and ends at 7:30 pm.
Friday, November 1 – The $50,000 LIFEFORCE Elite™ PuissanceThe world’s most courageous show jumpers will compete in a test of trust and athleticism during the LIFEFORCE Elite™ Puissance, the high jump competition of equestrian sport. Last year’s winner Tim Gredley cleared a height of 7 feet – high enough to jump over University of Kentucky Basketball forward Willie Cauley-Stein. Who will soar to victory in this year’s competition?
Barn Night in the BluegrassHorse crazy kids and barn buddies will pour into the Alltech Arena for the first-ever Barn Night in the Bluegrass. Throughout the night, youth are encouraged to show their “barn spirit” during events for a chance to win prizes, including a trip for four to attend the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy. Youth will enter the ring after the LIFEFORCE Elite™ Puissance for an autograph session with all-star equestrians.
Saturday, November 2 – The Biggest Loser RunWalkJoin Jackie and Dan Evans from NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” for one of three races. Choose between a 5k, a 15k and a 1 Mile Kids Fun Run. Each participant will receive a t-shirt, finisher’s medal, drawstring backpack and a daytime pass to the Alltech National Horse Show. On the evening of Friday, Nov. 1, a Health Expo and packet pick up for the races will be hosted inside the Alltech Arena. There is no race-day registration. For more information and to pre-register online, visit http://www.biggestloserrunwalk.com/Lexington_KY-5K-15K-KidsRace-2013. There is also more information about this event on the Kentucky Horse Park webpage at http://kyhorsepark.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=4882:the-biggest-loser-runwalk-5k-15k-and-1-mile-kids-fun-run-november-2&Itemid=880.
Free Shuttle Service to the Alltech Arena - The Colt Trolley leaves on the hour from 5/3 Pavilion in downtown Lexington on Friday from 1:00 pm – 11:00 pm and on Saturday from 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm.
For more information about the Alltech National Horse Show, visit http://www.alltechnationalhorseshow.com.
Date & Time:October 29 – November 3, 2013 – 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Admission:Day: Included in Kentucky Horse Park general admission, horse show-only rate available
Night (At the door ticket pricing):Free on Tuesday and Wednesday$10.00, Thursday and Friday$20.00, Saturday$10.00, Sunday Maclay
Children 12 and under always admitted free!Enjoy a 20% discount by purchasing tickets in advance online at http://alltechnationalhorseshow.ticketleap.com/anhs2013/dates/Oct-31-2013_at_0700PM
The Kentucky Horse Park welcomes “The Spirit of the Horse,” a holiday equine extravaganza for the whole family, produced and performed by the KYB-GPE Equine Theater Production Company, to be held at the Alltech Arena, November 29 and 30!
The show tells a magical holiday-themed story on horseback and has everything from orphans to villains, reining to dressage and liberty work all in an hour-long production that will delight audiences of all ages.
World-class horses, including three-time United States Dressage Federation Horse of the Year and Grand Prix-level dressage superstar GP Raymeister, are brought together in this truly entertaining and original live production. Featured riders include Kim and Yvonne Barteau of KYB Dressage, who have entertained audiences at the Arabian Nights Dinner Theater in Orlando, Florida, and have appeared on the Today show. Joining them will be Australia's Dan James of Double Dan Horsemanship, a world-renowned entertainer and equine performer.
In addition to the show, guests may purchase tickets for a “meet and greet” with the stars of the production at the holiday Barn Tour prior to the show each evening, and tickets are also available for the Post Production Party where guests can enjoy food and drink and, again, mingle with the horse and rider performers.
The show is presented at 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November 29 and 30, with the Barn Tour available from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. each evening, and the Post Production Party taking place immediately after each performance at the Alltech Arena. Show tickets range from $25.00 for VIP seating to $15.00 general admission for adults, and $10.00 for children ages 3 to 12. Barn Tour tickets are $5.00 for adults and complimentary for one accompanying child when purchased with a Show ticket. Tickets to the Post Production Party to “meet and greet” the cast are $25.00 per person, adult or child.
Visit www.kybdressage.com/tickets for more information on “The Spirit of the Horse,” the Barn Tour or the Post Production Party.
Date & Time:Friday, November 29, 2013 Barn Tours – 3:30 pm – 6:30 pmShow – 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 30, 2013 Barn Tours – 3:30 pm – 6:30 pmShow – 7:00 pm
Admission: - Available at the Allech Arena ticket windows starting at 3:30 pm each day of show.Show TicketsGeneral - $15.00Premium - $18.00VIP - $25.00Children 3 and older - $10.00Children under 3 years of age – FreeSkyboxes – To purchase, contact Ginna Frantz at (312) 593-4466
Barn Tour - $5.00 Any child with an adult paying who has paid for a barn tour will be allowed a complimentary tour as long as they hold a ticket to the show.
Post Production Party - $25.00 Does NOT include admission to the performance
The Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse Association (KMSHA) and the Spotted Mountain Horse Association (SMHA) present their 9th annual International Grand Championship, October 9-12!
The International Grand Championship will feature the $50,000 one-day KBIF Futurity on Friday October 11, held in the Alltech Arena, which has a heated indoor arena and barns.
For more than 200 years, the saddle horse has lived in the hills and valleys of many parts of Kentucky. Originally bred by the mountain people for the demanding needs of farm life, this horse, which had been secluded for many years, became noticed and domesticated in the late 1980’s. Since then, over the last 20 some years, these horses have become a highly sought after “pleasure horse” around Kentucky and the world, due to their easy going temperament, intelligence, versatility, willingness, and most notably, a smooth, natural 4-beat gait.
The SMHA was formed in 2002 as a subsidiary of the KMSHA, so that mountain horses that had “spots” of white that were considered too much coverage for any of the existing mountain horse breeds, could be registered.
The Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse and the Spotted Mountain Horse breeds, each with their own distinctive characteristics and genetic DNA markers, are recognized by the University of Kentucky, Equine Parentage Testing and Genetic Research Center as their own unique breed of Horse. There are now more than 18,000 registered Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horses and 2,900 individuals and families are members of the Association. The KMSHA is indisputably the largest and fastest growing Mountain Horse breed in existence today.
The International Grand Championship is sure to be a show to see this fall! For more information regarding the KMSHA International Grand Championship, call (859)225-5674 or visit www.kmsha.com.
Date & Time:October 9-12, 2013
The 26th annual Kentucky Fall Classic Horse Show, an event showcasing Kentucky’s native American Saddlebred horse and host of the Bluegrass Futurity and the Equine Services Roadster Cup, will be in the park’s Alltech Arena, October 3-5.
The show will include 400 horses from across the state, a vendor trade show, and this event is included in the price of park admission. The show will feature the Bluegrass Futurity for Two-Year-Old Fine Harness and Weanling horses, and will also include the Bluegrass Futurity Hunter Classic to promote the versatility of the American Saddlebred. This class is open to registered American Saddlebreds that are competing in their first or second year of showing as a Hunter Country Pleasure horse.
The Kentucky Fall Classic Horse Show is sponsored by the United Professional Horseman's Association Chapter 9 as the annual fundraiser for the chapter. The show annually benefits the Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington, a jewel in the Kentucky Healthcare System that the Kentucky Fall Classic Horse Show is proud to have donated more than $110,000 to over the years.
Don’t miss the exciting Saddlebreds, Hackneys and Roadsters at the Kentucky Fall Classic, with some of the best horses in the country, and enjoy the scenery of the Kentucky Horse Park. For more information about the Kentucky Fall Classic Horse Show, contact Chuck Walker at (85)333-1406 or visit www.KentuckyFallClassic.com.
Date & Time:October 3-5, 2013 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The 2013 Special Olympics Kentucky Equestrian Competition, September 28, will play host to 64 Special Olympics riders from around the state, many from therapeutic riding centers including Central Kentucky Riding for Hope at the Kentucky Horse Park.
The riders will compete in a variety of events including dressage, equitation, trails, and Western riding. Riders compete in English and Western classes at their own ability level. There are classes for beginner riders or those of lower skill levels such as: CS=walk/supported or BS=walk & trot/supported. There are also classes offered for the more skilled or accomplished rider: BI=Walk & Trot/Independent or A Class = Walk, Trot & Canter. The first class begins at 9am and awards will be given to riders throughout the day.
Founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports, the Special Olympics has adapted as necessary to meet the needs of those with special mental and physical limitations.
The Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities by giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy. Each participant experiences in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families as well as other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Through sports training and competition, people with intellectual disabilities benefit physically, mentally, socially and spiritually; families are strengthened; and the community at large, both through participation and observation, is united with people with intellectual disabilities in an environment of equality, respect and acceptance.
Whether you know a competitor or just want to support these hard working athletes, come on out for the Special Olympics Kentucky State Equestrian Competition and enjoy the show! For more information, contact Camille Allen at (502) 695-8222 or visit www.soky.org.
Date & Time:September 28, 2013 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The 3rd annual Horses and Hope Trail Ride at the Kentucky Horse Park, an event to benefit Horses and Hope, a partnership that Kentucky's First Lady Jane Beshear began with the Kentucky Cancer program in 2008, will be on Saturday, September 14.
How can a Saturday trail ride make a difference in the lives of our equine industry workers and their families? Well, proceeds from the event will go to support breast cancer awareness, referral and treatment services for Kentucky's equine industry workers and their families. Additionally, events are held across Kentucky to honor breast cancer survivors, raise breast cancer awareness among fans, and provide breast cancer education and mammography screening to horse industry workers. More than 600,000 race fans, equine enthusiasts, and horse industry workers have received breast cancer information and services through Horses and Hope.
More than 10 miles of marked trails and open fields are available for the ride. Riders may explore the park by choosing one of two options: Enjoy a “Guided Tour” of the park that highlights scenic, historic, or otherwise special places along the way; or take an “On Your Own Tour” of the park trails, riding anytime between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. The guided tour groups will depart continually from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. In addition to the trail ride, the registration fee includes a commemorative Horses and Hope gift, free park admission to access park attractions and a BBQ picnic.
Honors Registration will have a $100 registration fee, and will include a sign posted to honor your designated breast cancer survivor, or in memory of a friend/loved one lost to breast cancer. The additional $35 is a tax-deductible donation.
“Pretty in Pink” prizes will be awarded to the most “pinked out” riders and “pinked out” horses at the event. Get in the spirit and “pink out!”
For more information about Horses and Hope, contact the Kentucky Cancer Program at (877) 326-1134 or visit www.horsesandhope.org/events.php.
Date & Time:September 14, 2013 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Schedule of Events:9:00 am – Registration Opens – All riders must check in and receive a wristband10:00 am – 11:00 am -“Pretty in Pink” Judging10:00 am – 2:00 pm - Trail Ride2:30 pm – BBQ Picnic at Alltech Arena, Merchandise Sales, Prize Drawings, and Silent Auction
Admission:Pre-register by September 7 – $65.00On-site or late registration (after September 7) – $75.00Honors Registration - $100.00BBQ Picnic Only – $25.00Cash/checks only at this event
Registration Form:Click here
Horses and Hope Brochure:Click here