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
Location & Parking:Alltech Arena
The North American Riders Group (NARG) has released its report of the Top 25 Horse Shows of 2012, its third annual report, and three of those shows are held at the Kentucky Horse Park each year - the Alltech National Horse Show, the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, and the Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships. The Kentucky Horse Park, once again, hosted more Top 25 shows on the list than any other facility in North America.
“We are proud that the Kentucky Horse Park facilities lend to the success of the three horse shows selected on the NARG Top 25 list,” said John Nicholson, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park. “To be counted among the best facilities on the continent, hosting the best shows in North America, truly validates the hard work of the many people who have served in leadership and support positions at the park over the past 35 years of our development.”
The North American Riders Group is an advocacy group, representing the riders, owners and trainers in North America that was formed with the goal of improving the sport of show jumping, and is composed of top horsemen from the United States, Canada and Mexico. In the report of the NARG Top 25 Horse Shows of 2012, the group stated, “This effort, albeit evolving, has created a mirror in which top equestrian events can reflect on what is important to us, how to improve and whether they truly seek to be a Top 25 event. And this year is proof that those who aspire to be great are willing to look, listen and improve.”
The Alltech National Horse Show, which showed at the Kentucky Horse Park in October 2012 in just its second year in Kentucky, is second for any American horse show, and achieved an overall rating of fourth among all horse shows in North America on the NARG list. Known as America’s oldest indoor horse show, the National Horse Show originally started in Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1883 and eventually moved to Lexington in 2011.
According to the NARG report, “With all the ingredients of a fabulous equestrian event, a perfect score is within reach for The Alltech National Horse Show. First and foremost, the show has one of the sport’s top sponsors in its title.” The report indicated that the location in the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena gave the event “the ability to host a tremendous indoor affair within its walls – from show jumping to shopping to fine dining and fabulous parties.”The report continued, “The prize money offered is the best of any indoor show in North America. Excellent footing and top course design mixed with a solid turnout of international competitors resulted in great sport.”
The Alltech National Horse Show awarded more than $600,000 in prize money in 2012. The third edition of the Alltech Nationals will take place Oct. 29-Nov. 3, 2013, in the Alltech Arena.
Earning an overall ranking of eight on the NARG report, up five spots from 2011, the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows is a series of hunter jumper shows held back-to-back for two weeks in May. The Kentucky Spring Horse Show and the Kentucky Spring Classic have been held at the park for more than 20 years, and utilize the park’s Rolex Stadium, Covered Arena, Hunter Jumper Complex and other facilities.
According to the NARG report, “The Kentucky Spring Shows continue to climb up in the ranks. Scoring just below 70 two years ago, improvements made last year earned a 74. Raising the bar in 2012 resulted in an 83 and the eighth spot.” The report explained that the show took on the responsibility of becoming an Olympic Observation Event and secured a higher competition rating, a CSI3*, which increased the show’s importance and expenses.
The report continued, “The effort to entertain as well as produce great sport did not go unnoticed. The evenings began with exhibitions and the course was beautifully designed with recognizable WEG (World Equestrian Games) jumps and also new custom-built jumps for this event. Other noticeable improvements included a conveniently located food facility by the Rolex Stadium in-gate and improved FEI (International Equestrian Federation) stabling with a large grazing area.”
The Kentucky Spring Horse Show will be held May 8-12, 2013 and the Kentucky Spring Classic will be held May 15-19, 2013. Produced by the same management group, the Kentucky Summer Horse Show will be held July 24-28, 2013 and the Kentucky Summer Classic will be held July 31-Aug. 4, 2013.
With an overall ranking of 18 on the NARG report, the Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) is a relatively new event the park was able to attract and accommodate because of the Alltech Arena and Rolex Stadium. Held at the park since 2009, NAJYRC is the highest level competition for qualified young riders in North America to compete in the FEI disciplines of Show Jumping, Dressage, Eventing and Reining in a challenging Nations Cup format.
According to the NARG report, “The Kentucky Horse Park sits on 1,200 acres, with multiple arenas, a world-class cross country course and fantastic footing. The best attribute of this championship event, and the main reason it earns a good score, is the world-class venue, specifically the Rolex Arena. The courses are challenging and the jumps beautiful. Aside from some hot summer weather, it is a magnificent setting.”
The next Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships will be held July 17-21, 2013, and will utilize the Alltech Arena, Rolex Stadium, Covered Arena, Hunter Jumper Complex, Walnut Ring and other facilities.
The North American Riders Group developed the Top 25 ranking system to establish a clear measure of excellence among North America’s horse shows so as to evaluate them fairly so that they could be considered world class. According to the report, “From the sport perspective, NARG aims to have Global Champions, Olympic Gold Medalists, Nations Cup victories and more winners of FEI World Cup Finals. Our continent needs to support these goals by offering world class events where riders from the United States, Canada and Mexico can achieve results through top notch competition, course design and prize money in well-groomed arenas and fields.”
A copy of the full Top 25 Horse Shows of 2012 report is available at www.NARG.org.
Lexington, KY - September 6, 2011 - The Kentucky Travel Industry Association named the Alltech National Horse Show as part of their line-up of 2011 Fall Top Ten Festivals and Events.
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 events calendars. For its 128th edition, the National Horse Show elected to move to the Kentucky Horse Park where it will be housed in the beautiful, new Alltech Indoor Arena. Now called the Alltech National Horse Show, the five-day event will offer $650,000 to the nation's top riders. There will also be children's activities, interactive exhibits, and special social events.
The Kentucky Travel Industry Association names its Top 10 Festivals & Events four times a year. To be eligible, festivals or events must be recommended or produced by a Kentucky Travel Industry Association member. A panel of impartial judges selects the winners for each season. Criteria for selection include popularity of the event, its impact on the local tourism economy as well as cultural and historical significance.
The Kentucky Travel Industry Association (KTIA) is a nearly 900 member, statewide association representing all sectors of the state's travel industry. The Association's mission is to unite Kentucky's third largest industry through governmental interaction, communication and education. For more information on KTIA, phone 502.223.8687, email
The Alltech National Horse Show, 128th Edition, will be held from November 2 - 6, 2011, at the beautiful, new Alltech Indoor Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
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 Sasco Creek Farm $50,000 Welcome Speed Class, 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 Ranch, 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.