The 16th Annual Purebred Morab Horse Association (PMHA) Morab Nationals: Championship and Futurity, a three-breed show for Morabs and their parent breeds, the Morgan and Arabian, will be held October 19-20, in the covered arena.
The Morab Nationals are United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and Arabian Horse Association (AHA) approved and serves as a Region 14 qualifier for Arabians. The Morab is a relatively new breed which arose in the mid-1980s as a compact and attractive all-purpose horse to ride, drive or goof around with. Created by combining Morgans with Arabians (hence the name Morab), a purebred Morab is a horse that has two Morab parents, not full Morgans, Arabians or Quarter Horses.
Founded in 1984, the PMHA is dedicated to informing the public of the Morab breed as a versatile horse. The special attributes of the Morab make it a family-friendly mount and the endurance and body structure of the Morab lends this breed to other equine pursuits of competition across many disciplines.
The PMHA adores these horses and hopes that you will come out to the nationals to fall under the Morab spell, too. For more information about the PMHA Morab Nationals, visit www.puremorab.com.
Date & Time:October 19-20, 2013 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Admission:Included in Kentucky Horse Park general admission, horse show-only rate available
Location & Parking:Covered ArenaParking available in the Main Lot
The Paso Fino Horse Association (PFHA) presents the 41st Annual Grand National Championship Show and Expo, a PFHA/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) “A” Rated Show, September 29 – October 5, 2013.
The Grand National Championship Showcases the Paso Fino horse, bred for their stamina, smooth gait, and beauty. The breed’s journey to the Americas began more than 500 years ago with the importation of Andalusians, Spanish Barbs from North Africa, and smooth-gaited Spanish Jennets to the “New World” by Spanish Conquistadors. The Paso Finos became known as the horses with the fine walk, “Los Caballos de Paso Fino,” flourishing initially in Puerto Rico and Colombia, and later, in many other Latin American countries. Today, the American Paso Fino - true to our “melting pot” tradition - is often a blend of the best of Puerto Rican and Colombian bloodlines.
For the Grand National Championship, the eventing will begin on Monday, September 30, with Barrel Racing and Pole Bending in the Covered Arena. The competition continues on Tuesday, October 1, with Stall Decorating Awards from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, October 1-3, there will be Cowboy Mounted Shooting in the Covered Arena. There will also be a Youth Obstacle Trail Challenge at 3:00 pm on Thursday, October 3, in the Recreational Rider Arena.
A full weekend of events will continue on Friday, October 4, with the Gait Clinic by Robin Ratliff, also in the Recreational Rider Arena, and the Largo Race, held in the Covered Arena. The Amateur Obstacle Trail Challenge will be Friday at 3:00 pm in the Recreational Rider Arena. Saturday, October 5, will be a big day with Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, and Cowboy Mounted Shooting Final Heats in the Covered Arena. In the Recreational Rider Arena there will be an Open Obstacle Trail Challenge at 3:00 pm and a Freestyle Competition at 5:30pm. The final heat of the Largo Race and the High Point of the Show Awards will be held in the Covered Arena on Saturday evening.
Guests will have the opportunity to Ride a Paso Fino during the weekend of the event. Check back for more specific dates and times – TBA.
All of this and more will make for an excellent 41st Grand National Championship, so come enjoy the show and expo, ride a Paso Fino and cheer for your favorite fine stepping horse.
For more information about the Paso Fino Horse Association’s Grand National Championship Show and Expo, visit www.pfha.org or call (859) 825-6000.
Date & Time:September 29 - October 5, 2013 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location & Parking:Covered Arena, Lunging Pad (Recreational Rider Arena), Annex RingParking available in the Main Parking Lot
The Fall Classic Hunter Jumper Shows return to the Kentucky Horse Park with the Fall Classic I Hunter Jumper Show, September 7-8, and the Fall Classic II Hunter Jumper Show, September 14-15!
These horses and riders demonstrate athleticism, agility and communication. Spectators will enjoy this challenging competition during the Fall Classic I Hunter Jumper Show in the Covered Arena, Walnut Ring and the Annex Ring. The show will continue with the Fall Classic II Hunter Jumper Show in the Hunter Jumper Complex, Stonelea Ring, Claiborne Ring, and the Murphy Ring.
Sponsored by the Robert Murphy Stables of Lexington, these shows will feature hunter/jumper classes for all ages. Riders from Kentucky and the surrounding region will compete in more than 180 classes ranging from beginner to advance. The shows will feature hunter classes that test the rider’s equitation and ability to communicate with their horse.
The 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. Teams will try to jump the highest jumps with the least amount of errors in the fastest time to be determined the winner.
For more information about the Fall Classic Hunter Jumper Shows, contact Robert Murphy Stables at (859) 421-7323 or visit www.robertmurphystables.com.
Date & Time:September 7 - 8, 2013 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location & Parking:Fall Classic I Hunter Jumper Show - Covered Arena, Walnut Ring, Annex RingFall Classic II Hunter Jumper Show - Hunter Jumper Complex, Stonelea Ring, Claiborne Ring, Murphy RingParking Available in the Main Parking Lot
The Rocky Mountain Horse Association (RMHA) will be holding their 25th annual International Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park, September 10-14, in the Covered Arena.
The Rocky Mountain Horse Association was founded in 1986 as a non-profit organization in Kentucky, and is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and breeding of the Rocky Mountain Horse. The Rocky Mountain Horse as a recognized breed is relatively new, but these horses go back more than 70 years to a small farm owned by Sam Tuttle, in Estill County Kentucky, where he developed these horses which had a natural single foot (4-beat gait) for riding at the Natural Bridge State Park. Mr. Tuttle’s line of horse descended from a stallion originally from the Rocky Mountains which were bred to Kentucky mares. There are more than 19,000 registered Rocky Mountain Horses in the United States, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, and found in several countries throughout Europe.
The Rocky Mountain Horse Stallion Showcase will be from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm on Friday, September 13, in the Covered Arena. This is a time for stallion owners to promote their stallions, presenting them individually, and spectators to see some of the most beautiful Rocky Mountain Horse stallions. After the Stallion Showcase presentations, there will be an opportunity to meet the stallions face-to-face in the show ring.
The Stallion Row Barn will be open Friday, September 13, from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm, giving stallion owners an additional opportunity for visitors to admire some of the world's finest Rocky Mountain stallions standing side by side. On Stallion Row the many talented stallion handlers will be eager to share their knowledge, display photos and ribbons or trophies of their Rocky Mountain stallions.
Ride A "Rocky" Day is from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14. These rides will be paid for by donation and an excellent opportunity to experience what it is like to ride one of the world's most beloved naturally gaited horse breeds.
Sundy Best, Eastern Kentucky's hottest country music duo, is the perfect fit for the 25th International Rocky Mountain Horse Celebration. The legacy of horses, storytellers and balladeers will come together in an evening of front porch melodies and song lyrics grown out of the rocky topsoil of Eastern Kentucky's Appalachian Mountains, and brought to the Covered Arena Stage at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm on Friday, September 13.
Admission to this event will be included with park admission. Several local vendors will be set up around the show ring concourse daily. Events for the whole family are planned throughout the week. The show will culminate on Saturday evening with the Grand Championship performance.
Please join us for family fun and entertainment at the Kentucky Horse Park to celebrate the Rocky Mountain Horse Association’s International Horse Show. For more information about this event, call (859) 243-0260 or visit the RMHA website at www.rmhorse.com.
Date & Time:September 10-14, 2013 – 9:00 am – 9:00 pmSundy Best – Friday, September 13, 2013 – 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Location & Parking:Covered Arena - Parking Available in the Main Parking Lot
The 2013 Kentucky Summer Series, a great line-up of hunter jumper shows, will begin July 24, 2013 and run for two weeks, followed by the USEF Pony Finals, the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show, and the KHJA Horse Show. The Kentucky Summer Horse Show will be held July 24 – 28, 2013, and will be followed by the Kentucky Summer Classic, scheduled for July 30 – 4, 2013.
Held at the renowned Kentucky Horse Park, the Kentucky Summer Horse Show will include the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby sponsored by Hallway Feeds, one of the seven events of the Hallway Feeds series, which will provide a $10,000 bonus to the leading professional rider and $2,500 each to the leading amateur and junior riders. Jumper highlights for the Kentucky Summer Horse Show include the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic on Thursday, July 25; at 7:00 pm. Riders will also compete at the Rolex Stadium in the $50,000 Rood and Riddle Grand Prix on Saturday, July 27, at 7:00 pm.
The series will continue with the Kentucky Summer Classic held July 30 – August 4, 2013. The $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic will be held on Thursday, August 1, at 7:00 pm. The $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby will also return on Saturday, August 3. The $50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix, sponsored by Audi of Lexington, will be on August 3 at 7:30 pm.
The USEF Pony Finals will be held August 7 - 11. More than 600 qualifying ponies will compete for awards in Green and Regular pony sections, pony jumpers and the Pony Medal Finals. The Pony Medal Finals will be held on Sunday in the Alltech Arena at 7:00 am.
The fourth show of the Kentucky Summer Series, the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show, a World Championship Hunter Rider Event, will start on August 13 and go through Sunday, August 18, 2013. Spectators can look forward to the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic on Friday, August 16, at 7:00 pm. The $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix, sponsored by Audi of Lexington, will be Sunday, August 18, at 2:00 pm.
Wrapping up the summer series will be the KHJA Horse Show in the Alltech Arena that is held August 21 – 25, 2013. The $10,000 Hagyard Welcome Stake will run Friday, August 23, at 6:00 pm and will be followed on Sunday, August 25, by the $30,000 KHJA Grand Prix at 2:00 pm. The KHJA Horse Show will also host the final event of the Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby and the presentation of the leading rider awards.
Based at the renowned Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, host of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, the Kentucky Summer Series offers equestrians a chance to compete at one of the top facilities in the world. For more information about the Kentucky Summer Series, please check the prize list on www.kentuckyhorseshows.com or contact the Kentucky Horse Shows at (859)233-0492.
KENTUCKY SUMMER HORSE SHOW – July 24-28, 2013$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic – Thursday, July 25 – 7:00 pm$50,000 Rood & Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix – Saturday, July 27 – 7:00 pm$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby – Sunday, July 28
KENTUCKY SUMMER CLASSIC – July 30 – August 4, 2013$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic – Thursday, August 1 – 7:00 pm$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby – Saturday, August 3$50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix – Saturday, August 3 – 7:30 pmSponsored by Audi of Lexington
BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL HORSE SHOW – August 13 – 18, 2013$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic – Friday, August 16 – 7:00 pm$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby – Sunday, August 18$40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix – Sunday, August 18 – 2:00 pmSponsored by Audi of Lexington
KHJA HORSE SHOW – August 21 – 25, 2013$10,000 Hagyard Welcome Stake – Friday, August 23 – 6:00 pm$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby – Saturday, August 24 – 6:00 pm$30,000 KHJA Grand Prix – Sunday, August 25 – 2:00 pm
All shows are qualifying events for The Washington International Championship in Washington D.C., October 22-27, 2013, and The North American League Finals in Pennsylvania, October 10-19, 2013.
Date & Time:Kentucky Summer Horse Show – July 24 – 28, 2013 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pmKentucky Summer Classic – July 30 – August 4, 2013 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pmUSEF Pony Finals – August 7 – 11, 2013 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pmBluegrass Festival Horse Show – August 13-18, 2013 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pmKHJA Horse Show – August 21-25, 2013 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location & Parking:Covered Arena, Hunter Jumper Complex, Walnut Ring, Rolex StadiumParking Available in the Main Parking Lot
The FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) are back at the Kentucky Horse Park this summer, July 17-21!
The NAJYRC is the premier equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders, age 14-21, and the pinnacle of a young rider's achievement. Young equestrians come from the United States, Bermuda, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands to compete in this international championship event, vying for team and individual FEI medals in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of Show Jumping, Dressage, Eventing and the FEI World Equestrian Games disciplines of Reining and Endurance. The North American Riders Group (NARG) named this event one of the Top 25 Horse Shows of 2012, one of three horse shows held at the Kentucky Horse Park that received this accolade.
Run under rules of the FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale), the international governing body for equestrian sport, this is the only FEI championship held annually in North America. The NAJYRC is also recognized as the official Junior Olympics for Equestrians by the USOC. The championship models the format of the Olympic Games, whereby riders from all three Equestrian disciplines of Eventing, Dressage, and Show Jumping assemble on one site to represent their country in competition. In the Eventing competition, each area will send a team and individuals to represent their area. From very early on, many young riders see this as a potential goal for themselves as they progress through the levels of competition.
Be sure to join us at the Kentucky Horse Park for all the excitement and to support our future equestrian stars!
For more information about the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, contact the United States Equestrian federation at (859) 258-2472 or visit www.usef.org.
Date & Time:
July 17-21, 2013 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Included in Kentucky Horse Park general admission, horse show-only rate available
Covered Arena, Hunter Jumper Complex, Walnut Ring, Rolex Stadium, and the Alltech Arena.
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
Location & Parking:
Parking available in the Main Parking Lot
During the Bluegrass Classic, an annual event sponsored by the MidEast Kentucky Quarter Horse Association, the park will be filled with Quarter Horses, June 20-23!
The Quarter Horse is the world's most popular breed. Due to their versatility, Quarter Horses are more dispersed among more countries and towns than any other breed. The Commonwealth of Kentucky, best known for its Thoroughbred industry, has more verified Quarter Horses than Thoroughbreds, making the Quarter Horse industry a vital element in Kentucky's equine industry.
This event is AQHA, NSBA & KyQHA approved and shows will begin at around 7:30 am each morning and go throughout the day. See Quarter Horses in a variety of competitions throughout the four days, and visit with the Kentucky Horse Park’s own World Champion racing Quarter Horse, Be a Bono, at the Hall of Champions!
For more information about the MidEast Kentucky Quarter Horse Association’s Bluegrass Classic, go to www.KyQHA.com or call 859-635-6773.
Date & Time: June 20-23, 2013 – 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Location & Parking:Covered Arena Parking available in the main lot