*Cancelled Event* - Event cancelled as of 5/11/13 by event organizers
The High Hope Steeplechase, held annually at the Kentucky Horse Park, is the only day dedicated to steeplechase racing in Kentucky! Area horse lovers’ enjoy the beauty and excitement of live steeplechase racing in a family-fun ambience with entertainment for all ages in a country fair setting.
The first race of the day is the Horse Farm Worker’s Olympics, followed by the Lexington Derby Jumper Relay, Lexington Polo Club Relay, and the Irish vs. American relay race. The last race will be the “Catch a Riding Star” race - a flat race featuring student jockeys from the North American Racing Academy.
Other featured events include the Parade of the Woodford Hounds, an arts and crafts fair, terrier races, a tailgating picnic competition, a silent auction and many other activities for children such as stick horse racing, face painting, and Miniature horses from Central Kentucky Riding for Hope. Come watch the races, shop, tailgate and picnic all day, rain or shine!
There will be equine demonstrations by the Kentucky Mounted Patrol, Mounted Games Across America, and Double Dan Horsemanship.
Proceeds benefit four Lexington charities: Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation, the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. The High Hope Steeplechase and many of its activities are sponsored by ABC 36, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Central Equipment, Darley,Green Horse, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, KBC International, Turftown Properties, Turner Foundation and Susan G. Komen, Lexington.
Date & Time:
May 19, 2013 - Cancelled
For further information, please contact the High Hope Steeplechase office at (859) 967-9444 or visit online at www.highhopesteeplechase.com.
CONTACT: Jessica Oldham Stith, High Hope Steeplechase: 859-967-9444;
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lexington, KY, Friday, May 11, 2011 – The 45th running of the High Hope Steeplechase returns to the Kentucky Horse Park this coming Sunday, May 20th.
High Hope Steeplechase remains area horse lovers’ only chance to enjoy the beauty and excitement of live Steeplechase racing in a family fun ambience complete with activities and entertainment for all ages in a country fair setting.
Be sure to join us this year as High Hope Steeplechase and the Susan G Komen Foundation team up for the inaugural running of the Sportswomen’s Challenge Race for the Cure.
This will be a one mile flat race for lady riders and their trusted sport horses, each sponsored by and carrying the racing silks of many well-known local thoroughbred farms.
In addition to four top-tier jump races worth a total of $70,000 in purses, High Hope Steeplechase Day will also features great fun for the entire family, including:
• Kids’ Playground and Activities – including the annual kids Stick Horse Derby, face painting, clowns and much more.• Terrier Races• Equine Demonstrations• Tailgating• Great Food and Arts and Craft booths.
Also on High Hope Day… the 4rd running of the “Catch a Riding Star” flat race featuring student-jockeys currently enrolled in the North American Racing Academy. Launched in 2006 by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System under the guidance of Hall of Fame and two-time Kentucky Winning jockey Chris McCarron, NARA is now part of Bluegrass Community and Technical College.
NARA Graduates have gone on to win over 750 races and have purse earnings of over $10 million.
McCarron and many of the students will be on hand when High Hope Steeplechase is previewed during the May 17th Thursday Night Live festival at the 5/3 Bank Pavilion in downtown Lexington (http://www.downtownlex.com/thursday-night-live-concerts).
High Hope staff will also be on hand to sell tickets for High Hope day.
Proceeds from High Hope Steeplechase day will benefit Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation and, this year, Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital. To date, High Hope Steeplechase has helped raise over $1.5 million for worthy causes.
Track Side Parking ($25) Park on the top side of the steeplechase course beside the rail. Includes admission for everyone in the car and a program. Tailgating invited. Box ($125)A box for 8 people overlooking the finish to High Hope. Includes table and 8 chairs, admission and parking.Member's Pavilion ($75 single $125 couple) Buffet lunch, drinks & admission Preferred Tailgating ($225 - 250)Corporate Tent ($2000) 20' x 20' tent close to the finish line of High Hope - includes two 8' tables and 40 chairs. Admission for 40 people and preferred parking. Great way to entertain friends and clients.
For tickets, information or to volunteer please contact the High Hope Steeplechase office at (859) 967-9444; email at
Who: Hall of Fame Jockey and founder/director of the North American Racing Academy (NARA) Chris McCarron; leading Thoroughbred and steeplechase owner Ken Ramsey; Remi Bellocq, chairperson of the High Hope Steeplechase Committee
What: A press conference announcing the return of High Hope Steeplechase on May 22, 2011, following a one-year hiatus to accommodate the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.