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
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Southern Lights holiday festival, presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., returns to the Kentucky Horse Park November 22 to December 31. In addition to reaching the milestone of two decades as a tradition for Kentucky families, Southern Lights, produced by the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, has also achieved status as a premier holiday event in the region and nation. More than 115,000 individuals in more than 27,000 vehichles attend Southern Lights annually.
From 5:30 until 10:00 pm each evening, visitors will be awed by the majestic light displays against the winter landscape. The drive begins at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground, and will proceed through an enhanced dreamland of dazzling lighted and often animated figures. While many displays represent the holiday season, favorites are customized to represent the Bluegrass state.
This year’s displays include the Christmas Village, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Keeneland Race Track, Show Jumping, Steeplechase and the Spires of Churchill Downs — displays comprising thousands of twinkling lights. New this year will be several Wizard of Oz light displays featuring favorite characters Dorothy, Toto, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Lion, and the Wicked Witch.
After enjoying the drive, visitors will be able to leave their cars behind and visit inside the other attractions inside the park to see a multitude of holiday happenings and seasonal entertainment. Enjoy shopping the Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop and holiday craft vendors. Bring the little ones to meet and have their picture taken with Santa Claus and Frosty. There will also be an exotic petting zoo, pony rides, camel rides and, new this year, an encounter with live reindeer. Catch a ride on the Mini Train Express as it goes chug-chug-chugging around the Man o’ War statue. Then be sure to stop by and see the model trains and antique dollhouses, visit the International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian Affiliate, and enjoy a festive dinner in the Bit & Bridle Restaurant.
The American Bus Association (ABA) selected Southern Lights as a Top 100 event for 2013 and 2014, which is an annual compendium of the best events for group travel in the United States and Canada. Winners are chosen from hundreds of celebrations, festivals, fairs, commemorative events, and more that have been nominated by ABA members. The Southeast Tourism Society has again selected Southern Lights a Top 20 Event among states across the Southeast, and the Kentucky Travel Industry Association annually selects Southern Lights as a Top 10 Winter/Holiday Event in Kentucky.
The Southern Lights Stroll, on Thursday, November 21, is the only night the lights can be viewed on foot. Featuring a competitive 5K race in addition to the leisurely stroll available to families, the Southern Lights Stroll is $15 for pre-registered adults ($20 walk-up) and includes a long-sleeved T-shirt for the first 500 registered adults; $10 for pre-registered kids 7-12 ($15 walk-up) includes a souvenir holiday item for the first 200 registered children. Sponsored in part by John’s Run/Walk Shop, the event features race awards, prize drawings, refreshments, entertainment, the Mini Train Express and more. For more information about the Southern Lights Stroll, visit here – http://www.kyhorsepark.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=4931.
All proceeds support the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. The 2013 Shining Star Presenting Sponsor is Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.; the Holly & Ivy Sponsors are Kerr Brothers and Cafe Press, Inc.; and, the Ribbons & Bows Sponsor is Kentucky Utilities.
For more information on Southern Lights, group admissions, and the Southern Lights Stroll registration, contact the KHP Foundation at (859) 255-5727 or at
ADDITIONAL ATTRACTIONS -
Kentucky Horse Park Gift ShopHoliday Craft FairPony Rides and Camel Rides ($)Exotic Petting ZooReindeer EncounterSanta Claus with visits from Frosty and pictures with Santa, with Lexington Rotary Club ($)Mini Train ExpressLive Entertainment and Activities for ChildrenBluegrass Railroad Club Model TrainsThe Bluegrass Miniature Society Dollhouses International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian AffiliateBit & Bridle Restaurant, home of Santa’s Workshop
SPECIAL NIGHTS/WEEKENDS (included with admission) -
November 29-30: Christmas Carriage Parade Covered ArenaDecember 6-7: Breyer WeekendDecember 13-14: Frosty's Family FunhouseDecember 17 (Tuesday): Military Night (must show valid military ID for one personal vehicle admission)
Dates & Times: November 21, 2013 – Southern Lights Stroll- 5:00 pm registration, 6:45 pm stroll beginsNovember 22 - December 31, 2013 - 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm each eveningDriving tour only on Thanksgiving night, November 28, and December 24-31 (indoor closed)
Admission:Personal Vehicle Sunday – Thursday $15.00Friday and Saturday $20.00Other VehicleExtended Van $30.00Limousine $30.00Mini-Bus $50.00School Bus $75.00Motor coach $125.00
Location & Parking:Enter at KHP Campground entrance to drive through lights,Park in Main Visitor Parking to go to additional attractions inside the park
Directions to the Kentucky Horse Park: http://kyhorsepark.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=610&Itemid=336Please note that some electronic map services available on Apple and Android mobile and auto GPS devices are not providing accurate directions to the Kentucky Horse Park. We recommend that visitors use home computers to access a mapping service for directions, use the directions provided on the KHP website, follow the brown highway signs or call ahead to double-check their route. Additionally, we recommend that out-of-town visitors use Interstate 75, Exit 115 (Newtown Pike) instead of Exit 120 (Georgetown Road) to access the Southern Lights entrance at the KHP Campground to help avoid congestion and a left-hand turn across traffic into the park.
Help us set the holiday season in motion by coming out for the 12th annual Southern Lights Stroll, Thursday night, November 21, where you can run, walk or stroll through the holiday displays in the heart of horse country.
With the return of the Southern Lights holiday festival, presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Inc., the Southern Lights Stroll also returns on the festival's opening night on Thursday, November 21. This is the only evening of the seasonal event when the public is allowed to experience a major portion of the lighted route on foot. Now in its 12th season, the Southern Lights Stroll has proven popular, from casual walkers and families who bring out their children and dogs to get photos and see the lights outside of a car to serious runners who come to compete in the 5K portion of the “stroll.”
Visitors will take in displays of the Christmas Village, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Keeneland Race Track, Show Jumping, Steeplechase and the Spires of Churchill Downs — displays comprising of thousands of twinkling lights. New this year will be several Wizard of Oz light displays featuring favorite characters Dorothy, Toto, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Lion, and the Wicked Witch.
John’s Run/Walk Shop has donated its services to the competitive 5K race, and awards will be given to winners. Additional activities include complimentary Mini Train Express rides, refreshments, prize drawings and more. A food drive for God’s Pantry and a local animal shelter will be held in conjunction with this event. All participants are asked to bring non perishable items to help local families and animals in need.
Pre-registration through November 10 is $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for kids 7-12. Registration after November 10 is $20.00 for adults and $15.00 for kids 7-12. Walk-up registration on November 21 begins at 5:00 pm, and the stroll begins at 6:45 pm. Check-in is at the park’s Visitor Information Center. The first 500 registered adults receive a free souvenir T-shirt and the first 200 registered kids receive a free holiday souvenir.
All proceeds support the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. The 2013 Shining Star Presenting Sponsor is Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.; the Holly & Ivy Sponsors are Kerr Brothers and Cafe Press, Inc.; and, the Ribbons & Bows Sponsor is Kentucky Utilities. Additional sponsors are Pepsi, SafetyTec and John's Run/Walk Shop.
The Southern Lights driving route is open to vehicles from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm nightly from November 22 to December 31, 2013. The additional attractions inside the park will be open every night except November 28 and December 24 - 31. The cost is $15.00 per car Sunday through Thursday evenings and $20.00 per car on Friday and Saturday nights. To learn more about Southern Lights, visit here – http://kyhorsepark.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=4932.
Pre-registration for the 5K is available, but walk-ups are welcome too! For more information about the Southern Lights Stroll and to register, visit here - http://kyhorsepark.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4541&Itemid=438.
Dates & Times: November 21, 2013 – Southern Lights Stroll- 5:00 pm registration, 6:45 pm stroll begins
Registration: Pre-registration through November 10 $15.00 for adults $10.00 for kids 7-12
Registration after November 10 $20.00 for adults $15.00 for kids 7-12
Location & Parking: Check-in at the Visitor Information Center Park in Main Visitor Parking Lot
Directions to the Kentucky Horse Park: http://kyhorsepark.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=610&Itemid=336
Please note that some electronic map services available on Apple and Android mobile and auto GPS devices are not providing accurate directions to the Kentucky Horse Park. We recommend that visitors use home computers to access a mapping service for directions, use the directions provided on the KHP website, follow the brown highway signs or call ahead to double-check their route. Additionally, we recommend that out-of-town visitors use Interstate 75, Exit 115 (Newtown Pike) instead of Exit 120 (Georgetown Road) to access the Southern Lights entrance at the KHP Campground to help avoid congestion and a left-hand turn across traffic into the park.
The Kentucky Horse Park will be closed during regular business hours on Thanksgiving Eve and Day, November 27 and 28, however; the American Saddlebred Museum’s “Showplace for Saddlebreds,” will be open all day Wednesday, November 27, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, charging visitors just $3.00 for admission.
The park will be open for Southern Lights at 5:30 pm on both evenings for a drive though the thousands of dazzling holiday lights. The inside portion of Southern Lights will also be available to guests on November 27, but only the drive will be available on Thanksgiving night, November 28.
Be safe, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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
The United States Dressage Finals, a national, head-to-head competition that showcases competitors in adult amateur and open divisions, and from Training Level through Grand Prix, is about to become a much anticipated reality this November 7-10!
Presented by Adequan, the US Dressage Finals are a Level Five Competition, the highest level of competition under United States Equestrian Federation rules. At least $50,000 will be awarded in money and great prizes. National bragging rights will also be up for grabs.
The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Dressage in the Bluegrass offers non-championship classes. All competitors are welcome to compete in these classes, including those who are not competing in US Dressage Finals classes.
Spectators, guests, and competitors alike will enjoy shopping the Trade Fair in the Alltech Arena and visiting Kentucky Horse Park attractions. Vendors and sponsors will be on hand to meet all of your holiday shopping and horse health information needs.
For more information about the United States Dressage Federation, call 859-971-2277 or visit www.usdf.org.
Date & Time:November 7-10, 2013 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
During the Lexington Kennel Club’s Dog Tracking event on November 3, the competition will pit some of the country’s best noses against one another in a friendly but important competition to determine the best trackers.
Tracking events are the competition form of canine search and rescue. They demonstrate the extremely high level of scent capability that dogs possess. Dogs are blessed with the gift of actually enjoying repugnant smells, and it’s good for us that they do. For centuries, their exquisite noses have saved the lives of countless people who were lost, kidnapped, trapped or trying to survive in other precarious or life-threatening situations.
There is no scoring in AKC tracking - it is either pass or fail and a dog only needs to complete one track successfully to earn each title. All of the dogs are already certified trackers. They have been narrowed down from entries all over the country. One interesting aspect of this competition is that a 5-pound Maltese can successfully compete nose-to-nose with a 150-pound Rottweiler. It’s all in the nose.
There are three levels of tracking tests. A dog earns a TD (Tracking Dog) title by following a track 440 to 500 yards long with three to five changes of direction. The track is laid by a human tracklayer and is "aged" 30 minutes to two hours before the dog begins scenting. The goal is to use the scented track to locate an article left at the end of the trail by the tracklayer.
The TDX (Tracking Dog Excellent) is earned by following an "older" track (three to five hours) that is also longer (800 to 1,000 yard) and has five to seven directional changes with the additional challenge of human cross tracks. In the real world, dogs track through urban settings, as well as through wilderness.
A VST (Variable Surface Tracking) dog has demonstrated this ability by following a three-to five-hour-old track 600 to 800 yards long that may take him down a street, through a building and other areas devoid of vegetation.
In TDX and VST tests, there are several articles left on the track and at the end of the track that the dog must find. A dog that has successfully completed all three tracking titles (TD, TDX and VST) earns the prestigious title of CT (Champion Tracker).
This event has been approved for all AKC-Recognized Breeds. The closing date for participants will be on Thursday, October 24 at 6:00 pm (Eastern Time Zone).
Put your nose down and your tail up! The fun begins at 8:00 am on Sunday, November 3 at the Kentucky Horse Park. For more information about the Lexington Kennel Club Dog Tracking, visit www.lexingtonkennelclub.com or call Bonnie Massie at (859) 223-8873.
Date & Time:November 3, 2013 – 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Admission:$5 for parking
Location & Parking:Check in at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Main Show Office
Central Kentucky Riding for Hope has some fun activities to join in on this fall as part of the 2013 Halloween Trail Ride, Ride-A-Thon, and Used Tack Sale on Saturday, October 26.
This is an opportunity to ride your own horse and see areas of the park normally not available to riders. There will also be a Costume Class where riders are encouraged to be creative and compete for prizes by dressing both themselves and their horse in a costume.
Proceeds support CKRH in its mission of providing therapeutic riding and equine-related activities to those with special needs. Riders may choose to raise money for CKRH by having their friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers sponsor them. To qualify to ride for free, the rider must raise a minimum of $60.
The 16th Annual Used Tack and Equipment Sale is the perfect opportunity for those with too much tack or not enough. Clean out unused tack and get a tax write-off. Those in need of tack will find some great bargains.
For more information about the Halloween Trail Ride, Ride-A-Thon, and Used Tack Sale, visit http://www.ckrh.org/htr.html.
Date & Time:October 26, 2013 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (no starts after noon)
Registration Fee:$35.00 – Register by October 22$45.00 – Register after October 22$60.00 – Minimum sponsorship to participate in the Ride-a-Thon
Location & Parking:The paddock across from the CKRH building at the Kentucky Horse Park
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