Hats Off Day is the only day of the year everyone can enjoy the Kentucky Horse Park and all it has to offer, at no cost! Hats Off to Kentucky's Horse Industry Day is a celebration of the horse and its impact on the state of Kentucky, and features the premiere event, the Rood and Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix for the education and entertainment of all those attending.
Kentuckians flock to the Kentucky Horse Park on Hats Off Day for a free day of family fun and an opportunity to learn more about horses and the amazing things they do for our great state. Events include children’s activities, free pony rides, educational booths, interactive equine stations, and much more.
Free admission to Hats Off Day will include entrance into all of the park’s regular attractions, including the two museums, the Horses of the World Show, the Hall of Champions Presentation, and the Trolley Tour. The day will also include admission to the Kentucky Summer Horse Show.
The Rood and Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix, a challenging show jumping competition between top international horses and riders, is the featured evening entertainment for Hats Off Day taking place in the beautiful outdoor Rolex Stadium. Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital is the proud sponsor of the Rood and Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix, a premier show jumping competition held annually at the Kentucky Horse Park for the past 25 years.
Top-level show jumpers are guaranteed to impress the crowd as they soar over thirteen, 5-foot fences. Join us and witness the athletic ability of Grand Prix Show Jumpers and the teamwork of horse and rider. Each horse and rider must clear every obstacle on the course with the least number of faults and the fastest time. In the event of a tie, an altered course is set, and a timed jump off is held to determine the winner.
Come on out and take your hat off for the Kentucky horse industry!
For more information about Hats Off Day or the Rood and Riddle Grand Prix, contact the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital at (859) 233-0371.
Date & Time:July 27, 2013 – 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Special Activities Schedule:4:00 pm – Line up for Free Souvenir hats while supplies last at the North Gate entrance
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Free Pony Rides, Picture on a Pony, Inflatable Games, Arts and Crafts, Music, contests, prizes and more!
7:00 pm – Spectacular equine exhibitions and Opening Ceremonies for the $50,000 Rood and Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix
7:30 pm – $50,000 Rood and Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix Show Jumping Competition begins!
Admission:Free All Day!
Location and Parking:Hats Off Day – ParkwideRood and Riddle Grand Prix – Rolex StadiumParking Available in the Main Parking Lot
The Clayton Woosley Hall of Fame Reining Show, a long-time staple of the Central Kentucky Reining Horse Association's (CKRHA) show schedule, is back at the Kentucky Horse Park, July 23-28!
Since teaming up with the Darling 888 Ranch in 2011, the event has exploded. The Clayton Woosley Hall of Fame Reining Show features approximately 50 riders and $72,000 in added money spread out over the Darling 888 Ranch Derby and Futurity. Modifications have been made to the show schedule so that everyone has plenty of riding time, adding to its huge success.
In addition to the aged-event competition, the Clayton Woosley Hall of Fame Reining featured a slate and a half of ancillary classes that included a $2,000 open and a $2,000 non-pro class.
For further information, call Alan Crupper at (606) 232-7423 or visit www.ckrha.com.
Date & Time:
July 23-28 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Included in Kentucky Horse Park general admission, horse show-only rate available
Location & Parking:
Thoroughbred Hall of Fame trainer and American Horse Racing Legend, Jack Van Berg, who became the first trainer to win 5,000 races when he saddled Art’s Chandelle to victory at Arlington Park on July 15, 1987, will be at the Kentucky Horse Park on Sunday, July 14, to sign copies of his biography Jack, From Grit to Glory.
As told by television racing analyst and author Chris Kotulak, Jack, From Grit to Glory is the true story depicting the hardships and joys of young Jack Van Berg, who emerged from the prairie lands of Columbus, Nebraska, to train champions, break records, and become a Hall of Fame trainer like his father, Marion H. Van Berg. Jack Van Berg is known best for training 1987 Kentucky Derby winner, Alysheba.
“Jack lived through a golden age of horse racing, trained champions, broke records and became a Hall of Fame trainer” said Chris Kotulak. “This biography reveals how a son worshiped his father and how those he mentored would later worship him. A trainer of horses; a leader of men; a hero to us all. Jack!”
Special guest, Liza G. Fly, will be joining Jack Van Berg singing and signing copies of her CD, “Zenyatta,” named after the horse that Jack Van Berg introduced her to, rekindling Fly’s love of racing and horses. When Fly sings the story of Zenyatta, the song evokes happiness, history and the love of a most unique horse. It was Van Berg who encouraged Fly to write a song about Zenyatta’s history, personality and special relationship with people.
Racing fans will be able to purchase copies of the book and have it autographed by Van Berg and Fly from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions Pavillion. Come on out to the Kentucky Horse Park this Sunday, July 14, for this special book and CD signing with two people that hold horses very dear to their hearts!
July 14, 2013 – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hall of Champions Pavilion
Parking 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.
July 17-21, 2013 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Covered Arena, Hunter Jumper Complex, Walnut Ring, Rolex Stadium, and the Alltech Arena.
The Champagne Run Horse Trials, an event that has been running for 20 years at the Kentucky Horse Park, returns July 12-14!
The Champagne Run Horse Trials will have more than 400 competitors from 24 different states competing. Four Star and Rolex Kentucky riders will be part of the competition, as well as those in the lower divisions. On Friday, July 12, from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, there will be Dressage and Show Jumping. On Saturday there will be Cross Country jumping from 7:30 – 6:00 pm. There will also be Dressage in the Dressage Complex from 5:00 pm – 4:00 pm and Stadium Jumping in the Claiborne ring from 11:00 am – 5:30 pm. Sunday runs will feature lower level Cross Country and Stadium Jumping from 7:30 am – 2:00 pm.
There will be a trade fair on Stonelea Road with vendors from several states where exhibitors and spectators may shop for equine related products and souvenirs.
For more information about the Champagne Run Horse Trials, call Maggie Wright at (859) 621-2478 or visit www.champagnerun.com.
July 12-14, 2013 – 7:30 am – 6:00pm
Location & Parking: Hunter Jumper Complex, Dressage Complex and the Cross Country Course
Parking Available in the Main Parking Lot
Join the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross for the 2013 Disaster Blaster presented by Columbia Gas of Kentucky on July 12!
This year’s theme is Red Cross Round-up. Disaster Blaster is a premier event in the Bluegrass which features dinner, drinks, incredible music, and a live silent auction. Live country music will be provided by Whitney Acke and Brandon Holder. This event is casual, fun, suitable for all ages, and best of all, for a great cause! Proceeds will go to benefit local area Red Cross programs and services.
For more information about the American Red Cross Disaster Blast Fundraiser or to purchase tickets, please contact Winn Stephens at (859)253-1331.
July 12, 2013 – 7:00 pm
$75.00 – Individual Ticket
$750.00 – Table for 10
The 24th annual Breyerfest, the world's largest model horse celebration and collector’s event, returns to the Kentucky Horse Park, July 19-21! Breyer horse model fans and collectors from around the world will gather for this three-day event filled with horse-filled fun!
This year’s theme is Denim and Diamonds! Breyerfest will features equestrian events such as trick riding as well as equine star appearances in the theme of Denim and Diamonds. Lyle Lovett’s golden American Quarter Horse, Smart and Shiney, will headline an amazing line-up of equestrian talent. Presented by the legendary reining horse rider/trainer, Tim McQuay, Smart and Shiney has been selected as the 2013 BreyerFest Celebration Horse. Each three-day ticket holder will go home with a gorgeous Breyer model of Smart and Shiney. The model used to create the celebration horse is broken after the event – guaranteeing that attendees are the only ones that will have it.
Anticipated to draw upwards of 10,000 horse lovers to Lexington, guests should look forward to three full days of equine performances that highlight the event. There will also be a Trade Fair and Breyer Store, a pop-up Boots & Bling gift shop, a crafts center, model horse displays and shows, meet and greets with special equine guests, charity auctions and raffles, pony rides, a petting zoo and wandering circus performers!
In addition to Tim McQuay and Smart and Shiney, special guests will include another top American Quarter Horse, the-all time leading money earner of reined cow horses and three-time World Champion Reined Cow Horse,Topsails Rien Maker with co-owner/trainer Russell Dilday. Joining them will be the 2012 Road to the Horse winner Dan James of Double Dan Horsemanship, who will perform daily, as will trick horse trainer Sue De Laurentis and Lady C. with her stunning 2001 double-registered Tennessee Walking Horse. This Spotted Saddle Horse mare has appeared in Rolling Stone magazine and on Animal Planet with her former owner, rock star Sheryl Crow.
BreyerFest Denim & Diamonds will also host the Eastern Regional Splash Dogs Trials and Championships. Splash dog competitions attract the best and farthest flying dock diving dogs from across the country! Dog dock diving is one of the most exciting new sports for handlers and their dogs! Pets compete for distance, diving from a dock into a 40 ft. pool surrounded by cheering fans. The Championships will be held on Sunday.
The blend of real horses and model horse hobby activities sets Breyerfest apart from other equine events. In addition to watching guest stars perform, both children and adults can meet and mingle with horse owners and horses, participate in model horse hobby activities and enjoy an entire weekend dedicated to the celebration of horses! It’s a hands-on, interactive experience! Make your plans to be in Kentucky for the biggest country party of the year: BreyerFest Denim & Diamonds!
Admission to the Kentucky Horse Park will be included with a Breyerfest ticket purchase. Breyerfest has a separate admission ticket. Admission into the Kentucky Horse Park does not include admission to Breyerfest. Three day and single day tickets are on sale now at www.BreyerHorses.com or call (800) 413-3348.
July 19-21, 2013 ~ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
*See www.BreyerHorses.com for full event schedule including some evening events
Three Day Tickets – Includes 1 Traditional Breyer Model Horse each
Adults & Seniors – $95
Children (Ages 7-12) – $65
Single Day Tickets – Includes 1 Stablemates Model each
Adults & Seniors – $21
Children (Ages 7-12) – $11
Admission is free for children 6 and under (no horse model included)
Parking available in the Main Parking Lot
For the 30th annual Julep Cup Show, the Mid-America Miniature Horse Club brings minis to go through their paces in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park on July 5-7!
These little show horses will jump and strut their stuff as they go for the win in this tough competition. These pint-sized horses, frequently referred to as “minis,” are the smaller versions of the big guys. They are delightful characters, and require the same care and attention of their larger counterparts. Their size makes them enjoyable for both adults and children. These beautiful miniature horses are small in stature but mighty in spirit.
They are great to show in carriage driving, love to jump hurdles, cleverly perform tricks, play with children, navigate in, through and around obstacles, and hold their own in model classes.
There will be American Miniature horse aficionados from around the country in attendance. Some travel from as far as Florida, Texas, and Massachusetts, but largely from around Kentucky. There are over 200 mini horses scheduled to participate and 75 exhibitors.
Minis are clever and easy to train, show a strong personality, and they are quite versatile. If you can make it out for the Julep Cup Show, feast your eyes on these mini show horses. While attending the show, also visit the park’s resident American Miniature horse foals, Surrie and Skip, in the Kids Barn!
For more information about the Julep Cup Show, call Tim Ballard (937) 604-7397 or visit www.mamhc.org.
July 5-7, 2013 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Art, Antique and Rare Book Auction, a consignment auction and fundraiser that is now in its eighth year, will be held at the American Saddlebred Museum in its Showplace for Saddlebreds at the Kentucky Horse Park on Saturday July 13 at noon.
Items may be previewed on Friday, July 12, from 9 am – 6 pm, and Saturday morning, July 13,from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, prior to the auction. If you cannot be present but wish to bid on an item, telephone bids can be made with advance arrangements.
The Art, Antique & Rare Book Auction has earned its reputation as a venue at which a variety of serious equine artwork, antiques, collectibles, rare books and historic artifacts can be purchased. The focus of the auction is particularly on American Saddlebred items, but coaching, Thoroughbred, Standardbred, draft horse, Hackney and Morgan artwork are also accepted.
Never before presented items will be part of the July sale. Among them are eight original pieces by George Ford Morris, one of America's premier 19th - 20th century sporting artists. There will also be a 1904 trophy that was won by Tom Bass when he showed Jack O’Diamonds, the original audio recording of the 1950 Five-Gaited World’s Grand Championship with Wing Commander winning his third title, six lots of sculptures, including one of the handful of rare sculptures by George Ford Morris, five rarely seen advertising posters/memorabilia, an unusual hand-painted chair, Dodge Stables memorabilia, an Hermés scarf, a vintage diamond horse shoe pin, artwork by 25 different artists, 11 lots of historic books, and a painting by Justin, The Artistic Horse. In addition to Morris, samplings of other artists represented in past auctions include Edwin Bogucki, Allen F. Brewer, Currier and Ives, Frank Whitney, Leroy Neiman and McClure Jackson – just to name a handful.
A variety in media, subject matter and pricing is offered to ensure that everyone may find something of interest!
For more information, contact Tolley Graves at 859-259-2746 ext. 304 or at
To request a hard copy of the catalog, call the museum at 859-259-2746 ext. 305. The 2013 Art Auction Catalog is now available at www.asbmuseum.org.
Time & Date:
July 13, 2013 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Included in Kentucky Horse Park general admission
American Saddlebred Museum & Gift Shop/The Showplace for Saddlebreds
In celebration of our 35th anniversary, the Kentucky Horse Park welcomes County Days this summer, a time when predetermined weeks are opened up to specific counties to whom the park will offer free admission. To kick off the event, the first week of free admission will go to residents of Scott County, July 8 - 14, followed shortly by Bourbon and Woodford Counties.
Residents will have the opportunity to enjoy the park’s many regular daily activities that are included in general admission such as the popular Hall of Champions Presentation, the Horses of the World Show and the Horse-Drawn Trolley Tour, as well as the International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian Affiliate, the American Saddlebred Museum, home of Kentucky’s first native breed of horse, and the Wheeler Museum, in the United States Hunter Jumper Association headquarters (Monday to Friday only).
In addition, residents may visit the Big Barn, Kids Barn, and Mounted Police Barn, visit with the park’s farrier, watch the movie “Rein of Nobility,” catch a horse show or simply explore the park’s more than 1,200 acres of paddocks and fields. Additional park activities such as horseback riding, pony rides and horse farm tours are available at the regular daily charge.
There is no better place to spend the summer than at the Kentucky Horse Park. Bluegrass region residents do not want to miss this opportunity to experience our equine theme park. Watch out for other County Days to come!
For more information on County Days, contact the park at 859-233-4303 or check back here at a later date.
Anderson - August 5 - 11, 2013
Bourbon County Days - July 29 - August 4, 2013
Boyle County Days - August 19 - 25, 2013
Clark County Days - August 12 - 18, 2013
Franklin - August 5 - 11, 2013
Garrad - August 26 - September 1, 2013
Harrison - August 12 - 18, 2013
Jessamine - August 26 - September 1, 2013
Lincoln - August 26 - September 1, 2013
Madison - August 19 - 25, 2013
Mercer - August 19 - 25, 2013
Nicholas - August 12 - 18, 2013
Woodford - August 5 - 11, 2013
...watch for more County Days to be announced in 2014.
9:00 am – 5:00 pm