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.
An exotic “Bollywood Bash” comes to the Kentucky Horse Park on February 9 when the Living Arts and Science Center (LASC) presents its 23rd Annual H’Artful of Fun fundraiser in the Alltech Arena’s North Exhibit Hall. Bringing a renewed energy and excitement to this year’s event, the 2013 H’Artful of Fun makes the Kentucky Horse Park its new home.
“Bollywood Bash” will provide a more intimate experience, with exclusive invitations extended only to Lexington’s finest restaurants, bakers, caterers, and artists. Lexington’s first Bollywood-themed event will showcase creative artistry in all the details as art will be auctioned, music will be made, and participants will enjoy an evening of fun entertainment. Local wineries, distilleries, and breweries will provide their finest for tastings, and a variety of musicians, dancers, artists, and interactive surprises throughout the evening all ensure a lively, artful and elegant ambience.
Now in its 23rd year, H’Artful of Fun supports the creative and educational arts and sciences programs provided by the Living Arts & Science Center for more than 40,000 Central Kentuckians each year.
Date and Time:
Saturday, February 9, 2013 – 7 to 11 pm
Location and Parking:
Alltech Arena, North Exhibit Hall
Advance tickets: $65
Tickets available at the door: $80
VIP Tickets: $85 (includes 1 drink ticket and 1 “special gift”)
Table for 8: $700 (includes 1 drink ticket and 1 “special gift”)
Tickets/more information available at: (859) 252-5222 or at www.lasclex.org.
Lexington, Kentucky is known as the "Horse Capital of the World" for good reason. From Thoroughbred racehorses to internationally celebrated equestrian events, there are more ways to witness man's unique relationship with the horse in Lexington than anywhere else in the world. Now you can add one more world-class event to that list, as the Professional Roughstock Series brings almost $5 million worth of horses and bulls to town with the "Lexington Shootout" Friday, January 18th (7:30 pm) and Saturday, January 19th (7:30 pm) at the Kentucky Horse Park's Alltech Arena
Professional Roughstock events showcase the top riders and top livestock in bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding all packed into a high-energy, 2-hour program.
The lineup of nationally known riders coming to Lexington is equally as impressive as the equine and bovine group from a statistical standpoint. Combined, the two-night performance will feature defending PRS World Champions Steven Peebles (Bareback), Seth Glause (Bull Riding), Jesse Wright (Saddle Bronc) as well as nearly two-dozen National Finals Rodeo qualifiers and big names like Kaycee Feild (BB), JR Vezain (BB), Jory Markiss (BR), McKennon Wimberly (BR), Chad Ferley (SB) and Cort Scheer (SB).
The Lexington Shootout is the third stop on the nationally televised 2013 PRS Tour, having kicked off in Montana in December. The PRS features the three most exciting and dangerous events in rodeo -- Bareback Riding, Bull Riding and Saddle Bronc Riding. Each night, twelve riders from each discipline will have one riding opportunity in the first round. The top four scores in each discipline will advance to the "Wrangler Final Four Showdown." Out of the two nights of competition in Lexington the riders with the highest aggregate scores will be crowned Lexington Shootout Champions.
Adults - $10.00, $15.00, $20.00 and $30.00 (Gold Buckle Seating) – additional fees may apply
Kids 12 and under - $8.00 (except on Gold Buckle Seating) – additional fees may apply
Tickets available online at www.prstickets.com (print at home option), the Kentucky Horse Park Visitor Information Center (Wed. – Sun. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm) or by calling (888) 695-0888 with call center hours being from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm daily. Prices increase $2.00 day of show so buy early and save!
Dates and Times:
Friday and Saturday, January 18 and 19, 2013 – 7:30 pm each night
About the PRS:
Headquartered in Belle Fourche, SD, the Professional Roughstock Series was founded in 2001 with several independently produced events per season, mostly in the mountain west region. The series features the top names in Bareback riding, Saddle Bronc, and Bull Riding matched up with hand-picked world class animal athletes. The PRS televises each of their self-produced events through three different media partners ----- Altitude Entertainment, Blue Highways TV, and Midco Sports Network.
Of all the equestrian sports out there, none of them are as FUN as mounted games. The US Mounted Games Association will hold a series of competitions at the park over five weekends this winter and spring, sure to delight participants and spectators alike with teams competing in relays named Bang-A-Balloon, Hi Lo, Hula Hoop, Socks and Buckets, Windsor Castle and others. The series will culminate in the US Mounted Games Bluegrass Open on April 13 and 14, 2013 in the beautiful Rolex Stadium.
The competition is open to adult and youth divisions and is known as a niche equestrian sport that is relatively inexpensive and has a wide variety of classes suited to the skill level of the rider. Bring out the family to watch the fun, and get caught up in the action!
Information: Paul Greiling at
Included in Kentucky Horse Park visitor admission, available at the Visitor Information Center
Times and Locations:
Saturday and Sunday, January 12 and 13, 2013 – Alltech Arena
Saturday, January 26, 2013 – Covered Arena
Saturday and Sunday, February 2, 2013 – Covered Arena
Saturday and Sunday, March 2, 2013 – Covered Arena
Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, 2013 – Rolex Stadium
Parking is in the main visitor parking lot
Seasonal passes are available for 2013 and can be purchased in advance through the Kentucky Horse Park Group Sales office or upon arrival at the park.
Click here for the 2013 Event Pass Order Form
Seasonal Vehicle Parking Pass ($30.00)
Seasonal Trailer Grounds Fee Pass ($75.00)
Seasonal Golf Cart License ($50.00)
Combination saving options are available when passes are purchased together -
Season Vehicle Parking and Trailer Pass Combo is $90.00 – SAVE $15.00
Season Vehicle Parking, Trailer and Golf Cart Combo is $130.00 – SAVE $25.00
Order all passes at Kentucky Horse Park Group Sales: 859/259-4225 or
Dressage lovers don’t have to wait until summer’s warm weather to enjoy their favorite sport. They have the Snowbird Winter Dressage Series at the Kentucky Horse Park to enjoy when they itch for that special “dance” between horse and rider.
The Snowbird Winter Dressage Series is a Kentucky Dressage Association and Mid-South Eventing Dressage Association sanctioned series for training, novice and USDF B and C open introductory level competitors that will be held on Saturdays on December 15, February 23 and March 23, from approximately 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day.
Learn more at www.kentuckydressageassociation.org.
Main Visitor Parking Lot
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Saturday, March 23, 2013
8:00 am to 5:00 pm, approximately
The 11th annual Snowball Series Mounted Games Competitions is an opportunity for mounted games players to attend a series of games competitions to improve their games skills and work with green riders and ponies. They have divisions for adults, novice riders, intermediate riders, novice or training ponies and masters and is just about the most fun you can have on horseback.
Pairs or teams will compete in thrilling relay games on horseback such as Bottle Shuttle, Daily Mail, Hug a Mug, Rubber Ducky, Speed Weavers, Tool Box Scramble and Windsor Castle.
The competition season this year is over 3 winter weekends, so don’t miss any of the action! www.mountedgames.org
Saturday and Sunday, December 8 and 9, 2012
Saturday and Sunday, January 5 and 6, 2013
Saturday and Sunday, February 9 and 10, 2013
Make plans to visit the Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop Holiday Open House on December 7 and 8, from 9 am to 5 pm, and enjoy a leisurely shopping experience with free parking, refreshments and samples, door prizes, store-wide discounts and park admission discounts both days to customers who show their gift shop receipts.
The gift shop carries a unique selection of equine gifts and Kentucky-made products from crafts to Kentucky Proud, equine-themed jewelry, home decor, books, videos, toys, Breyer, clothing, artwork and much more!
You can also shop at the KHP Gift Shop any time in-store Wednesday through Sunday this holiday season and enjoy free parking; shop at nights during the Southern Lights holiday event; or, shop on-line from this link: http://kyhorsepark.com/index.php?option=com_rokecwid&view=ecwid&Itemid=495
For more information, call the KHP Gift Shop at 859/259-4234.
Location and Parking-
Visitor Information Center, park in the Main Visitor Parking Lot
Directions to the Kentucky Horse Park: http://kyhorsepark.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=610&Itemid=336
Dates and Times –
December 7 & 8, 2012
9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day
Also from the Kentucky Horse Park –
The Kentucky Horse Park Visitor Center is offering discounts on 2013 park admission tickets and Unique Horse Farm Tour certificates for stocking stuffers.
Call 859-259-4200 for more information.
Avoid the malls and do your holiday shopping at the KHP Gift Shop on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday!
As an incentive to our shoppers, all fine jewelry will be 20% off both days, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Original equine-themed creations by Jane Heart, Bow River, Cindy Wolf and others won’t be found at the mall.
You can shop in-store and enjoy free parking, or shop on-line from this link: http://kyhorsepark.com/index.php?option=com_rokecwid&view=ecwid&Itemid=495#!/~/category/id=2505945&offset=0&sort=normal.
November 23 and 24, 2012
Watch For Upcoming Event –
The KHP Gift Shop Open House –
December 7 and 8, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Southern Lights, presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Inc., has returned to the Kentucky Horse Park! The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation presents Southern Lights annually as a fundraiser in support of the Kentucky Horse Park for the enjoyment of the public.
From 5:30 until 10:00 pm each evening, visitors will be awed by the dazzling display of majestic lights. The drive will begin 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.
Inside the park, visitors will be able to leave their cars behind to see a multitude of holiday happenings including seasonal entertainment, the Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop and holiday craft vendors, Santa Claus and Frosty, an exotic petting zoo, pony rides, camel rides, the Mini-Train Express and model trains, dollhouses, the International Museum of the Horse, and the Bit & Bridle Restaurant serving dinner and seasonal goodies.
The lights are on each night through December 31, and the additional attractions inside the park will be open each night, with the exception of November 22 (Thanksgiving) and December 24 to 31.
Special weekends or events will add to the holiday excitement throughout Southern Lights and include Breyer Weekend, November 30 – December 1, Frosty’s Family Fun Weekend, December 7 – 8, Kentucky Proud Weekend, December 14 – 15, and Military Night, December 18.
For more info -
www.SouthernLightsKy.org or www.KHPFoundation.org or call 859/255-5727
Personal Vehicle - Sunday – Thursday - $15.00
Friday and Saturday - $20.00
Extended Van - $30.00
Limousine - $30.00
Mini-Bus - $50.00
School Bus - $75.00
Motorcoach - $125.00
NOTE: Complimentary Passes will be accepted Sunday – Thursday ONLY
Additional Attractions -
Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop
Holiday Craft Fair
Pony Rides and Camel Rides ($)
Exotic Petting Zoo
Santa Claus with visits from Frosty, pictures with Santa by Rotary Club ($)
Live Entertainment and Children’s Activities
Bluegrass Railroad Club Model Trains
The Bluegrass Miniature Society Dollhouses
International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian Affiliate
Bit & Bridle Restaurant, home of Santa’s Workshop
Enter at KHP Campground entrance, drive through lights,
Park in Main Visitor Parking to go to additional attractions inside park
Directions to the Kentucky Horse Park*: http://kyhorsepark.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=610&Itemid=336
*Travel Tip: Avoid Interstate-75, exit 120, and Georgetown Road as traffic can get really backed up the last weeks before Christmas. Instead, approach the Southern Lights gate (KHP Campground entrance) on Iron Works Pike from the east, from I-75, exit 115, and Newtown Pike.
November 16 through December 31, 2012
5:30 to 10:00 pm each evening
Driving tour only on Thanksgiving night, November 22, and December 24-31*
Breyer Weekend, November 30-December 1
Frosty’s Family Fun Weekend, December 7-8
Kentucky Proud Weekend, December 14-15
Military Night, December 18 - Free Admission per personal vehicle with military ID
*(The additional Southern Lights attractions such as the KHP Gift Shop, craft vendors, Santa Claus, Mini-Train Express and model trains, Bit & Bridle Restaurant, International Museum of the Horse, dollhouses, pony rides, camel rides, and exotic petting zoo are open nightly through December 23, with the exception of Thanksgiving night, November 22.)
Prices and dates are subject to change without notice.