The Kentucky Horse Park is hosting the July 4th Celebration, a fun filled weekend of festivities to entertain our campers, in the Kentucky Horse Park Campground on July 5-6, 2013.
At the pool, try the WOW Bubbles where campers can walk on water in a giant bubbles, much like a hamster ball. This activity will be held at the pool and costs just $5 each. This event will take place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, June 4-6, all day long.
There will also be a Kid’s Bike Parade. Each child may decorate their bike and be a part of the parade. This event is at 1:30 pm on Friday.
There will be a site decorating competition where campers may decorate their camp site patriotically to be judged at 2:00 pm on Friday. Our younger campers will be excited to join in the chalk art competition where they will decorate their area of the sidewalk to be judged at 3:00 pm on Friday.
The golf cart parade will begin at approximately 10:30 pm. Campers decorate their golf carts to be a part of the golf cart parade! Additionally, campers will be entertained by the band, Jo Jo Gunne, playing at 7:30 pm on Friday.
These events are strictly for campers at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground. Those wishing to attend may make reservations at our campground by calling (888) 459-7275 or visiting www.parks.ky.gov. For information and group reservations for 20+ call (859) 259-4257 or email
There is something for everyone and there is no better place to spend the fourth of July than camping at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground with friends or family!
July 5-6, 2013
Kentucky Horse Park Campground
$35.00 – Sunday-Thursday per night/1-8 people
$35.00 – Friday-Saturday per night/1-8 people
$28.00 per night/primitive with electric
$20.00 per night/primitive
THIS IS FOR KENTUCKY HORSE PARK CAMPERS ONLY! Those wishing to attend may make reservations at our campground by calling (888) 459-7275 or visiting www.parks.ky.gov. For information and group reservations for 20+ call (859) 259-4257 or email
We are very sorry, but due to Fayette County regulations, THIS YEAR'S FIREWORKS DISPLAY HAS BEEN CANCELED. Please come enjoy our other activities at the campground!
Celebrate this 4th of July holiday weekend at the Robert Murphy Hunter Jumper Show at the Kentucky Horse Park, June 4-7!
Sponsored by the Robert Murphy Stables of Lexington, the show will feature hunter/jumper classes for all ages. Riders from Kentucky and the surrounding region will compete in more than 120classes ranging from beginner to advance. This show will feature hunter classes that test the rider’s equitation and ability to communicate with their horse.
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. The team that can jump the highest jumps with the least amount of errors in the fastest time is determined to be the winner.
These horses and riders demonstrate athleticism, agility and communication. Spectators will enjoy this challenging competition at the Hunter Jumper complex.
For more information, please contact Robert Murphy stables at (859)255-3422 or visit www.robertmurphy stables.com.
Date & Time:
July 3-6, 2013 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Included in Kentucky Horse Park general admission, horse show-only rate available
Location & Parking:
Hunter Jumper Complex
Parking available in the Main Parking Lot
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
The 2013 Carriage Association of America’s (CAA) Carriage Festival Weekend and Carriage Festival Pleasure-driving Show is being held at the Kentucky Horse Park on June 28–30.
The CAA Carriage Festival is more than just a pleasure-driving show! The CAA caters to those who love the memory of a historic age when horse-drawn vehicles fulfilled so many needs of mankind. The CAA strives to be historically accurate, currently informative, and helpful to all who share appreciation of things that were.
Founded in 1960, the CAA is the oldest and largest international organization devoted to the preservation and restoration of horse-drawn carriages and sleighs. Thousands of people have been introduced to the wonders of collecting these vehicles and the pleasures of driving them while discovering the beauty and charm of a lifestyle that has all but vanished from our modern world.
The event takes place mostly in the park’s Alltech Arena, consisting of part pleasure-driving show and part mini-conference. Participants and spectators alike will all find something to see, do, and enjoy at this year’s inaugural CAA Carriage Classic. The pleasure-driving-show portion of the event will feature the standard pleasure-driving classes and several “just for fun” classes, in a variety of divisions. The event will also feature pleasure drives throughout the park, lectures, and social activities usually associated with a full CAA Conference.
Exhibit a carriage in the CAA’s popular Carriage Showcase, a vehicle in the Antique Car Show or simply come to the park’s Alltech Arena to watch it all and listen to several speakers on hand, who will educate and entertain! This event is suitable for all ages.
For more information about the Carriage Association of America Carriage Classic, please contact Jill Ryder at 859-231-0971 or visit www.caaonline.com.
Thursday, June 27
10:00 am - Stables open
1:00 – 5:00 pm - Alltech Arena open for schooling
1:00 – 5:00 pm - Drive at will on marked trails
5:30 pm - Coaching Run
Friday, June 28
7:30 am – Breakfast and Show Meeting – in the stabling area
9:00 am – CAA Carriage Festival Pleasure – driving show begins
9:00 am - 5:00 pm – CAA Driver Proficiency Program evaluations offered on a sign-up basis
9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Drive at will on marked trails
11:00 am – Guided walking tour through the stables, to see the show horses and carriages
1:00 pm – National Horse Center leaders invited to watch the pleasure-driving show
3:00 pm – Talk: “Harness and All Its Uses” – David Freedman
7:00 pm – Talk: “What Is the Judge Looking For?” – Karen Homer Brown
7:00 pm – CAA Carriage Festival Pleasure-driving Show evening performance begins
Saturday, June 29
8:00 am – Start CAA Carriage Festival pleasure-driving show
9:00 am – 5:00 pm – CAA Driver Proficiency Program evaluations offered on a sign-up basis
10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Antique Car Show (People’s Choice Award presented at 3:30 p.m.)
10:00 am – 3:00 pm – CAA Carriage Showcase
12:15 pm – Antique Car Gymkhana – in the arena (awards presentation at 12:40 p.m.)
2:00 pm – Talk: “What Is the Judge Looking For?” – Karen Homer Brown
5:00 pm – Carriage Showcase awards and commentary
7:00 pm – CAA Carriage Festival pleasure-driving show evening performance begins
Sunday, June 30
9:00 am – Start CAA Carriage Festival – pleasure drive through Walnut Hall Farm
11:30 am – Awards Presentations: Pleasure Drive, Best Tack Stall, and Overall Festival Champion
Date & Time:
June 28-30, 2013 – 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
The Region XIV and Silverama Championship Horse Show, an event showcasing the stunning Arabian and Half Arabian horses, returns to the Kentucky Horse Park, June 26-30!
The Region XIV and Silverama Championship Horse Show is one of the largest Arabian and Half Arabian regionals in the country attracting exhibitors from all over the country. There are classes in almost all divisions including English, Western dressage, sport horse, equitation, hunter, reining, trail, and halter, for both Arabians and Half Arabians. Exhibitors range all ages from 2-year-olds in leadline, to the oldest exhibitor, an 84-year-old riding in the country division.
On Wednesday, June 26, attend the Bill & Betty Zekan Memorial Youth Show. This is the 19th year that this all youth championship show has been a part of the Silverama Horse Show which offers a full slate of youth classes.
Known for being a show where you can bring your family, children and horses, exhibitors and spectators alike take pleasure in the safe and relaxed atmosphere dedicated entirely to the horse. So come take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet and be entertained by the beautiful Arabian and Half Arabian horses. Cheer for your favorite horse, walk through the barns and meet the horses!
For more information about the Silverama Horse Show, contact Cindy at (937) 962-4336 or visit www.aha14.com.
Time & Date:
June 26-30, 2013 – 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Covered Arena, Hunter Jumper complex
The 2013 Walkabout Tour brings Clinton Anderson’s Down Under Horsemanship Methods, where riders will learn to flourish and gain inner confidence, to the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, June 22-23!
The Walkabout Tour is the most inspirational two days any horse lover can have. Whether you ride English, Western or just love to hit the trails, learn how the man behind the Method uses his techniques every single day to develop respectful and fun horses. Watch in awe as Clinton puts one of his standout horses through their paces during a spectacular demonstration performing maneuvers from both the English and Western worlds including side passes, spins, tempi flying changes and sliding stops, Clinton and his horse are bound to thrill.
As a horseman you develop your groundwork and riding skills. At the Walkabout Tour, learn the Method from master horseman, Clinton Anderson. Learn how to read and train your horse better and more safely, both on the ground and under saddle.
There are no behind the barn secrets with Clinton. He teaches participants how he uses his method to train his own horses. Come see two full days of demonstrations using three problem horses from the local area. Clinton performs to sell-out crowds so buy your tickets now. Children 12 and under get in Free!
Saturday, June 22
9:00 - 9:30 What I learned 9:30 - 10:00 Tricks and Liberty 10:00 - 10:30 Clinton Anderson Clinician Academy 10:30 - 11:00 Break 11:00 - 12:00 Advancing Your Groundwork 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch 1:00 - 2:15 Gaining Respect Under Saddle 2:15 - 2:30 Charity Ball Toss 2:30 - 3:00 Break 3:00 - 4:30 Trailer Troubles 4:30 - 5:30 Autograph Signing with Clinton
Sunday, June 23
For more information about the Walkabout Tours, please visit www.downunderhorsemanship.com
June 22-23, 2013 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Adult - $50.00
Children 12 and under are free
The 2013 Mega-Rally, hosted by the MidSouth Region of the United States Pony Club, is happening at the Kentucky Horse Park, June 21-23!
The United States Pony Clubs (USPC) is an organization for youth providing programs that teach riding, mounted sports and the care of horses and ponies. They strive to develop responsibility, moral judgment, leadership and self-confidence. The Mega-Rally is an annual event hosted by the Midsouth Region of the USPC and is a United States Eventing Association-sanctioned event.
Competitions that are offered include Tetrathlon, Show-jumping, Dressage, D1 Combined Test, D2/D3 Eventing, C-Rally and Horse Trials. In show jumping, horse-and-rider teams are expected to jump a series of fences ranging anywhere from 3 feet 6 inches in novice classes to 6 feet or more in more advanced classes, as fast as they possibly can.
Dressage is an elegant discipline that has often been described as “ballet on horseback.” Dressage requires control, concentration, patience, and agility on the part of both the human and equine athlete. Eventing involves dressage, cross-country, and stadium jumping. Because eventing takes a toll on the horse-and-rider team’s skills and energy level, the competition requires considerable stamina and versatility from both horse and rider. Come out to see our young riders compete. It is sure to be a good show!
For more information on the Midsouth Pony Club’s Mega-Rally, contact Nancy Smith at 256-653-0997 or visit www.midsouthponyclub.org.
June 21-23, 2013 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hunter Jumper Complex, Dressage Complex, Cross Country Course
The Festival of the Bluegrass is the premier traditional Bluegrass Music Festival in the country where the biggest names in bluegrass will converge at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground in Lexington, KY, June 6-9, 2013.
Since 1974, the Cornett Family of Central Kentucky has been bringing the best bluegrass to the Bluegrass. Still going strong, the festival is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and is the oldest family-run bluegrass festival in the country. This week-long celebration takes place at the Kentucky Horse Park and in downtown Lexington with transportation provided between the two. Features include workshops, music, and more!
There are three stages at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground: the Main Stage, the Homegrown Stage and the Progressive Stage. There is an extensive line-up with different bands playing each day. While there is seating available for some stages, it is wise to bring your own lawn chair. Attended by thousands and the crown jewel of bluegrass festivals in the Bluegrass, their mission is to maintain the roots of Bluegrass music in Kentucky and to honor the community spirit of evenings spent on front porches throughout Appalachia. That same spirit can be found in “villages” around the campground as music spills beyond the stage to individual camp sites.
Camping is a big part of the Festival of the Bluegrass experience. Whether you load up your RV or throw a tent in your trunk, you’ll be joining a few thousand of the closest friends you never knew you had. Every year it’s the same; people come for the music, they stay for the community. The late night pickin’, the morning smells of coffee and bacon, the trek to the showers and dip in the pool all reinforce that the Festival of the Bluegrass is more village than campground.
The Kentucky Horse Park Campground is a beautiful state park campground that provides campers with access to a bath house, playground, store and swimming pool. If you’re interested in a site, book soon as we fill up. Two ticket purchases are required per campsite.
An important part of the Festival of the Bluegrass is encouraging younger generations to carry on the musical tradition. The Cornett family has supported a non-profit Bluegrass Music Camp for this purpose - kids ages 6-18 come and learn the craft from experienced musicians. The Bluegrass Music Camp for youngsters will be opening the festival at 7 pm on Thursday, June 6.
For more information about the Festival of the Bluegrass or the Bluegrass Music Camp, please visit www.festivalofthebluegrass.com or call (859) 253-0806.
Thursday– Lonesome River Band, Coal Town Dixie, Newtown, The Grass Stains
Friday– Dailey and Vincent, IIIrd Tyme Out, 23 String Band, Dale Ann Bradley, Bluegrass Collective, Laurel River Line, Moron Brothers, True Life Travelers, Driving Rain and more.
Saturday – The Masters of Bluegrass featuring Del McCoury, JD Crowe, Bobby Osborne and others, Seldom Scene, Town Mountain, The Boxcars, Blue Highway, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Kentucky Blue and more.
Sunday – Dry Branch Fire Squad, and Kentucky Blue
Dates & Time:
Thursday, June 6, 2013 – 7:00 pm
Friday, June 7, 2013 – 1:00 pm – After Midnight
Saturday, June 8, 2013 – 1:00 pm – After Midnight
Sunday, June 9, 2013 – Gospel Show TBA
4-Day Ticket – $85.00
4-Day Ticket w/ Primitive Camping – $105.00
Thursday Ticket – $25.00
Friday Ticket – $40.00
Saturday Ticket – $45.00
Sunday Ticket – $10.00
Youth Ticket – $40.00 (4-Day Ticket w/ Camping for ages 13-17)
Kids 12 and under are free.
The Kentucky Horse Park Campground – Parking is included with admission.
It’s time again for the Country Heir I & II Hunter Jumper Shows at the Kentucky Horse Park on June 5-9 and June 12-16, 2013.
Country Heir prides itself on offering a fun, friendly show with a great lineup of classes for everyone from Leadline, to Walk Trot, and Grand Prix! There will be show classes every day.
The Country Heir Horse Shows offer a total of $380,000 in prize money. Featured classes over the two-week show include the $60,000 Country Heir II Grand Prix, $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. A total of $105,000 in Hunter Money will be offered and prize money checks awarded.
New this year being offered on Wednesday of week II in the Rolex Stadium is the $8000 Half-Million Jumper Classic which is limited to riders that have won less than $500,000 in Jumper classes since December 1, 2008.
Prize List $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
$10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby
$7,000 High Performance Hunter Section
$4,000 Performance Hunter Sections
$25,000 Grand Prix Friday-Week II
$45,000 Country Heir I Grand Prix
$60,000 Country Heir II Grand Prix
$10,000 Welcome Prix
NEW - $8,000 Half-Million Jumper Classic - NEW
$10,000 SJHOF Jumper Classic
$10,000 Children’s/Adult Jumper Prix
$8,000 Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic
For more information, contact Frankie Stark by calling (248) 892-6806 or visit their website at www.countryheir.com.
Dates & Times:
June 5-9 and June 12-16, 2013 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hunter Jumper Complex, Walnut Ring, Rolex Stadium
Parking available in the main parking lot.
The Thoroughbred Horse Show Association (TBHS) is making plans to showcase off-the-track Thoroughbreds that are now competing as hunters and jumpers, as well as dressage, during its second Spring Show on June 1 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
TBHS was founded in 2011 by a group of Central Kentuckians interested in creating opportunities to showcase the talent and competitive spirit of off-the-track Thoroughbreds. Shows are affiliated with The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP), which encourages the retraining of Thoroughbreds into other disciplines upon the completion of their careers in racing or breeding.
During TBHS's successful inaugural shows in 2012, more than 200 Thoroughbreds of all ages competed in a variety of classes using their registered Jockey Club names. The TBHS Spring Show is geared for Thoroughbreds just starting their show careers with entry-level divisions in multiple disciplines, including dressage, combined training, hunter jumper and competitive trail riding.
Horses competing in the TBHS Spring Show will be eligible for The Jockey Club TIP High Point Awards. The Jockey Club will award ribbons, prizes and $100 to the winner with the highest number of points in the following divisions: Starter Hunter, Hunter, Jumper, Beginner Novice Combined Test, Training Level Dressage, and First Level Dressage.
Classes during the June 1 show include the $500 Nick Zito Racing Stable Hunter Classic for horses that have not won a blue ribbon at a recognized horse show, and the $500 Ocala Breeders' Sales Company Gamblers Choice, a competition in which each fence will have a point value and riders will create their own courses. There will also be the $300 Bantry Farms High Jump Class and the $200 Jumper Classic, Cross Rails Championship, and Handy Hunter Championship sponsored by The Jockey Club TIP, which is providing awards in Dressage and Show Jumping.
For more information regarding the Thoroughbred Horse Show Association, contact executive director Jan Roehl at (859) 559-1409 or email
or visit www.TBhorseShow.com.
June 1, 2013 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Parking is available in the main parking lot.