Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Kentucky Horse Park
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
Location and Parking:
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
The 2nd Annual Kentucky Invitational Truck and Tractor Pull will be held January 4 and 5, 2013 at the Kentucky Horse Park Alltech Arena with more than 100 pullers coming together for some Kentucky hospitality and good pulling. There will be three different ground-pounding, heart-racing sessions with eleven classes!
On Friday, January 4, 7:00 pm, the event will feature the Super Modified 4WD Trucks, Economy Hotrod Tractors, Super Modified 2WD Trucks and the Super Stock 4x4 trucks, followed by Chris Janson and Craig Wayne Boyd with the Killin’ Time Band in concert!
On Saturday, January 5, at 11:00 am, EST guests will experience the smoke-blowing action from the 8500 Pro-Farm Tractors, 2.6 Diesel Trucks, 10,000 Hot Farm Tractors, and the 4300 Light Pro-Stock Trucks!
The 2013 Kentucky Invitational Truck and Tractor Pull will wind down with the Saturday evening show starting at 7:00 pm with the Super Modified 2WD Trucks, Pro-Stock 4WD Trucks, Pro-Stock 2WD Trucks, and the 6000 Limited Light Super Tractors.
Special Happenings at the Pull:
On Friday night, there will be a concert by Chris Janson and Craig Wayne Boyd with the Killin’ Time. Polar Air will be giving away an air compressor and Bad Boy Blaster will be giving away a sand blaster to two lucky fans! There will also be a pedal pull for the children!
On Saturday afternoon, there will be a pedal pull for children.
On Saturday night, Polar Air will be giving away an air compressor and Bad Boy Blaster will be giving away a sand blaster to two lucky fans! There will also be a pedal pull for the children!
TNT Motorsports would like to thank you for your support!
Learn more at 270/849-5784 or at www.ktpa.webs.com.
Location and Parking:
Friday, January 4, 2013 – 7:00 pm
Saturday, January 5, 2013 – 11:00 am
Saturday, January 5, 2013 – 7:00 pm
Friday, January 4, 2013, 7:00 pm - $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Saturday, January 5, 2013, 11:00 am - $15.00 in advance AND at the door
Saturday, January 5, 2013, 7:00 pm - $15.00 in advance AND at the door
You can still get tickets by calling the Kentucky Horse Park at 859/233-4303 or Amanda Cox at 270/849-5861.
The Southern Lights holiday lights event, put on annually by the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation as a fundraiser in support of the Kentucky Horse Park, is in its final weeks.
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 through December 23.
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
School Bus $75.00
Additional Attractions (through December 23 only) -
Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop
Holiday Craft Fair
Pony Rides and Camel Rides ($)
Exotic Petting Zoo
Santa Claus w/visits from Frosty, pictures with Santa by Lexington 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
Location and Parking-
Enter at KHP Campground entrance, drive through lights,
Park in Main Visitor Parking to go to additional attractions inside park (thru Dec. 23)
Directions* to the Kentucky Horse Park: http://kyhorsepark.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=610&Itemid=336
*Southern Lights Travel Tip: Come early and avoid I-75, exit 120, and Georgetown Road. Approach the Southern Lights entrance (KHP Campground) from the east, heading north from Newtown Pike or I-75, exit 115.
Dates and Times –
November 16 through December 31, 2012
5:30 to 10:00 pm each evening
Driving tour only December 24-31**
**(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.)
Prices and dates are subject to change without notice.
Military Night at Southern Lights is Tuesday, December 18. All military members who show their military ID will get free admission for one personal vehicle (up to 7 people) at the gate. So, we hope that all current and former members of the military bring out their families and enjoy Southern Lights, courtesy of the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. With 3-miles of spectacular light displays, family activities, holiday shopping, museum, food and Santa Claus, it will be a fun evening to remember!
The lights are on each night, from 5:30 to 10:00 pm, through December 31, and the additional attractions inside the park will be open each night through December 23.
Regular Admission -
Personal Vehicle - Sunday – Thursday $15.00
Friday and Saturday $20.00
School Bus $75.00
NOTE: Military Night with one free vehicle admission per legitimate military ID is December 18 only, there are no other military discounts
Additional Attractions -
Santa Claus with visits from Frosty, pictures with Santa by Lexington Rotary Club ($)
Park in Main Visitor Parking to go to additional attractions inside park
Travel tip: if you come from I-75 or from Lexington, you might find the wait a little shorter if you approach the Southern Lights entrance (KHP Campground) from Newtown Pike or Exit 115.
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 Kentucky Horse Council will host the Kentucky Round-Up, a new family event featuring horse fun, learning and interaction on February 2, 2013 at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. Kentucky Round-Up also includes an evening concert by country music star John Michael Montgomery.
The event has been designed to provide families with no horse involvement to be around horses, learn about their personalities, grooming, safety, and horse sports that kids can be involved with. In addition, those who already ride horses will find advanced speakers, clinicians, vendors and demonstrations for their interest. Also taking place at the Kentucky Round-Upis the 4th Annual International Safety Symposium, sponsored by riders4helmets.com, attracting attendees and speakers from around the world.
In the evening, well-known Kentucky country music artist John Michael Montgomery will be in concert in the arena, with the Danny Frazier Band as the opening act.
Between the daytime activities and the concert, the Kentucky Horse Council will hold its annual Members' Awards Banquet to recognize outstanding industry contributors and volunteers.
"Kentucky Round-Up is a way for the Horse Council to address an issue which all of agriculture faces," commented Anna Zinkhon, President of the Kentucky Horse Council board. "Less young people today are comfortable around horses and other livestock because the family farms are disappearing. Getting the kids 'off the couch and into the barn' not only introduces them to the wonder of horses, but also has tremendous character and health benefits."
"We also hope to take these same families out to horse activities and farms throughout the year," said Ginny Grulke, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Council. "This is not just a one-day experience, but a continuing pathway to the horse."
For more information about Kentucky Round-Up, visit www.kentuckyroundup.com.
Admission: Adults - $10.00 in advance, $15.00 day of show
Kids 12 and under - Free
(Complimentary tickets for youth and community groups is available by contacting the Kentucky Horse Council office at
Concert: Adults/Kids - $25.00 in advance, $30.00 at the door
Location and Parking: Alltech Arena
Dates: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Times: Demos, Clinics and Speakers – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Concert – 7:00 pm
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.
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
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.
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