Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Kentucky Horse Park
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.
Included in Kentucky Horse Park visitor admission, available at the Visitor Information Center
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.
Synchronized swimming has some serious competition from horses. The Bluegrass Blast Open Drill Team Competition and 4-H Nationals is this Saturday, November 17, at the KHP’s Covered Arena.
Following Friday night’s Fun Show with games to relax the competitors at 6 pm, Saturday’s drill team competition is all business, starting at 9 am, for multi-state teams from Novice Youth all the way to Adult with specialty divisions for Theatrical Theme, Gaited and Rodeo. Check out yet another unique equine sport!
Contact: (931) 445-5211, PO Box 93, Gainesboro, TN 38562, or find them on Facebook under Bluegrass Blast Drill Team Competition & 4-H Nationals
Admission -Included in Kentucky Horse Park admission, available in the Visitor Information Center
Location- Covered Arena
Parking - Main Parking Lot
Dates and Times – Friday, November 16, 6:00 pm
Saturday, November 17, 9:00 am
The Oleika Shrine Rodeo is coming to town! This Friday and Saturday, November 16 and 17, at the KHP’s Alltech Arena, the dust starts flying at 7:30 pm.
Events include Bareback Broncs, Saddle Broncs, Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling, Barrel Racing, Team Roping, and 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.
Download a poster at: http://oleikashrine.org/images/stories/2012oleikarodeoposter.pdf
General admission - $10.00 in advance, or $12.00 at the door
Two-day pass - $15.00 in advance or $17.00 at the door.
Free – Kids 10 and under
Friday and Saturday, November 16 and 17, 2012
Doors open at 6:00 pm
Rodeo starts at 7:30 pm
More than 1,200 high school students from 312 schools across Kentucky will compete in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s State Cross Country Championshipsthis Saturday, November 10, at the KHP.
Students have competed in track meets all year to qualify for this final challenge on the beautiful fields and trails throughout the park. Six races will be held throughout the day, with the first race going off at 9:15 am.
General admission is $10.00 and admission is free for kids 10 and under. It will be a beautiful weekend to come out and cheer on these deserving students!
$10.00 – Adults
Walt Robertson Blvd. Paddocks and vicinity
Parking off Walt Robertson Blvd. (follow directional signs past Alltech Arena)
Saturday, November 10, 2012
The much-anticipated, annual Holly Day Market presented by the Junior League of Lexington is this weekend at the KHP’s Alltech Arena, November 9-11, with a preview party on November 8.
Merchants, most not normally seen in our area, will be set along the arena concourse selling everything from jewelry, clothing, toys, books, art, food, and, of course, holiday decorations. There is also a packed schedule of special events each day, prize drawings, and visits by Santa. Get all the details at www.hollydaymarket.com.
Download a schedule of events at http://www.hollydaymarket.com/schedule-of-events/
Thursday, November 8, Preview Party $35.00
Friday – Sunday, November 9 – 11, $8.00 per day
Location and Parking -
Thursday, November 8, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Friday, November 9, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, November 10, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, November 11, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
With the return of the Southern Lights holiday festival, presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Inc., the Southern Lights Stroll once again debuts as its opening night on Thursday, November 15. The only evening of the entire event when the public is allowed to experience a major portion of the lighted route on foot, visitors may choose to run, walk or stroll their way through thousands of dazzling holiday lights in the heart of horse country, on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park.
Now in its’ eleventh season, the Southern Lights Stroll has proven popular with casual walkers and families who bring out their children and pets to get photos and see the lights outside of a car, and with serious runners who come to compete in the 5K portion of the “stroll.”
John’s Run/Walk Shop has donated their 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 local animal shelters will be held in conjunction with this event. All participants are asked to bring non-perishable items to help the needy families of Central Kentucky and local animal shelters.
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 15 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 ornament compliments of Breyer.
All proceeds of Southern Lights and Southern Lights Stroll support the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. The 2012 Shining Star Presenting Sponsor is Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Inc. and the Holly and Ivy Sponsors are Kerr Brothers Funeral Home and Café Press Inc. Additional sponsors are Pepsi, Breyer, Kentucky Utilities, SafetyTec, John’s Run/Walk Shop and the Mini Train Express Company. In September, the American Bus Association (ABA) selected Southern Lights a Top 100 event for 2013, which is an annual compendium of the best events for group travel in the United States and Canada.
Southern Lights is open from 5:30 pm to 10 pm nightly from November 16 to December 31, 2012. Indoor attractions will be open every night except November 22 and December 24 - 31. The cost is $15.00 per car Sunday through Thursday and $20.00 per car on Friday and Saturday. Contact the KHP Foundation for more information at (859) 255-5727,
, or www.khpfoundation.org.
The registration form is downloadable here: http://khpfoundation.org/southern-lights-stroll.html.
The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, fulfills its mission to enhance, expand and improve the Kentucky Horse Park by fundraising within the private sector. This partnership between private donors and the support of the Commonwealth of Kentucky is what has enabled the incredible success of the Kentucky Horse Park. Since its inception in 1985, the KHP Foundation has raised more than $25 million, which has funded critical improvements such as new facilities, research projects, new horses, landscaping ventures, and much more.