With autumn on the horizon, September is the perfect month to enjoy the last lingering days of summer and there are so many opportunities to get some sunshine, fresh air and, of course, gorgeous scenery at the Horse Park!
Share Your Spare 5K
Saturday, September 5th marks the second annual Share Your Spare 5K Run/Walk that raises awareness for kidney disease and organ donation. Created by Ryan and Bridgit Buffington after Ryan was diagnosed with stage four kidney disease at 36 years old. After being placed on the kidney/pancreas transplant waiting list, Ryan successfully underwent a transplant and has since been passionate about helping others in a similar situation.
Funds raised this year will go to support “Get Healthy, Get Transplanted”, a program by The Kidney Health Alliance of Kentucky. This program helps kidney disease patients meet the health criteria necessary to be approved for an organ transplant – whether that involves dental work, health coach or fitness centers that can help get patients to a healthy BMI.
The $30 registration fee includes shipping and handling for your race T-shirt and custom race bib. There will also be a Kids One Mile Fun Run for kids 12 years of age and under (4 and under are free). For more information, be sure to check out runsignup.com/shareyourspare5k
More than 300 Rocky Mountain horses will be descending upon the Horse Park Thursday, September 10th through Saturday, September 12th for the 27th International Grand Championship Rocky Mountain Horse Association Show. Classes include equitation, saddleseat, breed demonstrations, and a stallion row. The Rocky Mountain Horse was a breed that originated in Kentucky in the late 1800s. Known for its chocolate color and flaxen mane and tail, the breed also has a four-beat ambling gate.
The Grand Champion classes will take place on Saturday evening. Come on by to see some fun horsemanship! Just don’t blame us if you’re singing “Rocky Top” the entire time! The event will also offer to the public the chance to “Ride a Rocky”. For more information on the International Grand Championship Rocky Mountain Horse Association Show, please go to www.rmhorse.com/welcome
The Heart of a Thoroughbred
2015 has been the year of the Thoroughbred, with American Pharoah capturing the attention of the nation after his Triple Crown victory and the Breeder’s Cup making its appearance this October at Keeneland. But, what happens after a horse’s racing career is over? That is the question that New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is intent on answering. Founded in 1992, the program offers retired racehorses a safe-haven that includes rehabilitation and continued education to successfully transition into another career. And as part of that mission, New Vocations seeks to provide avenues beyond the initial adoption to help promote the breed.
For the first time, New Vocations will be hosting their Kentucky Charity Thoroughbred Show presented by The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program at the Horse Park. On Saturday, September 12, the Park will welcome Thoroughbreds who have found homes where they have blossomed into show horses. “We look forward to welcoming riders to the iconic Kentucky Horse Park and to celebrating the history of the Thoroughbred with them,” says New Vocation’s Education and Development Director Sarah Coleman. “We are very thankful to The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program for partnering with us to help raise awareness for this amazing breed. With a myriad of classes that are welcoming to fresh-off-the-track Thoroughbreds as well as to seasoned show horses, we’re excited to highlight Thoroughbreds and the people who love them.” Please visit www.horseadoption.com for more information!
Horses & Hope Trail Ride
In 2008, First Lady Jane Beshear created Horses and Hope, a partnership with Kentucky Cancer Program, to help raise awareness of breast cancer and provide education to help prevent and treat to horse industry workers.
The trail ride at the Horse Park goes to supporting this effort and currently the partnership is endeavoring to raise one million dollards for a mobile screening van that can go on the road to travel to various tracks and other horse industry spots. The van would screen for seven different cancers.
Join them on Sunday, September 13th for the 2015 Trail Ride. Registration opens at 8am with “Pretty in Pink” judging from 9am-10am. The trail ride itself begins at 9am and goes until 1pm with a BBQ Picnic at the Alltech Arena at 1:30pm featuring First Lady Jane Beshear, merchandise sales, prize drawings and a silent auction. On-site registration is $75. (Tickets for the picnic only are $25.) For information, including Honors Registration, visit www.horsesandhope.org
Boots In The Bluegrass : Turning Heroes Into Homeowners
On Friday, September 11, 2015–with doors opening at 6pm–Boots in the Bluegrass kicks off its grassroots affair at the Kentucky Horse Park Indoor Arena to honor wounded heroes and their families. The gala opens with the heartwarming Operation Home Giveaway that hands over the keys of a mortgage-free home customized to accommodate specific challenges to a deserving vet. This will be the third house that Boots in the Bluegrass has had the honor to present to one of our nation’s heroes.
With the number of wounded veterans climbing to over 45,000 since 2002, and almost 30% of those wounded vets under the age of 24, there is an immediate need for our financial assistance to aid in their recovery and quality of life. So many wounded veterans have ongoing medical issues that will need to be addressed for many years to come. These homes provide a fresh beginning for these vets and their families as they adjust to a new life that has a unique set of challenges.
Please come join Boots in the Bluegrass for a casual evening full of festivities that includes dinner provided by Double H BBQ, a cash bar, silent and live auctions, games, raffles, and live music featuring Sundy Best. General Admission is $50 per person. To purchase tickets, learn more about sponsorship opportunities or to make a donation, visit www.bootsinthebluegrass.com
Paso Fino Grand National Championship Show & Expo
The Paso Fino Grand National Championship Show & Expo is a six day event dedicated to the Paso Fino breed, running from Monday, September 28th - Saturday, October 3rd. Fino, pleasure, and performance classes will be a part of the show schedule. There will also be special events and a trade show, in addition to a bevy of special events, located in the Covered Arena. For more information the Paso Fino Grand National Championship Show & Expo please go to www.pfha.org or call 859-825-6000.
Paso Fino Grand National Championships 2015 Schedule of Events
Monday, September 28, 2015
3 pm: Soggy Poles
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
9 am: Ride a Buck
Lunch Break: Barrel Racing & Pole Bending Heat #1
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
All Day: Soccer Matches
Thursday, October 1, 2015
9 am: Trail in Hand
Lunch: Cowboy Mounted Shooting
3 pm: Trail Obstacle Challenge
Following the Dinner Break: Buffalo Trace Bourbon Race
Friday, October 2, 2015
9 am: Trail Horse Test Program
2 pm: Soccer Semi-Finals
4 pm: Soccer Finals
Following the Dinner Break: Largo Race
Saturday, October 3, 2015
9 am: Natural Trail Horse Competition Open & Amateur
Lunch: Barrel Racing & Pole Bending & Cowboy Mounted Shooting Finals
3 pm: Stick Horse Barrels