Equine Update: Springing onto the Equine Scene

Jen Roytz


Road to the Horse

Thursday, March 22nd - Sunday, March 25th at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena

The best horse trainers and clinicians from around the world will converge in Lexington, Kentucky to compete for top honors in this world-renowned colt-starting competition. Each competitor will select an unbroke 3-year-old American Quarter Horse and, over the course of three days, spectators will watch as the competitors build a relationship and accomplish training feats with their chosen horse in an attempt to win the World Championship of Colt Starting.  The four-day event also includes demonstrations, country music acts, an expansive vendor fair and more. To learn more or purchase tickets, go to www.roadtothehorse.com.

Cowboy Up for a Cure

Saturday, April 7th at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena

This family-friendly event offers something for everyone! Hosted each year since 2013 by the University of Kentucky chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta and the UK Rodeo Team, this professional-style rodeo includes roping and riding events, demonstrations, an inflatable village, face-painting, vendor booths, live music and more. All proceeds benefit Central Kentucky children with cancer. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.cowboyupforacure.org.

Horse Country Tours: Nursery Tours

Available through the spring

Spring is foaling season, which is the perfect time to explore Central Kentucky’s Thoroughbred nurseries! Notable Thoroughbred nurseries including Saxony, Mill Ridge, Hermitage, Taylor Made, Pin Oak, Hurstland, Denali, Runnymede, Stonestreet and Stone Farms welcome visitors behind their gates to see the next generation of racing superstars as they take their first steps and explore the world around them. Tours are offered daily at various times and can be booked through www.visithorsecountry.com.

Crawfish Boil hosted by Park Equine Hospital, benefiting the
Kentucky Equine Humane Center

Tuesday, April 17th at Park Equine Hospital

Enjoy a taste of the Big Easy and support a great cause at the same time! Guests will receive a heaping helping of fresh Louisiana crawfish with sides. This casual, family-friendly event also features live Cajun music and a live auction. All proceeds benefit the Kentucky Equine Humane Center, an all-breed horse rescue and adoption facility. Tickets are $35 each and must be purchased in advance at www.kyehc.org or by calling (859) 881-5849.