After such a harsh winter, I’m sure our horse lovers from Kentucky are ready to get out! Kentucky offers some fun filled horse events during the springtime. Even if you don’t live in Kentucky, spring is a great time to make a little trip and check out all the fun events they have going on!
Kentucky, alone, has three HUGE horse events that happen in the springtime. These are can’t miss events that you must go to at least once in your lifetime!
March 22nd – 25th, 2018
Kentucky Horse Park, Alltech Arena – Lexington, KY
“A vision of Steven and Tootie Bland, Road to the Horse was created with passion and perseverance. Steven and Tootie were believers in a message they wanted to share with the world. The message: create a relationship which is based on a foundation of trust with the horse, and everything else can be accomplished. Fans at Road to the Horse, follow the journey and witness an accumulation of a lifetime of passion and knowledge be put to the test as elite clinicians from around the world face off for the coveted World Championship of Colt Starting title. Fans witness partnerships develop before their very eyes, they witness the setbacks and witness the triumphs, as competitors build a relationship with an untouched 3-year-old American Quarter Horse which will then be put to the ultimate test, where only one can walk away with the World Championship of Colt Starting title.”
April 26th – 29th, 2018
Kentucky Horse Park – Lexington, KY
“The Kentucky Three-Day Event returns to Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, April 26-April 29. The field includes dozens of riders from countries all over the world.
This is one of the world’s most prestigious equestrian competitions, and is one of only six Four-Star Three-Day Events in the world and the only one in the Western Hemisphere. It is a part of the FEI Classics Series, which unites the top four-star international Eventing competitions from around the world.
Known to fans as “The Best Weekend all Year,” the Kentucky Three-Day Event offers something for everyone: the highest-level of equestrian competitors, tailgating, music, shopping, bourbon tastings, and more. Visitors also receive general admission to the Kentucky Horse Park, America’s only theme park dedicated to horses.”
May 5th, 2018
Churchill Downs – Louisville, KY
“The Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve is a horse race that is held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. The race is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds at a distance of one and a quarter miles (2 km) at Churchill Downs.
The race is known in the United States as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports” or “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” for its approximate duration, and is also called “The Run for the Roses” for the blanket of roses draped over the winner. It is the first leg of the American Triple Crown and is followed by the Preakness Stakes, then the Belmont Stakes. Unlike the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, which took hiatuses in 1891–1893 and 1911–1912, respectively, the Kentucky Derby has been run every consecutive year since 1875. A horse must win all three races to win the Triple Crown. In the 2015 listing of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), the Kentucky Derby tied with the Whitney Handicap as the top Grade 1 race in the United States outside the Breeders’ Cup races.
The attendance at the Kentucky Derby ranks first in North America and usually surpasses the attendance of all other stakes races including the Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes, and the Breeders’ Cup.”
If you are not a Kentucky native, the spring might be a great time to plan a trip! These are three great events that you must see! Be sure to check them out.