LEXINGTON, KY - The Bluegrass Festival Hunter/Jumper Show will bring Olympic-caliber riders back to the Kentucky Horse Park for several days of competition including the $30,000-Rood and Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix, August 18-22.
The show is composed of two types of high-level, stiff competition. Both include jumping, but with different emphases in how they are judged.
Hunters work toward a seamless performance, with impeccable form and quietness on behalf of rider and horse. Obstacles resemble those found in a traditional hunt field, and are usually around 3 feet 6 inches.
Jumper courses involve tighter turns, higher fences of about 5 feet, and greater technicality. In a jumper class, horse and rider need only complete the course in the time allotted, and to complete a “clean round” by avoiding penalty points for knocking down rails.
This competition will feature riders and approximately 1,000 of the best horses from across the United States and Canada. On Saturday, August 21, the top riders will race against each other through a course filled with tight turns and towering jumps in the exhilarating Rood and Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix finale. Admission to the Kentucky Horse Park that day will be free of charge as part of the Hats Off To Kentucky's Horse Industry celebration.
Proceeds from the Grand Prix will benefit the Hope Center, Hospice of the Bluegrass and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation.
For more information about the Bluegrass Festival Hunter/Jumper Show, contact Renie Murphy at (859) 266-7318. For information about the Rood and Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix, contact Robin Murray at (859) 233-0371.
Admission to the Kentucky Horse Park through October 31 is $14 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12. Admission also includes the American Saddlebred Museum. Admission on Saturday, August 21 will be free of charge.
The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/ educational theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse. The park is an agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet that hosted 913,000 visitors and 80 special events and horse shows in 2003. The park is located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just North of Lexington. The place to get close to horses, the park is open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.