LEXINGTON, KY (March 2, 2005) On March 12-13, the Keeneland Pony Club will prove once again that ponies and horses of any age can learn new tricks and new job skills. The club will sponsor the Keeneland Pony Club Dressage Clinic at the Kentucky Horse Park for their members who want to improve in this particular discipline.
Approximately 30 horses and ponies of all sizes, breeds and ages from Central Kentucky will be represented, along with their riders who range in age from seven to 21.
According to the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), “Dressage teaches a horse to be obedient, willing, supple and responsive. The horse freely submits to the rider's lightest ‘aids’ or body signals, while remaining balanced and energetic. The object of dressage is the harmonious development of the horse in both mind and body, and every horse, regardless of its type or use, can benefit from this training.”
While the Dressage Clinic is only open to Keeneland Pony Club members, spectators are welcome. Admission to the Kentucky Horse Park will include admission to watch the clinic, which begins at 8 am and ends around 4 pm both days in the Indoor Arena.
The Keeneland Pony Club is an affiliate of the United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (USPC) which is headquartered in the National Horse Center at the Kentucky Horse Park. It is not necessary for a child to own a horse or pony to join a pony club, but they must have access to one when required. Programs are offered in dressage, eventing, show jumping, mounted games, tetrathlon, quiz, vaulting, foxhunting and polocrosse
For more information, email Jan Whitehouse at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the USPC’s website at www.ponyclub.org.
Winter Season Hours and Rates: through March 14, admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children 7-12. Children six and under are always admitted free of charge. The park is open from 9 am until 5 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Admission includes the American Saddlebred Museum.
The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse. An agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, the park 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.