LEXINGTON, KY (February 16, 2005) Bundle up and grab a hot drink for the Snowbird Dressage series of competitions which will return to the Kentucky Horse Park on February 26 and March 26. Located in the Indoor Arena, the competition will serve as the last two of the winter dressage series and will be very competitive. The March show will decide the winner of the series championship.
Approximately 50 horses and their riders from Kentucky and across the nation are expected to participate
Dressage is a difficult discipline requiring significant athleticism from both horse and rider. It is often compared to ballet because of the difficulty involved and the corresponding beauty. The sport consists of a series of subtle maneuvers that are meant to emphasize the horse’s natural movement. The horse-and-rider teams perform in a rectangular-shaped arena that is marked with a series of letters. During competition, those letters serve as targets for particular movements.
In dressage, horse-and-rider teams compete at different levels depending on their expertise. Participants are scored based on how perfectly the horse-and-rider team performs precise movements. All participants’ scores are compared at the end of each competition and the riders with the highest scores in each level receive awards.
Competition for Snowbird Dressage is from 8 to 5:30 pm. For more information on Snowbird Dressage contact Julie Congleton (859) 846-4889, firstname.lastname@example.org or Judy Tudor (859) 396-6503.
The park will be open from 9 am until 5 pm Wednesday - Sunday through March 14; admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children 7-12. From March 15-October 31, the park is open seven days a week. Admission is $14 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12. Children six and under are always admitted free of charge.. Admission includes Snowbird Dressage and 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. 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.