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Press Release Date:  September 20, 2004

Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209,




LEXINGTON, KY -- The Kentucky Fall Classic Saddlebred Show will take place at the Kentucky Horse Park from October 6-9, featuring team riders from three continents.  The show was inaugurated 18 years ago and showcases American Saddlebred horses as well as Hackney horses and ponies.


Approximately 500 horses will compete during the event, which includes the Bluegrass Futurity for younger horses and the United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA) Challenge Cup National finals for young riders.  This year’s show will also feature the World Cup 2004 Equitation event with team riders from South Africa, Namibia, Great Britain, Canada and the US.


According to the American Saddlebred Horse Association, which is headquartered at the Kentucky Horse Park’s National Horse Center, “The American Saddlebred is best known for being the ultimate show horse, high stepping and elegant, as he performs his five gaits: walk, trot, canter, slow gait and rack.  (The rack) gives a smooth ride while the horse performs in a slightly uninhibited manner, with great animation, speed and correct form.”  Visitors to the Kentucky Horse Park will have many opportunities to learn more about this elegant breed and perhaps determine if this is the right breed for their needs.


Admission to the Kentucky Horse Park through October 31 is $14 for adults and  $7 for children ages 7-12.   Admission includes the Kentucky Fall Classic Saddlebred Show and the American Saddlebred Museum.  The museum offers a panorama of the exhilarating sights and sounds of the American Saddlebred world from the breed’s role in American history to modern day horse.  In the theater, visitors will thrill to the award winning multi-image show, "Saddlebred for America" and will experience the American Saddlebred from its history and development to the excitement of today's World's Championship Horse Show.


For more information on the Kentucky Fall Classic Saddlebred Show, please contact Chuck Walker at 859-268-4509 or email




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.



Last updated: Thursday, September 23, 2004