Kentucky Horse Park
PRESS CONFERENCE: Return of the High Hope Steeplechase

Press Release Date:  Monday, May 09, 2011  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman
Kentucky Horse Park
859-259-4209
cindy.rullman@ky.gov

Jessica Oldham Stith
High Hope Steeplechase
859-967-9444
highhopesteeplechase@msn.com
 


Who:  Hall of Fame Jockey and founder/director of the North American Racing Academy (NARA) Chris McCarron; leading Thoroughbred and steeplechase owner Ken Ramsey; Remi Bellocq, chairperson of the High Hope Steeplechase Committee

What:  A press conference announcing the return of High Hope Steeplechase on May 22, 2011, following a one-year hiatus to accommodate the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

When:  Friday, May 13, 11am

Where:  Kentucky Horse Park Steeplechase Course, officials’ tower (rain location nearby).

Why:  High Hope Steeplechase Day - a Lexington area fan favorite for 44 years – will return on May 22nd, giving Lexington horse lovers’ their only chance to enjoy the beauty and excitement of live steeplechase racing and family fun and entertainment, all in a country picnic setting. 

Proceeds from High Hope Steeplechase day will benefit Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation and the Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital.  To date, High Hope Steeplechase has helped raise over $1.5 million for worthy causes.

Photo Opp: At the steeplechase course itself, several horses will be "schooling" over fences and on the flat, in preparation for High Hope Day including several NARA apprentice jockeys, recently featured on NBC-TV’s "Today Show" preparing for the "Catch A Riding Star" race on High Hope Steeplechase Day.

How:  Use the main entrance of the Kentucky Horse Park and follow the yellow "High Hope" signs to the steeplechase course.