LEXINGTON, KY (January 10, 2005) Dust off your suit of armor and clank on out to the Kentucky Horse Park this month for an exciting series of horseback sports that include jousting, spearing and other not-so-common games.
The Horses and Hot Chocolate series of mounted games will take place on January 15-16, 22, 29 and February 5, 19-20 at the park. Twenty-four different types of team relay races will be held in the Indoor Arena at the park, offering riders a chance to learn or practice sports that trace their roots to ancient warfare. It’s a great opportunity for individuals and families to watch or participate in a challenging competition that, according to event organizers, is “just about the most fun you can have on horseback.”
Riders joust at targets, spear rings and vault on and off horseback in the Horses and Hot Chocolate events which include modern versions of medieval games as well as (let your imagination fly) the “Bang a Balloon,” “Bottle Shuttle,” “Socks & Buckets,” “Speed Weavers,” “Mug Shuffle,” “Litter Lifter,” “Windsor Castle” and other weird and wonderful fun.
Participants are required to bring a horse or pony, helmet and shoes or boots with a heel. Spectators are required to bring a sense of fun.
Horses and Hot Chocolate is sponsored by the United States Mounted Games Association (USMGA), which is a member of the International Mounted Games Association (IMGA). The IMGA held their World Team Championship at the Kentucky Horse Park in 2003. The organization represents 18 member countries and is submitting a proposal to become a demonstration sport at the 2008 Olympic Games.
For more information, contact Liz Englert at 502-222-4016, Paul Greiling at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.usmga.us.
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 and the Horses and Hot Chocolate series.
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.