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Press Release Date:  May 11, 2005

Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209,



         LEXINGTON, KY  (May 11, 2005)  Nearly 850 eventing horses and 500 riders from Kentucky and across the United States will rally at the Kentucky Horse Park May 27-29 for the Mayfest Horse Trials

          For the past six years, the Mayfest Horse Trials have been held at the park, drawing participants from all corners of the country to the Horse Capital of the World for this show.

          According to the United States Eventing Association (USEA), “Eventing could be termed an equestrian triathlon.  It involves working with a horse both on the flat and over fences. The three phases are: dressage, endurance (or cross-country), and show jumping. Over the centuries it has developed from the test of the ideal military charger. Eventing has now evolved into an exciting sport attracting interest from all levels of sports enthusiasts, from weekend hobby riders to professional international stars.

          “Eventing is a sport which provides competitive and recreational opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds. Today, the sport is most known for its cross-country phase where horse and rider gallop over an outside course of solid obstacles which the horse has never seen before.”

          Visitors to the Kentucky Horse Park will be able to enjoy watching these spectacular athletes free of charge, with park admission.  A live webcast of the Mayfest Horse Trials is also available at

         For more information, contact Mary Fike, 859-621-2479, or click on

          Park admission is $14 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12.  Children 6 and under are admitted free of charge. Admission also includes the Mayfest Horse Trials 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.  An agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, the park hosted more than 900,000 visitors and 80 special events and horse shows in 2004.  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: Wednesday, May 11, 2005