LEXINGTON, KY (April 21, 2005) They’re elegant, sleek, nimble and graceful, with stage-presence galore and legs that go all the way to the top – fabulous legs. When they enter the show ring, audiences jump to their feet with appreciative whistles and applause for the show-stoppers under the spotlights.
Whether they are blonde, brunette, auburn or flaming redheads, each one takes command of the show ring in its own, unique way. It’s something akin to River Dance and Rockettes all rolled into one event. That’s the best part of watching the Kentucky Spring Premier Saddlebred Show May 5-7 at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Nearly 500 American Saddlebred horses, Hackney Horses and Hackney Ponies will compete in a variety of classes. Hair extensions, makeup, fancy costumes (all just for the horses), along with quick, high-stepping leg action set to music make Saddlebred horse shows quite a spectacular production.
“There may not be another breed of horse in the world that appreciates and responds to audience applause as does the American Saddlebred,” observed Kentucky Horse Park Executive Director, John Nicholson. “Every breed has its own signature – its qualities that set it apart from other breeds. For Saddlebreds, it’s a sense of style that seems to be an innate part of who they are. The more the audience claps for them, the higher and more exaggerated the horses’ movements. They love the spotlight and that’s what makes them so much fun for our park visitors to see.”
The public is invited to watch and cheer these horses on all three days of the show.
According to the American Saddlebred Horse Association, “The American Saddlebred is the personification of the ultimate show horse. He carries himself with an attitude – he is alert, with his neck arched, head up and ears forward, every movement saying ‘Look at me!’ A show horse is a spectacle of beauty and grace, but it is also an intense athletic competitor. Today, 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 performances start at 1 and 7 pm on May 5 and 6, and at 10 am and 7 pm on May 7. For information, contact Chuck Walker, 859-268-4509, firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on the American Saddlebred Horse, go to www.asha.net.
Admittance to the Kentucky Spring Premier Saddlebred Show and the American Saddlebred Museum is included with Kentucky Horse Park admission. From March 15-October 31, the Kentucky Horse 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.
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.