Kentucky Horse Park

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, July 26, 2005  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209,  

           LEXINGTON, KY  (July 25, 2004)  His signature is a sliding stop, and no one can slide to a stop with more style than a reining horse.  These lightening-quick athletes of world-class caliber will come to the Kentucky Horse Park for the first time during Fiesta in the Park, August 23-28

          The inaugural United States Equestrian Federation Reining Championship will be the headline event of Fiesta in the Park – a new horse show that offers reining and hunter-jumper events, side by side at the Kentucky Horse Park.

          The best reiners in the country will converge in Lexington as a result of the combined efforts of three mega equine associations: the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) and the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA).  It will be the first time many horse lovers in the Midwest will get to see reining at this level.  Reining fans and the general public will have an opportunity to watch athletes in this sport who are at the very top of their game.

          According to John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park, "Hosting Fiesta in the Park and the USEF Reining Championship is an extremely positive development for the Kentucky Horse Park. Reining is one of the seven equestrian sports included in the World Equestrian Games, which we hope will be in Kentucky in 2010. We are proud to be the venue for this prestigious event and we look forward to working with the leadership of USEF, NRHA and AQHA to make Fiesta in the Park truly one of the premier equine competitions in the United States."

          The NRHA describes reining as “… a judged event designed to show the athletic ability of a ranch-type horse within the confines of a show arena. Contestants run one of ten approved patterns. Each pattern includes small slow circles, large fast circles, flying lead changes, roll backs over the hocks, 360-degree spins done in place, and exciting sliding stops that are the hallmark of the reining horse.”  Spectators simply describe reining as “incredible.”

          Many horses competing in this reining championship will be eligible to compete in the World Reining Masters Final in Europe.  Bill Bradley, President-elect of NRHA commented, “This event will showcase not only the elite of the sport of reining, but encompass classes for all reiners.  And what better place to have an event of this proportion than the Kentucky Horse Park.”  He continued, “Through the joint efforts of USEF, AQHA and NRHA, this event is sure to become one of the premier reining events in the world.”

          For more information on the Fiesta in the Park, contact Sarah Lane at 859-225-6974 or visit these websites:,, or

          The Fiesta in the Park is included with park admission.  Admission is $14 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12.  Children six and under are always admitted free of charge. Admission includes the American Saddlebred Museum.

          Editor's Note:  Photos of reining horses are available for use in your publication by emailing


          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 more than 900,000 visitors and 15,000 competition horses in 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.




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