Kentucky Horse Park
Emmy Award-Winning Actor/Comedian Coming to Lexington
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LEXINGTON, KY (April 3, 2007) Emmy Award-winning actor and comedian Tim Conway is sure to have the audience in stitches as he plays emcee at Celebrity Team Penning, April 10 at the Kentucky Horse Park.
John Nicholson, Executive Director of the park observed, “Tim Conway is one of the best-loved comedians in the country. In addition, he has a passion for Thoroughbred racing and a strong conviction to help disabled jockeys. Tim’s father was a Thoroughbred trainer, and Tim originally wanted to become a jockey. So the combination of great comedy with an exciting sport for a worthy cause will be a guaranteed hit with our audience that night.”
Tim Conway will be at the park to raise funds for the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund, which he co-founded with Judy McCarron, wife of Hall of Fame jockey, Chris McCarron. The Don MacBeth Fund assists jockeys and exercise riders who have suffered serious injuries and/or are disabled as a result of riding.
Their upcoming event at the park, team penning, is one of the fastest-growing equine sports in the country. Thirty cows, numbered from 0 through 9, stand at one end of an arena. There are three number 0s, three number 1s, etc. Three riders enter the other end of the arena and proceed to the start line. When the timekeeper calls the start, the riders are given a number, 5 for example. They then have to remove all three number 5s from the herd and move them down to the other end of the arena and put them into a pen. The fastest 7 teams will come back for a pen off. The team with the quickest combined times wins the event.
Celebrity jockeys such as Chris McCarron, Steve Cauthen, Pat Day, Angel Cordero, Jr., Jean Cruguet, Gary Stevens, Patty Cooksey, Don Brumfield, Robby Albarado and John Rotz will each partner with two paying patrons to demonstrate their team penning skills.
Governed by in impressive board of directors and advisors which also includes Burt Bacharach, Merv Griffin, Jenny Craig, Dick Van Patten and numerous jockeys, the fund assists in ways such as paying the rent to purchasing a house trailer for them to live in to purchasing medical equipment needed by permanently or temporally disabled riders. More than 1,825 injured riders from every racetrack in North America have received assistance. That number does not include riders assisted multiple times with different injuries.*
The Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund helps many of these injured riders in ways such as paying the rent while a rider recovers and purchasing medical equipment needed by permanently disabled riders. The fund has made a substantial difference in the lives of many grateful jockeys and their families
As part of the fundraising event, a cocktail reception & dinner hosted by Tim Conway will be available for $50 per person (advance purchase only). General admission is $10 (12 and under free of charge) available at the door.
Gates open at 5pm, cocktail reception & dinner from 5 to 6:30pm, and the penning begins at 6:45pm. Anyone interested in sponsorships, cocktail & dinner reception or tickets should contact Judy McCarron at 502-570-5768 or 859-361-0394, or Tony DeFranco at 310-550-4542. Please visit www.macbethfund.org for more information.
Park Hours and Rates: From March 15 through October 31, the park is open seven days a week. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for children 7-12. Children six and under are always admitted free of charge. Admission includes the International Museum of the Horse – a Smithsonian Affiliate - and the American Saddlebred Museum.
* An ambulance follows the horses around the track during every race in the U.S. -- clearly a sign that race riding is a very dangerous profession. The potential for injury to a 100-pound rider in a field of unpredictable, tightly packed, 1000-pound horses, going about 35mph, is very real. An accident can occur in an instant that changes a life forever. Almost every jockey riding today has broken bones and has had a brush with death. Some of them return from their injuries to ride again. Others have to settle for a wheelchair.
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 nearly 900,000 visitors and campers, as well as 15,000 competition horses in more than 100 special events and horse shows in 2006. The park is home to the National Horse Center which comprises more than 30 national and regional equine organizations. Located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington, the Kentucky Horse Park is the place to get close to horses. Open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.