LEXINGTON, KY (October 25, 2004) The Snowbird Dressage series of competitions will return to the Kentucky Horse Park on November 6 and December 11. Located in the Indoor Arena, the competition will serve as the first two of the winter dressage series and will be very competitive.
Dressage is a difficult discipline requiring significant athleticism from both horse and rider. It is often compared to ballet because of the difficulty involved and the corresponding beauty. The sport consists of a series of subtle maneuvers that are meant to emphasize the horse’s natural movement. The horse-and-rider teams perform in a rectangular-shaped arena that is marked with a series of letters. During competition, those letters serve as targets for particular movements.
In dressage, horse-and-rider teams compete at different levels depending on their expertise. Participants are scored based on how perfectly the horse-and-rider team performs precise movements. All participants’ scores are compared at the end of each competition and the riders with the highest scored in each level receive awards.
Competition for Snowbird Dressage begins in the morning and will end late afternoon. The dressage competitions will continue throughout the winter season including the next event on December 11. For more information on Snowbird Dressage contact Julie Congleton (859) 846-4889 or Judy Tudor (859) 396-6503.
Admission to the Kentucky Horse Park through October 31 is $14 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12. Open daily. New Seasonal Hours and Rates: From November 1-March 14, admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children 7-12. Children six and under are always admitted free of charge. The park will be open from 9 am until 5 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Admission always includes 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. 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.