Kentucky Equine Youth Festival Celebrates The Horse And Kentucky’s Youth

Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 3/22/2013 1:37 pm
LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Kentucky Equine Youth Festival returns to the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena March 27 to showcase the horse to school children and equine youth groups. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

During the event, which is being staged by the Kentucky 4-H Horse Program in conjunction with the University of Kentucky’s Ag Equine Programs, students from across Kentucky, as well as neighboring states, will have the opportunity to see several breeds of horses perform live demonstrations of equestrian sport in a variety of disciplines, including jumping, stock horse versatility, vaulting, driving with a variety of breeds, Arabian Horse versatility and gaited breeds, including those native to Kentucky. Other educational opportunities include up-close-and-personal sessions about vaulting, horse dentistry, therapy horses, size comparisons of different breeds and biomechanics of jockeys and racehorses.

With a theme of “Celebrating the Horse,” this year’s festival builds upon the first one held in 2010, where nearly 6,000 school-aged children representing 102 schools or groups from across Kentucky packed the venue to watch world-renowned elite equestrian athletes demonstrate the disciplines of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

“This year’s Kentucky Equine Youth Festival promises to be an educational and rewarding experience. The UK College of Agriculture is happy to join with our partner organizations in celebrating two of Kentucky’s signature assets, the horse and our youth,” said Jimmy Henning, associate dean for extension and director of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. “We are happy to be a part of this special day at the Kentucky Horse Park, as well as every day and across the state through our 4-H equine programs at our county extension offices.”

New this year is an art contest with the theme, “What Horses Mean to Kentucky.” Art entries submitted by children for the festival will be exhibited and winners will be revealed during the event.

The event’s planning partners include the Equine Academy at Lexington Catholic High School, Equine Land Conservation Resource, Kentucky Department of Education, Kentucky Equine Education Project, Kentucky Horse Council, Kentucky Horse Park, United States Equestrian Federation and the United States Pony Clubs.

The event’s major sponsors include the Bluegrass Palomino Horse Association, North American Equine Ranching Information Council, Race for Education, United States Equestrian Federation and the University of Louisville’s Equine Industry Program.


Share
0 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

No comments yet!
Most Popular
Four Injured In Head-On Crash In Lexington
Four people were injured in a crash on Alumni Drive on Wednesday night. Video Video
Lexington lawyer disbarred after fraud plea
A Lexington attorney facing federal prison time for fraud has been permanently disbarred by the Kentucky Supreme Court.
Officer In The Right Place At The Right Time
An officer doing a routine check at Thorntons helped catch a strong-arm robbery suspect on Thursday. Video Video
UPDATE: New Details On Accident During Ice Bucket Challenge
A statement released by the Campbellsville Police Department detailed what went wrong during Thursday morning's "Cold Water Plunge" at Campbellsville University. Video Video
Report: 3 Firefighters Hurt During Campbellsville University's "Ice Bucket Challenge"
ABC36 has learned that three firefighters were injured when the ladder to their fire truck reportedly touched a main power line during the Campbellsville University's "Ice Bucket Challenge" on Thursday.
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
   

WTVQ.com supports children's privacy rights. All persons under the age of 13 MUST have parental permission to use this website and direct parental supervision is strongly recommended.