Rocky Mountain Horse Association

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CYNDEE DAVIS AND TIM SPENCER ARE HERE TO TELL US ABOUT THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN HORSE ASSOCIATION’S… 30TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL GRAND CHAMPIONSHIPS.

THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN HORSE ASSOCIATION (RMHA) WOULD LIKE TO INVITE EVERYONE TO THE 29TH ANNUAL RMHA INTERNATIONAL GRAND CHAMPIONSHIPS AT THE KENTUCKY HORSE PARK, SEPTEMBER 7TH THROUGH 9TH. THIS ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF THE BREED HAS BEEN HELD AT THE KENTUCKY HORSE PARK SINCE 1989 AND IS DESIGNED TO SHOWCASE THE VERSATILITY OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN HORSE, AN ALL-AMERICAN BREED WITH ITS ORIGINS IN THE APPALACHIAN REGION OF KENTUCKY. THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION INCLUDES SADDLE SEAT, WESTERN, CONFORMATION, EQUITATION, TRAIL OBSTACLE AND FUN CLASSES FOR THREE DIVISIONS OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN HORSES AND EXHIBITORS OF ALL AGES. SPECTATORS CAN EXPERIENCE THE TREASURED GAIT OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN HORSE AT THE “RIDE-A-ROCKY” DISPLAY AND CAN PICK THEIR FAVORITES IN THE STALLION SHOWCASE ON SATURDAY OR IN CLASSES IN THE KENTUCKY HORSE PARK’S COVERED ARENA EACH DAY. EVENTS BEGIN EVERY MORNING AT 9AM AND CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE DAY WITH SHORT BREAKS INTERSPERSED, ALLOWING TIME TO VISIT WITH OWNERS AND HORSES AT THEIR STALLS. EVENING SESSIONS RESUME AT 6PM EACH DAY AND THE GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSES, WHERE THE BEST MEET THE BEST, TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING.
THIS EVENT IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR ROCKY MOUNTAIN HORSE ENTHUSIASTS TO ENJOY THE KENTUCKY HORSE PARK AND CELEBRATE THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN HORSE. IT IS ALSO A GREAT WAY TO MEET AMAZING HORSES THAT REPRESENT A GLIMPSE INTO EASTERN KENTUCKY’S PAST. THE THEME FOR THE RMHA INTERNATIONAL THIS YEAR IS “ROCKIES-A TIMELESS TREASURE”. WE WOULD LOVE TO SHARE THIS UNIQUE KENTUCKY TREASURE WITH YOU.
ANCESTORS OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN HORSE BREED HAVE EXISTED IN EASTERN KENTUCKY SINCE THE REGION WAS SETTLED. THE NOBLE ALL-PURPOSE ROCKY MOUNTAIN HORSE EVOLVED TO FULFILL THE NEEDS OF ITS APPALACHIAN OWNERS, MUCH LIKE ANOTHER BREED EVOLVED LONG AGO TO SUPPORT THE NOMADS OF THE DESERT. AFTER ALMOST 200 YEARS OF EVOLUTION IN KENTUCKY, THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN HORSE ASSOCIATION (RMHA) BREED REGISTRY WAS ESTABLISHED, IN 1986, TO PRESERVE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THIS HERITAGE BREED. THE RMHA PROMOTES TRAIL RIDING, VERSATILITY AND TRADITIONAL HORSE SHOW PROGRAMS FOR ROCKY MOUNTAIN HORSES AND THEIR OWNERS. THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF THE RMHA, A 501C5 ORGANIZATION, AND THE EFFORTS OF MANY OWNERS, TRAINERS AND SELLERS OF THE BREED, THE STORY OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN HORSE AND ITS ROOTS IN EASTERN KENTUCKY HAVE BECOME A LEGEND TOLD AROUND THE WORLD. ROCKIES ARE RENOWNED FOR THEIR GENTLE TEMPERAMENT, EAGER WORK ETHIC, SMOOTH SURE-FOOTED LATERAL GAIT, HARDY NATURE AND BEAUTY.