Now in its 8th year, the Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning Event, held on September 3 in the Kentucky Horse Park Covered Arena, was an overwhelming success.  Presented by Mt. Brilliant Farm, this beloved event has become a tradition for equestrians and equestrian-enthusiasts from across the Bluegrass, and this year’s event was more thrilling than ever!

The competition featured a number of enthusiastic and energetic celebrities including:  Jane Beshear (Former First Lady of Kentucky), Erica Bivens (WTVQ Anchor), Dusty Bonner (Former UK Wildcat & Professional Quarterback), Daniel Boone (American Pioneer and VisitLex Ambassador), Buff Bradley (Thoroughbred Trainer), Adam Burniston (WKYT Meteorologist), Steve Cauthen (Award Winning Jockey), Patti Cooksey (Award Winning Jockey), Claire Crouch (WLEX Anchor), Pat Day (Award Winning Jockey), Marc Guilfoil (Executive Director of the KY Horse Racing Commission), Larry Jones (Thoroughbred Trainer), Nick Larkin (International Three-Day Event Rider), Mike Manganello (Award Winning Jockey), Chris McCarron (Award Winning Jockey), Kristen Pflum (FOX 56 Anchor), Alex Solis (Award Winning Jockey) and Cathy Wieschhoff (International Three-Day Event Rider).

The 2021 Overall Champions were sponsored by Park Equine Hospital and included Cade Tobin, Mike Tobin, and Cathy Wieschhoff.  The Farm Team Challenge was won by Riverview Farm and featured Orrin Ingram, Armondo Huerta, and Marc Guilfoil.

Overall Awards

Champions- Park Equine Hospital

Reserve Champions- Riverview Farm

Third Place- McCauley’s

Fourth Place- Spy Coast Farm

Fifth Place- Mt. Brilliant Farm-Team B

Sixth Place- Mt. Brilliant Farm-Team C

Farm Team Challenge

Champions- Riverview Farm

Reserve Champions- Spy Coast Farm

Third Place- Mt. Brilliant Farm-Team B

BITS Official Results 2021