Battle in the Saddle

Featured Event

Battle in the Saddle


After much consideration, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation has made the difficult decision to cancel the Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning event for 2020 due to the challenges of COVID-19. We want to thank all our sponsors, riders, celebrities, and guests for your continued support of this important fundraiser for the Kentucky Horse Park. Please save the date of September 3, 2021. The KHP Foundation looks towards to 2021 with excitement & anticipation to welcome you once again to the Battle in the Saddle!

The Saddle Celebrity Team Penning Event

The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation proudly presents the Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning event each year.  This family-friendly event pairs two amateur riders with a celebrity guest rider on each team. Teams compete against each other to determine who has the skills and bravery needed to pen a group of cattle in the fastest time.  And all of this fun is in the name of charity- to raise funds for the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation!

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Overall Awards

Battle in the Saddle prizes will be awarded to the top three overall teams. Each rider on the first-place team receives the highly coveted Battle in the Saddle silver belt buckle custom designed by Montana Silversmiths.

Farm Team Challenge

Any team sponsored by a farm will also qualify to compete for the separate Farm Team Challenge.  Special prizes will be awarded to the top three finishing teams sponsored by a farm.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation is seeking partners to sponsor the 2021 Battle in the Saddle. Contact Ashlea Beeson at ashlea.beeson@khpfoundation.org for more information.