Battle in the Saddle

Featured Event

Battle in the Saddle

Teams compete against each other to determine who has the skills
and bravery needed to pen a group of cattle in the fastest time.

Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning Event

The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation proudly presents the ninth annual Battle in the Saddle Team Penning event.  The date for this spectacular event is Friday, September 2, 2022, at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Covered Arena. 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 to support the Kentucky Horse Park!

Please join us for dinner and drinks while mingling with celebrities and the teams before the exciting competition begins. Then dance the night away at our After Party featuring the Ranahans!

There will be general admission seating available to the public.

Team Sponsor $2,800

Includes One Team (two riders & one randomly drawn celebrity), dinner, and beverages for eight people at a reserved table.  Call 859-255-5727 or email ashlea.beeson@khpfoundation.org to reserve a team.  

Table Sponsor $1,000 (8 guests)

Includes dinner, and two drink tickets per guest at a reserved table

Dinner ticket $125/ per person

Includes dinner, two drink tickets, and open seating

Schedule of Events

Doors open    5:30 pm

Dinner             6:00 pm

Competition   7:00 pm

After Party      Immediately following Awards Ceremony


For more information regarding the Battle in The Saddle program, contact Ashlea Beeson at ashlea.beeson@khpfoundation.org

Battle in the Saddle

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.

Battle in the Saddle

A Big Thank You!

We would like to sincerely thank our sponsors for having such a caring and giving heart because without their financial support for this event it would not be possible.

Presenting Sponsor


Team Sponsors


Event Sponsors


Award Sponsors


2021 Celebrities in the Saddle

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- FOX56 Anchor

Alex Solis, Sr.- Award Winning Jockey

Cathy Wieschhoff- International Three-Day Event Rider

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.

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