Featured Events

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Featured Events

Experience the Kentucky Horse Park in unique ways through
our special events.

Events Throughout the Year

Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event

The Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event stands as one of the most thrilling events on the international equestrian calendar each year. Celebrating and showcasing global excellence in the field of eventing, this annual competition, held over four days in April, has been the Kentucky Horse Park’s signature event since 1978.

KHP Run Walk Club

KHP Run/Walk Club
Presented by the KHP Foundation

The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation is proud to announce the return of the Kentucky Horse Park Run/Walk Club in 2024, running Memorial Day through Labor Day. Meeting every Monday evening from 4:30-7:00 at the KHP Visitor Center, the Park welcomes the community to explore the grounds free of charge. A specific route is marked for visitors to walk or run a 1.5 mile or 3 mile loop through the beautiful horse capital of the world.

KHP Foundation
Trail Ride

Explore the Kentucky Horse Park at the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation Trail Ride! All proceeds support the Kentucky Horse Park. Guests of all levels, breeds, and disciplines are invited to explore the Park grounds with their own horse for a $45 entry fee to access the trails from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The 2024 Spring Trail Ride will be held on Saturday, June 1st.

Battle in the Saddle

The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation proudly presents the 11th Annual Battle in the Saddle Team Penning event 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!

Taking place on Friday, August 30, 2024

Southern Lights Stroll

Lace up, head out and help us turn on the lights! The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation invites you to help us set the Holiday Season in motion as you join us for the 2024 Southern Lights Stroll presented by CHI Saint Joseph Health to celebrate Family, Unity & Peace!

Southern Lights Stroll will take place on November 23, 2024!

The 5K competitive chipped race will start at 6:00pm, and the stroll (untimed walk) starting at 6:15 pm.

Southern Lights Holiday Festival

Celebrating its 31st year at the Kentucky Horse Park, Southern Lights presented by Friends of Coal is a magical holiday tradition for thousands of families throughout the Bluegrass and beyond.  See over a million twinkling lights and enjoy the return of the Holiday Village, which promises to be brighter than ever!  Featuring photos with Santa, Animal Land, model trains, and so much more, the Southern Lights Holiday Village is sure to delight guests of all ages.

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