Battle in the Saddle

2019 Official Results

The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation is proud to present the 2019 KHPF Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning Event. This exciting event pairs two amateur riders with a celebrity guest rider on each team. Teams will compete against each other to determine who has the skills and bravery needed to pen a group of cattle in the quickest time. And all of this fun is in the name of charity – to raise funds for the Kentucky Horse Park!

On Friday, September 27, 2019, the Covered Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park will open its doors to the public for this raucously fun team penning event. The 2019 Battle in the Saddle will include for our sponsors and their guests a cocktail hour and catered dinner, VIP tickets to watch the fun, and even the opportunity to cheer on your own hand-picked team of competitors. Supporting your favorite team through the Calcutta auction before the competition will add to the excitement of the evening, along with the highly anticipated after party!

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. 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.

This year we will be offering “Boot Races” for all children 12 & under before the competition starts. Children can show off their speed in the arena vying for special prizes.

Event Schedule

5:30 pm Doors and Vendor Fair open
6:00 pm Dinner & Calcutta auction
7:00 pm Battle in the Saddle competition
* After Party immediately following awards ceremony


General Admission $10 at the door
Kids under 12 get in free (with purchase of adult ticket)
VIP Dinner tickets $125/person

2019 Celebrities in the Saddle

*subject to change
Daniel Boone - American Pioneer (played by local actor, George Dickson)
Adam Burniston - WKYT Meteorologist/Reporter
Patti Cooksey - Award Winning Jockey
Sophie Doyle - Award Winning Jockey
Lieutenant Carl Faulconer - Former Jockey & Blue Grass Airport Firefighter
Amber Freeman - WTVQ Evening News Anchor/Producer
Corey Lanerie - Award Winning Jockey
Mike Manganello - Award Winning Jockey
Chris McCarron - Award Winning Jockey
"Oliver" - 2019 Breyer Celebration Horse & KHP Mounted Police Horse
Chantal Sutherland - Award Winning Jockey
Alex Valverde - WLEX Reporter
Cathy Wieschhoff - International Three-Day Event Rider
And more!

2019 Sponsors

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2019 Sponsorship

The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation is seeking partners to sponsor the 2019 Battle in the Saddle. Sponsors will enjoy the opportunity to network with our guests and celebrities and invite their own clients and colleagues to share in the thrill of this unique competition - all in a relaxed and fun-filled environment. To sponsor a team or reserve a vendor space, please contact the foundation office at 859-255-5727 or email

2019 Sponsorship Brochure

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