Bring on the clowns! And the horses too!
Every Friday Counter-Canter Culture features the important US and International Horse Shows
The 131st National Horse Show
Everything you need for a perfect equestrian Halloween is on hand at the 131st National Horse Show tonight. The host venue, Kentucky Horse Park, is precisely the temperature that ghouls and goblins prefer – a drizzly 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Apples for bobbing are plentiful, and the décor is just right. The official colors of the National Horse Show are after all a holiday perfect pumpkin orange and black as night.
The attendees will certainly be decked in their Halloween best with the promise of Barn Night treats like a golf cart from Southern Lawn and Equipment, a ton of feed from Hallway Feeds, a wheelbarrow filled with prizes from Dover Saddlery and more. Meanwhile competitors will be preforming their tricks in Friday night’s featured class, the Chansonette Farm $45,000 Gambler’s Choice Top Score Costume Class. All in all, the National Horse Show is the perfectly orchestrated horsey Halloween.
But those clever organizers have one more trick up their sleeve. For those visitors who might prefer to take part in that other major horse event going on this weekend, the Breeders’ Cup, wagering will be available in the parking lot adjacent to the arena and in The Pub, the National Horse Show’s new sports bar, on Friday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Even after Halloween’s past, the National Horse Show is still the place to be. Saturday’s $250,000 CP National Horse Show Grand Prix should be a showstopper with an all-star roster of equestrian superstars, including numerous Olympians, including a handful of Gold medalists, plus many of the sport’s fastest rising stars, in the mix. And on Sunday afternoon the National Horse Show plays host to the Maclay National Championship.
Of course, if you can’t make it out to Kentucky this holiday weekend, the National Horse Show is prepared to keep you entertained from afar with an assortment of social media options and live streaming on the USEF Network. So everybody get in the Halloween spirit along with the 2014 National Horse Show!