The Park Equine Kentucky Classique, held August 31 to September 2, 2018 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. is a staple on many eventers' calendars. Serving as the host of the Area VIII Championships, hundreds of horses converge in the Bluegrass to vie for top-placings and year-end honors. New this year will be the addition of the USEA Classic Series Beginner Novice and Novice Three-Day divisions.
“We are very pleased to be able to offer the classic options in both Beginner Novice and Novice divisions,” said organizer Mary Fike, owner of KY Events, which puts on the Park Equine Kentucky Classique. Fike is also President of the Mid-South Eventing and Dressage Association.
“We expect these additions to be popular and fill quickly as we have been hearing for years that our competitors are missing the roads and tracks and steeplechase phases of competition,” she said.
Entries for the Park Equine Kentucky Classique will open on July 17 and close on August 14; it is the Area VIII Championships for Preliminary, Intermediate, Training, Novice, and Beginner Novice levels. Additional divisions will be offered for Advanced Intermediate, Intermediate, Preliminary, Training, Novice, and Beginner Novice, as well as a Starter Test.
In 2019, the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park for the first time since their inception in 2004. Managed by Fike and Equestrian Events Inc., organizer of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, the national championship show will be hosted during the traditional Park Equine Kentucky Classique competition weekend. Kentucky Classique will resume scheduled competition in 2021, when the AEC changes venue.
About KY Events
KY Events is host of Spring Bay Horse Trials, Park Equine Kentucky Classique, and the Hagyard MidSouth Team Challenge. Managed by Mary Fike of Harrington Mill Farm in Shelbyville, KY Events prides itself on the safety, enjoyment, and level of competition it provides to each competitor. Click here to learn more.
"No matter how old you are, be open to all disciplines, learn how to ride a dressage horse, a gaited horse, a show jumper. Go fox hunting and point-to-pointing and horse showing. You’ll learn from all of them and when you do decide which discipline you want to do, you’ll be better at it anyway.”
The University of Findlay’s Three-Day Eventing Team was established in 2013, the same year USEA voted and approved the USEA intercollegiate program. The UF team has over 30 members encompassing a variety of majors at the university. The team has access to two indoor arenas, a large outdoor arena, and 70 acres of on-site cross-country fences.
Bellamy, an Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding of unknown breeding, came to Tamra Smith’s farm in Southern California with his mane half-way down his neck and filled with burrs. Bellamy had been sitting in a field for a little over a year after unseating several riders in a row and Smith, known for being good with tricky horses, agreed to take him on.