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Alltech National Horse Show Raises the Bar with Family-Oriented Special Event Days

Alltech National Horse Show[Lexington, Ky.] – Last year’s inaugural Alltech National Horse Show in Lexington received enviable accolades including #1 show in the United States by the North American Riders Group and Horse Show of the Year by the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame. However, organizers are setting out to create an event that’s not just about horses but affordable fun for the entire family.

“One of the Alltech National Horse Show’s marquee events involves horses and riders soaring over an increasingly high jump, and that to me is a good picture of what we are trying to do with this event,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. “Last year’s inaugural Alltech National Horse Show created an incredible buzz within the equine world, and, just like the riders, we’re now looking to raise the bar this year and establish this event as a Lexington family tradition of fun and first-class horses. Even if you don’t know a thing about horses, there’s still something for you at the Alltech National Horse Show.”

The 2012 Alltech National Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena in Lexington, Ky., will be held October 30 – November 4th. Besides free daytime admission for the whole family and free admission at all times for kids ages 12 and under, the show features daily entertainment, shopping, food and a full schedule of special event days, including:

Wednesday, October 31- Costume Day

5-7 p.m.: Trick or Treat at the Alltech National Horse Show with some of your favorite cartoon characters including Woody and Jessie from Toy Story, Shrek and Fiona, Cinderella and Spider-Man

Thursday, November 1- Military Day

All day: Challenge yourself at the Army Activity Area and meet local military heroes
7 p.m.: Presentation of Colors by the Forest Hill Military Academy

Friday, November 2 - Fit Friday

All Day: Countryside Canter 5K race packet pick up
3-7 p.m.: Free health screenings for the whole family

Saturday, November 3 - Family Fun Day

8 a.m.: Alltech Countryside Canter 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk
Pre- register online; all proceeds go to The All Glory Project.
All Day: Balloon Twister, face painting, get your picture on a pony (1-3 p.m.) and meet your favorite cartoon characters

Sunday, November 4 - ASPCA Day

1-3 p.m.: Picture on a pony, face painting
3-5 p.m.: Cartoon characters meet and greet


Tickets for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night events will be available at the door. Ticketed events include:

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 (7:00 PM): Admission: $20 per person

Double H Farm $75,000 International Open Jumpers – Time First Jump Off
Three Gaited Amateur Stake (Exhibition)
 Park Horse Amateur Stake
 Five Gaited Amateur Stake

Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 (7:00 PM): Admission: $20 per person

Three Gaited Championship Stake
Fine Harness Open Stake (Exhibition)
ES Roadster Cup
Five Gaited Championship Stake
Alltech National Horse Show $50,000 Puissance – Open Jumper

Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 (7:00 PM): Admission: $30 per person

Alltech $250,000 Grand Prix
Park Horse Amateur Championship
Three Gaited Amateur Championship (Exhibition)
Five Gaited Amateur Championship

A Living Social deal, beginning on Oct. 15, will offer vouchers for 50% off listed ticket prices. Parking throughout the event is free.

Founded in 1883 at the original Madison Square Garden, the National Horse Show is America’s oldest indoor horse show. In 2011, Alltech became the title sponsor, moving the event to Lexington, Ky., and to its new home in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. For more information, visit