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[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – The sun will shine brightly on our old Kentucky home Oct. 29 - Nov. 3 as Kentuckians are drawn together for a new celebration – one that highlights the athleticism of Horses, the tastes and sounds of Kentucky’s Heritage and the Hops of the talented craft brewers of the Commonwealth.
The first-ever Kentucky Gathering will expand upon the success of the Alltech National Horse Show in Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park and will include plenty of family-friendly activities. Participants will be able to eat, drink and experience Kentucky like never before alongside equine events that will dazzle attendees from the equine enthusiast to the first-time viewer – including a high jump competition featuring horses leaping up to seven feet into the air.
“Kentucky is a brilliant state, one with a rich heritage and promising future, so we are honored to be able to gather together for a celebration of that culture and spirit,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech. “The Kentucky Gathering will highlight the best of Kentucky, just as The Gathering in my native Ireland has done for Ireland this year.”
The Gathering Ireland 2013 is a year-long people’s celebration in which communities throughout Ireland are showcasing and sharing the very best of Irish culture, tradition, business, sport and spirit. Alltech has already hosted eight major events on the Emerald Isle for The Gathering, including its first International Craft Brewing and Distilling Convention, an Innovation Competition for college students and a trip that brought members of the Kennedy family to Ireland for the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s visit.
Back in the Bluegrass, the Kentucky Gathering will highlight the richness of the state’s legendary horse culture. World-class equestrians will compete in the Alltech National Horse Show, with prizes totaling more than $850,000. The week-long show’s program includes hunter, jumper, equitation and gaited breed divisions.
Other key components of The Kentucky Gathering will include:
To stay up to date on the latest developments regarding this comprehensive public event celebrating Kentucky’s magnificent horses, unmatched hospitality and rich culture, visit www.kentuckygathering.com