Lexington, KY (FOX 56) – Admission to The Kentucky Horse Park will be free starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 31st as the park celebrates the impact of the horse industry at its annual “Hats Off Day.” The event is presented by Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital.
Now in its 18th year, “Hats Off Day” offers family-friendly activities, including horse and pony rides, interactive educational booths, and a Grand
Prix show jumping competition. Free hats, provided by area horse farms and businesses will be distributed at the entrance, while supplies last!
Sponsored by Central Bank and other industry leaders, “Hats Off Day” is the only day of the year that admission to the Kentucky Horse Park is free and serves as a fundraiser for the Kentucky Equine Adoption Center and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation.
More than $1,113,000 has been raised for worthy organizations in Kentucky since the inaugural event in 2003.
“The Kentucky Horse Park provides our state with a beautiful backdrop to learn about Kentucky’s signature industry,” said Dr. Tom Riddle, founder of “Hats Off Day” and co-founder of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. “Hats Off Day” allows families to get up-close-and-personal with these majestic animals.”
He says the event is delighted to welcome the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) back as a sponsor. KEEP has been a leader in promoting the horse industry including spearheading the movement this year supporting the passage of Historical Racing in Kentucky.
Stadium activities on Hats Off Day begin at 6:45 p.m. with a demonstration by Long Run Woodford Hounds and the celebration of the Kentucky Horse Park’s Mustang Troop. Additionally, the Rood & Riddle Comeback Award will be presented, with the award being an honor given annually to an outstanding horse that has undergone veterinary care for a medical condition, treated by Rood & Riddle veterinarians and then returned to greatness.
Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the featured entertainment of the event is the $50,000 Rood & Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix show jumping competition, a 25-year-old tradition that draws internationally known horses and riders.