Lexington Junior League Horse Show

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Lexington Junior League Horse Show
LocationThe Red Mile, Lexington, Kentucky

(1937-2017)

Rolex Stadium, Lexington, Kentucky (2018-)
HeldAnnually, July
LengthOne week
Inaugurated1937
Breeds shownAmerican Saddlebreds
Largest honorFive-gaited stake
Total purse$70,000
Number of entries1,000

The Lexington Junior League Horse Show is an annual horse show held in Lexington, Kentucky. It was founded in 1937.

History[edit]

The Lexington Junior League Horse Show was begun in 1937 by Marie Kittrell as a way to make money for charity. The first show was held at The Red Mile, a harness racing track, because it only cost a dollar to rent the venue. It attracted 216 horses and 24,000 spectators.[1] The show was held at The Red Mile through 2017. In 2018, it moved to Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park, also located in Lexington. [2]

Competition[edit]

The show is the first of the three jewels of the Saddlebred Triple Crown. [3] It is held annually at The Red Mile Harness Track, and has been every year since its inception.[4] It is the largest outdoor Saddlebred show in the world and draws approximately 1,000 exhibitors. The total prize money offered exceeds $70,000.[3][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tom Eblen". kentucky. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  2. ^ http://www.lexjrleague.com/?nd=hs_press_room. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ a b "Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show". Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show running this week". kentucky. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Live Video of Prestigious Lexington Junior League Horse Show Offered On Saddlebred.com". USEF Network. Retrieved 8 April 2016.