HATS OFF DAY

Salutes the Horse Industry

 
 
On Saturday, July 31st, there’s only one place to be!
 
 
Celebrating Kentucky's Signature Industry
July 31, 2021
 Kentucky Horse Park  • Lexington, KY
 
 
What is Hats Off Day?
 
Hats Off to Kentucky’s Horse Industry Day is a celebration of the horse and its impact on the state of Kentucky. The day offers fun family activities including arts and crafts for children, horse and pony rides, interactive  educational booths, equine performance demonstrations, and a $50,000 Grand Prix show jumping competition. 

From the average horse fan to the avid equestrian, Hats Off Day offers something for everyone. This is the only day of the year an entire family can enjoy the Kentucky Horse Park and all it has to offer – for free!  

Kentuckians who may not typically encounter close contact with a horse are given an opportunity to enjoy hands on experiences with horses and ponies of all sizes.
 
 
The equine industry’s multi-billion dollar impact on the state’s economy includes:
• $8.8 billion economic impact of the state’s tourism industry, which features the horse industry as its signature promotional attraction • 194,300 Kentuckians are involved in the industry as horse owners, service providers, employees, and volunteers. Even more participate as spectators
• The 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and the 2015 and 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships showed the world that Kentucky is indeed the Horse Capital of the World. Our commonwealth will reap the economic benefits of the Games and the Breeders’ Cup for many years to come.
Hats Off Day was instituted to honor the long-standing relationship between Kentuckians and the horse, and to promote awareness of the equine industry’s value and importance to our state’s past, present, and future. The event is supported by community and equine industry sponsors who embrace this mission and are committed to preserving the state’s equine heritage.
 
Beneficiaries
 
The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation & The Kentucky Equine Adoption Center
The Kentucky Horse Park is Kentucky’s largest state-owned tourist attraction and the largest attraction in Kentucky’s Bluegrass region. The park is dedicated to sharing the Commonwealth’s love of horses with the world.

Since its inception in 1985, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation has followed its mission to “expand and enhance the Kentucky Horse Park.” The Foundation has provided funding for many of the park’s facilities, such as show rings and barns for equine competitions, new horses, tack and carriages, safety equipment, educational programs, landscaping projects, signage, sound systems, special research projects and special exhibits at the International Museum of the Horse.
 
The mission of Kentucky Equine Adaption Center is to provide humane treatment and shelter, while working as a clearinghouse to seek adoptive homes for all of Kentucky’s unwanted equines, regardless of breed.  The Center works to educate the public and raise awareness for responsible equine ownership so that fewer horses end up in crisis.  The KEAC works with and serves as a model for organizations with the same mission in other states - to save America’s equines from inhumane treatment.
 
 
Rood & Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix
 
Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital is the proud sponsor of the Rood & Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix, a premier show jumping competition held annually at the Kentucky Horse Park for the past 28 years. 

The Kentucky Grand Prix provides spectators with the excitement and drama found only in the most competitive sporting events. Top-level show jumpers are guaranteed to impress the crowd as they soar over thirteen, 5-foot fences. Join us and witness the athletic ability of Grand Prix Show Jumpers and the teamwork of horse and rider! 

The objective of the Grand Prix is for each horse and rider to clear every obstacle on the course with the least number of faults (penalties), and the fastest time. Faults are given for dropped rails, refusals, and time exceeding recommendations. In the event of a tie of two or more horses completing the first round with 0 faults, an altered course is set, and a timed jump off is held to determine the winner.

A Grand Prix course is extremely challenging, and requires tremendous strength and agility from both horse and rider to complete with no faults!
 
 
Admission is free,so are the hats!
 
Many of Kentucky’s horse farms and horse-related businesses donate hats that are given to Hats Off Day attendees.
Last year, over 1000 hats were distributed!
 
 
To be part of the 2021 Hats Off Day
 
Contact:
LaTonna Wilson 
for Event & Sponsorship Information 
lwilson@roodandriddle.com
 
Rood & Riddle Foundation
P.O.Box 12070, Lexington, KY 40580
859-233-0371