Horse Show Draws From Its Long Past

Jul 9, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Lexington Junior League Horse Show gets underway tonight at 6:30. The event is billed as the world’s largest outdoor American Saddlebred show.

The charity horse show was created in 1937 and has since become a magnet for world-recognized competitors. Event chair Amy Johnson says the show is unlike most horse-related events in the Bluegrass.

"Sadllebred is totally different than what most of us here in Kentucky are used to. It is nothing to do with racing, but everything to do with sportsmanship and the prestige of the event," Johnson says.

Johnson says the horse show aims to give spectators a taste of the past with carriages and organ music during the performances. Events run through this Saturday and will feature a Family Night with stick-horse race and other kids’ activities, Paint the Red Mile Pink, an evening highlighting breast cancer awareness, and Go Red for Women, a night dedicated to women’s heart health issues.