The inaugural Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning Event at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Covered Arena is Sunday, July 14, 2013. All proceeds from the benefit event will support the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation – a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to enhancing, expanding, and improving the Kentucky Horse Park.
The Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning Event will pair two amateur riders with a celebrity guest rider to compete to see who has the skills and bravery to pen a group of cattle in the quickest time.
Celebrities in the Saddle include (subject to change):
Calvin Borel Three-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey
Derek Braun International Grand Prix rider & owner of Split Rock Farm
Patti Cooksey Legendary female jockey
Buck Davidson International Event rider
Pat Day Hall of Fame jockey
Kevin Huber Punter for the Cincinnati Bengals
Charlie Lopresti Trainer of 2012 Horse of the Year, Wise Dan
Chris McCarron Hall of Fame jockey
Mal McGuire Reining horse trainer & competitor
Matthew Mitchell Head Women's Basketball Coach, University of Kentucky
Sam Shepard American playwright, actor & director
Mark Stoops Head Football Coach, University of Kentucky
Vendors and concessions will open at 5:00 p.m. and the Battle in the Saddle competition will begin at 7:00 p.m. General admission is $10, with 12 & under admitted free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Tickets are also available to a pre-competition cocktail party and dinner for $75 per person.