Lexington, KY - Having sufficient equine facilities to host both large and small horse shows is a key infrastructure requirement of the Kentucky horse industry. The Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) has just completed the first phase of the development of a horse show facility listing database.
This database, available on the KHC website at www.kentuckyhorse.org/kentucky-horse-show-facilities/, lists both public facilities and private facilities which are available for public rental. The listings provide a profile of the facility, including the size and type of the arenas (indoor and outdoor), stabling facilities, cross-country courses, jumps, dressage arenas, barrels and poles, restrooms, concessions, and overnight hook-ups.
"This list will make it much easier for those hosting or managing horse shows and events to locate a variety of facility options," said Margie Loeser, KHC board member and chair of the KHC Competition Committee. "We hope this encourages more local, grassroots horse shows, as well as facilitates the on-going success of established sanctioned shows."
Phase two of this effort will be to provide similar information for horse show facilities at county fairgrounds. Although rural residents are familiar with county show facilities in their area, others across the state may not realize the opportunity to host horse shows at these facilities.
Ginny Grulke, KHC Executive Director, added, "In addition to these lists being an inventory of what is available around the Commonwealth, it can also be the basis of determining which areas of the Commonwealth need better horse event facilities. Horse shows and events are an important part of rural economic development and tourism. The mission of KHC is to support both the industry and our rural communities in this way."
The Horse Council encourages equestrians to review the horse show facility list, and notify the Council if any facilities were missed. The list can be found at www.kentuckyhorse.org/kentucky-horse-show-facilities/.