Central Kentucky families have a new event to enjoy this holiday season when the Kentucky Horse Park welcomes "The Spirit of the Horse: A Holiday Equine Extravaganza" to the Alltech Arena, Nov. 29 and 30. An original equine entertainment production, "The Spirit of the Horse" is produced and performed by the KYB-GPE Equine Theater Production Company. The show tells a magical holiday-themed story on horseback with orphans and villains, reining, dressage and liberty work, all in an hour-long production that will delight audiences of all ages. World-class horses, including three-time U.S. Dressage Federation Horse of the Year and Grand Prix-level dressage superstar GP Raymeister, are brought together in this truly entertaining and original live production.
Featured riders include Kim and Yvonne Barteau of KYB Dressage, who have entertained audiences at the Arabian Nights Dinner Theater in Orlando, Fla., and have appeared on the "Today" show. Joining them will be Australia's Dan James of Double Dan Horsemanship, a world-renowned entertainer and equine performer.
In addition to the show, guests may purchase tickets for a "meet and greet" with the stars of the production at the holiday Barn Tour prior to the show each evening, and tickets are also available for the Post Production Party where guests can enjoy food and drink and, again, mingle with the horse and rider performers.
The show is presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29 and 30, with the Barn Tour available from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. each evening, and the Post Production Party taking place immediately after each performance at the Alltech Arena. Show tickets range from $25 for VIP seating to $15 general admission for adults, and $10 for children ages 3 to 12. Barn Tour tickets are $5 for adults and complimentary for one accompanying child when purchased with a show ticket. Tickets to the Post Production Party to "meet and greet" the cast are $25 per person, adult or child.