Kentucky Equine Youth Festival

The Kentucky Equine Youth Festival returns to the Kentucky Horse Park on March 27 at 8 a.m. at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena.

This year’s festival, named “Celebrate the Horse,” is hosted by the Kentucky 4-H Program along with the University of Kentucky Ag Equine Program. The program is designed both to encourage schoolchildren to become involved with the horse industry and to keep those already involved interested in it.

This year’s event will feature sporting events such as vaulting, jumping and driving. Youth will get a firsthand look at Arabians and gaited horse breeds. There will be seminars featuring horse dentistry, therapy horses and bio-mechanics of racehorses.

The event, according to UKnow, was planned by a who’s who in the industry: the Equine Academy at Lexington Catholic High School, Equine Land Conservation Resource, Kentucky Department of Education, Kentucky Equine Education Project, Kentucky Horse Council, Kentucky Horse Park, United States Equestrian Federation and the United States Pony Clubs.

The event is sponsored by Bluegrass Palomino Horse Association, North American Equine Ranching Information Council, Race for Education, United States Equestrian Federation and the University of Louisville’s Equine Industry Program.

According to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture website, the states 242,000 equines and large number of equine-related businesses are worth  $23.4 billion.