Battle In The Saddle Celebrity Team Penning – Fun for the Whole Family

The second annual Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning Event returns to the Kentucky Horse Park’s Covered Arena on Sunday, October 12, 2014.

The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation is proud to bring you the 2014 Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning competition, presented by Merial.  This exciting event pairs 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.  

2014 Celebrities in the Saddle include (subject to change): 

               MARVIN BARTLETT – Anchor, Fox 56

                CALVIN BOREL – Three-time Kentucky Derby Winner

                PATTI COOKSEY – Award Winning Jockey

                PAT DAY – Hall of Fame Jockey

                BOBBY KNIGHT – 2015 Road to the Horse Competitor

                CHARLIE LOPRESTI – Trainer of Wise Dan

                MARTY MOORE – Former NFL Linebacker

                DEANN STEPHENS – 98.1 The Bull Morning Show Co-host/WKYT Reporter

                …AND MORE


The Battle in the Saddle will also include a new “Horse Farm Challenge” – a friendly competition between those teams representing area horse farms.  In addition to the special grand prize awarded to the overall winning team during the competition, a special prize will be awarded to the horse-farm team with the best time of the night.

Vendors and concessions will open at 4:30 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.

General Admission tickets may be ordered in advance or purchased at the door.  Dinner tickets must be purchased in advance.  To pre-order tickets, call the Foundation office at 859-255-5727. 

All proceeds from the benefit event will support the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation – a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing, expanding and improving the Kentucky Horse Park.  For more information about the event, visit


The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, fulfills its mission to enhance, expand and improve the Kentucky Horse Park by fundraising within the private sector.  This partnership between private donors and the support of the Commonwealth of Kentucky is what has enabled the incredible success of the Kentucky Horse Park.  Since its inception in 1985, the KHP Foundation has raised more than $25 million, which has funded critical improvements such as new facilities and footing, museum exhibitions, education projects, care for the park’s resident horses and much more.