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Horse Show proves horses can do more than race in Kentucky

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – High step and canter to Freedom Hall and enjoy the rich tradition of the World’s Championship Horse Show held during the Kentucky State Fair Between Aug. 19 and 25, horses compete in divisions including Five-Gaited, Three-Gaited, Fine Harness, Saddlebred Pleasure, Saddlebred Equitation, Hackney/ Harness Ponies, Roadster Ponies and Roadster Horses. Spectators from around the world will watch as approximately 2,000 horses compete for more than $1 million dollars in premiums. Since its beginning 109 years ago, the WCHS has grown to one of the most respected horse competitions in the world. Sharing in this equine tradition while at the Kentucky State Fair is as easy as buying a ticket. Tickets go on sale Monday June 25, 2012.
World’s Championship Horse Show Ticket Prices and Special Discounts:

Aug. 19-23 6:30 p.m. $13.00 Advance* $17.00 after August 15 Aug. 24 6:30p.m. $19.00 Advance* $25.00 after August 15

Aug. 25 7:00 p.m. $19.00 Advance $25.00 after August 15

*Advance session seating (Upper Level seats only) and advanced gate admission must be purchased by midnight Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Tickets are available at the Freedom Hall Ticket Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Call 1-800-745-3000, or visit www.ticketmaster.com to purchase tickets using ticketFast. A weeklong reserved seat ticket with one gate admission per session is $198.00 plus $7.00 postage and handling. For weekly reserved seats call 1-800-231-8085. All prices include facility fee.

Other discounts are available for groups of four or more by visiting www.kystatefair.org and downloading the online voucher. Follow the “Horse Shows” link on the navigation bar; click on the “World’s Champ-ionship Horse Show” link; follow the “Show Details link; click on the

“Ticket Infor-mation” link and locate the downloadable ticket voucher. Vouchers can be redeemed in person at the Freedom Hall Ticket Office, or by writing to:

Freedom Hall Ticket Office
P.O. Box 37130
Louisville, KY 40233

*This voucher applies to upper level individual seating only and gate admission to the fair is required.

Those new to the WCHS or those that just can’t get enough can also check out the free morning performances at 9:00 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20 through Friday, Aug. 25 with paid gate admission to the Kentucky State Fair. Seating will be available in the upper level of Freedom Hall.

A panel of equestrian professionals will be judging all WCHS competitions. Judges for the 2012 WCHS include: Melissa Moore of Versailles, Ky., Melinda Moore of Lawrenceburg, Ky., Rick Wallen of Marshall, Wis., Gene Van der Walt of Louis Trichardt, South Africa, and Rodney Hicks of Pittsfield, Mass.

Van der Walt is the only trainer to have won all four National Grand championships in South Africa.

Those wishing to compete in the horse show can enter online at www.kystatefair.org/wchs. Rules for competitive entries can be found in the free WCHS premium book, which can be viewed online at www.kystatefair.org. Premium books can also be requested by calling the WCHS office at (502) 367-5000 or writing to:

Kentucky State Fair Horse Show Office
P.O. Box 37130
Louisville, KY 40233

For more information on the World’s Championship Horse Show or other Kentucky State Fair events, visit www.kystatefair.org.

The Kentucky State Fair is an 11-day celebration of the history, heritage and culture of the Bluegrass State. Nearly 600,000 attend America’s largest indoor fair, which uses all 1.2 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space at the Kentucky Exposition Center. While its roots are in agriculture, the Kentucky State Fair has grown into a trade and public education exposition, as well as a major entertainment venue. The World’s Championship Horse Show, held during the Fair, is the world’s richest and most prestigious saddlebred show. Attendees and exhibitors contribute over $16.8 million annually in economic impact. The Kentucky State Fair & World’s Championship Horse Show are owned and produced by the Kentucky State Fair Board, an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.