On Sunday, May 22, 2016, the 48th running of High Hope Steeplechase will take place at the Kentucky Horse Park. In addition to the traditional National Steeplechase Association race card, the day will also feature the inaugural running of a new series of Ladies Side Saddle Races. Sponsored by Keene Ridge Farm, the Side Saddle activities will begin at noon with a formal parade of ladies riding aside, sporting their appointment wear and period costumes! The parade will be followed later in the day by a Ladies Side Saddle flat race, and Ladies Side Saddle race over fences. The races will each be one mile around the steeplechase track, allowing the fans to witness the elegance and grace of side saddle riders.
The over fences race at High Hope Steeplechase will be the final race of the 2016 U.S. Ladies Side Saddle Racing Series. The first race of the series is The Mrs. Miles B. Valentine Memorial Side Saddle Race held at the Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Point to Point in Unionville, Pennsylvania, on March 27, followed by The Mrs.George C. Everhart Memorial Invitational Side Saddle Race at Loudoun Hunt on April 17 in Leesburg, Virginia. An overall Championship will be awarded at the end of the three race series to honor the season’s high point ladies side saddle rider.
For nearly 50 years, High Hope Steeplechase has held a special place on the Kentucky spring calendar. Brimming in history and known as the “sport of kings,” steeplechasing stands as one of the most exciting equestrian competitions, and Lexington, Kentucky, has been fortunate to host High Hope since its inception in 1966. For much of that time, High Hope has been held at the Kentucky Horse Park and has served as a gathering place for friends, a tradition for families, a benefit for area non-profits, and a thrilling display of equestrian excellence. The 2016 beneficiaries of High Hope Steeplechase include Central Kentucky Riding for Hope and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation.
The High Hope Steeplechase event is May 22, 2016. Gates open at 11:00am. General admission is $25 per carload. Additional information regarding race day schedule, ticket sales, sponsorships, program advertising, and vendor opportunities can be found online: www.highhopesteeplechase.com.
For more information about the Cheshire Point to Point, contact Kirstie Grabosky at [email protected], or call 484-888-9970.