Equine enthusiasts of all levels--but especially those with little experience--are invited to enjoy free horseback rides at the Kentucky Horse Park’s “Hats Off to Kentucky” event this Saturday, July 26, from 4-8 p.m. The rides come courtesy of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), The Jockey Club and Keeneland as part of Time To Ride, an initiative of the American Horse Council’s marketing alliance.
Eight experienced and docile horses will be available to teach adults and children over 12 the joys of riding and horsemanship.
“NTRA, The Jockey Club and Keeneland have been developing this program for two years and are excited to produce one in our hometown,” said Bryan Pettigrew, Senior Vice President of NTRA. “Time To Ride is designed to connect American families to horse opportunities in their local area, while encouraging participation, ownership and support of the horse industry.”
Time to Ride is in the midst of a nationwide effort known as the 100-Day Horse Challenge, offering 100,000 free or affordable horse experiences in 100 days. More information can be found at TimeToRide.com.
About Time To Ride
Time To Ride is an initiative of the American Horse Council’s marketing alliance, formed to connect people with horses. It is designed to encourage horse-interested consumers to enjoy the benefits of horse activities. The AHC marketing alliance is made up of the following organizations: the American Horse Council, Active Interest Media, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Quarter Horse Association, Dover Saddlery, Farnam, Merck, Merial, Purina, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (representing Keeneland and The Jockey Club), Platinum Performance, United States Equestrian Federation and Zoetis.
About the American Horse Council
The American Horse Council is a non-profit corporation that represents all segments of the equine industry. Its mission is to promote and protect the equine industry by representing its interests in Congress and in federal regulatory agencies on national issues of importance. Leaders at the American Horse Council hope their activities will encourage individuals and other entities to support and participate in the industry, to enjoy horses, and to sponsor and support equine events and activities. They believe a healthy horse industry will contribute to the health of Americans.
About The Jockey Club
The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club, directly or through subsidiaries, provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives, and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans and farms. It is a founding member of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities and the architect and sole funding source for America’s Best Racing, the broad-based fan development initiative for Thoroughbred racing. You can follow America’s Best Racing at americasbestracing.net as well as on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and Instagram.
About the NTRA
The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of more than 80 horse racing interests consisting of leading Thoroughbred racetracks, owners, breeders, trainers, horseplayers and affiliated horse racing associations, charged with increasing the popularity of horse racing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Kentucky, and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on NTRA.com, Twitter (@ntra) and Facebook (facebook.com/1NTRA).