Celebrity Team Penning

The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation is proud to present the 2018 KHPF Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning Event. This exciting event pairs two amateur riders with a celebrity guest rider on each team. Teams will compete against each other to determine who has the skills and bravery needed to pen a group of cattle in the quickest time. And all of this fun is in the name of charity – to raise funds for the Kentucky Horse Park!

On Friday, September 28, 2018, the Covered Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park will open its doors to the public for this raucously fun team penning event. The 2018 Battle in the Saddle will include for our sponsors and their guests a cocktail hour and catered dinner, VIP tickets to watch the fun, and even the opportunity to cheer on your own hand-picked team of competitors. Supporting your favorite team through the Calcutta auction before the competition will add to the excitement of the evening, along with the highly anticipated after party!

The Battle in the Saddle will also include a “Farm Team Challenge,” a friendly competition between participating riders representing area horse farms. In addition to the special grand prize awarded to the overall winning team members during the competition, a special horse farm challenge award will be made to the horse-farm team with the best time of the night.

Event Schedule

5:30 pm Doors and Vendor Fair open
6:00 pm Dinner & Calcutta auction
7:00 pm Battle in the Saddle competition
* After Party immediately following awards ceremony


General Admission $10 at the door
Kids under 12 get in free (with purchase of adult ticket)
VIP Dinner tickets $100/person

2017 Team Roster & Order of Go

2017 Celebrities in the Saddle (subject to change)

Erika Abe - Fox 56 Anchor
Daniel Boone - American Pioneer (played by local actor, George Dickson)
Patti Cooksey - Award Winning Jockey
Pat Day - Award Winning Jockey
Amber Freeman - WTVQ News Anchor
Chris McCarron - Award Winning Jockey
Mal McGuire - Reining horse trainer
Jason Myers - WTVQ Chief Meteorologist
Rosie Napravnik - Award Winning Jockey
Joe Sharp - Thoroughbred Trainer
Dave Shuffett - Host of KET’s “ Kentucky Collectibles" and Kentucky Living Magazine columnist
Mickey Solomone - Winning Jockey
DeAnn Stephens - 98.1 The Bull Morning Show Co-host/WKYT Reporter
Andrea Walker - WKYT News Anchor
Cathy Wieschhoff - International Three-Day Event Rider
And More!

2017 sponsors

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2018 Sponsorship

The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation is seeking partners to sponsor the 2018 Battle in the Saddle. Sponsors will enjoy the opportunity to network with our guests and celebrities and invite their own clients and colleagues to share in the thrill of this unique competition - all in a relaxed and fun-filled environment. To sponsor a team, register to be a rider, or reserve a vendor space, please contact the foundation office at 859-255-5727 or email laura.klumb@khpfoundation.org.

2018 Sponsorship Packet - Coming Soon!

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