2017 Pony Races

The pony races will kick off at 4:30 immediately following the NSA races! Designed to showcase and celebrate the region's youngest equestrians, the Bluegrass Farm Pony Challenge is sure to stimulate interest and enthusiasm from a young demographic. Children must be ages 8-16, ponies 14.2 hands or under and sponsored by a local farm. All riders are required to race with a neckstrap, racing overgirth, safety vest and ASTM/SEI helmet. The two races, one flat and one jumping, will be 4 furlongs run on the track.

We would be delighted for your young equestrian members to participate in this special opportunity. Young riders are welcome to secure their own sponsor for the event and sign up by completing the attached form. The price for sponsoring a rider in this exciting event is $500 per pony. Riders must be sponsored by a local farm. If you do not have a sponsor you will be put on a waiting list and assigned to a sponsoring farm if available.

All proceeds benefit High Hope's two charitable beneficiaries: Central Kentucky Riding for Hope and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation.

If you are interested in sponsoring a rider, please return the Rider Sponsor form or contact the High Hope Steeplechase office at your earliest convenience. We anticipate that spots in the race will fill quickly so please respond soon to ensure your reservation.


  • Entry Fee: $500
  • No refunds will be provided
  • Entry applications accepted on a first come, first serve basis
  • Each race is limited to 10 riders
  • Beginner or advanced races
  • Start of each race is a line up
  • All riders must wear ASTM/SEI helmet and safety vest
  • Racing over girths and neck straps are required for all mounts
  • Riders are limited to one race per horse/sponsorship entry
  • Purse: High Hope Steeplechase silver platter
  • Current coggins and health certificate are required to enter The Thoroughbred Center and The Kentucky Horse Park
  • All riders must be approved by the Racing Director and Race Stewards at the Spring Pony Racing Clinic OR have previously participated in High Hope Pony Races


Spring Pony Racing Clinic

  • Spring Pony Racing Clinic with Rosie Napravnik: May 13th, 2017 from 10:00-1:30 at the Thoroughbred Training Center in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Riders and mounts will be assessed according to the following guidelines: rider fitness, mount fitness, soundness, rider ability, behavior in a group, control of pony, etc.
    • * all riders competing in the High Hope Pony Races are required to participate in the clinic
    • * riders do not have to participate in the Pony Races at High Hope in order to participate in the clinic
      • Current coggins and health certificate are required to enter The Thoroughbred Center
      • Clinic fee: $35/rider, $15 to audit
      • 10:00-11:30 classroom discussion on pony racing and equisizer work
      • 12:00-1:30 riding clinic

Pony Races Clinic Registration Form



The Kentucky office of State Veterinarian, has issued directive that all horses entering the backside of a Kentucky race track or sanctioned training facility shall be accompanied with a certificate of current negative EIA Test (aka Coggins) and be listed on a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) with the examination and issuance of the certificate being signed and dated by a licensed veterinarian within 72 hours prior to arrival. Additionally, each horse shall be vaccinated against Equine Herpes virus Type 1 (EHV-1) by a licensed veterinarian a minimum of 14 days and no more than 180 days prior to entering the stable area. Once a horse receives the initial EHV-1 vaccination, revaccination is required every 180 days. Please note that the minimum 14-day vaccine requirement applies only to horses that have not been vaccinated for EHV-1 during the preceding 180 days.


Flat Race

4 furlongs on steeplechase course
Run at a canter/gallop

“Over Fences” Race

4 furlongs on steeplechase course
2 sets of jumps – haybales
Run at a canter/gallop



1:00-4:00 NSA Races
4:30 Pony Races
5:00 Side Saddle Flat Race
5:30 Side Saddle Over Fences
*Schedule subject to change

Please note:

  • All riders and mounts must be at the KHP by 11:30am
  • Local riders must trailer in (local trailer parking will be in track infield)
  • Out of town riders may reserve a stall – space is limited, call ahead for reservations. Annie Hickey, 859-967-9444
    • Stall fee is $25/stall

Information on schedule, parking, stall assignments, ect. will be issued in May.


Pony Races Registration Form

Pony Race Sponsor Form