The 78th Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show, showcasing the top echelon in the Saddlebred ranks, is set to begin its six-day run on Monday at The Red Mile.
Created in 1937 to help fund the Junior League's community works project, the horse show has grown to be the world's largest outdoor American Saddlebred show and the first leg of the Saddlebred "Triple Crown". Today, the show attracts approximately 1,000 world recognized competitors from the United States and Canada.
Running through Saturday, the show begins with a session on Monday starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday will feature morning sessions beginning at 9 a.m. as well as evening sessions with the show closing out with an evening session on July 12.
Evening shows begin at 6:30 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday, when they begin at 5:30 p.m.
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Morning sessions are free to the public. General admission tickets may be purchased at the door for $5 Monday through Thursday, and $10 Friday and Saturday. Children under six are admitted free. Proceeds benefit local and regional charitable organizations sponsored by the Junior League of Lexington.
The highlight of the Junior League show is the crowning of the Five-Gaited Grand Championship Saturday night, an honor that has been won at the past two seasons by Melissa Moore and It's Double O'Deuce, who went on to become the 2013 Reserve National Grand Champion.
Saturday morning will also feature the event's first ever dog show beginning at 10 a.m.