Before man learned to ride horses, Western films ended with cowboys jogging into the sunset. Saddle up with this GrouponLive deal to see the Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup at Alltech Arena’s Kentucky Horse Park. Choose from the following options:
- For the CRI 3* Open FEI Reining event on Friday, April 27, starting at 6 p.m.:
- For $15, you get two general-admission tickets (up to a $30 value)
For $29, you get four general-admission tickets (up to a $60 value)<p>
- For the World Freestyle Championship event on Saturday, April 28, starting at 5:30 p.m.:
- For $19, you get two general-admission tickets (up to a $50 value)
- For $35, you get four general-admission tickets (up to a $100 value)<p>
Ticket holders will be able to enter Kentucky Horse Park and Alltech Arena starting at 3 p.m. each day. Prior to Saturday’s competition, country-music group Exile will perform a free two-hour concert for ticket holders from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Click here to view an event schedule for both days.
After making its debut in 2011, the Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup gallops back into Alltech Arena for two days of equine competition. Riders from across the globe descend upon Lexington, each vying for $125,000 in total prize money and a taste of the golden salt lick during Friday’s three-star reining contest and Saturday’s freestyle championship. Grammy-winning country-music legend and horse breeder Lyle Lovett is set to compete for the second straight year, and rider Tim McQuay hopes to add another first-place finish to his iconic career.
A judged event designed to showcase the athletic abilities of horses on a larger stage, reining calls for riders and their steeds to perform in a series of patterns, from small, slow circles and 360-degree spins to the elusive galloping moonwalk. In freestyle riding, man-and-beast duos trot in choreographed moves set to music. Meanwhile, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day, more than 175 merchants sell goods, clothing, jewelry and art at the Sponsor Village and Trade Fair.