The facilities of the World Equestrian Center, which is privately owned and professionally operated, have been designed to offer the ultimate equestrian event experience for both horse and rider. Driven by a passion for horses and a commitment to supporting equestrian sports in the United States, the World Equestrian Center aims to return horse showing to its former grandeur. And at the same time incorporate an element of fun reminiscent of horse shows of the past.
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World Equestrian Center currently produces 28 USEF rated Hunter / Jumper horse shows each year. The majority of our horse shows are held in climate controlled indoor areas. The Summer Series horse shows are staged in the outdoor rings.
Our prize lists feature a full slate of Hunter and Jumper divisions for juniors, amateurs and professionals. The majority of our horse shows feature classes for horses jumping 2’ including divisions like Future Hunter and USHJA 2’ Hunter. The facility can host the more advanced classes for High Performance and Grand Prix. In the High Performance classes horses are asked to jump a maximum of 4’ while in at the Grand Prix level the fence heights can exceed 1.45m.
Weekly Jumper highlights at the World Equestrian Center horse shows include a $7,500 Futures Prix, for horses and riders that aspire to the Grand Prix ranks. There is a $5,000 Welcome Stake on Thursday evenings. Then on Saturday evenings the $25,000 Grand Prix is center stage. The classes, which are free and open to the public, provide excellent opportunities for spectators.
Hunter highlights at the World Equestrian Center include a weekly $2,500 USHJA National 3’ Hunter Derby. In addition there is a new Thoroughbred Hunter /USEF and Take2 Rated 3’ division with year-end awards. Each horse show includes a full slate of pony divisions. In addition the Roberts Arena is virtually dedicated to pony classes on the weekends.
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In 2017, the World Equestrian Center joined forces with Kentucky Horse Shows LLC. The unprecedented collaboration created an 11-part USHJA National Hunter Derby Series. The goal was to create a National Hunter Derby Series. This event features amateurs, juniors and professional riders who are eligible to compete and generate a broad base of support and interest.
The Series also included 10 USHJA National Hunter Derby events held at the Kentucky Horse Park and the World Equestrian Center. A $30,000 Series Finale was showcased at the World Equestrian Center Invitational.
In addition to the Hunter Derby Series, the World Equestrian Center and Kentucky Horse Shows LLC offered $30,000 in Leading Rider Awards. The 2017 awards included a $20,000 cash prize to the professional rider accumulating the most points in the 11 classes. The series-leading amateur and junior riders accumulating the most points each received a $5,000 cash prize. The awards were presented at the conclusion of the finale event during the World Equestrian Center Invitational.
Several top Quarter Horse shows call the World Equestrian Center home. In March, the facility hosts the Southern Ohio Quarter Horse Association Madness Horse Show followed by The Buckeye Classic. It’s time for The Little Buckeye in July. Then, in September each year, it’s The Tough Enough to Wear Pink Horse Show. The World Equestrian Center hosted the USHJA Emerging Athletes training program in 2017. Also in 2017 the facility welcomed the Dressage Master Class clinic with two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Charlotte Dujardin. New to the schedule in 2018 will be the American Quarter Horse Association Level 1 Championships in May.
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Family-friendly after hours social and sporting events have become a hallmark of the World Equestrian Center. Once the horses are in their stalls, rings transform into beach soccer, volleyball or dodge ball courts. Popular movies headline Drive-In Movie nights where families can park golf carts full of kids and dogs to watch movies and enjoy fresh popcorn and snacks. Equestrians try their hands at various un-mounted competitions including dog races, wheelbarrow races and ‘ride and drive’ golf cart obstacle courses. The after hours activities at the World Equestrian Center change each week. However the theme remains the same and that is to have fun.
If you are searching for a horse show venue, consider the World Equestrian Center as the perfect location. Determine the timeline of the horse show and and venue that suits you best. Take a few moments to complete the Host an Event form and send it to us. Someone from our staff will contact you to answer any questions and schedule your horse show.