EQUITANA is coming to America in 2020! Specifically, to the Kentucky Horse Park September 25th – 27th! EQUITANA USA is inspired by the event that happens in Europe, EQUITANA Germany. Just like at the German event, there will be educational equestrian events and a large shopping area. Unlike Germany that has a nine-day event, EQUITANA USA will be a three-day event. Although it may be shorter, the schedule will be jam-packed with fun things to see and do. Late September is optimal to have the nice fall Kentucky background and to avoid the summer heat.

Three large equine associations have already decided to collaborate with EQUITANA USA. These associations include the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), the United States Pony Clubs (USPC), and the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP). Bill Moroney, USEF Chief Executive Officer, stated: “We are pleased to welcome EQUITANA USA to the United States, as well as to the Kentucky Horse Park, for the first time!”

“Horses Only” sign at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

I think most horse people would agree that we could use some of the same enthusiasm that Europeans have for the horse sport. If you’ve witnessed European equestrian culture, you know what we are talking about: stands brimming with spectators in all disciplines. Let’s not even get started on the shopping there! Bill Moroney couldn’t have said it better when he said,

“This partnership will allow USEF to fulfill our mission of bringing the joy of horse sport to as many people as possible. While celebrating horses of all different breeds and disciplines. We encourage and invite fans of all different horse backgrounds to join us in experiencing this exciting new event.”

Of course, this event couldn’t be hosted in Kentucky without involving racehorses in one way or another! For that, EQUITANA USA is collaborating with the Retired Racehorse Project, which gives off the track thoroughbreds (OTTB) a life after racing by retraining them for a second career and a rehoming them in a forever-homes that keep them out of the slaughterhouse. The collaboration between EQUITANA USA and Retired Racehorse Project will not only increase the awareness of the event, but it will bring many new eyes to The Project and what it stands for.