Skip to content

Nebraska Charity Returns to Hale Arena as the KC Summer Kick-Off Horse Show

The show formerly known as the Nebraska Charity Horse Show returns to Hale Area at the American Royal complex in Kansas City, Mo., June 1-3, with a new name; KC Summer Kick-Off Horse Show. 

“We are pleased to welcome our exhibitors to the KC Summer Kick-Off Horse Show at Hale Arena in Kansas City for the first show of the season in Kansas City. For those who have attended the Nebraska Charity Horse Show in the past, this is the same fun show. The Nebraska Charity Horse moved to Hale Arena in 2019 and now has a new name to reflect the home of this horse show”, said Show Chairperson Lisa Hillmer.

The KC Summer Kick-Off features a full slate of classes for Saddlebreds, Morgans, Hackneys, road horses and equitation riders. Clark Clouse, of Woodford, Ky., will be the show judge and Annalisa Hall, of Kansas City, Mo., will be the academy judge.

The KC Summer Kick-Off continues the tradition of benefiting a non-profit charity and has selected Rural Minds as the 2023 beneficiary. Rural Minds is a national 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization established in 2021 to address the stigma, silence and suffering caused by mental illness and substance use disorder in rural America where over 60 million people live. 

The mission of Rural Minds is to serve as the informed voice for mental health in rural America, and to provide information and resources for people living on farms and ranches, in small towns, in mining and fishing villages and Indigenous communities who are disproportionately impacted by mental illness and suicide. 
People living in rural areas have a 65 percent higher chance of dying by suicide than urban dwellers. Additional information can be found at

There will be plenty of hospitality and fun throughout the KC Summer Kick-Off.

Each morning begins with coffee and donuts. Thursday night’s Mexican Fiesta Night will feature a margarita machine and a live auction. Thursday and Friday will also be “DJ Nights” and exhibitors can request their favorite song be played during the class of their choice. 

The Walk and Trot Horsemanship Challenge will also be part of the schedule and there will be a trainer drawing for cash during each session. The Walk, Trot, Canter Horsemanship Challenge will be one of Friday evening’s many class highlights.

Friday night has been designated as Zarda BBQ Night (a Kansas City favorite) accompanied by a beverage selection including wine and beer. The return of the “So You Think You Can Ride” mechanical bull riding contest will be sure to entertain and includes the opportunity to nominate riders to win prize money and belt buckles in each challenge category. The fee is $100 per nomination.  

Saturday night hospitality will include the End-of-Show Pizza Party

Several sponsorship opportunities remain available with the KC Summer Kick-Off Horse Show including hospitality and class sponsorships. Call or text Lisa Hillmer, 816-352-8825 for more sponsorship information. 
The KC Summer Kick-Off Horse Show prize list, entry form, full class schedule and other information can be found on the KC Summer Kick-off website, Follow on Facebook and Instagram for up-to-date news and information about the show.

Hale Arena, the home of the world-famous UPHA/American Royal National Championship, is a fully enclosed, climate-controlled facility located in Kansas City, Mo., with convenient access to the interstate, hotels, great restaurants and shopping. 

The KC Summer Kick-Off is a Monarch, Iowa and Missouri Associations affiliated show. 

More Stories