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World's Championship Horse Show:
Tickets On Sale June 3, Entry Deadline July 2

Posted May 9, 2002
LOUISVILLE, KY -- The World’s Championship Horse Show (WCHS) returns to Freedom Hall this August 18-24 during the 2002 Kentucky State Fair. Tickets to this premier horse competition go on sale June 3. All competitive entries must be received by the July 2 deadline.

With $1.2 million in premiums, special awards and trophies, the WCHS remains the richest saddlebred show in the world. Featuring over 200 classes during its seven-day run, more than 2,000 of the world’s finest horses will compete in categories including Saddlebreds, Roadsters, Road Ponies, Hackney Ponies, and Saddle Seat Equitation divisions.

All WCHS competitions are judged by a panel of equestrian professionals. This year, Armon Effinger (Chandler, IN), Tom Ferrebee (Westfield Center, OH), E.H. Matthews (Gainesville, FL) and Anne Speck (San Diego, CA) will judge the Saddlebred and Road Horses. Effinger, Ferrebee, Matthews, Speck and Gilbert Marcucci (Monmouth, IA) will judge the Hackney, Harness and Roadster Ponies. Effinger, Matthews and Speck will judge the Saddle Seat Equitation competitions. The World’s 3- and 5-Gaited Champions will be named Saturday evening, August 24.

Rules for entry can be found in the WCHS premium books. By the end of April, the free premium books will be available online from the official KSF Web site,, or mailed upon request by writing to:

Kentucky State Fair Horse Show Office
P.O. Box 37130
Louisville, KY 40233

or by calling the WCHS Office at (502) 367-5300. Entries close July 2, 2002.

WCHS tickets go on sale Monday, June 3. Free morning performances are offered at 9:00 a.m. with paid gate admission to the Kentucky State Fair on Monday, August 19 through Saturday, August 24, except on Thursday, August 22. Public seating will be available in the upper level of Freedom Hall.

August 18-19
6:30 p.m.
$6.00 Advance
$10.00 after August 14

August 20-22
7:00 p.m.
$6.00 Advance
$10.00 after August 14

August 23
7:00 p.m.
$10.00 Advance
$15.00 after August 14

August 24
7:30 p.m.
$10.00 Advance
$15.00 after August 14

Advance session seating (Upper Level seats only) and gate admission must be purchased by midnight Wednesday, August 14, 2002. Tickets will be available at the Freedom Hall Box Office and all TicketMaster outlets. Call (502) 361-3100 or 1-800-487-1212 if calling outside of Louisville. A weeklong reserved seat ticket with one gate admission per session is $115.00. The total order must also include $5.00 for postage. For weekly reserved seats call 1-800-231-8085.

The Kentucky State Fair Gate Admission tickets are also necessary for all performances. For adults, tickets are $5.00 in advance, or $7.00 after August 14. For Children and Seniors, tickets are $2.00 in advance, or $3.00 after August 14. The cost of parking is $3.00.

The 2002 Kentucky State Fair is August 15-25 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. For additional information, visit

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