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The 4th annual Hermitage Classic brings highly trained horses to Goshen

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The fourth annual Hermitage Classic, September 13-15, in Goshen, KY showcases combined driving competitions and social events on the grounds of historic Hermitage Farm.

The USEF-sanctioned Combined Driving Event benefits Oldham Ahead, an organization to enhance Oldham County's natural and cultural resources.

Combined Driving, a three-phase test of athletic endurance, mental stamina, and precision for both the horse and driver, has an extra challenge generated by the addition of a vehicle.

Horses and ponies, without benefit of rider, must exhibit the highest level of training and willingness to perform.

Contestants can communicate with the horse only through voice, reins, and the touch of a whip.

Dressage Competition

Friday, Sept. 13 beginning at 9 a.m.

The dressage test consists of a sequence of judged movements like compulsory figure skating.

Marathon Competition

Saturday, Sept. 14 beginning at 10 a.m.

Horses and ponies tackle challenging obstacles at high speed.

Saturday activities include a KidsZone with petting zoo & pony-pulled carriage rides & food vendors.

Cones Competition

Sunday, Sept. 15 beginning at 10 a.m.

The cones competition tests the fitness and agility of the horse and the accuracy and skill of the driver as the team travels through an obstacle of cones.

Sunday activities include a special Louisville Concours d'Elegance preview, local merchants & food vendors.

There is FREE general admission for weekend competition and it's open to the public.

Weekend activities include the Saturday's Classic Kids Zone, featuring pony-pulled carriage rides and petting zoo; and the Classic Vendor Village, showcasing local merchants, artists, and food trucks.

Hermitage Farm, owned by Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, is a 700-acre horse farm in Goshen, KY.

Hermitage houses a Thoroughbred operation and a world-class Sport Horse training facility.


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