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North American Quarter Horse Show Gets Expo Off To Early Start

The official start of the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) is not until Nov. 5, but there is plenty of equine action in Broadbent Arena Nov. 1-9 when the North American Quarter Horse Show returns to Louisville. The triple-judged, triple-point Quarter Horse Show features more than 200 classes of events over its nine-day run. The show is sanctioned by the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) and the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA).

Consistently ranked as a top five show by AQHA, the North American Quarter Horse Show attracts upwards of 1,000 entries, with $75,000 of prize money at stake. Team penning, the newest class of competition, requires teams of three horses and riders using athleticism and horsemanship to separate and herd cows into a penning area in under 60 seconds. Other competition classes include cutting, reining, halter, Western pleasure, tie-down roping, pole bending and barrel racing.

The Quarter Horse Show is free and open to the public. NAILE admission is required Nov. 5–9: $3 for children (ages 2-13), $3 for seniors (55 and older), and $6 for adults. Parking at the Kentucky Exposition Center is $8 daily.

For more information, including a schedule of events, visit www.livestockexpo.org.

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