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.