COVID-19 Plan

The Kentucky State Fair COVID-19 Plan, which includes guidance for the World's Championship Horse Show, was approved through the Governor's Healthy At Work initiative on June 9th. We are committed to adapting our plan based on best practices and maintaining consistency with the Healthy At Work Horse Show Guidelines at the World's Championship Horse Show. Please view the information below for specific details related to the World's Championship Horse Show.


Adhere to guidance from the Saddlebred associations and the Governor’s Office.

Continue to livestream the shows online in a pay-per-view format.

Freedom Hall will be closed each night to thoroughly clean and disinfect.

Judges will be required to wear masks.

Large class sizes will potentially be limited to enhance social distancing practices.

No spectators will be allowed into Freedom Hall. Trainers and media will be allowed in the upper concourse of Freedom Hall. – Freedom Hall typically has a capacity of 14,555 for the World’s Championship Horse Show. Capacities for 2020 will be approximately 310 individuals compromised of 300 trainers and up to 10 members of the media, a 98% reduction in capacity.

Number of people along the show ring will be limited and required to wear masks.

Number of trainers in the areas around Freedom Hall, including the make-up ring and gate area, will be reduced.

Only riders/drivers, trainers and groomers will be allowed in the gate area.

Showtimes will be spaced out to clear up congestion in the make-up ring areas.

World's Championship Horse Show

Includes North Wing, Barn Areas, East Hall Make-up Ring and South Wing A

A relocated riding arena will be set up in East Hall A and B.

All common areas in the Horse Show Office and Stall Office will be wiped down routinely, multiple times throughout the day. In addition, cleaning supplies will be placed in the office for staff use.

Adhere to guidance from Saddlebred associations.

Air walls will be opened from the North Wing to South Wing A.

Barriers will be installed at the counter of the Horse Show Office.

Breed and exhibitor meetings will be limited to one representative per farm and held in a space large enough to maintain social distancing practices.

Barns and stalls will be limited to two people per stall. Stalls will not be used for living quarters. Social engagements in the barns and stalls will be prohibited.

Check-in times will be spaced to prevent congestion.

Farriers and Veterinarians will be allowed in the show rings and barn areas.

Online entries and class changes will be offered throughout the duration of the event to reduce Horse Show Office visits.

Only one office staff member will be dedicated to taking credit cards.

Only riders/drivers, trainers and groomers will be allowed in the make-up area.

Queue lines will be set up with markers to give a visual representation of social distance requirements.

Saddlebred Café and vendors will be removed the from the North Wing.

Staff will be required to wear a face mask. Staff that accept physical payment will wear gloves and disinfect the credit card machine after each use.

The North Wing will be reconfigured for stalls only.