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World’s Championship Horse Show Attracts Top Saddlebred Horses and Riders to Freedom Hall for Prestigious Competition

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2,000 horses, 8 days and more than $1 million in awards

The 119th World’s Championship Horse Show (WCHS) gallops into Freedom Hall Aug. 20-27, full of the glitz and glamor that makes it the most prestigious Saddlebred show in the world. Tickets go on sale June 20 at 10 a.m. The event is held in conjunction with the Kentucky State Fair.

Recognized as the premier championship in the Saddlebred industry, WCHS features 2,000 horses competing for the title of Grand Champion and more than $1 million in awards. Saddlebreds, hackney ponies and standard bred horses compete on green shavings bringing the best of the best to Freedom Hall for 8 days.

Eight divisions are present at this year's show including five and three-gaited, fine harness, Saddlebred pleasure, equitation, hackney/harness ponies, roadster ponies/horses, and in-hand.

Show days, hours and ticket prices vary by day:


Show Date                        Time                        Price   

Aug. 20                                  7 p.m.                          $8

Aug. 21                                   12 p.m.                        Free, upper-level seating only

Aug. 21-25                              6:30 p.m.                    $8

Aug. 22-24, 26-27                 9 a.m.                           Free, upper-level seating only

Aug. 26                                    6:30 p.m.                     $11

Aug. 27                                   7 p.m.                            $11

Gate admission to the Kentucky State Fair is required for all performances and not included in individual performance ticket purchases. Tickets to performances are available at the Kentucky Exposition Center Ticket Office or online at

All week reserved seats (upper-level rows C through row L), are available for $184. This price includes fair admission for all 16 shows which are comprised of two practice days, six free morning shows and 8 paid evening shows. Please call 502-367-5144 to order.

For more information and a schedule of competitive events, visit

The 2022 Kentucky State Fair is Aug. 18-28 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. For more information,

visit or find the Fair on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or its blog.