NEW YORK CITY (Thursday, July 24, 2014) – Equine enthusiasts of all levels – but especially those with little experience – are invited to enjoy free horseback rides at the Kentucky Horse Park’s “Hats Off to Kentucky” event this Saturday, from 4-8 p.m. The rides come courtesy of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), The Jockey Club and Keeneland as part of Time To Ride, an initiative of the American Horse Council’s marketing alliance.

Eight experienced and docile horses will be available to teach adults and children over 12 the joys of riding and horsemanship.

“NTRA, The Jockey Club and Keeneland have been developing this program for two years and are excited to produce one in our hometown,” said Bryan Pettigrew, Senior Vice President of NTRA. “Time To Ride is designed to connect American families to horse opportunities in their local area, while encouraging participation, ownership and support of the horse industry.”

Time to Ride is in the midst of a nationwide effort known as the 100-Day Horse Challenge, offering 100,000 free or affordable horse experiences in 100 days. More information can be found at