Bluegrass Classic

Thursday, September 2, through Monday, September 6, 2021

An Event For Every Dog.

2020 Bluegrass Cluster

After weeks of discussion and reviewing guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, State of Kentucky. the Lexington Health Department, and being mindful of financial obligations, the Lexington Kennel Club, Mid-Kentucky Kennel Club and Northern Kentucky Kennel club have sadly decided to cancel the Bluegrass Classic Dog shows which were to be held August 26 – 30, 2020 at the Kentucky Horse Park.

We did not come to this decision easily.  We are nearing contractual deadlines with our venue and hotel plus we felt that, with the number of national specialties, supported and concurrent entries, we should make the decision now in order to give those clubs the opportunity to secure another show who could accommodate their events.

While looking at the possibility of a show, we had to factor in that we are heavily dependent on volunteers – some of whom have elderly parents or live with compromised family members and were uncomfortable being in a crowded, indoor situation for the duration of the show.  In keeping with current state guidelines, we would have to require the 6 foot social distancing guidelines which would limit the number of dogs in a ring and lengthen the hours of the judging day.  We would need additional volunteers or have to hire additional security to enforce the mask requirements.  In the end, we felt cancellation was the best way to safeguard our judges, exhibitors, stewards and volunteers.

Once we have the information, we will be posting the procedure for requesting a refund from the Kentucky Horse Park Campground.

No one knows what the future will bring, but based on the current information from our government and public health authorities, it was necessary to take this step. We ask for your understanding of this decision, made in the uncertain world of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We look forward to seeing everyone in 2021 when our shows will revert back to our usual Labor Day Weekend to run Thursday, Sept 2nd through Monday, Sept 6th

Janet Rivers
Chair, Bluegrass Classic Dog Show


Parking/Admission Fees:

Parking fee for the Kentucky Horse Park – All Dog Show exhibitors pay only ONE entry fee. Tell the Horse Park Main Gate employee that you are with the Dog Show and you will be waved through to the Bluegrass Classic/Alltech Arena entrance. Your KHP Parking fee has been paid by the Bluegrass Classic.

Admission to Alltech Arena – Bluegrass Classic Dog Shows will charge $8. per day for admission to all dog events. You may purchase a $40. multi day pass for all 5 days on Wednesday at Alltech Arena from 2pm to 8pm. If you have correct change your waiting time will be reduced. Please display your Bluegrass Classic Pass in your vehicle at all times.