LOUISVILLE, Ky .– The 117th Kentucky State Fair prepares for opening day. Last year the fair was drastically reduced due to COVID-19 concerns. This year it all starts with all trade fair visitor favorites.

What you need to know

  • The Kentucky State Fair runs August 19-29
  • Kathryn Rodosky Taylor will be attending the World’s Championship Show on August 21st.
  • Taylor owns Landon Farm, based in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Masks are compulsory at the Landesmesse, and children under the age of 18 must be supervised by adults from 6 p.m. onwards

Louisville-born Kathryn Rodosky Taylor has known the Kentucky State Fair since childhood. Taylor is the owner of Landon Farm, based in Greensboro, North Carolina. She looks forward to returning home to attend one of the most notable horse shows in the country again.

“That would be like going to the Super Bowl, so you don’t just watch a professional soccer game, you watch the professional soccer game. This is that horse show, ”said Taylor.

The World’s Championship Horse Show is a seven-day competition that brings riders, trainers and horses from all over the country. Including American Saddlebred, Hackney Pony, and Standardbred breeds. Taylor competes with the “horse that America made” – the American Saddlebred.

“We have several horses that ride and several that drive. So when you hear the word “drive” it’s a bit like driving a car, but we hang them on a car, “said Taylor.

Taylor opened Landon Farm with her husband in 2011, where she has over 30 stalls and teaches hundreds of lessons a week. Now she helps young girls to compete with and against the best in the country.

Landon Farm horse stables await American Saddlebreds (Spectrum News 1 / Diamond Palmer)

“The two girls who help us unload, this is their first world championship horse show. You grew up riding for me. Since they have been with us for a long time, they will do a lot of these jobs, ”said Taylor

Taylor says it only takes a riding or driving lesson. for them to watch their students follow in their footsteps means more than they will ever know.

“I have to tell you, I get my adrenaline rush when I watch my students of all ages make their dreams come true with the horses. To be able to set up and tow your horses here and give them a once in a lifetime experience … I am very blessed to be able to do that for you, ”said Taylor.

Taylor enjoys winning, but more importantly, knowing that her team gave it their all.

“You know this is the crème de la crème, this is the epitome of the Saddlebreds. I want us to get out of the ring and say we left everything out there, we did everything we could for the moment, ”said Taylor.

Taylor’s horses will start on August 21st. The Kentucky State Fair has introduced new restrictions for added safety. Masks are required indoors, including the Kentucky Expo Center, but not outdoors. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over the age of 21 after 6:00 p.m.