While dogs are welcome at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, they must be kept on a leash and, with the exception of certified guide or assistance dogs, are not permitted in any of the tented hospitality areas, or in any Grandstand. Dogs are not permitted in the Alltech Arena for any portion of the Kentucky Reining Cup.
The Lexington Humane Society will have a station set up where your dog will be looked after for a donation appropriate to the time your dog is lodged. There will be no special parking concessions for vehicles containing dogs, and distressed dogs will be removed from vehicles, by whatever means necessary, by Animal Control and/or Event Security.
This means dropping her off the day before and picking her up the day after, plus a grooming fee. I really don't want (1) to pay for three days of boarding/grooming ($150+) for one day at KHP, and (2) I'm leaving the dog at the kennel for two weeks starting on April 30.
But thanks for your helpful and cheerful suggestion.
If my memory of the park layout is correct, last year the Humane Society's doggy day care was on the main drag heading towards the Grandstands. The grandstand would be on your right and they were on the left side, kinda between the sponsors ally and the grandstand. On Thurs you can probably get a spot with no problem but I bet on Sat/Sun only the early birds get a spot. You do have to bring proof of vaccinations.
I haven't ever had to use the service, but I think you need to have a copy of the dog's shot records in order to keep them at the LHS station. I'm sure if you already board your dog occasionally, that shouldn't be an issue to provide. I just remember someone saying they brought their dog with the plan to keep it there, but didn't know that was required so had to miss watching Dressage & Stadium as dogs aren't allowed in the Grandstands.
I understand why you don't want to take the dog to the kennel. I am flying in so leaving my pups at home and so thankful to have a wonderful dog walker who comes to my house twice a day (hubby works too many hours to do it)
The only downside I have heard about the onsite kennel at KHP is that it is sort of a mad house with barking dogs going crazy. I am sure they do the best they can but since it is a small space with dogs coming and going it can understandably get a little noisy. My dog would not do well with that for a long period of time, but a portion of one day I am sure it will be okay.
Typically the Humane Society boarding tent is situated right along the main paved walking area between the outdoor shopping tents/food area and the grand stand/lake. You can find them either by listening to all the barking, or seeing all the super cute adoptable dogs in blue "adopt me" vests that they walk around in the area. Good luck!
(I'm considering bringing both of my dogs this year. One is very horse savvy and extraordinarily well-behaved while the other is working very hard on her leash manners and horse exposure. We'll see, it's still up in the air...I mean, for example, what does one do with their dog(s) when they are there by themselves and need to potty?!)
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