Contest Info

2020 IN-PERSON EVENT CANCELLED - Due to several factors related to COVID-19, the in-person contest has been cancelled. In place of this event, educational opportunities will take place. Thank you for your understanding.

Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center

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937 Phillips Lane
Louisville, KY 40209-1398

  • Contest Payment Form. Due Oct. 1

  • Map of Facilities. Most of the contest events will take place in South Wing B or C. It is best to park in Lot A. Horse judging for both Judging and Hippology will take place in Broadbent Arena, but only Judging contestants will need to check in at Broadbent on Thursday morning.
  • Media Release Form. All contestants must turn in this form to have their photos published (awards or candid shots) via online or print. Contestants under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign. Bring to check-in.

  • Special Needs Form. It is the responsibility of the individual (or parent/guardian, if under 18) to notify the EN4-HHR of requests by October 4 and update the form as abilities and needs change. See Contest Chair Contacts for questions.

  • Silent Auction Form. Help keep event costs down by bringing special items with you! Horse items are great but also think of other items that sell well! Make a gift basket or ask your favorite store t
    o contribute items. We thank you in advance for your contributions!

  • State Silent Auction Gift Basket Challenge - join your state team members in making a State Basket that represents the best of your state! There will be a special plaque/award presented to the delegation whose basket goes for the highest bid!
  • Good Luck Ads in Breakfast Program. See the form for ad and sponsorship information!  Give a shout-out to your favorite competitor and surprise them with an ad in our Breakfast program!  Due Oct. 18

General Schedule
All events take place at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center unless otherwise stated. Please check with your contest superintendents for changes in rooms and schedule. Roundup Office - South Wing B 107-108.

6:00 p.m. Registration for all Contestants (bring Silent Auction items, cash or check payable to NAILE for coach and guest breakfast tickets @ $20 each (ages 6 and under FREE),  money for t-shirt sales, & must have signed media waivers turned in to pick up registration packets)
South Wing B 101-102
6:30 p.m. Coaches' Meeting 
Designated Contest Rooms
7:45 a.m. Check in Broadbent Arena
8:30 a.m. Contest begins Broadbent Arena
1:00 p.m. Oral Reasons South Wing C 106, 107, 110, 111
5:00 p.m. (approx) Review of classes-immediately following reasons South Wing C 109
7:45 a.m. Check in South Wing B 103
8:15 a.m. Contest begins South Wing B 103, 106, 110
7:30 a.m. Check in/Holding Room South Wing C 105 & 108
8:00 a.m. Contest begins South Wing B 105 & C 112
8:30 a.m. Public Speaking South Wing C 102-103
8:00 a.m. Individual Presentation South Wing C 104
8:00 a.m. Team Presentation South Wing C 101
12:00 noon South Wing B Hallway In front of South Wing B 107-108


8:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m.    
Awards Breakfast - ticket required for entry
Silent Auction Closes
South Wing B 101 - 104

Hotel Rooms

When searching for hotels in the Louisville area, make sure to look near the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center or the Louisville International Airport. The fairgrounds is situated less than a mile north of the airport on Phillips Lane (several hotels on this street). Crittenden Drive and Preston Highway are also in close proximity and have a few hotels.

The North American International Livestock Expo
NAILE is much more than an ordinary showcase of livestock. Throughout the show, visitors will enjoy the Giant Country Store with its nearly 150 commercial vendors selling everything from fine jewelry and food to western clothing and farm supplies. Global industry standards are annually established during the show as breeders merchandise bloodlines and genetics to local and international interests. Altogether, more than 140 shows, sales, breed meetings, entertainment events, and judging contests are held during the 14-day event.

The Giant Country Store is located in the North Wing.

Livestock events that will take place during our contest are the Quarter Horse, dairy cattle, dairy goat, llama and alpaca shows.

Badges, Admission, and Parking Fees
All contestants and 1 coach per event per state will receive a badge that will allow you to enter the expo grounds at no cost.  Anyone else in your vehicle will need to pay an $8 admission fee. Season/Parking passes are available for sale, but we have found that will not necessarily save non-badge holders money. Vehicle parking passes are $8 per day. Guests (anyone other than a contestant and the 1 coach) must pay an $8 admission per day.  We suggest that once you enter the grounds, give the badges to those that need to come and go during the day, or just plan to stay on the grounds. There are several places where meals can be purchased within the expo.

Awards Breakfast Tickets
All Contestants will receive a breakfast ticket at no charge. Coaches and guests may purchase tickets at registration, 6pm, or or at the Silent Auction table with cash or check payable to NAILE. Tickets may also be pre-purchased with entry registrations, due postmarked September 15. Tickets are $20 per person.

Places to Eat/Things to Do
The best website to find this type of information is If you want to stay close, we recommend a visit to Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum (located on Central Ave.). A great place to eat is the Cardinal Hall of Fame Cafe located on Crittenden Drive.

See Contest Contacts if you have questions.

Thank you to all of our sponsors. To see a full list, click here.

Sponsors and partners of the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup Contest and have provided funding, goods, or services in support of 4-H.

Acceptance of these sponsorships/donations does not imply endorsement by 4-H of any firm, product, or service.