Contest Info



Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center
937 Phillips Lane
Louisville, KY 40209-1398

  • Opportunity for Friday, November 4th - The Kentucky Derby Museum is partnering with the Eastern National 4H Roundup to offer tours of Churchill Downs for the afternoon of Friday, November 4th . 4H leaders may register their group by going to the following link:

  • 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 Saturday morning.

  • Emergency Information for Participants at ENRU. Please print the form and bring it with you to the competition for your own reference.

  • 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 to donate!

  • Parking and Admission. $8 per person/day admission fee plus $10 per vehicle. All individuals in the vehicle must have a badge to enter at no charge, and the badge also covers the parking fee.

  • T-shirt and Sweatshirt Event Apparel. Pre-Order t-shirts and sweatshirts - avoid standing in long lines at the event! Pick up at the booth upon your arrival. Order online no later than October 18.

  • 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! Individuals and businesses are also encouraged to donate items. The purpose of the silent auction is to serve as a fund raiser for this National event and keep costs down for participants and States.

    • 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. 1

    • Advertise in the Program and at the event. Without advertisements and sponsorships we could not have this event! This is a great way to get your company exposed to a National equine audience! See specs and reach in the form. Due Oct. 1

    • Sponsorships - Many opportunities to support the youth of tomorrow's equine industry. New this year - Awards will be live streamed for certain Sponsorship levels!

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.

Opportunity for Friday, November 4th

The Kentucky Derby Museum is partnering with the Eastern National 4H Roundup to offer tours of Churchill Downs for the afternoon of Friday, November 4th . 4H leaders may register their group by going to the following link:

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 - Sunday

All are invited to participate in the Awards program Sunday morning. A continental breakfast will be available in the main room for all participants. No tickets will be necessary.

Pictures of award winners will be taken during and after the awards program.

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.