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Thu, Jun 13


Shelby Trails Art Design Contest

Turn This Horse Jump In to a Work of Art!All Artists Welcome! All Designs Welcome! You may work as an individual, or a group! No Entry Fee! Site Visit – June 19th Deadline to Enter – July 19th.

Shelby Trails Art Design Contest
Shelby Trails Art Design Contest

Time & Location

Jun 13, 2024, 7:00 PM – Jul 19, 2024, 7:21 PM

About the event


Shelby Trails Horse Park recently opened an equestrian cross country course.  The course provides three heights of jumps for three different skill levels of riders:  Starter, Beginner Novice, and Novice  (to use horse people terms.)

The course offers a fun schooling experience with a variety of natural jumps, creek crossings and obstacles.  The Beginner Novice and Novice levels have unique colorful obstacles such as caterpillars, carrots and covered bridges.  However, the “Starters” now only have 12 telephone poles to jump.    Our goal is to change that and have one of the most colorful “Starter” courses east of the Mississippi.

Meet the Jumps

Want to see the jumps?  We will host a “Meet the Jumps” tour and answer questions on Wednesday, June 19th at 6:30 at Shelby Trails, 5063 Aiken Rd, Simpsonville, KY 40067.  Of course you are also welcome to visit Shelby Trails on your own any day between dawn and dusk.    You will see the beginning of the cross country course to the left as you drive in.  Please park in the parking lot, be careful and watch for riders, and walk up to the cross country course.

About the Art

Your jump art should be distinctive and meet the following criteria:

  • In keeping with the theme:  Things That Represent Shelby County
  • Be Primarily Designed Using Paint.   Any additions to the jumps themselves can only be at the ends, and no larger than two foot by two foot.
  • In good taste and suitable for viewing by all age
  • Free of any logos or symbols protected by copyright laws

Awards, Responsibilities and Timetable

Selection of winning concepts will be made no later than August 2, 2024.

“Decorate the Jumps  Weekend”  will be  August 23-25, 2024.  (We have to wait until the black flies are gone, and we have to close the course to equestrians while you are painting.) .   Artists will be provided a stipend of $50 per jump.   The following colors of paint will be provided:  (primary colors)  All other decorations  are the artist’s responsibility.

How to Submit Your Jump Proposal (s)

Yes, you can submit more than one.

Artists interested in creating a work of public art out of a telephone pole must submit the following by 4:00pm, Friday, July 19 to: Art Project, Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks Department, 717 Burks Branch Rd, Shelbyville, KY  40065 or email to: Paula

Submissions must include the following information:

Name(s) ______________________________________________________________________________

Address ______________________________________________________________________________

City _______________________________________ State _________________ Zip ________________

Phone # ________________________________ Alternate phone ________________________________

Email __________________________________

  • A detailed, full-color sketch of your proposed jump no smaller than 8.5” by 11” and no larger than a poster board.     No personal identifying information should appear on the sketch.
  • Note any pictures which are emailed should be in jpeg format.


Email questions to:  Paula

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