Our 12th annual Bluegrass International Cup planning has already started! See below for information from the last Evening in the Gardens and Bluegrass International Cup.

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 2017 Event Information

6th Annual Evening In the Gardens

Thursday, September 7, 2017
Man O’ War’s Barn at Mt. Brilliant Farm

Join us for dinner and a live auction.

This event is sold out.


11th Annual Bluegrass International Cup

Friday, September 8, 2017
Historic Mt. Brilliant Farm in Lexington, KY

5:00 pm – Tent Opens
6:00 pm – Match Starts


Ticket sales are closed. Tickets may be purchased at the gate.

Both events will be held rain or shine. Attire is cocktail casual. Individual tickets include an open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres catered by the Apiary. Tickets do not include a seat at a table, however open lounge seating is available.


An Evening in the Gardens & Bluegrass International Cup are annual events benefiting Fayette Alliance Foundation and the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation. More than 600 people attend these benefits to support our world-class city, farms, and healthcare in Lexington, KY.

Since 2007, the Bluegrass International Cup has been affiliated with the four-week annual “Polo in the Park” polo tournament. Guests of the Bluegrass International Cup watch high-goal, exciting polo, while also enjoying exquisite food and live music following the match.

Beginning in 2012, An Evening in the Gardens is held the night before the Bluegrass International Cup. 150 guests enjoy gourmet food and signature cocktails in an unparalleled and elegant setting, for the first 3 years the event was held in the private gardens at historic Mt. Brilliant Farm. Due to its incredible success, Evening in the Gardens has also become an annual tradition leading- up to the polo festivities.

If you have questions about sponsorships for Bluegrass International Cup or An Evening in the Gardens, please contact Paige Halpin Smith at or call (859) 281-1202 for more information.


We are a coalition of citizens dedicated to achieving sustainable growth in Lexington-Fayette County through land use advocacy, education, and promotion.

Through our efforts at government and beyond, we believe that Lexington will be the model for sustainable growth by balancing and connecting our vibrant city, with our productive and beautiful Bluegrass farmland.

Since 2006, we have worked with City Hall to usher over 108 major land-use policies into law that further sustainable growth. By achieving our mission, we positively impact planning and zoning laws—which are the building blocks of a better quality of life, economy, and environment for all of us.


The mission of the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation is to reduce cancer mortality in Kentucky and beyond by supporting innovative cancer research and treatments, education, community engagement, state-of-the-art facilities, and compassionate patient care at the Markey Cancer Center.

As a National Cancer Institute Designated Center, Markey is placed in the top 5% of the 1,200 cancer centers in the US.  This designation is indicative of our ability to offer science-driven, world-class care in an atmosphere of compassion and hope.  With our ever-increasing number of clinical trials, patients receive novel, life-saving treatment they cannot obtain anywhere else in Kentucky.

Over the past 35 years, the Markey Cancer Foundation has raised more than $75 million for facilities, research, treatment, education and patient support.

A special thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible!

BGIC Title Sponsor
BGIC Match Sponsor


EIG Title Sponsor

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EIG Presenting Sponsors



Wilmington Trust Logo

BGIC VIP Tent Sponsor

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BGIC Team Sponsor

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BGIC Chukker Sponsors

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BGIC Presenting Sponsors






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BGIC Divot Stomp Sponsors


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In-Kind Sponsors




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