It has been a while since I wrote about a famous person or place in Kentucky.
The horse park is a working horse farm and an educational theme park opened in 1978 in Lexington, Kentucky. The equestrian facility is a 1,224-acre park dedicated to “man’s relationship with the horse.” Open to the public, the Park has a twice daily Parade of Breeds, showcasing both common and rare horses from across the globe. The horses are ridden in authentic costume. Each year the park is also host to a number of special events and horse shows.
The Kentucky Horse Park has been a retirement home for some of the world’s greatest competition horses. The status of the park as a retirement center was further established with the 1985 arrival of John Henry, Horse of the Decade for the 1980s and the top money-winning thoroughbred gelding in racing history. With the exception of a few months in 1986, John Henry lived at the park until his death in 2007. You can read more about John Henry here: http://horseracing.about.com/library/weekly/aa100997.htm
Horse sculptures in the Kentucky Horse Park include the Man o’ War statue on a pedestal near the entrance. There is also a life-size statue of the 1973 U.S. Triple Crown winner Secretariat with jockey Ron Turcotte aboard being led by groom, Eddie Sweat. The movie, Secretariat, filmed in Kentucky should be out in October starring Diane Lane and John Malkovich.
In September, Kentucky will host the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010.
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