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THE KENTUCKY HORSE PARK

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

The great racehorse, Man of War, is considered one of the greatest thoroughbred racehorses of all time and is buried at the horse park.  

 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.

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games  represent the largest equine sporting event ever held in the United States. Held at the Kentucky Horse Park from September 25 to October 10, 2010, this will be the first time that the event will be held outside of Europe.
The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010 are comprised of the world championships for eight equestrian sports show jumping, dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting, reining and para-equestrian. The FEI World Equestrian Games are held every four years, two years prior to the Olympic Games, and are governed by the Fdration Equestre Internationale (FEI). The FEI is the international governing body of equestrian sport recognized by the InternationalOlympic Committee. It is the organization which establishes rules and regulations for the conduct of international equestrian events. Today the FEI has over 130 member countries.
We are so proud to host this event.  Our hotels and motels are already booked for miles around Lexington, the event city.  We even have local people that are staying with relatives and renting out their homes for enormous amounts of money to strangers.  This event should help the economy in our state and bring lots of business to restaurants and local merchants as well.
You can find out more about the Horse Park here:  http://www.kyhorsepark.com/index.php
We think this is a lovely facility and we are lucky to have it in our area.
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8 Responses

  1. My office was at the KY Horse Park for 6 years and it was such a delight to pull in there every day. The Horse Park is truly a gorgeous place, I felt very lucky to work out there.

    Love ya Mom!

    Leigh

  2. That sounds like a pretty neat place to visit. Thanks for the info. Also thanks for stopping by my blog. I also wish you lived closer. Thanks for the tip on the paint. I will have to find something to try it on. Keep me posted if you find something really terrific at a garage sale. Ours have been really poopy lately.

  3. Hi Judy, I remember a few years ago when we drove through Kentucky headed home back to TN. I LOVED seeing all of the beautiful horse farms as we drove along the back roads of KY.. What a gorgeous state…

    I’d love to visit that Horse Park… Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

  4. This is such a great place, I did not know about it, so thanks for sharing all the information, enjoyed reading about it. Have a nice weekend.

  5. Looks a fantastic place Judy, loved the photo’s
    Have a grand week-end.
    Yvonne.

  6. Never knew of such a place. Thank you for sharing this information. Also I had no idea there would be a movie about Secretariat and I cannot wait.

  7. What a wonderful place—it’s great to know that the race horses get to retire in such lovely surroundings. I love the green, rolling hills in your area, Judy. A great place for horses…and for people.

  8. wowuld like to know if you have a horse named Henry Porter. He was owned by too frinfs of mind. Never knew what happened to him. there were so many owners.

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