The Kentucky Horse Park (KHP) is more than a working horse farm – it is a theme park with an educational twist showcasing “man’s relationship with the horse.” Many horse events and competitions are hosted each year in the Kentucky Horse Park.
The KHP in Lexington, KY is rapidly becoming the primary horse venue for the U.S. It has recently become the new home of the “National Horse Show” (originally in Madison Square Garden). Just to name a few prestigious horse events, this Lexington landmark hosts a long list of events including World Equestrian Games and the Rolex.
It opened its doors in 1978. Located in Lexington in the Bluegrass State of Kentucky, the KHP celebrates all horse breeds. The Horse Park has become an agency of Kentucky’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. In this role, the Park annually draws upwards of a million guests and campers, many thousands of show horses, riders and spectators at shows and special events that numbers well over a hundred each year. The Kentucky Horse Park is also the primary location of the National Horse Center numbering over 30 national and regional horse organizations.
As visitors enter the modern, state-of-the art horse grounds, they are greeted by Man O’War’s Memorial, symbolizing the wonder, magnificence, valor, strength and beauty of every horse.
The price of admission to the Horse Park gives access to the International Museum of the Horse and the American Saddlebred Museum. Also included with basic admission are the introductory film “The Rein of Nobility,” a horse-drawn tour, and many horse exhibits and presentations [including the crowd favorite Parade of Breeds]. There are also shows that may require a moderate additional fee.
The Kentucky Horse Park is a retirement home for world-famous horses including Standardbreds, Saddlebreds and Thoroughbreds. Great horses such as Alysheba, John Henry, Forego and Bold Forbes and others have lived out their lives in the beautiful park.
Guests at the KHP are permitted to stroll the grounds, take opportunities to photograph and touch the horses and visit with the riders and handlers. They can view a working blacksmith create horse shoes and then actually fasten them to the hooves. Teams of Suffolks, Percherons, Belgians, Clydesdales or Shires are hitched to the tour trolleys while lighter breeds such as Friesians or Haflingers draw the carriages. Everyone may view any aspect of horse care including the grooming and harnessing.
There are many attractions for visitors in the Kentucky Horse Park but horseback riding and pony rides are among the most popular. Trail rides are available to take riders around the periphery and throughout the Park.
Most definitely, the Kentucky Horse Park is THE theme park for horse lovers of all ages and “The place to get close to horses.”
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Jumper over fence LEXINGTON, KY – APRIL 29: Clayton Fredericks of Australia and haling from Little Chevreu, Great Britain atop Ben Along Time competes in the Stadium Jumping Phase as he won the 2007 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park on April 29, 2007 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)