Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm and an educational theme park opened in 1978 in Lexington, Kentucky. The park is over 1200 acres and is dedicated to “man’s relationship with the horse”. Open to the public, the park has a twice daily Horses of the World Show, showcasing both common and rare horses from around the globe. The horses are ridden in authentic costume. Each year the park is host to a number of special events and horse shows.
Attractions at the Kentucky Horse Park
The park has the following attractions:
- International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian Affiliate, which has a permanent collection of horse history and memorabilia, along with a rotating historical collection focused on a particular theme. The IMH is dedicated to exploring the important history of all horses and their impact on human civilization. Through its ever-growing library and archives, it also serves as a resource for scholars and researchers throughout the world.
- America Saddlebred Museum is known as “The Horse America Made,” the American Saddlebred has played an important role in our nation’s history. That history, along with award-winning movies and unique, interactive exhibits, are a must see during your visit to the park.
- Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries is designed with younger visitors in mind, this 8,000 square foot gallery is home to a state-of-the-art multimedia, interactive experience showcasing the Arabian breed from its desert beginnings through its emergence across Europe and the journey through America.
- Wheeler Museum is home to an ever-growing collection of equestrian memorabilia including trophies, ribbons, books and equipment from all aspects of the hunter/jumper industry as well as a collection of artifacts from the Show Jumping Hall of Fame
- Park memorials and sculptures include statues of Man o’War, Secretariat with jockey Ron Turcotte, Bret Hanover and more. The Kentucky Horse Park is the final resting place for numerous high-born, noble steeds of legendary accomplishment including Man o’War, Brushup, War Hazard, War Kilt, War Relic, and War Admiral.
- National Horse Center which is headquarters for more than 30 national, regional and state equine organizations and associations.
- Rolex Stadium which is the primary outdoor event in the complex which accommodates over 30,000, and is primarily used for larger outdoor horse shows, concerts, and other sporting events.
- Alltech Arena is an indoor arena that seats up to 8,500. Alltech Arena can also be used for indoor football, ice hockey, basketball, circuses, boxing, wrestling, concerts, and other special events. The arena contains nine luxury suites, 222 VIP box seats and a 4,000-square-foot club lounge seating up to 80 patrons.
- Hall of Champions showcases the Thoroughbred legends and features the Parade of Breeds Show daily at 11am and 2pm. During the summer season, breed representatives perform in colorful attire that evokes the culture, time period, and customs of their native land. During the spring and fall seasons, the demonstration is likely to be more casual in nature.
- The Big Barn is utilized to house our beautiful draft horses and special weekend guests, as well as various horses from the other equine departments on the park.
- The Kentucky Horse Park Mounted Police Stables are located in the center of the park where officers provide daily barn tours and perform their patrol duties either by horseback, motor vehicle, on foot or golf cart.
- The Farrier Shop: In keeping with the working farm aspect of the park, the farrier or blacksmith is responsible for the hoof maintenance, shoeing, and, most importantly, keeping a balanced trim on his equine charges. Stop by the Farrier Shop anytime during your visit to the park to watch our blacksmith in action and discover some very unique horseshoes!
- The Kids Barn is an interactive facility with hands-on educational activities that are guaranteed to capture every guest’s attention.
Annual Events at the Kentucky Horse Park
The park has annual events throughout the year, including:
- The Kentucky Three-Day Event is the largest annual equine competition held at the Kentucky Horse Park. The event is one of the world’s most prestigious equestrian competitions, and is one of only six Four-Star Three-Day Events in the world and the only one in the Western Hemisphere. It is a part of the FEI Classics Series, which unites the top four-star international Eventing competitions from around the world.
- At the High Hope Steeplechase, spectators enjoy the thrills of jump and flat racing, and the event benefits two beloved Central Kentucky institutions, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation and Central Kentucky Riding for Hope.
- The Kentucky Horse Park Run/Walk Club meets on Mondays at 5-8pm, from June to September, and features a different variety of local craft beers, food trucks, music, vendors, yoga from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., information tables and horse meet-and-greets.
- Southern Lights Holiday Festival is the first ever driving tour of holiday lights, aimed at attracting the local community. Today Southern Lights has evolved to attract over 120,000 visitors each year from across Kentucky and surrounding states and is regularly chosen as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. Runs from mid-November to December 31st.
- BreyerFest is a annual event where visitors will learn more about horses and the model horse community from industry experts. 2018’s theme is “Off to the Races”, exploring all types of horse racing, from flat track to endurance, and will host riders and horses that showcase a variety of racing disciplines, from thoroughbreds, to trotters, to barrel racers.
- Summer Horse Shows also include: the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the Annual Egyptian Event, the Country Heir Hunter Jumper Shows, the Robert Murphy Hunter Jumper Show, the Champagne Run Horse Trials, and the Kentucky Summer Horse Show is a series of two 5-day competitions. The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games was hosted at the park in 2010, but many of other types of riding competitions can be seen including jumping, dressage, para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, para-driving, enduring, reining, and vaulting.
4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, Kentucky 40511
It is located off Kentucky State Highway 1973 (Iron Works Pike) and Interstate 75, at Exit 120, in Lexington, northern Fayette County in Kentucky, United States.
Visitors to the Kentucky Horse Park
Over 800,000 visitors visit the Kentucky Horse Park each year, for special events, the museum and equestrian education, and for the races and shows. From the tourist to equestrian, (horse breeder, owner, jockey and rider), visitors from around the world travel to the Horse Capital of the World for Kentucky Horse Park, the many equestrian events, the 400+ horse farms surrounding Lexington KY, but also for the area’s beauty, local arts & culture, fine food, rich bourbon and diverse history.
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- Kentucky Horse Park
- High Hope Steeplechase
- Kentucky Horse Park Foundation
- Kentucky Three Day Event
- The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)
- American Farrier’s Association
- American Hackney Horse Society
- American Hanoverian Society
- American Saddlebred Horse Association
- Carriage Association of America
- Kentucky Horse Racing Authority
- Equestrian Events, Inc.
- The United States Hunter/Jumper Association
- The United States Dressage Federation
- The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF or US Equestrian)
- United States Pony Clubs