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Press Release Date:  July 9, 2004
Contact:  Lisa Jackson, 859/259-4224,

            LEXINGTON, KY - The weekend of July 29 to August 1, the Kentucky Horse Park will present the Eastern States Kiger Breeders and Exhibitors as a Breeds Showcase guest in the daily Parade of Breeds presentation.  A living legacy of the American West, Kiger Mustangs will show off their special traits to park guests.


            In 1977, during a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) round-up of excess horses on federal land in Butte, Oregon, a particular kind of horse was discovered.  These wild horses, later classified as Kiger Mustangs, were sent to a Herd Management Area in Kiger, Oregon.  Genetic testing by the University of Kentucky showed that these horses had Spanish markers indicating their descent from horses originally brought over by Spanish settlers.  Kiger Mustangs are slightly smaller than most breeds of horse, but are best known for their primitive dun coloration and markings.


            Visitors to the park will have the opportunity to see protected Kiger Mustangs during the Parade of Breeds presentations at 11 am and 2 pm.  For more information on Kiger Mustangs, contact Melissa Scott at


Breeds Showcases will continue throughout the year at the Kentucky Horse Park featuring different breeds or activity-related groups each time.  For more information on these special weekends, contact Linda Brantley at the Kentucky Horse Park at (859) 259-4223 or at


The Kentucky Horse Park is open daily March 15-October 31, from 9 am to 5 pm, and admission is $14 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12.  Admission includes the American Saddlebred Museum.




The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse.  The park is an agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet that hosted 913,000 visitors and 80 special events and horse shows in 2003.  The park is located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just North of Lexington.  The place to get close to horses, the park is open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.         


Last updated: Friday, July 09, 2004