Kentucky Horse Park

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, February 11, 2009  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209 ext 209,  

            LEXINGTON, KY  (February 11, 2009)  The Kentucky Horse Park exists to celebrate man’s relationship with the horse, but the story of this camaraderie cannot be fully told without at least a sidebar written on the special role that dogs have also played in the relationship. 


Due to the increasing popularity of the Kentucky Horse Park as a site for national, regional and local dog shows, it has gained a reputation as the unofficial “Dog Show Capital of the Midwest.”  


The following dog shows will be held at the park in 2009.  The list also includes several horse shows which will include local animal rescue organizations offering adoptable dogs and cats:     


Feb 15  Dog Tracking - tracking dogs from across the country will compete

Mar 27-29  Bluegrass Classic Arabian Show (including adoptable pets)

Apr 23-26  Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event (including adoptable pets)

May 1-3  Gypsy Cob and Drum Horse Classic (including adoptable pets)

May 17  High Hope Steeplechase (including Terrier Races and adoptable pets)

May 22-24  Kentucky High School Invitation Rodeo (including adoptable pets)

May 30-31  Bluegrass German Shepherd Dog Show  – working dogs will compete

May  30-31  Ohio Valley Stock Dog Trials - watch the Border Collies herding sheep!

Jun 3-6  Saluki Dog Club of America National Specialty Dog Show – hundreds of slinky, exotic Salukis from across the country will compete

Jun 6-7  Kentucky Horse Park Family Fun Fest (will include adoptable pets)

Jun 16-21  MidSouth Pony Club Mega Rally (will include adoptable pets)

Jun 24-28  Silverama Region 14 Arabian Championship (will include adoptable pets)

Jun 27  John Henry Memorial Equine Adoption Fair (adoptable horses and a few dogs and cats)

Jul 18-19  International All Breed Canine Association Show  – dog show featuring dozens of breeds

Aug 27-31  Bluegrass Classic Dog Show – more than 10,000 dogs will compete

Sep 5-6  Kentucky Horse Park’s Pet Adoption Days (featuring adoptable pets from local rescues)

Oct 6-11  National Recreational Carriage Drive (including adoptable pets)

Oct 23-25  PMHA Morab Nationals and Futurity (including adoptable pets)


            All dog shows and most of the horse shows are included with park admission, except the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, High Hope Steeplechase, High School Invitational Rodeo and Bluegrass Classic Dog Show.  


            For more information on any of these events, contact Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209,


Park Hours and Rates: From November 1 through March 14, the park is open Wednesdays through Sundays.  Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for children ages 7-12.  March 15 through October 31, the park is open seven days a week.  Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for children 7-12.  Children six and under are always admitted free of charge.  Admission includes the International Museum of the Horse – In Association with the Smithsonian Institution - and 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 Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet that hosted nearly 920,000 visitors and campers, as well as 15,000 competition horses in more than 100 special events and horse shows in 2008.  The park is home to the National Horse Center which comprises more than 30 national and regional equine organizations.   Located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington, the Kentucky Horse Park is The place to get close to horses.   Open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.