Kentucky Horse Park
Things are About to Get RUFF at the Kentucky Horse Park!

Press Release Date:  Friday, April 18, 2008  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209 ext 209,  

LEXINGTON, KY (April 17, 2008)  The Kentucky Horse Park is not only the place to get close to horses, it is fast becoming the place to get close to dogs too.   Literally thousands of dogs representing nearly every breed in the world will gather at the park at various times to compete in national, regional and local shows.  Quite a few dogs and puppies will also be available for adoption to new homes: 


Adoptable dogs – Apr 24-27 at Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Lexington Humane Society, 859-233-0044,

also offering doggie daycare during Rolex.

Terrier Races and adoptable pets – May 18 at the High Hope Steeplechase, 859-2967-9444

Ohio Valley Stock Dog Trials – May 31-June 1, 859-362-4574

Saluki Club of America National Specialty Dog Show – June 3-7, 505-286-2797

Adoptable dogs and cats – June 6-8 at Family Fun Fest, 859-233-4303

Bluegrass Dog Show - German Shepherds – June 7-8, contact Charlie Starr, 859-621-8944

John Henry Memorial Equine Adoption Fair – June 28, local equine rescue and adoption agencies will

offer horses for adoption (a few adoptable dogs will also be available), 859-233-4303

International Dog Show - July 12-13, contact Jeff Bridegum, 503-316-9860 or Drew Alderson 859-494-5076

Dog Agility Demonstrations – July 18-20 at BreyerFest, 973-694-5006

Bluegrass Classic Dog Show - Aug 28-Sept 1 featuring approximately 10,000 dogs from across the U.S.,

            contact Betty Pomeroy, 513-831-4222

Adoptable Dogs, Cats & Horses - Aug 30, adoptable pets from local humane societies and rescue

            organizations, 859-233-4303

German Shepherd Dog Club of America, North American Sieger Show - Oct 16-19, some of the most

            beautifully bred and trained German Shepherds in the country will compete, contact Charlie Starr,



Most of the shows are included with admission to the Kentucky Horse Park with the exception of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the High Hope Steeplechase, and the Bluegrass Classic Dog Show.  For more information, call the numbers associated with each show.


Editor’s Note:  Several high-resolution photos of dogs are available for use in your publication with this news release by emailing


Park Hours and Rates:  From March 15 through October 31, the park is open seven days a week.  Admission then 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 and the American Saddlebred Museum.




2008 is the 30th anniversary of the Kentucky Horse Park, 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 nearly 920,000 visitors and campers, as well as 15,000 competition horses in more than 100 special events and horse shows in 2007.  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.