Kentucky Horse Park

Press Release Date:  Monday, April 16, 2007  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209 ext 209,  


            LEXINGTON, KY (April 16, 2007)  The Kentucky Horse Park is the place to be for dog lovers this summer, as literally thousands of dogs representing nearly every breed in the world will gather at the park to 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 at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, from the Lexington Humane Society, Apr 26-29, 859-233-0044 (included with Rolex admission). Doggie Day Care also available.


Terrier Races at the High Hope Steeplechase, May 20, 859-967-9444 (included with steeplechase admission).


Adoptable Greyhounds at the High Hope Steeplechase, from Shamrock Greyhound Placement, May 20 (and at the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center May 26), 502-241-3140 (included with steeplechase admission).


Toto Casting Call at the High Hope Steeplechase, to raise money for Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, May 20, 623-810-2090 (included with Steeplechase admission) see if your terrier can play the role of Toto at a Wizard of Oz-themed fundraiser!


Adoptable Dogs, Cats and Thoroughbreds at the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, from rescue organizations, May 26, 859-246-3080 (free of charge or included with park admission) for Adoption Day. 


Adoptable Greyhounds at the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, from Shamrock Greyhound Placement, May 26, 502-241-3140 (free and/or included with park admission) for Adoption Day.


Ohio Valley Stock Dog Trials, Jun 2-3, 859-362-4574 (included with park admission).  Watch some of the best herding dogs in the region as they perform intricate maneuvers to move sheep from one place to another. Remember the movie, “Babe”?


Saluki Club of America National Specialty Dog Show, during the Egyptian Event, Jun 5-9, 732-745-3623 (included with park admission).


German Shepherd Dog Show, Jun 17, 859-621-8944 (included with park admission).


Dog Agility Demonstrations at BreyerFest, Jul 20-22, 973-694-5006 (included with BreyerFest or park admission).


Bluegrass Classic Dog Show, the region’s largest dog show, Aug 30-Sept 2, 513-831-4222 (included with park admission).


English Springer Spaniel Show, Sep 30-Oct 6, 972-962-8941 (included with park admission).


            Most of the shows are included with admission to the Kentucky Horse Park unless otherwise noted above.  For more information, call the numbers associated with each show.


Park Hours and Rates: From 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.


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




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 nearly 900,000 visitors and campers, as well as 15,000 competition horses in more than 100 special events and horse shows in 2006.  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.