Kentucky Horse Park

Press Release Date:  Friday, January 25, 2008  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209 ext 209,  

          LEXINGTON, KY (January 25, 2008)  John Nicholson, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park, was honored on behalf of the park Monday night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in California, by three of the Thoroughbred Industry’s most significant organizations.  The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), the Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers’ Association unanimously bestowed the Special Eclipse Award on Nicholson for the park’s “outstanding individual achievements in, or contributions to, the sport of Thoroughbred Racing.”


Nicholson accepted the highest honor in the Thoroughbred industry at the black-tie gala surrounded by Hollywood celebrities, horse racing royalty, elite breeders, owners and trainers, and remarked, “We are mindful, always, of what is the heart and soul of our mission, and that is to give honor and reverence to an animal that has given far more to us than we could ever give in return.”


A video clip produced by TVG of Nicholson accepting the award is posted on the NTRA’s website:


“The Eclipse Award steering committee strongly believed that the Kentucky Horse Park was most deserving of the Special Award for its extraordinary contribution and dedication to the Thoroughbred industry and the wonderful experience that its millions of visitors have enjoyed over the years,” said Alex Waldrop, president and CEO of the NTRA. “The special care for the great racehorse John Henry in his retirement, and his most dignified passing in 2007, symbolizes the love and devotion of the men and women who work at the Kentucky Horse Park each day.”




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 900,000 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.