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Press Release Date:  August 24, 2004
Contact:  Cindy Rullman, 859/259-4224,


          LEXINGTON, KY An evening gala of unparalleled grace and beauty will take place on September 11 when the Kentucky Horse Park hosts “Equus…The Rhythm of the Dance.”


          For the first time in the United States, horses will perform choreographed dance routines to the full Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra.  A delight for the senses, “Equus” will combine two soul-stirring arts: horses performing dressage - or horse ballet - with classical music.  The breathtaking beauty of the famed Tempel Farm Lippizzans and other horses moving in harmony with a live orchestra will appeal to horse-lovers and music enthusiasts.


          In addition, the Royal Iberian stallion of Medieval Times will be performing, as will many of the Kentucky Horse Park’s own horses.  They will trace the history of the origins of equestrian performance to music from ancient Chinese times to the present in Europe and the United States.


          “It’s hard to imagine a more exquisite pairing than horses and music,” said Kentucky Horse Park Executive Director, John Nicholson.  “The park is very proud to be the first in the country to host an event of this caliber and we’re honored that First Lady Glenna Fletcher is involved as our honorary chairperson.”


          “Equus” is part of the MSEDA Championship and Breeders Classic - a world-class dressage competition taking place at the Kentucky Horse Park from September 10-12.


          Sponosred in part by National Financial Services and WUKY-FM, proceeds from “Equus” will benefit the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation and Kentucky Educational Television (KET).  The evening will include cocktails and dinner buffet.  For ticket or sponsorship information, contact the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation at (859) 255-5727 or email  For information on the MSEDA Championship and Breeders Classic, contact Susan Peacock at




          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: Tuesday, September 21, 2004