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Press Release Date:  September 21, 2004
Contact:  Lisa Jackson, 859/259-4224,


          LEXINGTON, KY - The Kentucky Horse Park has entered into a partnership with nearby Georgetown College to help provide an exceptional learning experience for students enrolled in the school’s new Equine Scholars Program.  This program will target students interested in receiving a great liberal arts education while still pursuing their passion for the horse. 


          Along with other equine organizations in the Bluegrass region, the Kentucky Horse Park will help students add internships to their academic experience to meet their specific needs in equine areas as well as business, design, museum and educational fields.  In addition, park instructors and staff will provide Georgetown College with periodic lectures or demonstrations to further students’ understanding of the horse.


          “Georgetown College’s Equine Scholars Program is exactly the type of learning opportunity we can support,” said John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park.  “It has a primary goal of attracting quality young people to serve and solidify central Kentucky as the Horse Capital of the World.”


          “As most people know, Kentucky’s relationship with the horse is special, and Georgetown College is doing its part to help young people take advantage of that,” said Georgetown President Bill Crouch.  “Now a good student won’t have to choose between a college education and following their equine interests.”


          The Equine Scholars Program offers scholarships, internships and flexible classes.  Stabling is available close to Georgetown College’s campus.  Acceptance to the program will require academic excellence, an endorsement from an equine professional in the horse industry, and a personal love of the horse. 


Six students have received the scholarship for the 2004-2005 academic school year.  Beginning with the 2005 school year, 40 students per year will be awarded an equine scholarship.  Each scholarship will vary, but will be renewed for up to four years if the student meets the expectations of the program.


For more information on the Equine Scholars Program, contact Johnnie Johnson, Georgetown College Director of Admissions, at (502) 863-8181 or at, or visit the Equine Scholars Website 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 1


Last updated: Tuesday, September 21, 2004