LEXINGTON, KY (August 12, 2004) John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park, has announced a special day at the park to celebrate and promote Kentucky’s horse industry.
On August 21, the people of Kentucky will be invited to visit the Kentucky Horse Park free of charge, to become better acquainted with the importance of the horse industry and learn about the many benefits the state receives as the Horse Capital of the World. For instance, the horse industry provides more than 100,000 jobs and contributes $4-billion in total economic benefits annually to Kentucky’s gross domestic product. $8.8-billion is generated by the tourism industry, which hails horses as its signature attraction.
The free admission on Hats Off! day will include entrance into all of the park’s regular attractions, including the museum, Parade of Breeds, Hall of Champions, and a limited number of horse drawn tours, trail rides and pony rides.
The day will also include special activities for children as well as free admission to the Bluegrass Festival Hunter/Jumper show, featuring the $30,000-Rood and Riddle Grand Prix, which will raise funds for the Hope Center, Hospice of the Bluegrass and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation.
Early visitors will receive a hat, tee shirt or other gift from Kentucky’s horse industry.
Hats Off! is hosted by the Kentucky Horse Park and sponsored in part by many of the horse farms and equine-related businesses of Central Kentucky, including: Central Equipment, Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, Keeneland Association, Mix 94.5, News Radio 630 WLAP, WKYT, Kentucky Horse Council, Airdrie Stud and Fifth Third Bank.
The Kentucky Horse Park will be open from 9am to 5pm.
The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/ educational 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.