Kentucky Horse Park

Press Release Date:  Thursday, February 22, 2007  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209 ext 209,  

LEXINGTON, KY (February 20, 2007)  Juliet van Otteren’s photographs are housed in the collections of major museums on three continents.  Soon, a compilation of equine work by this noted photographer will hang in the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park.


“Heart of the Horse: Photographs by Juliet van Otteren” will run Mar 16-May 29.  A reception to celebrate the opening of this exhibition will be held Thursday, March 15 from 6 to 8pm and will be free and open to the public.


Van Otteren’s photographs of horses capture the complexities of their personalities through beautifully staged portraits.  With patience and a keen eye for capturing the moment, van Otteren allows her subjects to express themselves in front of the camera resulting in serene images reminiscent of paintings. Most of the photographs in this exhibition will be from her book “Heart of the Horse,” published by Barnes & Noble in 2004, which includes a forward by Jane Goodall and essays by noted author Alan Lightman.


Van Otteren’s work is housed in the collections of numerous museums, including La Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, The High Museum in Atlanta, International Center of Photography in New York, Le Musèe d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain de Nice in France, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, the National Portrait Gallery in London, the National Portrait Gallery in Australia and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in California, among others.


For more information, click on  or phone 859-259-4232.


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 – a Smithsonian Affiliate - and the American Saddlebred Museum.


Editor’s Note: High resolution photographs from the collection are available for use in your publication with this 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.