LEXINGTON, KY - The Kentucky Horse Park will welcome the Indiana Whips and Wheels Driving Club featuring various breeds of horse put to several types of vehicles September 11-12. The weekend promises to highlight the disciplines of both pleasure and formal driving.
Many people hitch up their horses to carts and drive for the sheer joy of it, and others are serious competitors in the driving show ring. Several breed shows have driving classes that feature one or two horses pulling different types of vehicles, as well as events with six to eight-horse draft teams hauling wagons the way they did before the automobile was invented.
Horses must be specifically trained to drive by being taught to pull their weight instead of carrying it so that they can be steered in a completely different way than when they’re ridden.
Visitors to the park will have the opportunity to see the Indiana Whips and Wheels Driving Club during the Parade of Breeds Presentations at the Kentucky Horse Park Breeds Barn. They will also see vintage carriages, and several different horse breeds while learning about safe driving and proper attire. For more information about the Indiana Whips and Wheels Driving Club, contact Jerry Garner at (260) 569-0054.
Breeds Weekends and Showcases will continue throughout the year at the Kentucky Horse Park featuring different breeds or activity-related groups each time.
Admission to the Kentucky Horse Park through October 31 is $14 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12. Admission also includes the American Saddlebred Museum.
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 nearly 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.