Kentucky Horse Park
Kentucky Horse Park will Acquire John Henry’s Racing Collection

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, March 13, 2007  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209 ext 209, crullman@kyhorsepark.com  


            LEXINGTON, KY (March 9, 2007)  On the occasion of racing legend John Henry’s 32nd birthday, the Kentucky Horse Park announced that it will soon receive the grand horse’s racing collection from the Rubin family estate.

           

At John Henry’s birthday party this afternoon at the park, John Nicholson, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park declared, “More than two decades ago, Sam and Dorothy Rubin of Dotsam Stables gave the Kentucky Horse Park one of its greatest blessings when they sent John Henry to live here.  Now I have the very happy duty of announcing that the heirs of the Rubin family estate have also done something wonderful for our park by donating the family’s cherished collection of John Henry’s racing memorabilia to our International Museum of the Horse.  It has been our great privilege to be John Henry’s stewards all these years, and now we’ll have this fine collection on permanent display in our museum to tell the story of his unparalleled racing accomplishments.”

 

The first portion of the collection is expected be shipped to the Kentucky Horse Park in the near future.  It is undetermined at this time when the collection will go on display for the public.

 

For more information, please contact Bill Cooke, Director of the International Museum of the Horse – a Smithsonian Affiliate, at 859-259-4231 or email bill.cooke@ky.gov.    

 

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.

 

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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.