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Press Release Date:  April 25, 2005

Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209,



          LEXINGTON, KY (April 25, 2005) If you want to experience the most enthusiastic, sloppy, wet kiss of your life from someone who is drop-dead gorgeous, be at the Kentucky Horse Park from May 14-15 for the Irish Setter Show.

          Artists have termed the Irish Setter “the most beautiful of all dogs” according to the American Kennel Club.  High praise for a species that also brought you the Pug, the Sharpei the Chinese Crested and the Dandie Dinmont (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

          Elegant and aristocratic, with silky hair, teeth that are white and even, eyes that are soft and alert, rollicking personality, firm and muscular legs, balanced, outgoing and stable temperament are all part of the official description of this fun-loving sort that will be gathering at the park from across the eastern United States.  It has been rumored that their humans are equally attractive.

          John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park observed, “When beauty and ability come together in an animal, it’s always a marvelous thing to see.  We’re honored that the Kentuckiana Irish Setter Club show organizers have chosen our park for their event and everyone here is looking forward to watching these graceful dogs in action.”  

          Spectators will enjoy watching approximately 100 dogs competing in a number of classes including puppy classes and Best of Breed.  Even for those who know nothing about dog shows, a day of watching these beautiful animals in a lovely setting at the Kentucky Horse Park will be a day to remember.  Educational materials will be available on the Irish Setter breed, and show participants are always willing to answer questions from the public. 

          For more information on the Irish Setter Show at the Kentucky Horse Park, contact Christine Hughes at 859-356-9829, or visit their national website at

          Park admission from March 15-October 31 is $14 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12.  Children 6 and under are admitted free of charge. Admission also includes the Irish Setter Show and the American Saddlebred Museum.


          The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse.  An agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, the park 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.



Last updated: Monday, April 25, 2005