LEXINGTON, KY - The Kentucky Horse Park has welcomed two Marwari Horses from Francesca Kelly, who imports this breed from India. The Marwari horses will reside in the Breeds Barn and become a part of the Parade of Breeds show hosted at 11 am and 2 pm daily.
The horses came from Kelly's farm on Chappaquiddick Island off the coast of Massachusetts. Francesca Kelly is a writer who was recently interviewed by the Smithsonian discussing her ideas on the breed and her plans to increase the number of these horses outside the country of India. Choti Rani and Zubeida, the two Marwaris here at the park, are pictured in the article. These horses are on loan and will only be here for the duration of the summer.
The Marwari horse is a very rare breed from India. So rare in fact that less than one dozen reside in North America including the two on loan at the park. They were used hundreds of years ago as warhorses known for their extreme endurance. The Marwari are considered very brave and athletic horses. They are attentive and pick things up quickly through their senses.
The most noted fact about this breed is their extremely distinct ears. The ears curve inward and sometimes touch or overlap when in front position. The ears are the main characteristic that the registry uses to judge this breed.
The breed is available in all colors but the albino is held in highest regard. The albino Marwari is often used for religious purposes and ceremonies in its native home of India. They often become very attached to their handler and can become protective of them.
The Kentucky Horse Park is open daily March 15-October 31, from 9 am to 5 pm, and admission is $14 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12. Admission includes 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. 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.