Kentucky Horse Park
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR SLAIN CHAMPION

Press Release Date:  Monday, June 20, 2005  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209, crullman@kyhorsepark.com  


          LEXINGTON, KY (June 20, 2005)  Wild Eyed & Wicked was one of five Saddlebred horses who were injected with an unknown – and eventually lethal - substance in June of 2003 at a farm in Versailles, Kentucky, where they were boarded, trained and eventually buried.  His remains were exhumed in February as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into the horses’ deaths.
 
          On July 10 at 4 pm, Wild Eyed & Wicked’s life and accomplishments will be remembered and celebrated in a public memorial service to honor him at the Kentucky Horse Park, where his remains will be reburied.  The service will be hosted by Wicked’s owners, Joe and Sally Jackson.

          Walt Robertson, former Chairman of the Kentucky Horse Park Commission stated, “We had hoped that Wicked would someday live at the Kentucky Horse Park when he was retired.  That not being possible, we are proud to give him a final resting place of honor near the park’s Hall of Champions.”

          John Nicholson, Executive Director of the park commented, “Fans of Wild Eyed & Wicked, his owners and animal lovers across the country were outraged and saddened by this senseless loss.  Until now, there has not been a sense of closure for many of these people who are still grieving.   We want to provide an opportunity for the public to share their grief, but more importantly, to celebrate the life of a remarkable animal.  This will be a very respectful, dignified event that we hope will bring joy and healing to those in attendance.”

          Tandy Patrick, Chair of the Kentucky Horse Park Commission observed, “The Jackson’s are generously opening their hearts to the public and inviting them to take part in an event that will be deeply moving for them and for Wicked’s fans.  We appreciate their willingness to share their great horse with the world, even after his death, and it is our honor to be the host site for this memorial service.  We will also unveil a new sign listing Wicked’s accomplishments in the show ring and a beautiful bronze relief grave marker at that time.”

          Admission to Wild Eyed & Wicked’s Memorial Service at 4 pm on Sunday, July 10 is open to the public and free of charge.  An ice cream social will be part of the event.  For information call 859-233-4303.

           Editor’s Note:  A photo of Wild Eyed & Wicked is available for use in your publication by emailing crullman@kyhorsepark.com.  Some of his greatest accomplishments in the show ring are listed below.

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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 more than 900,000 visitors and 15,000 competition horses in 80 special events and horse shows in 2004.  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.

CHWILD – EYED & WICKED
American Saddlebred
Five-Gaited

Chestnut gelding, 1992
by My Genius King – Penny’s Free Spirit
by Penny’s Superior Stonewall
Owners: Joe and Sally (McClure) Jackson
Trainers: Mike Martin, Dena Lopez
Breeder: David Mountjoy

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

American Saddlebred Triple Crown
2000, 2001

World’s Grand Champion Five-Gaited Horse
2000, 2001

World’s Grand Champion Amateur Five-Gaited Horse
2002

United States Equestrian Federation Amateur Five-Gaited Horse of the Year
2002