|LEXINGTON, KY (August 18, 2009) The American Morgan Horse Institute (AMHI) has signed a 99-year lease with the Kentucky Horse Park for the site on which the 22,000-square-foot, three-story Morgan Horse Pavilion will be constructed. The Pavilion will be the 34th member of the Kentucky Horse Park’s National Horse Center – an equine office park for regional, state and national equine organizations. The AMHI headquarters will remain in Vermont.
"The Kentucky Horse Park facility is a wonderful opportunity for the Morgan horse community to showcase our beautiful breed," said Bob Morgan, AMHI president and member of the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation Board of Directors. "Opening our pavilion in concert with the World Equestrian Games gives us a unique opportunity to publicize the horse we love to a worldwide audience."
John Nicholson, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park stated, "Our National Horse Center continues to draw the finest equestrian organizations to the Kentucky Horse Park, bringing jobs, capital, and revenue into the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Morgan Horse Institute is the most recent national organization which has chosen to have a strong presence here, and we are honored and excited to have their Morgan Horse Pavilion at our facility.
"The Pavilion will also add to the park’s ability to attract more tourists to Kentucky. The Morgan horse has a rich and noble history, and we look forward to sharing that history with tens of thousands of park visitors each year."
The Pavilion has been designed by Yum Kee Fu. Mr. Fu, owner of Winchester, Kentucky-based Dragonsmeade Farm, donated his architectural services. Morton Building Corporation is the general contractor and builder. The focus of the building will combine the educational with entertainment within the context of a "green" facility based on geothermal principles; Solar Design of Louisville, Kentucky is the solar designer.
"The open, airy, elegant design will house exhibits with a family-oriented, interactive, educational approach," said Elaine Galatz, Chair of the Pavilion Committee. "The Committee is thrilled to see its vision becoming a reality to share with Morgan horse lovers and those new to our breed."
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at the park on August 28 at 10:30am. Construction will begin in September and will be completed for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™.
For additional architectural renderings and information about the Morgan Horse Pavilion at the Kentucky Horse Park, go to http://www.morganhorse-khp.org/12401.html.
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 Tourism, Arts and Heritage 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 2008. 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.