Kentucky Horse Park
Public Invited to Official Opening of Kentucky Horse Park's Outdoor Stadium

Press Release Date:  Friday, April 17, 2009  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209 ext 209,  

          LEXINGTON, KY (April 16, 2009)  The Kentucky Horse Park’s new Outdoor Stadium will officially open with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, April 22 at 2pm.  John Nicholson, Executive Director of the park, along with special guests Governor and Mrs. Steven L. Beshear, will officiate.


            The new Outdoor Stadium is one major component of a master capital improvement plan that will allow the Kentucky Horse Park to continue to attract large horse shows and other events to Kentucky. 


John Nicholson stated, “We are very honored that the governor and first lady of Kentucky will attend our official opening, to help us dedicate this fantastic addition to the Kentucky Horse Park.  They have both been very supportive of the park over the years, as Mrs. Beshear is an avid and accomplished horsewoman who, together with the governor, understands the positive effect that these projects will have in building our horse industry and making a notable impact on our state’s economy.”


            The public is invited to attend the Outdoor Stadium opening and visit the Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop free of charge, or stay to visit the rest of the park (admission charged).  Visitors are asked to park in the main parking lot at the park by 1:45pm, and take a shuttle to the stadium for the 2:00 event.  


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 – In Association with the Smithsonian Institution - and the American Saddlebred Museum & Gift Shop.


EDITOR’S NOTE:  To view photos and architectural renderings of these projects, please go to and click on “Building for the future.”




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.