Kentucky Horse Park
KENTUCKY SCORES NATIONAL COLLEGIATE EVENT
LEXINGTON, KY (April 2, 2007) The United States Polo Association (USPA), whose regional office is located in the National Horse Center at the Kentucky Horse Park, is bringing one of its most coveted trophies to the Kentucky Horse Park for the first time in history.
The USPA and the Kentucky Horse Park are teaming up to host the 2007 USPA National Intercollegiate Championships, April 2-7, with hopes of building a strong foundation for future polo events. Continued growth of intercollegiate polo includes Lexington’s very own University of Kentucky Polo Team formed last fall, ensuring a promising future for polo in the Kentucky area.
Fifty men’s and women’s intercollegiate teams from across the country competed for the right to represent their respective regions at the National Intercollegiate Championships. Thirteen teams have advanced and will compete at the Kentucky Horse Park, including Cornell University, Texas A&M, Oregon State, New Mexico State, University of Connecticut, University of Virginia, Texas Christian University, and Westmont College. Last year’s championships were hosted by Cornell University, which has one of the oldest established collegiate polo programs in the country, as well as one of the best collegiate records of all times.
This year’s event is expected to draw polo enthusiasts from around the country and will be an event horse lovers and the entire family can enjoy. Matches will be played at various times throughout the week, culminating in the women’s finals at 5pm and men’s finals at 7pm on Saturday, April 7.
Tournament coverage will air at a later date on ESPN2.
The polo championships are included with park admission. For information, click on www.us-polo.org or call 800-232-8772.
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.
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 nearly 900,000 visitors and campers, as well as 15,000 competition horses in more than 100 special events and horse shows in 2006. 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.