Kentucky Horse Park

Press Release Date:  Friday, January 13, 2006  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209 ext 209,  

          LEXINGTON, KY (January 13, 2006) Dogs are blessed with the gift of actually enjoying repugnant smells, and it’s good for us that they do.  For centuries, their exquisite noses have saved the lives of countless people who were lost, kidnapped, trapped or trying to survive in other precarious or life-threatening situations.
          The Kentucky Horse Park is pleased to once again be the site for Dog Tracking, Feb 19, which will pit some of the country’s best noses against one another in a friendly but important competition to determine the best trackers.

          Billie Kovacs, coordinator of the Dog Tracking event for the Lexington Kennel Club commented, “Although this would be considered an ‘entry level’ tracking competition, all of the dogs are already certified trackers. They have been narrowed down from entries all over the country.  In the past we’ve had a very wide range of breeds submit applications to participate, including Weimaraners, a number of Dachshunds, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Shelties, Irish Water Spaniels, Basenjis, Anatolian Shepherds, Dobermans, Cocker Spaniels and Border Collies.  One interesting aspect of this competition is that a 5-pound Maltese can successfully compete nose-to-nose with a 150-pound Rottweiler.  It’s all in the nose.”

          The dogs will be competing for two titles: Tracking Dog (TD) and Tracking Dog Excellent (TDX).  According to the American Kennel Club, “The fundamental features of a TD test are the dog’s ability to follow a track laid by a person under a variety of conditions on moderate terrain and to find an article dropped by that person at the end of the track.
          “The fundamental feature of a TDX is to show unquestionably that the dog has the ability to discriminate scent and possesses the stamina, perseverance, and courage to do so under a wide variety of conditions. A TDX test presents difficult challenges. Judges are to plot tracks as challenging and realistic as the terrain will permit, while maintaining proper concern for the safety of the dogs and handlers.”

          The fun begins at 8 am on February 19 at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Show Office (just follow the “Tracking” signs).  For more information, contact Billie Kovacs, 859-299-7184.      

          Hours and Rates: November 1-March 14 the Kentucky Horse Park is open 9am until 5pm, Wednesday through Sunday admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children 7-12.  Children six and under are always admitted free of charge.  From March 15-October 31, the park is open seven days a week.  Admission then is $15 for adults, $9 for children 7-12.  Admission includes Dog Tracking 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 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.