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Press Release Date:  August 18, 2004
Contact:  Cindy Rullman, (859)259-4209,


          LEXINGTON, KY  -  The Kentucky Horse Park is pleased to welcome the 16th Annual Rocky Mountain Horse Association International Grand Championship from September 14-18. 


          The multi-talented Rocky Mountain Horse breed originated in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky near the turn of the century.  The rugged terrain, harsh conditions and mountain culture influenced and produced a breed of horse which could cover miles of territory, pull plows, work cattle, be ridden bareback by a family of children, and still look fine in harness pulling a buggy to church on Sunday.  


          The Rocky Mountain Horse is best known as an intelligent, low-maintenance, gentle companion and wonderful riding horse.  They quickly become members of the family.  This breed is rapidly growing in popularity as show horses, endurance competitors and trail horses.


          Medium in height with a natural ambling four-beat gait, the Rocky Mountain Horse provides a smooth ride, is easy to manage and possessed of a good temperament. 


          Visitors to the Kentucky Horse Park will have opportunities to learn more about Rocky Mountain Horses by watching them compete in a variety of classes including conformation, saddle, western pleasure, obstacles, pole bending and open water. 


          For more information about these terrific horses or their show at the Kentucky Horse Park, contact the Rocky Mountain Horse Association at (606) 724-2354, email them at or visit their website at 


          Admission to the Kentucky Horse Park through October 31 is $14 for adults and  $7 for children ages 7-12.  Admission also includes 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 913,000 visitors and 80 special events and horse shows in 2003.  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.


Last updated: Sunday, August 22, 2004