Kentucky Horse Park
SEE SPOT SLIDE

Press Release Date:  Friday, June 10, 2005  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209, crullman@kyhorsepark.com  


         LEXINGTON, KY (June 10, 2005) Spotted and splotched horses are coming to the Kentucky Horse Park  for a weekend of entertaining and impressing audiences with their striking appearance and versatility during Pinto Weekend, June 24-26.
 
          According to the Pinto Horse Association of America, the Pinto is a horse whose dual-colored coat pattern is comprised of white areas combined with another of the basic coat colors, making each Pinto unique.  Though commonly associated with Native Americans, the Pinto horse was actually introduced to North America by European explorers.  After their arrival, great wild herds infused with the flashy color patterns began to develop on the western plains of America and were eventually domesticated by Native Americans.
 
          John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park, stated, “Pintos can come in almost any breed, as long as they meet the color pattern standards set by the Pinto Horse Association of America (they must have certain percentages of white versus contrasting color).  Pintos can be ponies, Arabians, Morgans, Saddlebreds, and even come in miniature versions.  In addition to their noticeable and memorable appearance, Pintos are known for their ability to adapt to virtually any horse sport discipline, including western pleasure, English, eventing, reining, cutting, hunting and jumping.  We’re always happy to offer the public an introduction to these popular horses.”

          Pintos from the Pinto Organization of Kentucky (affectionately known as POOKy) will make a number of appearances during Pinto Weekend, performing for visitors in the Parade of Breeds Shows. 

          For more information on the Pinto Weekend at the park, contact Linda Brantley, 859-259-4223 or lbrantley@kyhorsepark.com.  To learn more about the Pinto Breed, go to www.pinto.org.

          From March 15-October 31, the park is open seven days a week.  Admission is $14 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12.  Children six and under are always admitted free of charge. Admission includes Pinto Weekend and the American Saddlebred Museum.

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          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.