Kentucky Horse Park
Kentucky Horse Park Set to Open Its 31st Season!

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, March 11, 2009  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209 ext 209,  

            LEXINGTON, KY (March 10, 2009)  The Kentucky Horse Park’s 31st season is set to begin Sunday, March 15, when the park returns to its regular hours of 9am to 5pm daily through October 31. Visitors will be entertained and delighted as the park features special events and themed weekends throughout the season.


            Highlights of this season will include “test” events for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.  The test events will be world-class competitions, meant to allow top competitors an opportunity to bring their horses to the park to compete in exactly the same venues where they will compete in 2010.   They will be a great time for park visitors and the media to watch and learn about some of the disciplines that may not be familiar, such as vaulting, reining, endurance and driving. 


            In addition to literally dozens of horse shows, dog shows, special breeds weekends, and other events, the Kentucky Horse Park will offer several special museum exhibitions including “Arte en la Charreria: The

Artisanship of Mexican Equestrian Culture,” June 19-September 11.  This exhibition will contain more than 340 examples of the excellent craftsmanship and design distinctive to the Mexican cowboy, highlighting the very essence of the Mexican experience exemplified by the culture of the charro, or Mexican cowboy.  Intricately hand-crafted objects such as saddles, costumes, textiles, silver and iron work illustrate the life of the charro and a rich legacy of tradition and valor, honor and custom, and war and peace. Sponsored in part by AT&T Real Yellow Pages®  


Educational classes and youth riding programs will be offered once again through the park’s education department. 


Daily equine presentations will include the Parade of Breeds as well as the Hall of Champions, where visitors can meet Kentucky Derby winners Alysheba and Funny Cide.  The always-popular Mare and Foal Show will be offered Memorial Day through July 31.


Events are schedule every weekend at the park, and a full listing of these events and their dates is available at  Nearly all horse shows and other events are included with park admission.  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.




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.