LEXINGTON, KY (December 16, 2004) As part of its determination to improve the lives of horses and horsepeople, the Kentucky Horse Park has announced its Equine Education Program class schedule for 2005.
John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park stated, “I would place our Equine Education Program at the park on par with any in the country. We can accommodate those who have previously only admired horses from a distance just as well as those who have been raised with horses. We encourage participation at all levels from beginner to expert because there is simply never an end to what we can all learn about - and from – horses.”
He continued, “Very few things make me prouder of the Kentucky Horse Park than a highly successful part of our education program called the Mustang Troop, which provides an opportunity for at-risk inner city children to learn about horses. This program provides hope and encouragement as well as discipline, education and respect for life – all through the context of horsemanship with formerly wild Mustangs - that some of these kids wouldn’t have a chance to experience otherwise.”
Margi Stickney, Education Director for the Kentucky Horse Park commented, “We’re committed to making the Kentucky Horse Park the equine education mecca for horse owners. Knowledge is power and we strongly believe that both novice and professional horsepeople are far better equipped to make good decisions on behalf of their horses the more information they have at their disposal.
“The success of our equine education program is evidenced by the fact that this is the 15th year that we’ve offered this program and it just keeps growing in scope and popularity. We’re always looking for new ways to present both traditional and cutting-edge information on horse care to our students. We try to keep our program fresh and exciting because we know that ultimately, horses will benefit.”
The 26-week Equine Management Program, beginning March 1, is the most intensive and thorough of the equine education classes. Also currently scheduled are short Community Education Courses which include So You Want to Own a Horse??, February 19; Single Horse Basic Driving, March 5; Basic Care and Handling, March 19; Health Care, April 2; Feeding the Horse, September 24; Trouble Shooting, October 8, and Basic Team Driving, November 5. In addition, Youth Riding weeks begin May 31.
Also, for the first time, the Kentucky Horse Park is partnering with the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) to present “Healthy Horses,” a series of one-day educational seminars open to the public, conducted by AAEP member veterinarians at the park, beginning May 7.
Stickney concluded, “Our fascination with and respect for these fabulous, complex creatures continues to grow along with our knowledge of them. When you allow horses to get under your skin and into your heart, it can be a journey of discovery and wonder. It’s something everyone here at the park understands very well and we want to share what we’re learning with other horse lovers.”
For more information, contact Margi Stickney, firstname.lastname@example.org, 859-259-4206 or see “Education Program” at www.kyhorsepark.com.
Winter Season Hours and Rates: From November 1-March 14, park admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children 7-12. Children six and under are always admitted free of charge. Open from 9 am until 5 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Admission 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.