Kentucky Horse Park
MEDIA ALERT - Two Olympic Gold Medalists to Compete

Press Release Date:  Monday, May 08, 2006  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209 ext 209,  

WHO:  1984 Los Angeles Olympic Gold Medalist Joe Fargis and 2004 Athens Olympic Gold Medalist Beezie Madden


WHAT: Kentucky Spring Horse Show and the Kentucky Spring Classic, two of the nation’s premier equestrian competitions, will include a guided walking tour and introduction to the sport and discipline of Hunter Jumper competitions for the public and anyone involved with the media who would like to better understand and cover this sport.  This walking tour introduction will describe Hunters and Jumpers, explain fence heights and courses, talk about the stars of the sport, translate the “insider lingo” into real English and provide great media-only photo ops.


WHEN: Media Guided Walking Tours May 10-14 at 1:15pm (or other times by appointment* for media only).


Including the $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic and the $50,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix



Including the $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic and the $50,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix


WHERE:  Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY 


WHY:  Both shows are qualifying events for the Washington International Championships and the North American League finals.


HOW:  Contact the Kentucky Horse Park, 859-259-4209 or 259-4224 for media credentials, or

*Betsy Fishback for guided walking tour by special appointment, 859-221-6877.




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 nearly 900,000 visitors and 15,000 competition horses in more than 100 special events and horse shows in 2005.  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.