Kentucky Horse Park

Press Release Date:  Thursday, December 01, 2005  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209,  

          LEXINGTON, KY (December 1, 2005)  The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation has announced that the first 1,000 blood donors at the Central Kentucky Blood Center in Lexington, Kentucky will receive free admission to Southern Lights: Spectacular Sights on Holiday Nights at the Kentucky Horse Park.

           Frances Dulaney, Executive Director of the park’s foundation, observed, “The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation has a long history of philanthropic efforts, and we realize that the need for blood is very high this time of year. We simply want to do our part to encourage these life-saving donations.”  She continued, “We are very pleased to be able to reward the selfless people who take time out of their hectic holiday schedules to donate blood.”

           Southern Lights, presented by the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, includes a self-guided 4-mile drive through the fabulous, new Western-themed light displays as well as traditional favorites in the park.  Festivities also include the park’s award-winning Gift Shop, a petting zoo, mini train and trolley, model railway, various live musical performances, Creative Camera Club exhibit, and visits with Santa Claus (photos with Santa are sponsored by the Lexington Rotary Club, which uses the event to raise money for purchasing winter coats for the needy).  Pony rides and a lovely Victorian carrousel are also available. Numerous holiday craft vendors and the world-famous International Museum of the Horse will also be open.

          Southern Lights: Spectacular Sights on Holiday Nights will run through December 31 from 5:30pm to 10pm at the Kentucky Horse Park (indoor attractions are closed December 24-31).  Admission is $15 per car, $30 per extended van, $50 for mini busses, $75 for school busses and $125 per motor coach. 

          Proceeds from Southern Lights will benefit the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, which enhances the park through its beautification programs, renovations and special museum exhibitions. For more information on the foundation, click on For more information on Southern Lights, click on
           New Daytime Seasonal Hours and Rates: The Kentucky Horse Park is open November 1- March 14, admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children 7-12.  Children six and under are always admitted free of charge.  Winter hours are 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 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.