LEXINGTON, KY (March 21, 2005) Some of the United States’ richest history unfolded on the fields of Kentucky a century-and-a-half ago, so it is appropriate that Kentucky would be the gathering spot for cavalry reenactment training the first weekend in April.
The 1st Ohio Volunteer Cavalry Company D will roll into the Kentucky Horse Park with their horses, canteens, guns and a spirit of history for two days of “Spring Camp” -- intense battlefield drills -- in preparation for the Civil War reenactment season.
“Cavalry reenactment participants in general represent a wide variety of backgrounds and interests,” noted Ken Jansen, one of the training organizers. “The people who make up these groups are everything from cops and lawyers to CEOs and even Supreme Court Justices. They share a love of horses and history.” Jansen also participates as a member of the British Cavalry in French/Indian War reenactments.
The horses come from equally varied backgrounds and include Thoroughbreds off the track, Saddlebreds, Quarter Horses and questionable parentage. The common denominator is that they have great temperaments and are unflinching in the midst of cannon and musket fire, and willingly allow soldiers to shoot from horseback. One of the horses Jansen uses is an Arabian who was rescued from an abusive situation and has now become one of his best reenactment horses.
The Kentucky Horse Park owns 192 acres of land toward the back of the park, on which the cavalry reenactment training will take place all day Saturday, April 2 and part of the day on Sunday, April 3.
Editor’s Note: Good photo ops for the media. For information, contact Ken Jansen, 859-393-3195.
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.