Kentucky Horse Park
FREE Day at the Kentucky Horse Park this Weekend!

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, August 19, 2008  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209 ext 209,  

       LEXINGTON, KY (August 19, 2008)  The public is invited to the Kentucky Horse Park free of charge for Hats Off ! Day, Saturday, Aug 23, to become better acquainted with the importance of the horse industry and learn about the many benefits the state receives as the Horse Capital of the World. 

       For example, the horse industry provides more than 100,000 jobs and contributes $4-billion in total economic benefit annually to Kentucky’s gross domestic product.  Nearly $10-billion is generated by the tourism industry, which hails horses as its signature attraction.

       Hats Off! takes place from 9am to 5pm.  Children’s activities and hat giveaways begin at 10am.

       The free admission to Hats Off! will include entrance into all of the park’s regular attractions, including the two museums, the Parade of Breeds, Hall of Champions, many hands-on children’s activities (face painting, stick horse making, horseshoe painting, a limited number of free pony rides and much more).  The day will also include free admission to several spectacular equine exhibitions beginning at 1pm followed by the $30,000 Rood and Riddle Grand Prix*, which raises funds for the Hope Center and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation.

       Hats Off! is hosted by the Kentucky Horse Park and the equine industry, with presenting sponsors Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and Alltech.  Major sponsors include the University of Kentucky Equine Initiative, Kentucky Horse Council, Charles T. Creech, Inc., Taylor Made Farm, Franklin-Williams Company, Sparks View Farm, Keeneland, Kentucky Equine Education Project, Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

       For information, call the Kentucky Horse Park at 859-233-4303.


*The Rood and Riddle Grand Prix is a premier show jumping competition to raise money for charity.  General Admission with grandstand seating is free as part of the Hats Off! to Kentucky’s Horse Industry Day.


2008 is the 30th anniversary of the Kentucky Horse Park, 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 & Heritage Cabinet that hosted nearly 920,000 visitors and campers, as well as 15,000 competition horses in more than 100 special events and horse shows in 2007.  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.