In honor of Veterans Day, the Kentucky Horse Park is offering free admission to America’s veterans and current service men and women on Wednesday, November 11. Retired and active duty military personnel may present a valid military ID for complimentary family admission into the park. Parking is free. Thank you for your service!
Please join us on Thursday, October 22nd, at 2:00 pm for the rededication of the Man o’ War – Isaac Murphy Memorial. The event will include the unveiling of the new Isaac Burns Murphy tombstone and grave site, and the Kentucky’s African American Horsemen, and Isaac Burns Murphy interpretive panels.
Isaac Burns Murphy, one of the greatest jockeys racing has ever known and one of Kentucky’s most famous sons, will be honored with special activities focused on his life. On Thursday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m., the park will unveil a newly engraved headstone for Murphy, who is buried at the park, at the newly renamed Man o’ War – Isaac Burns Murphy Memorial, and pay tribute to this 19th century jockey and Kentucky’s African American horsemen. The event includes Dr. Pellom McDaniels, author of “The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy.”
At this event, the park will introduce new interpretive panels at the site - Isaac Burns Murphy and African Americans in Racing, Kentucky’s African American Horsemen - to share their important stories with future park visitors. Murphy’s panels include more accurate information that has recently become available after years of painstaking research by dedicated community leaders. There is no charge for admission.
The Kentucky Horse Park will NOT have fireworks anywhere on the park on Thursday, July 9. This was mentioned in error in a press release by the Lexington Fire Department listing activities for the 4th of July. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Looking for wholesome family activity to celebrate the Fourth of July? Come out for our Family Fun Day event - kids of all ages are welcome! Patriotic themed activities include painting a horse shoe, dressing up like a jockey, taking a photo with the Secretariat statue, meeting our awesome adoptable Thoroughbreds, water sprinklers to stay cool, and more. Horse demonstrations throughout the day will showcase our retraining process. Tickets are $20 per family at the door and include all activities. Snacks and beverages will be available for an additional fee.
The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center holds its Sips N’ Saddles summer celebration on Friday, June 19, 2015 from 6:00 - 9:00pm within the beautiful grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park.
Along with a live performance by country singer Mark Wills, guests will enjoy Kentucky Proud cuisine from Red State Barbeque, local wines, Kentucky ales, and a special drink from Maker’s Mark. Mad Scoops will be offering their custom Bourbon Ball flavored ice cream along with other classic flavors, cotton candy, and kettle corn.
Guests are welcome to explore the MMSC barn and meet our Thoroughbreds. Horses available for adoption will also demonstrate their newly learned skills in the arena. Fun outdoor games and a silent and live auction will be held in direct support of the horses’ needs. Ticket price is $100, 70% tax deductible, with all proceeds aiding the MMSC Thoroughbreds in their preparation for future careers and homes.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.secretariatcenter.org or call 859-246-3080.
Be part of the effort to recreate streamside forests that were once native to the inner Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. Through Reforest the Bluegrass, Lexington is progressively restoring the long-lost benefits of streamside forests for generations to come. This is a crucial step to protecting our valuable water resources and enhancing our living standards.
Reforest the Bluegrass 2015
Saturday, April 11th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Kentucky Horse Park
In order to avoid conflicting with many local trick-or-treating schedules, there will be no trick-or-treating at the National Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena tonight, Oct. 31.
The National Horse Show will be hosting its second annual Barn Night tonight, a Halloween competition between youth and equestrian groups who exhibit the best costumes and best spirit during the evening. Groups must be registered to win, and a number of prizes will be awarded. Admission to the National Horse Show is $8 in advance/$10 at the door on Friday night, after 6 p.m. Children 12 and under are free.
The Estate of W. Thomas and Virginia Buckner of Lexington and Bourbon County Auction will feature many unique items. Features include antique coin silver, antique furnishings, family jewelry, porcelains, oil paintings, quilts, brass and more. There are no reserves for this auction. The auction will start on 10:00 am on Saturday and 2:00pm on Sunday in the North Exhibition Hall in the Alltech Arena. For more information on the auction please visit www.caswellprewittrealty.com.
The Kentucky Horse Park will act as a site for Keeneland drive-thru wagering on Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3, starting at 8 am both mornings. Wagering will end about 6 pm on Friday and may run up until 6:24 pm on Saturday.
This is a special Horses and Hope event, held to honor breast cancer survivors, to raise breast cancer awareness among fans, and to provide breast cancer education and mammography screening to horse industry workers.