In the International Museum of the Horse, the largest of its kind in the world, visitors learn about what some believe to be the 55-million year history of the horse.
Exhibits include a collection of 19th Century horse-drawn carriages and racing vehicles. Within the museum, the "Horse in Sport" gallery displays contemporary uses of the horse in competition. "Calumet Farm: Five Decades of Champions" includes 560 gold, silver and crystal trophies, and 35 paintings that trace the racing legacy of Lexington's most famous farm. Changing exhibits of equine art are proudly displayed in the museum's Special Exhibitions Galleries. The museum also houses the W. Paul Little Cultural and Learning Center - a permanent exhibit which honors this prominent Thoroughbred owner and breeder.
Kentucky means horses, especially the American Saddlebred, Kentucky's first native breed. The American Saddlebred Museum offers a panorama of the exhilarating sights and sounds of the American Saddlebred world from the Saddlebred's role in American history to its modern uses. Located off the main parking lot, the American Saddlebred Museum is also included with admission.
In the Farrier Shop, the blacksmith exhibits his iron-pounding craft and provides visitors the opportunity to watch the age-old art of horse shoeing.
An outstanding display of 24 of the park's nearly 50 breeds of horses is located in the Breeds Barn. From March 15 through October 31, the color, sound and excitement of the show ring is captured twice daily in the Parade of Breeds. The half-hour presentation highlights the unique characteristics of selected breeds, while authentically-costumed riders put the horses through their paces. After the show, visitors have the opportunity to meet, photograph and pet their favorite horses and talk with riders.
The excitement of the racetrack and showring is brought to life by the elite group of champion horses that reside at the park?s Hall of Champions. Here, Thoroughbred legend Cigar, champion American Saddlebred CH Gypsy Supreme, and Standardbred Pacers Western Dreamer and Staying Together are shown in daily presentations. March 15 - October 31
The Draft Horses are an ever-popular stop on the tour. The Horse Drawn Tour area is the home of the "Gentle Giants," - the horses that pull the park's horse drawn tour trolleys. The teams include Belgians, Clydesdales, Percherons, English Shires, Halflingers, Suffolks and Norwegian Fjords. **Feel free to visit the Draft Horses throughout the morning as they are groomed and harnessed for their work day in the Carriage Horse Barn.
The park offers horseback and children's pony rides. Trail rides provide a chance for visitors to ride through the countryside around the park.
The Kentucky Horse Park, one of the most beautiful equine competition parks in the country, is primed and ready to host your event whether it be equine or non-equine related. Your competitors will enjoy the park-like setting the Kentucky Horse Park has to offer in addition to high caliber facilities, a resort style
The Kentucky Horse Park, while dedicated to the horse, is very multi-dimensional when it comes to hosting events. Our Special Events Office provides event coordinators for both equine and non-equine related events. The Park regularly hosts the following types of events:
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The Kentucky Horse Park currently has event stabling for 1,084 horses. An additional 800 stalls and new indoor arena will be completed in 2009 nearly doubling our equine event capacity. The Park also has fifteen horse show or schooling rings and the existing covered arena that can seat up to 6,000 people with permanent and temporary seating. Four regulation polo fields add to the beauty of the Park and are booked every week during the summer with local polo enthusiasts. More information on facilities can be found under the "Facility Rentals" section of this site.
The Park has meeting space available in various sizes and configurations for 30 - 1,000 people occupancy. The Park also has several outdoor wedding sites, such as the area around the Man O'War Statue, which is always very popular for weddings. With over 1,200 acres, the Park can also easily accommodate athletic events such as cross country and 5 K run/walks. Expanded indoor meeting spaces will be completed and available for rental beginning in 2009. Plan to book these areas in advance. More information on facilities can be found under the "Facility Rentals" section of this site.
The Kentucky Horse Park regularly hosts some of the nations largest and most prestigious events such as Rolex CCI, the USEF National Pony Finals, USEF Open Reining Championships, The Pyramid Society Egyptian Event, and the United States Pony Club National Festival. The complete Park calendar is available online under the "Calendar" section of this site.
Contact the Kentucky Horse Park Special Events Office at (859) 259 - 4219 or through the "Facility Rental Information" page of this site.