The Kentucky Equine Humane Center, which partners with the Kentucky Horse Park to help get horses adopted, really needs donations of hay to get their rescued horses through the winter.
The Kentucky Equine Humane Center is the only equine shelter in Kentucky that accepts all breeds and all disciplines of horses who are at-risk. Then they retrain and adopt them into new, loving homes. In the past 4 years, approximately 650 of Kentucky's horses, donkeys, ponies, mules and burros have come through the center.
If you can help, please call Tanya Stallion, 859-881-5849 or email
For more information on the important work being done for horses by Kentucky Equine Humane Center, go to www.KyEHC.org.
The 30,000th person to "like" the Kentucky Horse Park on facebook will win 2 free tickets to the Kentucky Horse Park and the American Saddlebred Museum, with free admission to "The Horse" blockbuster exhibition in our International Museum of the Horse.
At the park, the winner will have a personal "meet and greet" with our rare, white Thoroughbred, White Prince.
Afterward, the winner will also receive 2 free tickets for "Unique Horse Farm Tours" which starts at the Kentucky Horse Park and visits some of Kentucky's most famous horse farms in the world by van.
Photo of White Prince by PixBySteve.com
Congratulations to Brian Gibson of Monticello, Arkansas for being our 30,000th facebook fan!
LEXINGTON, Ky (Dec. 15, 2011) - The Kentucky Horse Park is proud to announce its expanded Kentucky Horse Park Literacy Program (KHPLP), which combines horse-themed books and experiences with live horses to inspire a life-long love of horses and reading.
Formerly known as the Black Stallion Literacy Project, the program has already distributed in excess of 15,000 books to more than 10,000 first- and fourth- grade children in its first two years. Now operating as the Kentucky Horse Park Literacy Program, it will expand to other grades to broaden literacy and the love of horses to a greater number of schools in more counties.
This year, the program has already introduced "War Horse" by Michael Morpurgo, prior to the opening of the film based on the book. The program also will include Meghan McCarthy's "Seabiscuit, the Wonder Horse" for younger children. "We love children. We love horses. And in Kentucky we need them both to succeed, so we are delighted to be able to expand our Kentucky Horse Park Literacy Program which will allow us to reach out to far more children across the Commonwealth," said Mollie Jameson, volunteer chair for KHPLP.
"Literacy and horses are each vital to Kentucky's future," said Kentucky Horse Park Executive Director John Nicholson. "In our Kentucky Horse Park Literacy Program, not only do children develop a love of reading, but we also hope that they will begin to appreciate the tremendous gift that they have inherited as heirs of the Horse Capital of the World.
"We are especially pleased to include 'War Horse' this year. It's a wonderful tale of honor, courage, nobility, duty and sacrifice on the parts of both the people and the horses in the story. And with Steven Spielberg's movie - based on the book - coming out soon, we know that the books will be a big hit with school-age readers."
Books for first graders will be delivered to participating schools by one of the Kentucky Horse Park's resident horses in February and March. Once the children have each taken a turn meeting the horse in person, each is given "Seabiscuit the Wonder Horse" by Meghan McCarthy, to read and keep. After reading the book, most classes will visit the Kentucky Horse Park on April 10. They will watch a live reenactment of the famous Seabiscuit/War Admiral match race, including music, live horses, real jockeys, period costumes, antique cars, award ceremony and paddock scene. They will also be invited to visit the gravesite of the real War Admiral, who is buried at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Fourth-grade students in Fayette, Woodford, Bourbon, Grant, Scott, Clark and Madison counties have already received 4,500 copies of Michael Morpurgo's "War Horse" book. On March 29 in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, these fourth-graders will enjoy a live equine production. They will also have the option of touring the blockbuster exhibition, "The Horse," in the International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian Affiliate, at a special discounted school rate.
The KHPLP has already reached out to share the love of reading and horses to children at the UKHealthCare Kentucky Children's Hospital. Also, 2120 books recently were delivered to seven elementary schools in Clay County, where every child in kindergarten to sixth grade received an age-appropriate book published by Scholastic. Toys for Tots received 600 books written by Walter Farley for its Christmas drive in Scott County, and the Blue Grass Farms Charities received 60 books to distribute to children of local horse farm workers.
The Kentucky Horse Park Literacy Program is funded entirely through private donations and led by a dedicated group of community volunteers. The program's 2011-2012 sponsors include: Kentucky Bank, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, UKHealthCare Kentucky Children's Hospital, Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, PNC Bank, The Little Foundation, Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, and other generous donors.
For more information contact Mollie Jameson, 859-509-1915 or email
Editor's Note: Watch a short video overview of the program: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2fGTmyBLq0&;feature=youtu.be
Meet the Adoptable Horse of the Week: Donna!
As you can see, Donna is an exceptionally beautiful mare. She is also sound, intelligent, young, and kind -- what a great combination!
She is only 3-years-old, 16.1-hands, and spent only a short amount of time on the racetrack, so she doesn't have any bad habits.
Donna is currently in the retraining program at the Kentucky Equine Humane Center where she is preparing for a new home and new career. She is being recommended for low-level jumping or low-level dressage.
If you'd like more information about the lovely Donna, call 859-881-5849 or
Written by: Rebecca WaltonClient: Kentucky Horse Shows LLCRelease Date: 2011-12-12
Lexington, KY – December 12, 2011 – On December 6, 2011, Hugh Kincannon of Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC, was recognized at the United States Hunter Jumper Association’s Evening of Equestrians Awards Dinner. Kincannon received the President’s Distinguished Service Award for his management of USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals, the USEF Pony Finals, and the Alltech National Horse Show, 128th Edition. The USHJA presented the award to Kincannon for his dedication to these events, and his efforts to always go above and beyond to make them a success.
In 2006, USHJA created a new award category, the USHJA President's Distinguished Service Awards. These awards were developed by the President and staff to recognize and honor the dedication and service by members to USHJA and our sport. The staff and President reviewed the programs of USHJA, as well as the work involved in developing and implementing them, and those individuals who have gone beyond the call of duty to bring our sport to a new level and to benefit our membership.
These awards are presented annually at the USHJA Evening of Equestrians Awards Dinner. The recipients of these awards remain a surprise until the night of the presentations. Kincannon was not able to attend the event and Marion Maybank accepted the award on his behalf.
“Receiving this award is very gratifying,” noted Kincannon. “We’re very happy to have the opportunity to be involved with those very special events. A large part of it is the fact that we have the best place to do those events, the Kentucky Horse Park. I think it’s a combination of many factors that makes my job so much easier. It includes my talented staff, the facility, and the cooperation of the groups for whom we are producing those events.”
Kincannon is the founder of Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC, one of the leading horse show management companies in the nation, and is pleased to announce the dates for the 2012 horse show season. Featuring “AA”-rated hunter/jumper competition throughout the spring and summer at the picturesque Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, these events draw the country’s top horse and rider combinations each year.
For more information on Kentucky Horse Shows LLC please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.
Photo Credit: Hugh Kincannon received the USHJA’s President’s Distinguished Service Award. Photo By: Kenneth Kraus/PhelpsSports. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.
Make your visit to the park even better by having a meal at our new Bit & Bridle Restaurant! We're open Wednesdays through Sundays, 11am to 3pm through March 15, 2012. In addition to the following menu, Chef Adam creates delicious daily specials like traditional Kentucky Hot Browns, Southern Fried Chicken, Country Fried Steak, soups and much more. We also have an extensive catering menu so contact us about catering your horse shows and meetings here at the park. For information call Mary Callahan, 859-259-4212 or email her at
Order your parking pass before February 29 and save $5.00 on each parking pass.
"The Horse" is the most recent blockbuster exhibition in the International Museum of the Horse here at the Kentucky Horse Park.
"The Horse" beautifully explores how nature's most majestic creature has shaped our world through140 artifacts and cultural objects from around the world including a complete Samurai saddle from Japan, a full suit of 15th-century German horse armor, and Native American horse accoutrements. Bringing the exhibit to life are a stunning 220-square foot diorama that depicts the horse’s ancestors, a high-definition video that captures in slow motion the rippling muscles of a Thoroughbred race horse, and an interactive video of a life-size horse where visitors can investigate a horse’s pulmonary and digestive systems and other biological traits.
Assembled by the American Museum of Natural History, "The Horse" is the largest travelling exhibition of equine art, artifacts and memorabilia ever assembled and it's on display through April 6, 2012.
Tickets to "The Horse" will make great Christmas gifts for the horse lover in your family, or for those who are simply interested in history and art. It's also full of interactive exhibits for kids.
"The Horse" is included with Kentucky Horse Park admission for only $10, or you can purchase a "museum only" ticket for $8, which will also include the American Saddlebred Museum.
To purchase tickets for "The Horse," call 859-259-4280 or stop by the Kentucky Horse Park Wed-Sun, 9am to 5pm.
Get more information on this fantastic exhibition,"THE HORSE."
This happy trio of four-legged Breyer friends embodies the mission of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): to protect animals from suffering and harm. Their mission is to speak up for their real-life counterparts, who have no voice and rely on ASPCA, and animal lovers everywhere, for help.
Good Giving ChallengeKentucky Horse Park FoundationShow your support for the Kentucky Horse Park through this new campaign that will help the foundation continue to provide enhancements for the park!Contact Maria Jones, 859-255-5727 http://khpfoundation.org/index.php?option=com_content&;view=article&id=126:goodgiving-challenge&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=206