Adoptable Horses from the Kentucky Horse ParkWe’re looking for good homes for two of our former Parade of Breeds stars. If you are interested in either of the horses below, please contact Ashlea Gullett-Beeson in our Equine Department for more information, 859-259-4256 or
ORIGINAL ZIN, “Legend”16.2 h. Thoroughbred, 2001
Legend is quite a character. He retired from the racetrack and spent two years in our Breeds Barn representing the Thoroughbred and the sport of racing. He enjoys entertaining the staff with his inquisitive, sometimes goofy personality.
Legend is suitable for an intermediate-advanced adult rider doing low-level dressage and trail riding. He also wouldn’t object to being a pasture ornament. He’s quite the looker – chestnut with chrome and a big blaze. He plays well with others, trailers, stands for the vet and farrier, clips, bathes and ties. He is currently barefoot.
BHF Wind Dancer, “Dancer” (Winds of Warr x Khemos Love Song)15.1 h. Arabian, foaled 1992
If you’re looking for a sweet, cuddly horse, Dancer is your man. He retired from a show career and spent a year in our Breeds Barn representing the Arabian breed. He loves people and attention, and would be the perfect back-yard pony for a family.
Dancer is suitable for very light riding or as a pasture companion. He is bay with a black mane and tail. He gets along great with other horses, and is happy to live in the pasture 24/7. He trailers, stands for vet and farrier, clips, bathes and ties. He is currently barefoot. Easy keeper.
This is Lovey, the official Barn Cat, official Greeter and Official Mouser of the Hall of Champions. Watch this exciting video of her performing her duties this morning http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsa0ebPWmLE then come out to meet her and her equine companions Funny Cide, Go for Gin, Cigar, Da Hoss, Be a Bono, Staying Together, Western Dreamer and Mr. Muscleman. Photo by Steve Faust.
KENTUCKY (August 17, 2011) Do you remember where you were on 9/11/2001 when the twin towers came down? Now you can make a great, new 10th year memory by helping honor the fallen and our Wounded Warriors.
Join The Corporal Bill McMillan-Bluegrass Chapter of the Association of the United States Army as we honor and give back. Come to the Kentucky Horse Park on Sunday morning, 9/11 by 7:45 and participate in a 5K Run or Walk or a One Mile Walk, preceded by a short, patriotic ceremony. Be cheered on by our local Wounded Warriors.
Meet the Kentucky Equine Humane Center's adoptable horse of the week: Christy.
She was surrendered to KyEHC when her owner passed away. She is a very quick learner, trailer loads, lunges and has learned the seven games of natural horsemanship.
Christy has excellent ground manners and stands well for the farrier. She is well suited to many disciplines. Her mother is 16 hands so they anticipate that she will grow quite a bit before maturity.
For more information on Christy or any of the other adoptable horses at KyEHC, please contact them at
Laura is a 3-year-old Suffolk Punch, who just arrived at the Kentucky Horse Park on August 11, 2011, from her home in Alabama. She will be on staff in the park's Draft Horse Barn, representing her breed, the Suffolk, which originated in England.
The Suffolk Punch is small for a draft horse, usually only 16.1 hands, and always chestnut.
They are known as the Rolls Royce of the draft horse breeds.
This is the first time Laura has been away from her farm, so she is still a little unsure about her new home in Kentucky. Watch a video.
Kentucky Classic CDE 859-588-1933 •
Were you one of the thousands of people who enjoyed the spectacular combined driving last October at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington? Get ready for more carriage-driving action at the Horse Park this fall! The inaugural Kentucky Classic Combined Driving Event (CDE) will take place October 7–9. A new, dedicated driving arena is currently under construction and will hold the dressage and cones competitions for the new Kentucky Classic CDE. Singles, pairs, and four-in-hand teams of horses and ponies—at the preliminary, intermediate, and advanced levels—will compete over the course of three days. For this first year only, the event has adopted a slightly modified competition schedule, with advanced-level dressage and cones on Friday afternoon, preliminary- and intermediate-level dressage and cones on Saturday, and the marathon on Sunday. For the marathon phase, the Kentucky Classic CDE will use seven of the eight marathon obstacles designed by Richard Nicoll for last year’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s Kentucky Classic CDE will benefit the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation and the Central Kentucky Riding for Hope’s (CKRH) therapeutic-driving program. Next year’s event, the second annual Kentucky Classic CDE, will host the 2012 USEF National Pony Driving Championships. For current news and updates before, during, and after the event, please “like” the Kentucky Classic Combined Driving Event on Facebook. # # #
Billy O'Brien, a Gypsy Vanner horse, arrived at the Kentucky Horse Park on the morning of August 11, 2011. He will be the newest staff member in the Breeds Barn, where he will be shown in the daily Parade of Breeds for park visitors. He will represent his breed under saddle and driving a carriage.
Watch a video taken minutes after Billie O'Brien arrived.
NEWS RELEASEContact: Cindy Rullman859-259-4209
Kentucky Derby Winner Go for Gin Retires to Kentucky Horse Park
LEXINGTON, KY (August 11, 2011) Go for Gin, the 1994 winner of the Kentucky Derby (G1), has arrived in Lexington, Kentucky, to make his home in the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions alongside fellow Derby winner Funny Cide, two-time Breeders’ Cup winner Da Hoss, and racing superstar Cigar.
John Nicholson, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park, said, "Go for Gin will make another great addition to our Hall of Champions. We entertain nearly 1 million visitors each year and they will be delighted to have the opportunity to meet a horse of his caliber, who performed so well in all three Triple Crown races."
Go for Gin was bred in Kentucky by Pamela DuPont Darmstadt, owned by William J. Condren and Joseph M. Cornacchia, and trained by Nick Zito. As a 2-year-old, the son of Cormorant-Never Knock, by Stage Door Johnny won the Remsen S (G2). At 3, he was one of the few racehorses to beat the mighty Holy Bull, which he did in winning the Derby. He followed that win with a second in the Preakness S (G1) to Tabasco Cat and second in the Belmont S (G1), also to Tabasco Cat. That same year he also came up just short in the Wood Memorial (G1) and Fountain of Youth S (G2) for second.
In all, from ages 2 to 4, Go for Gin was in the money in 14 out of 19 starts with earnings of $1,380,866.
He took up stud duty at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky, and was later sold to Bonita Farm in Maryland, where he has been standing since 2004. His progeny have earned more than $16.5 million and include Albert the Great, winner of more than $3 million.
William Boniface, owner of Bonita Farm, stated, "On behalf of our very dear friend and partner Joe Cornacchia, Bonita Farm is appreciative that the Kentucky Horse Park has accepted our donation of the Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin. I feel that their work providing for and displaying to the public the Top Thoroughbreds is very beneficial to our sport."
John Nicholson concluded, "We’re glad that his connections chose to allow Go for Gin to spend the rest of his days at the Kentucky Horse Park, where he will continue to be respected, appreciated and well cared-for."
The public is invited to welcome him back home to Kentucky.
Park Hours and Rates: Through November 6, the park is open seven days a week. Admission is $16 for adults, $9 for children 7-12. Children six and under are always admitted free of charge. Admission includes the International Museum of the Horse – In Association with the Smithsonian Institution - and the American Saddlebred Museum.
EDITOR'S NOTE: A high-resolution photo of Go For Gin at the Kentucky Horse Park is available for use with this press release by emailing
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 Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet that hosted more than one million visitors and campers, as well as 15,000 competition horses in more than 100 special events and horse shows in 2010. 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.
Upcoming Kentucky Horse Park Events and News:
-Now through Oct 23: Ancient Bronzes of the Asian Grasslands exhibition in the International Museum of the Horse
-Now through Dec 31: Celebrities: Saddlebreds and Personalities from the Silver Screen, Cinema and History exhibition in the American Saddlebred Museum
-Now through Aug 6: Natural Horseman and Performer Guy McLean
-Now through Aug 7: Kentucky Summer Classic Hunter Jumper Show
-This weekend Aug 6: Hats Off Day a free day at the park!
-This weekend Aug 6: Rood & Riddle Grand Prix to benefit KHP Foundation and Kentucky Equine Humane Center
-Aug 9-14: USEF Pony Finals
-Aug 17-21: Bluegrass Festival Hunter Jumper Show
-Aug 19-20: USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals
-Aug 24-28: Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association Show
-Sep 1-5: Bluegrass Classic Cluster Dog Show
-Sep 2-4: Kentucky Classique Horse Trials
-Sep 6-11: NRHA East Coast Championship
-Sep 9-11: MSEDA Dressage at the Park
Other equine interests & future events:
-Alltech National Horse Show debuts new website
-Horses and Hope Trail Ride
-Save the Date - Save a Horse! Black Tie Gala at Alltech National Horse Show
-Meet some of the adoptable KyEHC horses!
-Bronze statue of Ch Wild Eyed & Wicked unveiled at American Saddlebred Museum
-For the most current information on the Kentucky Horse Park, follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
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MEDIA ALERTCindy Rullman859-259-4209
LEXINGTON, KY (August 1, 2011) The Kentucky Horse Park is honored to welcome Guy McLean, an accomplished, self taught, thinking horseman, who will be appearing this week at the park.
Through a complete love of horses and a burning desire to find better ways of building relationships with horses, not having to use force, instead, asking them to do the job as a partner, Guy has developed his own training methods, trying something new every day as a new personality poses new problems to work through.
Master Horseman Guy McLean provides a true Australian experience. His performances include 1 to 4 horses, young horse starting, bush poetry and whip cracking. Guy has performed across Australia over the past 10 years and at Equitana Asia Pacific, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, corporate events and numerous agricultural shows.
In 2005, Guy won the Australian Horsemanship Challenge, in which he had 2 hours to start a young horse and perform a set routine. He is also a 2-time Australian Bush Poetry Champion and 2002 and 2006 Ambassador of the Outback.
Guy is performing this week, through Saturday, August 6, twice a day in the Parade of Breeds at the Kentucky Horse Park. Included with park admission.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please take a few minutes to watch Guy's video, to see why we're so excited and honored to have this horseman and performer here at the park: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYNNSiDoOVk. Guy performs at 11am and 2pm, and is available for interviews.
Park Hours and Rates: Through November 6, the park is open seven days a week. Admission is $16 for adults, $9 for children 7-12. Children six and under are always admitted free of charge. Admission includes the International Museum of the Horse - In Association with the Smithsonian Institution - and the American Saddlebred Museum.