Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Kentucky Horse Park
Synchronized swimming has some serious competition from horses. The 4th Annual “Bluegrass Blast” Open Drill Team Competition and 2013 4-H Nationals is this Saturday, December 7, at the KHP’s Alltech Arena.
Saturday’s drill team competition is all business, starting at 9 am, for multi-state teams from Youth Novice all the way to Adult with specialty divisions for Theatrical Theme, Gaited and Rodeo. 4-H Teams compete after their individual state competitions. Check out yet another unique equine sport!
For more information about the Bluegrass Blast, contact Karen Smith at (931)445-5211 or find them on Facebook under Bluegrass Blast Drill Team Competition & 4-H Nationals.
Date & Time:Saturday, December 7, 2013 – 9:00 am – 8:00 pm (or earlier depending on registrations)
Schedule:8:00 am – Check-in/coaches and judges meeting9:00 am – 4-H Nationals drill competition starts10:30 am – 4-H Awards ceremony 11:00 am – Open Drill Team Competition starts 8:00 pm – Open Awards Ceremony
Admission:Included in Kentucky Horse Park general admission, horse show-only rate available
Location & Parking:Alltech Arena
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Southern Lights holiday festival, presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., returns to the Kentucky Horse Park November 22 to December 31. In addition to reaching the milestone of two decades as a tradition for Kentucky families, Southern Lights, produced by the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, has also achieved status as a premier holiday event in the region and nation. More than 115,000 individuals in more than 27,000 vehichles attend Southern Lights annually.
From 5:30 until 10:00 pm each evening, visitors will be awed by the majestic light displays against the winter landscape. The drive begins at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground, and will proceed through an enhanced dreamland of dazzling lighted and often animated figures. While many displays represent the holiday season, favorites are customized to represent the Bluegrass state.
This year’s displays include the Christmas Village, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Keeneland Race Track, Show Jumping, Steeplechase and the Spires of Churchill Downs — displays comprising thousands of twinkling lights. New this year will be several Wizard of Oz light displays featuring favorite characters Dorothy, Toto, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Lion, and the Wicked Witch.
After enjoying the drive, visitors will be able to leave their cars behind and visit inside the other attractions inside the park to see a multitude of holiday happenings and seasonal entertainment. Enjoy shopping the Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop and holiday craft vendors. Bring the little ones to meet and have their picture taken with Santa Claus and Frosty. There will also be an exotic petting zoo, pony rides, camel rides and, new this year, an encounter with live reindeer. Catch a ride on the Mini Train Express as it goes chug-chug-chugging around the Man o’ War statue. Then be sure to stop by and see the model trains and antique dollhouses, visit the International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian Affiliate, and enjoy a festive dinner in the Bit & Bridle Restaurant.
The American Bus Association (ABA) selected Southern Lights as a Top 100 event for 2013 and 2014, which is an annual compendium of the best events for group travel in the United States and Canada. Winners are chosen from hundreds of celebrations, festivals, fairs, commemorative events, and more that have been nominated by ABA members. The Southeast Tourism Society has again selected Southern Lights a Top 20 Event among states across the Southeast, and the Kentucky Travel Industry Association annually selects Southern Lights as a Top 10 Winter/Holiday Event in Kentucky.
The Southern Lights Stroll, on Thursday, November 21, is the only night the lights can be viewed on foot. Featuring a competitive 5K race in addition to the leisurely stroll available to families, the Southern Lights Stroll is $15 for pre-registered adults ($20 walk-up) and includes a long-sleeved T-shirt for the first 500 registered adults; $10 for pre-registered kids 7-12 ($15 walk-up) includes a souvenir holiday item for the first 200 registered children. Sponsored in part by John’s Run/Walk Shop, the event features race awards, prize drawings, refreshments, entertainment, the Mini Train Express and more. For more information about the Southern Lights Stroll, visit here – http://www.kyhorsepark.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=4931.
All proceeds support the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. The 2013 Shining Star Presenting Sponsor is Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.; the Holly & Ivy Sponsors are Kerr Brothers and Cafe Press, Inc.; and, the Ribbons & Bows Sponsor is Kentucky Utilities.
For more information on Southern Lights, group admissions, and the Southern Lights Stroll registration, contact the KHP Foundation at (859) 255-5727 or at
ADDITIONAL ATTRACTIONS -
Kentucky Horse Park Gift ShopHoliday Craft FairPony Rides and Camel Rides ($)Exotic Petting ZooReindeer EncounterSanta Claus with visits from Frosty and pictures with Santa, with Lexington Rotary Club ($)Mini Train ExpressLive Entertainment and Activities for ChildrenBluegrass Railroad Club Model TrainsThe Bluegrass Miniature Society Dollhouses International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian AffiliateBit & Bridle Restaurant, home of Santa’s Workshop
SPECIAL NIGHTS/WEEKENDS (included with admission) -
November 29-30: Christmas Carriage Parade Covered ArenaDecember 6-7: Breyer WeekendDecember 13-14: Frosty's Family FunhouseDecember 17 (Tuesday): Military Night (must show valid military ID for one personal vehicle admission)
Dates & Times: November 21, 2013 – Southern Lights Stroll- 5:00 pm registration, 6:45 pm stroll beginsNovember 22 - December 31, 2013 - 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm each eveningDriving tour only on Thanksgiving night, November 28, and December 24-31 (indoor closed)
Admission:Personal Vehicle Sunday – Thursday $15.00Friday and Saturday $20.00Other VehicleExtended Van $30.00Limousine $30.00Mini-Bus $50.00School Bus $75.00Motor coach $125.00
Location & Parking:Enter at KHP Campground entrance to drive through lights,Park in Main Visitor Parking to go to additional attractions inside the park
Directions to the Kentucky Horse Park: http://kyhorsepark.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=610&Itemid=336Please note that some electronic map services available on Apple and Android mobile and auto GPS devices are not providing accurate directions to the Kentucky Horse Park. We recommend that visitors use home computers to access a mapping service for directions, use the directions provided on the KHP website, follow the brown highway signs or call ahead to double-check their route. Additionally, we recommend that out-of-town visitors use Interstate 75, Exit 115 (Newtown Pike) instead of Exit 120 (Georgetown Road) to access the Southern Lights entrance at the KHP Campground to help avoid congestion and a left-hand turn across traffic into the park.
Help us set the holiday season in motion by coming out for the 12th annual Southern Lights Stroll, Thursday night, November 21, where you can run, walk or stroll through the holiday displays in the heart of horse country.
With the return of the Southern Lights holiday festival, presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Inc., the Southern Lights Stroll also returns on the festival's opening night on Thursday, November 21. This is the only evening of the seasonal event when the public is allowed to experience a major portion of the lighted route on foot. Now in its 12th season, the Southern Lights Stroll has proven popular, from casual walkers and families who bring out their children and dogs to get photos and see the lights outside of a car to serious runners who come to compete in the 5K portion of the “stroll.”
Visitors will take in displays of the Christmas Village, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Keeneland Race Track, Show Jumping, Steeplechase and the Spires of Churchill Downs — displays comprising of thousands of twinkling lights. New this year will be several Wizard of Oz light displays featuring favorite characters Dorothy, Toto, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Lion, and the Wicked Witch.
John’s Run/Walk Shop has donated its services to the competitive 5K race, and awards will be given to winners. Additional activities include complimentary Mini Train Express rides, refreshments, prize drawings and more. A food drive for God’s Pantry and a local animal shelter will be held in conjunction with this event. All participants are asked to bring non perishable items to help local families and animals in need.
Pre-registration through November 10 is $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for kids 7-12. Registration after November 10 is $20.00 for adults and $15.00 for kids 7-12. Walk-up registration on November 21 begins at 5:00 pm, and the stroll begins at 6:45 pm. Check-in is at the park’s Visitor Information Center. The first 500 registered adults receive a free souvenir T-shirt and the first 200 registered kids receive a free holiday souvenir.
All proceeds support the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. The 2013 Shining Star Presenting Sponsor is Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.; the Holly & Ivy Sponsors are Kerr Brothers and Cafe Press, Inc.; and, the Ribbons & Bows Sponsor is Kentucky Utilities. Additional sponsors are Pepsi, SafetyTec and John's Run/Walk Shop.
The Southern Lights driving route is open to vehicles from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm nightly from November 22 to December 31, 2013. The additional attractions inside the park will be open every night except November 28 and December 24 - 31. The cost is $15.00 per car Sunday through Thursday evenings and $20.00 per car on Friday and Saturday nights. To learn more about Southern Lights, visit here – http://kyhorsepark.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=4932.
Pre-registration for the 5K is available, but walk-ups are welcome too! For more information about the Southern Lights Stroll and to register, visit here - http://kyhorsepark.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4541&Itemid=438.
Dates & Times: November 21, 2013 – Southern Lights Stroll- 5:00 pm registration, 6:45 pm stroll begins
Registration: Pre-registration through November 10 $15.00 for adults $10.00 for kids 7-12
Registration after November 10 $20.00 for adults $15.00 for kids 7-12
Location & Parking: Check-in at the Visitor Information Center Park in Main Visitor Parking Lot
Directions to the Kentucky Horse Park: http://kyhorsepark.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=610&Itemid=336
Please note that some electronic map services available on Apple and Android mobile and auto GPS devices are not providing accurate directions to the Kentucky Horse Park. We recommend that visitors use home computers to access a mapping service for directions, use the directions provided on the KHP website, follow the brown highway signs or call ahead to double-check their route. Additionally, we recommend that out-of-town visitors use Interstate 75, Exit 115 (Newtown Pike) instead of Exit 120 (Georgetown Road) to access the Southern Lights entrance at the KHP Campground to help avoid congestion and a left-hand turn across traffic into the park.
Park Honored in Top 25 United States Amusement Parks and Water Parks Category for 2013
The Kentucky Horse Park has been chosen as an overall winner in the Top 25 Amusement Parks and Water Parks in the United States category by TripAdvisor in its 2013 Travelers’ Choice® awards for attractions. One of the world’s largest travel sites, TripAdvisor has established itself as one of the most important for travel information among consumers due to its platform of posting unbiased reviews of real travelers.
This is the first year that Travelers’ Choice honors have been presented to attractions. The TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Attractions awards recognize the world’s best landmarks, parks, museums, and amusement and water parks, based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travelers around the world on TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm that determines rankings based on the quantity, quality and frequency of reviews for any given property.
“We are thrilled to be honored by TripAdvisor as one of the Top 25 Amusement Parks in the United States, and are fully cognizant of the excellent company we are in,” said John Nicholson, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park. “We understand and appreciate that it is not only TripAdvisor but also the reviews of our visitors that have afforded us this honor, and we will strive to continue to be worthy of their esteem and recognition.”
“To inspire travelers setting out on summer trips, TripAdvisor has named the top attractions across the globe based on the valuable feedback from millions worldwide,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “Honoring more than 1,200 winners, these remarkable sights offer enriching and entertaining experiences for travelers of all ages.”
The Kentucky Horse Park is unique in the Top 25 Amusement Parks and Water Parks category, being the only attraction devoted entirely to the horse. Known as “THE place to get close to horses,” there are plenty of opportunities to do so throughout the park. From meeting retired racing greats at the Hall of Champions, to seeing horses of all types and sizes in the Horses of the World Show, taking a ride with draft horses on the Horse Drawn Tour, or petting mares and foals in the Kids Barn, visitors get a personal experience with horses when visiting the park.
Admission to the park includes three different equine museums. The International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian Affiliate, explores man’s relationship with the horse throughout history. The American Saddlebred Museum & Gift Shop, the “Showplace for Saddlebreds,” is the home of Kentucky’s first native breed of horse and is exhibiting “The Art of Selling with Saddlebreds: The Show Horse in Vintage Advertising” through January. The Wheeler Museum in the United States Hunter Jumper Association headquarters, exhibits memorabilia from the hunter jumper sport and the Show Jumping Hall of Fame.
In addition, the Kentucky Horse Park hosts equine competitions and breed shows, special breeds weekends and community events throughout the many competition and show facilities located on park grounds, most of which are included with park admission. Events are scheduled nearly every weekend at the park throughout the year, and a full listing of these events and their dates is available at www.KyHorsePark.com.
General admission, including the next day free, is $16 for adults and $8 for children 7-12. Children six and under are always admitted free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult. Admission includes the International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian Affiliate, and the American Saddlebred Museum & Gift Shop. Additional activities such as horseback riding, pony rides and tours to area horse farms are available through the park and are offered at an additional fee.
For reviews on the Kentucky Horse Park, go to http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g39588-d103526-Reviews-Kentucky_Horse_Park-Lexington_Kentucky.html. To see 2013 Travelers’ Choice winners, go to www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice.
Funny Cide, Thoroughbred Champion and Hall of Champions resident, will be off the park August 1-8 for a special trip:
Funny Cide, winner of two legs of Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown in 2003, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, will travel to Saratoga Springs, N.Y. for a special 10th anniversary celebration to mark his victories and the 150th Anniversary of Racing at Saratoga. The only New York-bred to win the Kentucky Derby, Funny Cide returns home to make an appearance at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, for an Equine Retirement Day Salute to Funny Cide.
The day will start with a meet and greet in the paddock with Funny Cide at 11:30 a.m., which will include his trainers, Barclay Tagg and Robin Smullen; and Jack Knowlton, representing his owners, the Sackatoga Stable. The New York Racing Association will be on hand to give out 1,000 Funny Cide posters. Funny Cide’s former jockeys, Jose Santos and Richard Migliore, will sign autographs to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Four New York-based horse retirement organizations will be at the track and will accept donations throughout the day. Later, Funny Cide will lead the post parade for the Vanderbilt at the track, approximately 5-5:45 p.m.
Funny Cide, or “Funny” as he is known at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions where he has lived since being retired to the park in 2008, will be away from the park Aug. 1 - 8 for the trip to New York. Funny retired with the highest earnings ever by a New York-bred Thoroughbred at $3,529,412. At the 2003 Kentucky Derby, he was known as “the people’s horse” mostly through the story of his owners - a group of former high school buddies who pooled their money to buy the chestnut gelding. He can usually be seen at the Hall of Champions daily throughout the summer at 10:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
Learn more at www.nyra.com/saratoga/information/events/.
CKRH has partnered with the Kentucky National Guard and the Kentucky Horse Park to honor our service members with a fun-filled day of equine educational sessions, social recreation & all general admission horse park shows, museums and activities free of charge.
FREE Trail Ride for the First 50 People to RSVP !!and One FREE Pony Ride for Each Child !!
Free shows & exhibits include:*Spring Hunter Jumper Show*Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries*National Horse Show: Glamour and Sport*Trolley Tours*Hall of Champions Show*Horses of the World
Discounts include:*Trail rides only $17*20% off all camp sites
For details and online registration information, visit kentuckydressageassociation.org.
Come visit Derby Days, the chance to meet past Kentucky Derby winners, Funny Cide and Go for Gin, right here at the Kentucky Horse Park on May 3 and 4.
Help us celebrate the 10th anniversary of Funny Cide’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness wins, and Go for Gin’s 1994 Kentucky Derby win, by visiting with them in their stalls or catching them at the Hall of Champions Show.
View one of the largest collections of past Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown trophies anywhere, on display in the International Museum of the Horse, featuring the trophies of Triple Crown winners Affirmed and Seattle Slew. The museum’s collection includes the amazing Calumet Farm’s eight Derby trophies, seven Preakness trophies, two Belmont platters and two Triple Crown trophies for Whirlaway in 1941 and Citation in 1948.
Racing fans and history buffs will further have the opportunity to visit the grave of Isaac Burns Murphy, probably the world’s greatest Thoroughbred jockey, who won the Kentucky Derby three times, and achieved an incredible lifetime winning record of 44%. Kentucky Derby winners War Admiral, Bold Forbes and Alysheba, among other great Thoroughbred horses, are also buried on park grounds.
The Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop provides officially-licensed Derby merchandised including Daily Racing Forms and programs, and, of course, carries a variety of Derby hats, fancy to plain; scarves; ties; prints and notecards; and, books on Kentucky’s Thoroughbred racing heritage.
This family-friendly event also includes performances by two singer/songwriters, Taylor Dye and Dale Pyatt, and the Bittersweet Cloggers on both Friday and Saturday, and stick horse making and a coloring contest for the kids all day Saturday.
Each child (7-12) will receive a free return visit to the park just for visiting, and adult guests will be eligible for a drawing for one of several Family Season Passes.
Bring the family out to the Kentucky Horse Park for Derby Days to experience beautiful Kentucky scenery, horse culture and a lovely compliment to your Derby weekend!
Dates & Times -
Friday, May 3, 2013 – 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday, May 4, 2013—9:00 am-5:00 pm
Adults - $16.00
Children (7-12) $8.00
*Guests who show a wagering ticket from Keeneland, or here at the drive-thru booths at the Kentucky Horse Park, will receive up to 50% off of general admission on Friday or Saturday.
Photo by Steve Faust.
Spring Bay Horse Trials
The Spring Bay Horse Trials are this weekend, April 6 and 7. Spring Bay is the first United States Equestrian Federation competition in the area for the new year for riders from novice to preliminary level and for horses that may be new to the sport of eventing as well. It is also a dual-site event with the trials being held at both the Kentucky Horse Park and the Masterson Station Park, a few miles away in Lexington.
Dressage and Stadium Jumping will be held on Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park, and Cross Country will be held on Sunday at Masterson Station Park. More than 250 horses have been entered to compete over the two days, with seven states and Canada represented in the registrations.
The Masterson Award will be given to the Junior Young Rider Preliminary Champion and the Foxmoor Trophy will be given to the Adult Amateur Preliminary Champion.
For more information, contact Mary Fike at 859/621-2479 or at
Included in Kentucky Horse Park general admission, horse-show only rate available
Main Visitor Parking Lot
Saturday - Dressage in Dressage Complex (begins 8:00 am)
Saturday - Stadium Jumping in Claiborne and Stonelea Rings (begins 10:15 am)
Sunday - Cross Country at Masterson Station Park (begins 8:30 am)
Saturday, April 6, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm (approx.)
Sunday, April 7, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm (approx.)
The annual Hippity Hoppity Hunt takes place at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground on Saturday, March 30! Little campers and their parents will enjoy the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt, a petting zoo, crafts, inflatables and a lunch sponsored by Northside RVs.
The Hippity Hoppity Hunt is open only to campers, so be sure to get your reservation in by contacting the KHP Campground at (800) 370-6416 directly or the reservation system at (888) 4KY-PARK or www.parks.ky.gov or going straight to the campground pages on this website at:
Date and Time:
Saturday, March 30 – 11 am – 3pm
$30.00 – Sunday-Thursday per night/1-8 people
$32.00 – Friday-Saturday per night/1-8 pepole
$26.00 per night/primitive with electric
$20.00 per night/primitive