Volunteer & Internships

Internship Opportunities

1. Complete the internship application, waiver and background check (no fee).

2. Must be at least 18 years old and pass the background check.

3. Email cover letter, resume, preferred internship dates and hours available each week to Annie Hickey.

We are currently accepting SUMMER 2016 applications for Equine Education, Landscape Management, Museum Collections, and Museum Education internships.

We are currently accepting FALL 2016 application for Equine Education, Equine – Draft Horse Division, Entertainment Host, General Equine, Landscape Management, Marketing, Museum Collections, and Museum Education.

The following positions are now closed for 2016: Campground Recreation and Community Outreach.. Applications for 2017 will be open in September.

Please click on the links for more information about each internship. All positions are unpaid. The Kentucky Horse Park does not provide housing, transportation or pay stipends. Equine related internship applicants must have a moderate amount of experience working with horses.

Volunteer Opportunities

1. Complete the volunteer application, waiver and background check (no fee).

2. Must be at least 18 years old and pass the background check. 

3. Schedule an interview and orientation.


Get up close and personal with our beloved horses! Help with general stable duties such as washing, mucking, grooming and harnessing. Volunteer in the Hall of Champions with our celebrity horses, with over 40 different breeds in the Horses of the World, in the Big Barn with draft horses, the Kids' Barn or Farrier Shop. You will get your boots dirty!

Hands-on Trainings are offered to volunteers with limited experience and provide an opportunity to gain valuable skills and confidence while being taught by one of our equine specialists. Volunteers learn about horse behaviors, barn and pasture safety, grooming, haltering and leading.

Park Representative:

Volunteers advise and direct guests on how to best enjoy their time at the park. Help at the daily shows, give tours and assist with special events! Help visitors navigate the grounds and provide information about activities, programs and equine presentations.

Tour guides give interpretive tours on foot and on shuttles to the thousands of adult and school groups that come to the park each year.

Special Event  volunteers provide information at booths, advise visitors, take tickets, register guests, sort t-shirts, stuff goodie bags, direct 5k runners, run activity stations, handle mini horses, hand out giveaway items and drive shuttles.

Assist with merchandising and decorating in the Gift Shop and Tack Shop or with registration, cleaning sites and shuttling at the Campground.

Behind the Scenes:

Volunteers help with office duties, landscaping, general maintenance and the vital preparation for special events. Contribute in the International Museum of the Horse on projects including exhibitions, archives, library, research, and conservation.

Volunteer Calendar

March 19 - Hippity Hoppity Hunt at the Campground

April 28 - May 1 - Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event

May 22 - High Hope Steeplechase

June 1 - July 31 - KHP/CKRH Equine Troop

July 30 - Hats Off Day

September 30 - Celebrity Team Penning

October 15 & 22 - Halloween at the Campground

November 17 - Southern Lights Stroll

November 19 - December 23 - Southern Lights Holiday Festival


Volunteer Center Hours
Monday: 11:30am-5pm & Tuesday-Thursday: 9:30am-5pm
Annie Hickey, Volunteer and Outreach Manager, (859) 259-4267, Annie.Hickey@ky.gov