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 The KHP Volunteer Program has reopened shifts on a limited basis due to COVID-19. Please contact the Program Director for details.  

HOW TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER:

1.  Complete the online volunteer application and waiver.

2. Review and sign Acknowledgement of Receipt of KHP Volunteer Program Policies & Procedures. 

3.  Volunteer Manager will send you a link to a background check in a separate email to complete (from sterlingvolunteers.com)

4.  The Volunteer Manager will be in touch to schedule an interview and orientation.


COVID-19 Volunteer Procedures – Phase 1 effective June 8

  • All volunteers are required to sign the updated Policies & Procedures acknowledgment form prior to their first shift 
  • If you or anyone in your family has possibly been exposed to COVID-19, have any similar symptoms or a fever (>100.5˚) do NOT come to the park
  • Facemasks required, gloves strongly recommended
  • Practice safe social distancing from all staff, volunteers, and visitors
  • Volunteers are required to wash hands before and after their shift
  • Each department/barn will only host one volunteer each day to allow time for staff to clean shared equipment – if volunteers would like to arrive early/leave later than the shift, that is allowed with supervisor permission
  • Each department/barn will have specific cleaning and sanitizing processes specific to the area
  • All volunteers must sign up for shifts using VicNet
  • New volunteer orientation and hands-on trainings are on hold until further notice

If you have any questions about becoming a KHP Volunteer, please contact the Volunteer & Outreach Manager, Annie Martin at [email protected] or call 859-259-4267.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Equine: Get up close and personal with our beloved horses! Help is needed with general stable duties such as washing, mucking, grooming, tack preparation, harnessing and more! These are busy and hardworking barns. You will get your boots dirty! Before volunteers may begin volunteering in the barns, all volunteers are required to participate in the hands-on training.

  • Breeds Barn: Live performances are held twice a day during the show seasons (mid-March thru October) which educate visitors about the history and diversity of various breeds of horses and disciplines. This barn is very fast-paced in requires volunteers with extensive horse experience.
  • Big Barn: This is where our gentle giants reside. There is a lot to groom, but it’s worth it after seeing them well turned out drawing a trolley load of visitors around the park! There are even opportunities to narrate carriage tours!
  • Hall of Champions: Here you can find our celebrity horses who have retired from the racetrack or the show ring. Each day they relive some of their former glory through presentations to the public. Come help them look their best for their fans!
  • Mounted Police: Help bring horses in, groom, feed, bathe and clean tack and stalls. The unit holds mounted clinics and symposiums throughout the year; volunteers are needed to assist with these clinics.

Park Representative: Volunteers advise and direct guests on how to best enjoy their time at the Park. Representatives must be positive, outgoing and dedicated to having a broad knowledge of the Park and its rich history. Volunteers are required to shadow an experienced volunteer or staff before signing up for Park Representative shifts alone.

  • Shuttle Driving: Drive one of the parks 6 or 8-seater golf carts throughout the park, shuttling guests to various areas of the park.
  • Tour Guide: There are thousands of adult and school group visitors coming to the Park every year. Tour guides give interpretive tours of the Museum, park grounds, Mounted Police barn and to various VIP and media groups. The Volunteer office has multiple scripts and history books if you are interested!
  • Field Trip Tours: Work with the education department and guide school groups throughout the park, answering questions, encouraging learning and involvement with horses.
  • Information Host: Hosts can be placed at the Visitor Center, Museum desk and in the barns to welcome guests, provide information about activities and programs, monitor security cameras, answer phones, directing visitors, assisting with props and to notify staff in an emergency.
  • International Museum of the Horse: work at the front desk of the largest equine museum in North America! Greet guests, answer questions and facilitate tours throughout the IMH. There are also opportunities to work in the IMH Library and with IMH Education.
  • Special Events: Volunteers are needed for various events to help with the preparation for and during events. Duties may include advising and directing visitors, ticket taking, registration, package stuffing, t-shirt sorting, shuttle driving and traffic control.

Behind the Scenes: Volunteers are needed to help with office duties, cleaning and general maintenance around the grounds.

  • Museum Assistant: Volunteers will work directly with museum staff on a variety of projects requiring different levels of knowledge and expertise. Project areas include archives, library, research, conservation, and exhibitions.
  • Clerical: Duties may include filing, mailings, inventory, processing requests and data entry. Maintenance/Landscaping: Help to keep the grounds looking immaculate by planting trees, picking up trash, cleaning the arenas and more!

2020 DAILY SCHEDULE

10:00 am   Breeds Barn 
10:45 am   Hall of Champions
11:15 am   Big Barn
12:00 pm   IMH Presentation (Wed.-Sat. only)
1:00 pm   Breeds Barn
2:00 pm   Big Barn
3:00 pm   Hall of Champions Kentucky Derby Winner Turn-Out

 

Breeds Barn: 10:00 am & 1:00 pm 

We’ll introduce you to some of the horses that call the Breeds Barn home during this demonstration! 

 

Hall of Champions: 10:45 am & 3:00 pm

Meet the Park’s resident Champions! Visit at 3:00 pm to meet our 2 Kentucky Derby Winners!

 

Big Barn: 11:15 am & 2:00 pm

Visit with the largest horses of the Park in the largest barn of the Park! Guests are welcome to walk through the Big Barn.

 

IMH Presentation: Noon, Wednesday-Saturday 

Join the staff of the International Museum of the Horse as they take a look back into history! Then follow your map to see the Park’s statues and memorials.


VOLUNTEER SHIFTS

Barn Shifts: Daily, 8:30-12:00 and 1:00-4:30
Park Representative Shifts: Daily, 9:00-1:00 and 1:00-5:00
Special Events: specific to each event


VOLUNTEER EDUCATION AND VOLUNTEER SOCIALS

The Volunteer Manager schedules Volunteer Education events monthly and Volunteer Socials four times a year. The Volunteer Education Program is an opportunity for volunteers to go out in the Lexington Community and learn about various businesses and industries that tie in with the mission of the KHP. Volunteer Socials are an opportunity for volunteers to socialize with one another over dinner and drinks, with a focus on a specific barn or area of the park. 


CONTACT

Volunteer Center Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

Annie Martin, Volunteer & Outreach Programs Director
Email: [email protected]
Phone Number: 859-259-4267