For the Love of Horses
Lexington’s Kentucky Horse Park brings equestrians together in celebration of the horse.
By Rachel Florman and Alannah Castro
It’s not hard to understand the appeal of Lexington, Kentucky. With endless acres of wooden fences and green pastures, the thundering hooves calling from Keeneland Racecourse and a city steeped in equestrian tradition, Lexington is a must-see for any horse lover.
At the heart of the horse world lies the Kentucky Horse Park, a true celebration of all things equine. Hooves have traversed its hallowed ground for more than 200 years, and the 1,200-plus-acre park welcomes more than 800,000 visitors annually.
“The Kentucky Horse Park is located within a day’s drive within most of the population of the United States, which makes it wonderfully convenient for most people to get here,” Kentucky Horse Park Spokeswoman Lisa Jackson said. “Kentucky has a long history of love for the horse, and we continue that today through a place like the Kentucky Horse Park.”
Home of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, as well as major events from dressage to reining—even the 1991 APHA National Show—there’s something for everyone within the park’s gates. Winter attractions include the U.S. Dressage Finals and Southern Lights, an equine-themed holiday festival of lights. Warmer months feature the annual Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, BreyerFest and the Road to the Horse, each attracting thousands of horse fans from across the nation.
“We have a variety of facilities and footing to be able to diversify ourselves and attract everything from hunter-jumper shows to Western events,” Lisa said. “We have numerous events throughout the whole summer season, with every single weekend and most weeks taken up with at least one and often up to four or five horse shows going on.”
Step into the International Museum of the Horse and explore the horse-human relationship through the ages. The museum is touted as the largest of its kind—dedicated to documenting the horse’s influence on global civilization. Wander through the galleries to marvel at intricate artwork and artifacts that detail the profound effect of hoof prints on history books.
Reignite your Passion
Learn more about the Kentucky Horse Park online.
This is an excerpt from the full article—get the whole story in the Winter 2016 Chrome magazine, which is provided to all current APHA members. Not a member? Join or renew at apha.com/join.