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+ Meet Be A Bono, Mr. Muscleman and Other Hall of Champion Horses


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What’s Fresh at the Kentucky Horse Park


Hall of Champions’ Gene Carter


Southern Lights


Letter from the Executive Director


An Experience Like No Other


KHP Foundation


Hoof Notes


Hall of Champions’ Gene Carter


What’s Fresh at the KHP


Shopping & Dining Guide


Celebrity Team Penning


National Horse Show


Southern Lights




Saying “I Do” at the Park


National Horse Center Listing






Looking Forward to the 40th

Writers Margaret Buranen, obin Bush, Bill Cooke, Amanda Harper, aura Klumb, Michelle auch, Jen oyt and sther unker. Photographers Abby aub, Melissa awrence, Woody Phillips and James Shambhu. Publishing Top Marketing Group 465 ast High St., Suite 201, e ington, KY 40507 859.543.8677 TopsIn e .com Keith Yarber, Kristen Oakley, Danielle Pope, Megan Hillenmeyer, Debbie Hodges, Bonni Jiunta, Camile Turner, Savannah Blank, Amanda Harper, Jen Brown, Haley Walls and Maredith Davis.

4089 Iron Works Parkway e ington, KY 40511 Phone 859-233-4303 800-678-8813 info

aura Prewitt Executive Director

isa Jackson Director of PR

Jonathan ang Deputy Executive Director

isa akes Mounted Police Captain

aura Klumb Foundation Executive Director

yan McGaughey Campground Manager

sther unker Marketing Director

Anthony Cardano Director of Guest Experience

David orman Director of Finance

James Shambhu Graphic Designer/Photographer

icole ivera Director of Strategic Business Development

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Welcome Letter from the Executive Director


utumn is a beautiful season at the Kentucky Horse Park. The leaves are turning vibrant colors, the air is crisp and cool, and as the year comes to a close, it’s the perfect time to reflect upon all the great things that have happened here at the Park in 2017. I am honored and fortunate to have the Photo b y opportunity to work amongst such a talJ ames Shamb hu ented team. One of our proudest moments of this past year--and a testament to the quality of our competition facilities--was when the Kentucky Horse Park was voted the readers’ choice winner in the “Favorite Horse Venue” category for 2017 in the Chronicle of the Horse. Some of the other recent exciting achievements at the Kentucky Horse Park involve several facility upgrades, including the extensive renovation of our Visitor’s Center (see page 33 for details). We also hosted a season-long Man o’ War Celebration to commemorate the 100th birthday of the legendary racehorse (page 37). Our Man o’ War promotions, which included a family movie night, 5K/10K road race, and Man o’ Warthemed exhibit in the International Museum of the Horse, bincreased attendance numbers by more than 11% from last year. We additionally enjoyed serving as the venue for champion NASCAR driver Kyle Busch’s media tour this summer (page 34), which helped showcase the Kentucky Horse Park on a local, regional and national stage. The Kentucky Horse Park also has several new and exciting endeavors on the horizon. We are thrilled to be producing and hosting our own rodeo November 17-18 (page 30). We’ve started work on our Black Horsemen of the Kentucky Turf exhibit in the International Museum of the Horse, slated for 2018 (page 17). The Park is looking forward to hosting the Junior eague Horse Show for the first time ne t summer, and also becoming the new home for the Kentucky Book Fair in November. Finally, we are anticipating some fun events to be built around the Kentucky Horse Park’s 40th anniversary celebration next year. I hope you can join us! We are pleased with the progress we’ve made, and look forward to what the future holds for the Kentucky Horse Park as we embark on new opportunities. Our goal is to ensure the 800,000-plus guests and competitors that pass through our gates each year from across the globe have unforgettable experiences and share them with others. Let’s continue working together to celebrate man’s relationship with the horse through the Kentucky Horse Park – a crown jewel of our state. I look forward to seeing you here!

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AN EXPERIENCE Written by Jen Roytz and KHP Staff

Like No Other

Photo b y J ames Shamb hu


edicated to celebrating man’s relationship with horses in every imaginable way, the 1,200-acre Kentucky Horse Park is a place like no other, offering e uine enthusiasts and guests of all ages a wide range of unforgettable e periences. pon arrival, guests can pick up a daily schedule of activities, presentations and events from the Visitor Center to help plan their day and customi e an e perience that will best accommodate them. The Kentucky Horse Park is a true working horse farm. Guests can meander through the park’s grounds, barns and memorials on self-guided tours, or spend the day perusing e hibits in its International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian A liate museum. egardless of which they choose, uni ue e periences await.


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International Museum of the Horse Adjacent to the Visitor Center is the 60,000 s uare foot International Museum of the Horse (IMH), the world’s largest and most comprehensive museum dedicated to chronicling the evolution of horses through the ages. The museum offers an in-depth account of man’s relationship with these magnificent animals. One of IMH’s Brewster Co. carriages was recently featured at the 2017 Keeneland Concours d’ legance. The Basket Governess, one of three Brewster carriages in the Museum’s collection, was completed in 1906 in New York. This two-wheeled vehicle retains its original wicker basket around the seats of which it coins its name. This and other historic carriages can be seen at IMH in the carriage exhibit. If you haven’t visited the International Museum of the Horse lately you should stop in for a visit! The newly updated Legacy of the Horse exhibit features life-like models of the earliest descendants of the horse, as well as a re-created archeological dig site which provides new information on the domestication of the horse.

Photo courtesy of the K entucky Department of T ravel and T ourism

Horses and Shows While the park’s array of presentations and demonstrations will cease operation from Nov. 1-April 1, guests can still view members of its 100-horse herd in the Big Barn, Breeds Barn and Hall of Champions. The last mentioned barn is home to such stars as Kentucky Derby winners Funny Cide and Go For Gin. Guests can also venture to the park’s world-class competition grounds and take in one of the many horse shows and equine events going on throughout the year (dates and times vary).

Campground Located on the beautiful park property, the KHP campground offers 260 spacious sites with paved back-ins, fire rings and picnic tables. The campground also has primitive sites available for those

wishing for a more rustic stay. These areas are firstcome, first-served, and fill uickly on special weekends. While at the campground, guests are encouraged to take advantage of its tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts and participate in planned activities. The campground is additionally connected to the egacy Trail, a 12-mile paved walking and biking trail that extends to downtown Lexington.

Southern Lights Festival One of Lexington’s favorite holiday traditions, the annual Southern ights display offers visitors a driving tour of equestrian and Kentucky-themed holiday lights. After the driving tour, guests can come into the park to enjoy local crafts, a petting zoo and, of course, a visit with Santa. This event runs November 17th through December 31st.

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FOUNDATION W ritten b y L aura K lumb , Executive Director of the K entucky H orse Park Foundation Photo b y J ames Shamb hu

Enhancing the Park T oday. . . Ensuring the Park’ s T omorrow Since its inception in 1985, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation has been an invaluable resource to the Kentucky Horse Park, raising private donations to support the park and fund many special projects, exhibits and capital improvements that would otherwise not have been possible. Through the generosity of its many friends and supporters, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation has helped to grow the Kentucky Horse Park to its current manifestation- a unique combination of an elite venue for equestrian competition, a working horse farm, an educational facility, tourist destination, and home to the National Horse Center.

Examples of proj ects funded b y the K entucky H orse Park Foundation in recent years include: T he construction of three climate- controlled b arns adj acent to A lltech A rena which allow equine events to take place at the park year round. The barns have become an important revenue-generating source for the Kentucky Horse Park annually.

and arenas. Considered to be some of the best equine footing available in the world, this investment has allowed the Kentucky Horse Park to attract world-class events such as the 2010 World uestrian Games and the National Horse Show.

Construction of a dedicated H orse Path running b etw een each of the park’ s b arns and competition venues, making it possible for horses and riders to safely traverse the park grounds away from vehicular tra c. The Foundation raised 100 of the funds to install this path, and continues to pay for the annual maintenance and improvements the path needs.

Renovation and restoration of T he Farmhouse, an original residence on the park’ s grounds, which now serves as a rental facility for private events. With its lovely d cor and renovated kitchen, the Farmhouse is a terrific place to hold small special events.

Purchase of footing for the park’ s competition rings


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Funding for many special exhib its in the K H P’ s I nternational Museum of the H orse (a Smithsonian a liated museum) including A Gift from the Desert,

All the Queen’s Horses, and Imperial China: The Art of the Horse in Chinese History. These internationally acclaimed exhibitions have drawn thousands of visitors and much positive awareness and publicity to the Kentucky Horse Park over the past two decades. A new environmentally friendly electric tram, an alternative fuel electric trolley, and most recently an A DA compliant, w heelchair accessib le electric golf cart shuttle. These investments provide accessibility to the over 1200 acres of the park for the many tourists and guests who visit, accommodating the needs of all visitors regardless of their physical abilities. Renovation and restoration of the b ronz e Man o’ W ar Statue at the entrance to the Kentucky Horse Park to its original appearance. This statue is beloved worldwide and has served as one of the iconic images of the Kentucky Horse Park since the park was founded. A nnual donations in support of the K H P H all of Champions, Breeds Barn and H orse Draw n T our divisions, including purchasing new horses, underwriting special care for resident horses, audio visual equipment, tack and costumes for the KHP shows that take place in these areas. 1 0 0 % of the funding for the K entucky H orse Park Field T rip Program which each year provides thousands of public school children from all over Ken-

tucky with a free visit to the Kentucky Horse Park. The Foundation funds the entry fee for the children and teachers, as well as scholarships to the schools to reimburse them for bus-related expenses. Since its inception in 2010, The KHP Field Trip Program has provided nearly 30,000 Kentucky school children with a free visit to the park. A ll expenses related to the K H P V olunteer Program. With its limited number of paid staff members, the park simply could not operate without this cadre of dedicated volunteers. The volunteer program currently has over 600 volunteers, plus dozens of interns earning college credit and career experiences by giving their time to the park. Annually volunteers and interns donate approximately 15,000 hours of service to the park, or the equivalent time of more than seven full time employees. T he funding needed to renovate the interior of the park’ s V isitor Center. In January, 2017, KHP Foundation committed the funding required for this project. ew d cor, a more e cient layout, and more usable space are just part of the renovation plans for the Visitor Center, with the first phase completed in April 2017. This much-needed facelift will moderni e the forty-year old building, ensuring that the first impression of the park by its hundreds of thousands of annual visitors is positive and welcoming.

The above is just a sampling of projects, programs and improvements donated to the Kentucky Horse Park by the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation over the past 32 years. All of these donations have been made possible by private citizens, companies and foundations which choose to make charitable contributions simply because they are passionate about the park and its focus on celebrating man’s relationship with the horse. The Foundation’s mission is unwavering: to help make the Kentucky Horse Park the best place it can be for all who enjoy it. They hope everyone will join us in this endeavor by choosing to support the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation in the months and years ahead.

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e n W ritten b y Bill Cooke


n spring, 2018, the International Museum of the Horse (IMH) will open a new, permanent exhibition, Black Horsemen of the Kentucky Turf. The contribution of black horsemen to the rise of Kentucky as the Thoroughbred capital of America is undeniable, but virtually unknown. Black horsemen, both before and after the Civil War, formed the backbone of Kentucky’s racing industry. Racing was the nation’s most popular sport, and many of its heroes were black jockeys and trainers. For example, Harry Lewis, an enslaved trainer owned by horseman, Willa Viley, was so important to Viley, that delirious on his deathbed, he tried to kill Lewis so that he could Portrait o Ja e Ji y Win e d on t e Po i oro bred train his horses in heaven. Lewis K iaze Pan i on an a by Po i arti t da bert Ko a subsequently gained his freedom, Wo ie Painted to o e orate Win e d in in t e ro e and went on to train a promising Prei on aden t e ri e t t oro bred ra e in er any three-year-old named Darley, later to be renamed e ington, to his first victory. he enjoyed a long and prosperous career in Russia, The great, formerly enslaved black trainer Ansel Poland, Germany and France, both as a jockey and Williamson trained Aristides, who won the first as an owner and trainer. Kentucky Derby. After emancipation, Isaac Murphy became the most celebrated sports hero of the day The story of the Black experience in the stables and the first jockey inducted into the ational of Kentucky and on the country’s tracks goes far Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame. beyond sport, offering a microcosm of the country itself and the di cult issues it faced. Human With the onset of Jim Crow, Jimmy Winkfield, the slavery, reconstruction, emancipation and the last Black jockey to win the Kentucky Derby in 1902, repressive Jim Crow discrimination still haunt this was forced to take his talents to Europe after threats country today. This exhibit will tell the story of by the KKK and reduced riding opportunities. There the largely forgotten African American experience in the stables and on the tracks here in Kentucky.

The story of the Black experience in the stables of Kentucky and on the country’s tracks goes far beyond sport, offering a microcosm of the country itself and the difficult issues it faced.

Black Horsemen of the Kentucky Turf will also attempt to gather information and recognize the hundreds of forgotten men who, for two centuries provided the expertise and manpower that helped make the Kentucky Thoroughbred Industry the giant it is today.

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o u n te d P o lic e

W ritten b y Michelle Rauch | Photo b y J ames Shamb hu


entucky Horse Park visitors are often greeted by the Mounted Police Unit. Eight full time o cers and eight horses patrol the grounds and act as goodwill ambassadors. “The police horses become an icebreaker between the public and police and build a bridge to allow for positive interaction,” said isa akes, who serves as KHP’s Mounted Police Captain. Three of the horses are in training. They arrived at the park two years ago as foals.

Captain L isa Rakes trains a new

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akes says they are well mannered and can be easily groomed, bathed and clipped.

“They have already seen a lot of sights and sounds that most horses don’t get to see until they are 4 or 5 years old,” she said. The Mounted Police Horses are a draft draft cross breed. Their durable build coupled with a kind disposition and curious nature makes them comfortable with large crowds. “It is uite fun watching them play and figure out what to do. We have placed a teeter totter in their paddock. We will turn them out in the evening and find them standing on the teeter totter or climbing on and off of it to make it rock back and forth, “ akes said. “I cannot imagine having a job that I love doing or work that is more rewarding than being a Mounted Police O cer,” akes said.

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Q |D o y o u d e v e lo p a r a p p o r t w ith th e s e h o r s e s ? A | The horse looks to us for leadership and protection and is so forgiving to us when we place him in the face of danger. One can only hold that dear to the heart. verything we do means something and we must listen to what the horse is trying to tell us. Once we understand why the horse is behaving a certain way, then we will be able to find a way to help them better understand what we want them to do for us. 18

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Q | Do you find there is an a p p r o a c h a b ility b e tw e e n th e public and officers while on m o u n te d p a tr o l? | KHP Mounted Police establishes a dialogue with tourists and the horse community alike. This dialogue allows them to be goodwill ambassadors of the Kentucky Horse Park. The Mounted Police Horses are often the first ones in which guests come in contact. Part of the park e perience includes interacting with the o cers and petting the police horses.


Q | What are the benefits of m o u n te d p a tr o llin g th a t y o u can’t get from cruiser, foot o r b ik e p a tr o l? Mounted Patrols are effective for crowd control in many ways. Because of the height the o cer gains when mounted (giving an overall height of almost 9 feet), o cers can see over the crowd and spot problems. The highly visible o cer presence can make unruly elements in a crowd think twice before creating a problem. The height advantage also helps in directing tra c in and out of the Park as the motorist can easily spot the o cer directing tra c.

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fforts are underway to raise funds to build a life-si ed bron e monument of the famous Marine mare Sergeant eckless at the Kentucky Horse Park in 2018.

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Ted Bassett, former chairman of Keeneland, Breeders’ Cup imited, and the Kentucky Horse Park, volunteered to lead the Sgt. eckless Memorial Fund as a fellow Marine and Purple Heart recipient. “She was a female in a macho male world and proved that courage was not defined by gender,” says Bassett.

eckless was purchased for $250 from a Korean racetrack by members of the nited States Marine Corps and trained to be a pack horse. She uickly became part of the unit and was allowed to roam freely through camp, entering the Marines’ tents, where she would sleep on cold nights, and was known for her willingness to eat nearly anything.

The image of eckless with her body bent nearly double, shouldering canisters of ammunition and struggling up the 45-degree angle of Outpost Vegas, was the image chosen for her bron e memorial. To date, appro imately $130,000 has been raised for the Sgt. eckless Memorial Fund out of a $250,000 goal.

She served in numerous combat actions during the Korean War, carrying supplies and ammunition, and was also used to evacuate the wounded. earning each supply route after only a couple of trips, she often traveled to deliver supplies to the troops on her own, without a handler. The highlight of her nine-month military career came in late March 1953 during the Battle for Outpost Vegas when, in a single day, she made 51 solo trips to resupply multiple front line units. Sergeant eckless was wounded, earning two Purple Hearts. She earned sergeant’s stripes, sewn onto her blanket, and she was the only horse to be commissioned an o cer. “She wasn’t a horse she was a Marine,” goes a saying made popular in a biography by obin Hutton, titled “Sgt. eckless America’s War Horse.”


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W ritten b y Rob in Bush and Esther Z unker Photos b y J ames Shamb hu

egendary horseman Gene Carter has been a fi ture at the Kentucky Horse Park for the last 13 seasons. At 91, he continues to ama e guests every day with his longevity and youthfulness, terrific way with horses, and lively accounts of his life e periences. Gene has been around horses almost constantly for more than three- uarters of a century. Beginning his e uestrian career at the age of 15 as an e ercise rider, he galloped Thoroughbreds for 35 years, including Annihilate em, winner of the prestigious Travers Stakes in 1973. Another major milestone came in 1967, when he became the first African American to win a race at the High Hope charity event. But the e perience that most stands out to many of Gene’s fans came during his teenage years, when he was briefly astride the magnificent Thoroughbred Man o’ War. Around 1943, when Gene was still a teenager and “Big ed” was in his twilight years, Gene dated ilian Harbut (whom he later married), daughter of Man o’ War’s stud groom, Will Harbut. One day, Harbut allowed Gene, already an e perienced horseman, to sit on the great stallion’s back giving Gene a story to proudly relate for the last several decades. As the Kentucky Horse Park celebrates Man o’ War’s 100th birthday this season, we thought it prudent to ask Gene, one of the last living connections to “Big ed,” a little about the horse, as well as the secret to his longevity.

Q: WHAT STOOD OUT THE MOST TO YOU ABOUT MAN O’ WAR? I didn’t even really know who Man o’ War was until I saw him at stud. He was a chestnut, but he was more like a bron e color. The sun bounced off his coat. You couldn’t look at Man o’ War and walk away. He just glowed. One thing that really stood out to me and I’ve been around horses my whole life was how big his nostrils were. He had great, big nostrils. He had so much air going in there, down to his lungs and heart, that’s what I think made him run so easily and never get tired.



He was normally known as being high strung, but when Will Harbut (his groom) took over, he knew how to get a horse under control. He worked with Man o’ War like he had worked with the plow horses, and after a while he got him to settle down. Man o’ War eventually got to trust him. I would stand there and watch (Harbut) take care of Man o’ War, and he’d be talking to him all the time. He would say things like, Step over, ed, I’ve got to get this stuff up,’ and that horse would take about three steps. I thought, That horse understood what he was talking about ’ They were made for each other. The horse trusted him, and he trusted the horse.



I’ve come up with the saying, I’m staying above ground.’ When you’re dead, they forget about you .so I say, You need to stay above ground and get out of bed every day, and get out of the house, and find something to do that you like.’ So I came out (to the Kentucky Horse Park) and put in an application to work in 2005.



I just like being around horses, not necessarily to pet them, but I like the way they act, the way they walk. I do a lot of talking to horses I’m always talking to them. I just like being around horses, period.


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H all of Champions’ Rob in Bush w ith Carter on his 9 1 st b irthday


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DA H O S S Foaled 1•18•1992 | Kentucky Thoroughbred


a Hoss became legendary for one of the greatest comebacks in Thoroughbred racing history. Battling injuries throughout his life, the gelding became one of America’s best turf mile specialists. He won the prestigious Breeders’ Cup Mile in 1996, then overcame more injuries and a nearly two-year layoff to dramatically pull out the 1998 running by a nose. In total, Da Hoss won 12 of 20 races and earned nearly $2 million.

B E A BON O Foaled 2•22•2001 | California American Quarter Horse


he flashy Quarter Horse Be a Bono won a total of nine Grade 1 stakes races, including the Vessels Maturity (twice), Go Man Go Handicap, and Golden State Futurity. In 2004, he earned three championship titles, most importantly that of World Champion for Quarter Horse racing. He retired 19th on the all-time Quarter Horse earnings list, with $1.3 million, and won 14 of 26 lifetime starts.

F U N N Y C ID E Foaled 4•20•2000 | New York Thoroughbred


unny Cide became the first Thoroughbred gelding in 74 years to win the Kentucky Derby when he powered to victory in 2003. Two weeks later, he won the Preakness Stakes in a tour-de-force, but the toils of the Triple Crown took their toll and he fell short in the Belmont Stakes, finishing a gallant third. For his efforts, he was named Champion Three-Year-Old Male in 2003. Known as “the gutsy gelding,” Funny Cide also won the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup in 2004 after looking well-beaten in the final turn. In 2007, he retired with over $3.5 million in earnings.

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G O F O R G IN Foaled 4•18•1991 | Kentucky Thoroughbred


he only stallion on the park, Thoroughbred Go for Gin won the Kentucky Derby on a sloppy track in 1994. He then ran a tremendous second in both the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes, failing to sweep the Triple Crown by just 2 ¾ lengths combined. Go for Gin was first, second, or third in 14 of 19 lifetime starts, 10 of which were stakes placings. At stud, his most successful progeny was Grade 1 winner Albert the Great, who won over $3 million. At age 26, Go for Gin is the second-oldest living Derby winner.

MR . MU SC L E M A N Foaled 4•23•2000 | Kentucky Standardbred (Trotter)


tandardbred trotter Mr. Muscleman put together a most impressive resume, winning 37 races and placing second or third 17 times from 67 lifetime starts. Mr. Muscleman’s many major victories include two Breeders’ Crown races and the 2003 Kentucky Futurity. In 2005, he trotted Canada’s fastest mile ever, set a new world record for 1 1/16 miles, and was named Trotter of the Year. He retired as the ninth-richest trotter in history, with nearly $3.6 million. Mr. Muscleman was inducted into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame in July 2017.

S TAY IN G TOG ET HE R Foaled 4•16•1989 | Kentucky Standardbred (Pacer)


arness racer Staying Together won 46 races in a stellar career that saw him pace the world’s fastest race-time mile on a one-mile oval (1:48.2), and the swiftest on a half-mile track (1:49.1). Nicknamed “Stanley,” his major victories include the Breeders’ Crown Open Pace, Driscoll Series Final, and American-National Stakes (twice). Stanley won six championship awards in 1993, including Harness Horse of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada. At age 28, he is the park’s oldest horse.


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Foaled 5•4•2004 | New Jersey Standardbred Pacer

n the pacing world, Won The West was known for his devastating closing kick that garnered many memorable victories. Among his big wins were the Breeders’ Crown Open Pace (twice), Molson Pace, Canadian Pacing Derby, and American- ational Stakes (three times). In 2011, he paced Canada’s all-time fastest mile (1 47.2). But his personal best mile time was 1 47--one of the fastest races ever recorded--in the 2009 Breeders’ Crown Open Pace. Won The West was named Champion Aged Pacer in both 2009 and 2010. He retired as the third-richest pacer in history, with over $3.9 million in earnings.

WE S T E RN DRE AM E R Foaled 4•25•1994 | Kentucky Standardbred (Pacer)


hampion pacer Western Dreamer became the first gelding to win any Triple Crown when he took the 1997 Cane Pace, ittle Brown Jug, and Messenger Stakes. He was pacing’s eighth Triple Crown champion, and the first in 14 years. His successes that season earned him the titles of 1997 Pacer of the Year and Champion Three-Year-Old Pacer in both the .S. and Canada, and he was named Canada’s Harness Horse of the Year. Western Dreamer retired with more than $1.8 million in earnings.


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The past year has brought both positive changes and fresh perspectives to the Kentucky Horse Park. It has been a long-term goal of the park to become more community-focused, as well as host more of its own events. With the support of a talented staff and several valuable partnerships, we have been fortunate enough to accomplish both. From anticipating our first KHP-owned rodeo, to unveiling a completely remodeled Visitor Center and relishing the success of our Man o’ War Celebration and Run/Walk Club, it’s been an exciting year. We are proud of what we’ve been able to achieve, and we look forward to a prosperous road ahead. W ritten b y Esther Z unker Photos b y J ames Shamb hu, W oody Phillips and A b b y L aub

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A highly anticipated event on the horizon this season is the KHP’s Rodeo. While KHP hosts a number of high-profile horse shows and special events each year attracting visitors, competitors and horses from across the nited States and all over the world, we have always desired to produce more of our own events. Ac uiring the All-Pro odeo from the Oleika Shriners last year allows for e actly that, and we look forward to bringing some e citing new elements to this event, slated for ov. 17-18 in the Alltech Arena. Part of the International Pro odeo Association, this event serves as the stage of the IP A ational All region Finals. From big cities to small towns, major league stadiums to local fairgrounds, the IP A has become the sport’s second-largest professional rodeo association sanctioning nearly 300 rodeos. The IP A has a membership base of more than 2,400 members and currently sanctions rodeos across the United States and Canada. Attendees of the KHP’s odeo will have the opportunity to cheer on 90 of the best cowboys and cowgirls in the country as they compete in bareback and saddle broncs, calf roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, team roping, cowgirl breakaway roping and bull riding. Along with witnessing an incredible show of the best of the best in the rodeo world, attendees can also e perience Kentucky Proud food, bourbon, craft beer and music.


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V isitor' s Center T oday


renovation The KHP recently completed an $80,000-plus renovation of its Visitor Center with the assistance from the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation.

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With stylish cream, grey and wood accents, improvements include new ooring, wallpaper, and rustic, sliding wood barn doors over the Gift Shop and Visitor Center o ces. The space also gained new furniture, artwork, enhanced lighting, and phone charging stations. The centerpiece of the room is a beautiful new front desk designed and donated by Deirdre Lyons. KHP also plans to display some historical artifacts and photographs throughout the Visitor Center next year to commemorate its 40th anniversary. The Visitor's Center is truly a welcome center for the many guests that visit annually from around the world.

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kyle b usch VICTORY TOUR

The Kentucky Horse Park was honored to host NASCAR champion Kyle Busch for a Victory Tour event on June 15, in advance of the Quaker State 400 at the Kentucky Speedway. A number of members of the media were present for the event, which helped showcase the KHP on both a local and regional stage. Footage of Busch’s KHP visit was also shown on national television broadcasts during the Quaker State 400. Busch arrived at his Victory Tour in the Kentucky Speedway’s Grand Marshal car—a 2018 Toyota Camry—and participated in horse riding lessons with youth summer campers from the Kentucky Horse Park’s Youth Riding Camp.

H all of Champions resident Funny Cide ob serves Busch’ s racecar

“It’s really neat to come out here and check out horses and horsepower, how they come together and intermingle a little bit,” Busch said during the event. “It’s cool to put together what the kids club was able to do with getting some similarities between racing and what we do, and of course what horses are and what they do.”

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The Kentucky Horse Park Run/Walk Club experience its most successful year yet. The free family event, which was formed three years ago, attracted more than 500 participants this year on a weekly basis. Meeting every Monday from June 5 to Sept. 25, the club featured local craft beers, food trucks, information tables, live music and horse meet-and-greets. The club also featured a different area of the KHP each week, which was available to attendees to enjoy free of charge. Participants were encouraged to run or walk two different routes at their own pace, and kids, joggers/strollers and leashed dogs were welcome. An exciting weekly addition during this year’s Run/Walk Club was a free onehour yoga class taught by the Studio in Georgetown, Ky. on the KHP’s beautiful grounds.


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The KHP is still in the midst of its season-long Man o’ War Celebration, which has included special events both at the Kentucky Horse Park and throughout the Bluegrass, to commemorate the life of the legendary racehorse. The celebration, presented by Windstream, has been anchored by the “Man o’ War: The Mostest Horse That Ever Was” exhibit at the International Museum of the Horse, which opened on the anniversary of the champion’s birth March 29, and runs through Nov. 1, the date of his death. The exhibit features memorabilia, photographs, and a timeline which pays homage to the champion’s life and many accomplishments. Printing and consultative services were provided in-kind by Lexingtonbased Monster Color. Through the month of August, more than 12,000 people had viewed the exhibit. On June 24, the KHP hosted Man o’ War Movie Night, a family-friendly event. Sponsored by the Keeneland Kids Club, it featured two equinethemed movies, children’s activities, pony rides, food trucks, and a special Parade of Breeds performance. The event, which had more than 800 attendees, also served as a debut for a special product crafted for the Man o’ War Celebration: Crank and Boom’s Big ed Balsamic aspberry Sorbet. “We enjoyed offering this special after-hours event at the Kentucky Horse Park for the local community to take part in the celebration of Man o’ War’s 100th anniversary,” said Kentucky Horse Park Executive Director Laura Prewitt. “Not only did it memorialize this special horse, but it also exposed our park’s features to new visitors.”

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Crank & Boom ice cream w as a popular feature during Man o’ W ar Movie N ight

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Another feature of the Man o’ War Celebration is the larger-than-life 30X30 mural of the racehorse that was painted by local artist Agustin Zarate on the side of the popular gastropub The Village Idiot in downtown Lexington. The KHP hosted an unveiling party at The Village Idiot June 29 to celebrate the completion of the mural, which was commissioned by LexArts and is sponsored by Mt. Brilliant Farm. The Village Idiot offered food and drink specials, while the KHP featured Man o’ War-themed merchandise, along with a Man o’ War-themed gift basket as a door pri e at the event. The Man o’ War mural spans the entire side of the two-story Village Idiot building and commemorates the horse’s victory in the 1920 Belmont Stakes. Based on a historic photograph during his racing years, it portrays Man o’ War parading in front of the Belmont crowd following his historic feat. “Man o’ War was truly a remarkable horse, and many people don’t reali e that he’s actually buried here at the Kentucky Horse Park,” said Prewitt. “We hope this mural will become a downtown fi ture that raises awareness of his life and legacy, and will also drive tra c to the Kentucky Horse Park to visit his gravesite and Mostest Horse That ver Was hibit.” This is the first building mural project for arate, a native of Me ico City and a longtime e ington resident. Zarate was selected by LexArts and Mt. Brilliant from many local artists that submitted proposals for the Man o’ War project. He was chosen based on his authenticity in capturing the horse in all his racing greatness.


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“There was a lot of interest from the artist community in painting a large scale tribute to the legacy of Man o War,” said LexArts Community Art Director Nathan Zamarron. “Agustin Zarate was selected for his mastery of realism and understanding of the anatomy of the Horse. We are confident the finished result will be a lasting icon and a treasured work of art for Lexington.” A commemorative beer crafted by Alltech to enhance the Man o’ War Celebration also had its release at the mural unveiling party. Called “The Mostest Wheat Ale” after Man o’ War’s nickname, the celebratory beer was available on tap at various locations throughout Lexington this summer.

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“We are happy to honor one of the most famous race horses of all time with a beer brewed for the celebration of Man o’ War,” said Pete Weiss, Marketing Manager of Alltech. “Mostest Wheat Ale tells the story of Man o’ War, and that he was the ‘mostest’ horse to ever run.” The KHP also hosted a competitive 5K/10K road race on its scenic grounds Aug. 5 as part of the Man o’ War Celebration. Called the “Run for Big Red,” and sponsored by UK Healthcare, the race had more than 300 participants and offered runners two different routes that winded throughout the park. Other Man o’ War Celebration events included Breyer’s Man o’ War Horse and the My Man o’ War Look-Alike Contest. As part of the popular annual Breyerfest event at the park, a collector’s edition Man o’ War horse was commissioned. This replica of the famous Thoroughbred proved to be a popular addition to the heavily attended model horse festival for fans from around the country and is still for sale in the Kentucky Horse Park gift shop. The Kentucky Horse Park and Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital joined together to create the My Man o’ War Look-Alike contest, which was open to any equine breed and gender and was won by Titti McPherson of Georgetown, Ky. McPherson submitted a photo of a 5-year-old Warmblood, Fairfax, who had a similar pose and likeness to Man o’ War. Fairfax’s photo was displayed on the Jumbotron in ole Stadium on Hats Off Day July 29 prior to the ood & Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix.

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Shopping Guide Bella Rose 126 W. Maxwell St. // Lexington 859.255.2565 // Women’s Fashion

CC Prep

807 Euclid Ave. // Lexington 859.554.6971 // Women’s/Men’s Fashion & Accessories

Alice Eve Jewelry Alice Eve Jewelry is a mother/ daughter duo, combining their love for jewelry, design and color. For every piece of jewelry sold, they give a portion to the Lexington Humane Society. 8 5 9 .5 3 3 .7 7 9 9 aliceevej ew elry. com aliceeve6 4 0 @ gmail. com

Central Kentucky Tack & Leather 3380 Paris Pike #1 // Lexington 859.299.8225 uine Tack Apparel

Cotton Patch of Kentucky

3347 Tates Creek Rd. // Lexington 859.269.8839 // Women’s Fashion

Dillard’s Fayette Mall

3625 Nicholasville Rd. // Lexington 859.271.9797 // Fashion, Accessories & Beauty

Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop The premier outlet for horsethemed home décor, gifts, jewelry, books, artwork, clothing, toys, and more. They also carry a wide selection of logo wear, Arthur Court, Breyer® model horses and other collectibles, Kentucky Proud products and much more. Patrons may visit the gift shop without purchasing admission and get free parking. 4 0 8 9 I ron W orks Pkw y. L exington // 8 7 7 . 7 1 1 . 2 1 1 0 kyhorsepark. com/shop

E. Leigh’s

The Summit at Fritz Farm // Lexington 859.286.9683 // Shopping Center

Hamburg Pavilion

Carl Meyers Located near downtown Lexington, Carl Meyers offers something for everyone. With designers such as Weill, Ecru, La Petite Robe, Lucian Matis and Chiara Boni, this local treasure provides only the finest uality clothing and accessories. The friendly staff is committed to providing an exceptional shopping experience. 1 1 1 Clay A ve. // L exington 8 5 9 . 2 5 2 . 2 0 0 4 // carlmeyers. com


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2308 Sir Barton Way // Lexington Shopping Center

House 250 Walton Ave. // Lexington 859.523.3933 // Home Décor

Olive You Boutique

118 Meridian Way Ste. 1 // Richmond oliveyoubouti 859.625.1328 Women’s Fashion

Meade Tractor 1797 Lexington Rd. // Georgetown 502.863.2529 // Farm Supply

Liberty Hill Antiques American and European period furnishings beautifully displayed along vintage, reproduction and modern accessories with a superb collection of fine art, anti ue porcelain, silver, crystal, lamps and rugs to compliment any décor. 9 2 5 L ib erty Rd. L exington // 8 5 9 . 2 5 8 . 2 2 3 2 lib ertyhillantiq ues@ gmail. com

Mimi’s Place

Local Tourism

179 W. Tiverton Way // Lexington 859.447.8262 Women’s Fashion, Accessories

Bardstown, Ky // 502.348.4877

Pandora Fayette Mall

Berea, Ky

Inside Fayette Mall // 859.245.0707 Jewelry

Peggy’s Gifts & Accessories

112 Clay Ave. // Lexington 859.255.3188 // Jewelry, Gifts, Accessories


824 Euclid Ave. #103 // Lexington 859.269.0009 Women’s Fashion

Pirie Boutique

3369 Tates Creek Rd. // Lexington 859.309.9938 // Women’s Fashion // 800.598.5263

Corbin, Ky

The Tack Shop of Lexington Conveniently located just 10 miles from the Kentucky Horse Park, The Tack Shop carries top brands like Horseware Ireland, RJ Classic, Ogilvy Equestrian and more. From rider apparel and accessories to stylish equestrian home goods, you do not want to miss this shop! 1 5 1 0 N ew tow n Pike, Suite 1 2 4 L exington // 8 5 9 . 3 6 8 . 0 8 1 0 ta o o e in ton o

Rolex Watch Accessories

Sallee Horse Vans 859.255.9406 // Horse Transportation

Sash & Bow

109 Walton Ave. // Lexington Women’s Fashion, Accessories

Scout & Molly’s

The Summit at Fritz Farm // Lexington 859.309.9247 // Women’s Fashion, Accessories

The Mall at Lexington Green

161 Lexington Green Circle // Lexington 859.245.1513 // Shopping Center

The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass 1155 Buck Creek Rd. // Simpsonville Shopping Center // 606.528.8860

Danville, Ky // 859.236.7794

Frankfort, Ky // 502.875.8687

Georgetown, Ky // 502.863.2547

Georgetown College Equine Scholars Program

Harrodsburg, Ky // 859.734.2364

The Square

401 W. Main St. // Lexington 859.252.7575 // Shopping Center

The Summit at Fritz Farm

4100 Nicholasville Rd. // Lexington Shopping Center

The Weekend Drift Featuring Tommy Bahama Inside Fayette Mall 859.273.4495 Men’s/Women’s Fashion

Water + Oak Outdoor

The Summit a Fritz Farm Outdoor/Active Equipment and Apparel


124 Clay Ave. // Lexington 859.252.8623 Hair Salon, Women’s Fashion

Kentucky Tourism // 800.225.8747

Kentucky Derby Museum // 502.637.1111

Lexington Visitors Center // 859.233.7299

Midway, Ky // 859.846.4413

Morehead, Ky // 606.780.4342

Paducah, Ky // 800.723.8224

Red Mile // 859.255.0752

UK Opera Theatre // 859.257.9331

USHJA Wheeler Museum // 859.225.6700

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Dining Guide Bad Wolf Burgers

350 Foreman Ave. // Lexington 859.286.9889 Burgers

Blue Sushi and Sake Bar

The Summit at Fritz Farm // Lexington Sushi

Brontë Bistro at Joseph-Beth

161 Lexington Green Cir. // Lexington Sandwiches,

Chatham’s Bistro + Bar

496 E. High St. // Lexington 859.229.6989 Southern

Cole’s 735 Main

735 E.Main St. // Lexington 859.266.9000 // Fine Dining, Eclectic

CRÚ Food & Wine Bar

The Summit at Fritz Farm // Lexington 859.971.9463 // Wine Bar


120 W. 2nd St. // Lexington 859.255.0002 Fine Dining, Chef-Driven


3073 Paris Pike // Georgetown 502.570.0773 // Pizza, Casual


265 North Limestone // Lexington 859.469.8673 Seafood

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

The Summit at Fritz Farm// Lexington 859.523.7503 // Pizza

Hayden’s Stockyard Eatery 4561 Ironworks Pike // Lexington Southern


125 E. Main St. // Midway 859.846.5565 // Locally-Sourced, Chef-Driven

Holly Hill Inn

426 N. Winter St. // Midway 859.846.4732 // Locally-Sourced, Chef-Driven

Honeywood by Ouita Michel

The Summit at Fritz Farm // Lexington 859.496.8234 // Locally-Sourced, Chef-Driven


3347 Tates Creek Rd.// Lexington 859.335.6500 // Pub, Casual

410 W. Short St. // Lexington 859.286.6847// Bar, American

Edley’s Bar-B-Que

J. Render’s Southern Table & Bar

The Summit at Fritz Farm // Lexington 859.523.4668 // Barbecue

3191 Beaumont Centre // Lexington 859.533.9777 // Barbeque, Southern, Casual

El Rancho Tapatio

JW Steakhouse

144 Burt Rd. // Lexington 859.373.9091 // Mexican


Fat Katz Pizzeria

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1800 Newtown Pike // Lexington 859.231.5100 Steak

Josie’s From the owners of Merrick Inn comes a delightful casual dining experience. The newest location in Georgetown is just 3 minutes from the Kentucky Horse Park! Enjoy family-friendly dining, with breakfast, lunch & dinner served all day! Come hungry ~ Leave happy! 1 9 7 3 L exington Rd. U S H ighw ay 2 5 // Georgetow n 5 0 2 .6 0 3 .0 3 7 8 faceb ook. com/J osiesGT ow n 8 2 1 Chevy Chase Pl. // L exington 8 5 9 . 5 2 3 . 8 3 2 8 // j osiesky. com

Locals Craft Food & Drink

701 National Ave. // Lexington 859.523.3249 // Southern


167 W. Main St. // Lexington 859.899.6860 // Fine Dining, Chef-Driven

Louie’s Wine Dive

854 E. High St. // Lexington 859.523.7300 // Eclectic, Wine

Malone’s 3347 Tates Creek Rd. // Lexington 3735 Palomar Centre Dr. // Lexington 1920 Pleasant Ridge Dr. // Lexington 859.335.6500 // Steak, American

Merrick Inn 1074 Merrick Dr. // Lexington 859.269.5417 // Fine Dining, Southern

Shake Shack

The Summit at Fritz Farm // Lexington Casual, American

113 N. Broadway // Lexington 859.569.4040 Salads

3070 Lakecrest Cir. Ste. 600 // Lexington Donuts, Coffee

Wallace Station Deli

2854 Old Frankfort Pike // Versailles 859.846.5161 // Deli, Breakfast


131 E. Main St. // Midway 859.846.4077 // Chef-Driven 508 Lexington Rd. // Versailles 859.873.0600 // Burgers, Seafood, Small Plates

OBC Kitchen 3373 Tates Creek Rd. // Lexington 859.977.2600 Fine Dining, American

Palmer’s Fresh Grill

161 Lexington Green Cir. // Lexington 859.273.0103 // Seafood, Eclectic

Pies & Pints

401 W Main St #106 // Lexington 859.231.7437 // Pizza

Proud Mary Honky Tonk BBQ

9079 Old Richmond Rd. // Lexington 859.913.5611 // Cajun, Barbeque

Saul Good Restaurant & Pub

123 N. Broadway // Lexington 859.252.4663// Eclectic, Pizza, Burgers


163 W. Short St. // Lexington Sushi

401 W. Main St. // Lexington 859.243.0210 tonysofle Steak, Fine Dining

Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen

Metropolitan Donuts & Coffee

Napa Prime Burgers + Seafood


Sláinte Public House Irish-style pub rich with history and character. Enjoy beer, wine, bourbon, and what many consider the “nicest outdoor seating” in the area. Live music on the weekend. 3 2 0 E Main St. // Georgetow n 5 0 2 .6 4 2 .4 6 3 1 faceb ook. com/slaintepub lichouse

Windy Corner Market and Restaurant

4595 Bryan Station Rd. // Lexington 859.294.9338 Southern, Casual, Sandwiches

Wine + Market

486 W. Second St. // Lexington 859.225.0755 // Wine, Sandwiches

Smithtown Seafood

501 W Sixth St. // Lexington 859.303.4100 // Seafood

Ted’s Montana Grill

The Summit at Fritz Farm // Lexington 859.286.9502 // Steak, American

Texas de Brazil

The Summit at Fritz Farm // Lexington 859.559.4000 // Steak

The Barn

The Summit at Fritz Farm // Lexington Food Hall

The Cellar Bar and Grille

3256 Lansdowne Dr. // Lexington 859.317.8301// Pub, American

Still Hungry? Check out the TOPS Dining Guide! There are tons of restaurant listings, plus great curated guides to the best dining in Central Kentucky! From West African fare to dynamite drinks, it can all be found online anytime: T O PSinL ex. com

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Celebrity Team Penning


ne of the year’s most thrilling events is the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation’s Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning. Stars of the equine world and local media personalities hop in the saddle to support the foundation’s initiatives in a family-friendly evening of fun.

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name a few. Kentucky’s own Daniel Boone even made an appearance (played by local actor George Dickson).

Battle in the Saddle stars team up with a pair of amateur penning riders. Each team competes to see who has the skills and bravery needed to pen a group of cattle in the fastest time. The winning team walks away with the grand prize trophy.

For spectators who want to make the evening even more memorable while doing more to support the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, VIP Dinner tickets are available each year. In addition to a catered dinner, VIP guests can participate in the Calcutta auction to support their favorite team. For more information on VIP tickets, call the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation o ces at (859) 255-5727.

The Battle in the Saddle event also includes a “Farm Team Challenge.” Riders from area farms participate in this friendly penning competition. The farm team with the best time will take home the special horse farm challenge award and bragging rights for an entire year.

General admission for adults is just $10 per person at the door. Children 12 and under attend the Battle in the Saddle event for free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Following the conclusion of the competition, all guests are invited to stay and dance to live music at the After Party.

The 2017 Battle in the Saddle was held on Sept. 29. Some of the celebrity competitors included awardwinning jockeys Rosie Napravnik, Chris McCarron and Pat Day along with media personalities DeAnn Stephens, Erika Abe and Andrea Walker, just to

Save the Date for next year’s Battle in the Saddle on Sept. 28, 2018 and enjoy an e citing evening of celebrity team penning to support the Kentucky Horse Park!

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National Consistently ranked as one of the top horse shows in the country, the CP National Horse Show is an incredible opportunity for equestrian enthusiasts to enjoy the thrill of world-class competition. This six-day hunter/jumper event features the top riders and horses in the country. The schedule is packed with competitions that challenge their skills and display the power and elegance of the hunter and jumper disciplines. The 2017 CP National Horse Show will be held Oct. 31-Nov. 5 at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena. This exciting event is one of the year’s most anticipated equestrian competitions and draws riders from all across the nation. Part of what sets the CP National Horse Show apart is how accessible it is to people who are new to the equine world. The competition events are thrilling for spectators with any level of knowledge, from seasoned experts to complete newbies. The 2017 event features entertainment for everyone, such as boutique shopping at over 40 vendors, and a special performance by The Original Wailers, the band behind the infamous Bob Marley, on Saturday night (Nov. 4). The ational Horse Show 5K benefitting the K Markey Cancer Foundation is an opportunity for everyone to be a part of the fun for a great cause. The run walk kicks off ov. 4 at 5 pm, starting at the Alltech Arena. Immediately following the race, participants are invited to enjoy the Country Boy Beer Garden, Breeders’ Cup viewing party, special Man o’ War Celebration and familyfriendly entertainment, as well as Olympic-level show jumping in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Qualifier at 6 30 pm. Standing as American’s oldest indoor horse show, the CP National began in Madison Square Garden in 1883. Since 2011, this prestigious event has been held at the Kentucky Horse Park. The CP National Horse Show includes a full array of hunter divisions, Junior & Amateur Owner Jumpers, the top International Open Jumpers and the ASPCA Maclay National Championship. For more information on the show or to purchase tickets, visit


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SOUTHERN LIGHTS Brightens the Holiday Season

For many local residents and visitors, the holiday season begins with a visit to see Southern Lights at the Kentucky Horse Park. First started more than 20 years ago, this dazzling display of Christmas lights has become a can’t-miss holiday tradition for families across the Bluegrass. Children snuggle up in the backseat of the family car and peer out the windows to witness an enchanted fairyland of twinkling lights. Parents, grandparents and friends tune into the display’s dedicated broadcast of festive music and cherish sharing the memories with their nearest and dearest. The light displays include seasonal motifs such as Santa Claus, snowmen, reindeer, Christmas trees presents, and the 12 Days of Christmas. Horses fashioned from brightly-colored lights race across the winter night sky in the Kentucky Derby section of the display. Visitors will see twinkling mares and foals, horses jumping fences, and more. It’s no wonder that the Southern Lights holiday festival is rated by Southern L iving magazine as one of the best lights displays in the United States and is regularly chosen as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society! The 2017 Southern Lights holiday festival will be held nightly from November 17th through December 31st. The drive along route is open each of those nights from 5:30 to 10 pm. The Holiday Festival will include a display of miniature trains, a petting zoo, along with camel and pony rides (at an extra charge). The Mini Express train takes visitors through a holiday light display, while the Holiday Market offers gifts for sale for adults


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and children. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, including hot chocolate and toasty apple cider. These additional Holiday Festival attractions are open every night except November 24th and December 24th through 31st. Following last year’s record turnouts, the staff advises first-time visitors to come early on Monday through Thursday ($15 per carload), when the wait is typically shortest. Saturdays and Sundays ($25 per carload) tend to be busiest, as are the days nearest to Christmas and Thanksgiving. (Visit to learn more, including ticket pricing for RVs, buses, extended vans and more.)

2017 Southern Lights is November 17th - December 31st from 5:30 to 10 pm. Route begins at the KHP Campground entrance. To kick off the Southern ights display, KHP’s Southern Lights Stroll 5K will be held on Thursday, November 16th. It is the only evening that visitors can see the light displays on foot. Runners, walkers, dogs on leashes and children in strollers/wagons are all welcome. Welcome the holiday season with this dazzling lights display that benefits the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. The festive attraction is sure to become a cherished holiday tradition!


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CALENDAR of Events ONGOING Medals, Memories & Milestones: Great Moments in American Show Jumping through November 30th USHJA Headquarters

Legends of the Saddlebred World: The Lives and Times of Tom & Donna Moore through December 30th American Saddlebred Museum & Gift Shop

Man o’ War: The Mostest Horse That Ever Was through November 1st International Museum of the Horse

The Journey Continues: Preston Dyer’s Bedouin Experience through October 31st International Museum of the Horse

Southern Lights: Presented by the KHP Foundation November 17th – December 31st Kentucky Horse Park


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SEPTEMBER Kentucky National Hunter Jumper Show September 20th – 24th Hunter Jumper Complex

Kentucky Horse Park Commission Meeting

September 21st // 3pm – 5pm International Museum of the Horse

Civilian Equine Sensory Training September 30th – October 1st Alltech Arena

OCTOBER UPHA Chapter 9 Kentucky Fall Classic Horse Show October 4th – 7th Alltech Arena

National Mounted Police Colloquium September 25th – 29th Alltech Arena

Kentucky Horse Park Run/Walk Club

September 25th // 5pm – 8pm Kentucky Horse Park

Jump Start Horse Trials

September 29th – October 1st Hunter Jumper Complex

KHP Foundation Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning

September 29th // 4:30pm – 10pm Covered Arena

Halloween Campout

October 10th – 14th & 17th – 21st KHP Campground Scare up some fun for two great weekends! Campers will enjoy an ice cream social, games and crafts for the kids, live entertainment, trick or treating, a costume contest and much more. This festive fun is exclusive to Kentucky Horse Park Campground campers only.

Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium

Lexington Catholic Cross Country Invitational

October 5th – 8th Covered Arena

October 7th // 8am – 5pm Kentucky Horse Park

Kentucky Classic Combined Driving Event

Cemetery Crawl: History and Mystery of the Kentucky Horse Park

October 5th – 8th Carriage Driving Course

Run for the Horses 5K October 6th // 6pm – 9pm Kentucky Horse Park

October 9th – 13th, 16th – 20th & 28th – 29th KHP Visitor Center

The National Drive October 10th – 15th Kentucky Horse Park

Halloween Campout I October 10th – 14th KHP Campground

Cemetery Crawl: History and Mystery of the Kentucky Horse Park

Kentucky Horse Park Fall Fest

October 29th // 1 – 6 pm Kentucky Horse Park

Come celebrate the fall season with your family at the Kentucky Horse Park! Included in the price of admission, the festival will include kids’ crafts, live music, food trucks, marshmallow roasting, tractor rides, costume contests and more!

Kentucky Dressage Association Fall Classic

Hagyard MidSouth Three-Day Event and Team Challenge

October 14th – 15th Dressage Complex

October 19th – 22nd Hunter Jumper Complex

PMHA Fall Harvest Horse Show I & II

Vintage Market Days

October 9th – 13th, 16th – 20th & 28th – 29th KHP Visitor Center // 859.259.4213

October 14th – 15th Covered Arena

Reservations are required: $15 per person, space is limited to 13 people per tour. Presented by the International Museum of the Horse.

October 17th – October 21st KHP Campground

Halloween Campout II

October 20th – 22nd Kentucky Horse Park

Certified Horsemanship Association October 27th – 28th Covered Arena

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Octoberfest Horse Trials October 28th – 29th Hunter Jumper Complex

CKRH Halloween Trail Ride and Used Tack Sale October 28th // 8am – 3pm CKRH & Trail Ride Course

USMGA Fall Finale October 28th – 29th Rolex Stadium

Kentucky Horse Park Fall Fest

October 29th // 1pm – 6pm Kentucky Horse Park

CP National Horse Show October 31st – November 5th Alltech Arena

NOVEMBER Man o’ War: The Funeral November 1st Radio Broadcast

KHSAA Cross Country Meet November 4th // 8am – 5pm Kentucky Horse Park

Man o’ War Farm to Table Dinner November 4th Alltech Arena

US Dressage Finals November 9th – 12th Alltech Arena

Southern Lights Stroll

Man o’ War Farm to Table Dinner

Snowbird Dressage

November 4 Alltech Arena

November 18 // 8am – 5pm Covered Arena

Celebrate Man o’ War’s 100th birthday with a dinner featuring courses inspired by local ingredients. Say goodbye to the Year of Big Red with delicious dishes and warm company.

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November 16th // 6pm – 9pm Kentucky Horse Park

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November 18th // 9am – 4pm Alltech Arena

Kentucky Horse Park Rodeo

November 17th - 18th // 9 – 11pm Alltech Arena

Join the Kentucky Horse Park for their inagural rodeo! Watch the nation’s best cowboys and cowgirls compete in bareback and saddle broncs, calf roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, team roping, cowgirl breakaway roping and bull riding. This thrilling show will be a can’t-miss for all ages!

DECEMBER Snowball Series Mounted Games

December 9th – 10th Covered Arena

KHSAA State Cheerleading Competition

December 9th // 8am – 5pm Alltech Arena

Snowbird Dressage

December 16th // 8am – 5pm Covered Arena

Snowbird Series Dressage

Snowbird Series Dressage

Good Sam RV Show

KHSAA - State Championship Wrestling Meet

January 13th Covered Arena

January 19th – 21st Alltech Arena

Boots in the Bluegrass Southern Lights: Presented by the KHP Foundation November 17th – December 31st Kentucky Horse Park

From 5:30 – 10:00pm each evening, visitors will be awed by the dazzling display of enchanting lights. This can’t-miss holiday tradition rings in the season and supports the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation.

January 26th Alltech Arena

USMGA Winter Wonderland January 26th Alltech Arena


February 11th Covered Arena

February 16th – 17th Alltech Arena

AKC Tracking Dog Test and Tracking Dog Excellent Test

February 18th New Land, Kentucky Horse Park

New Home & Remodeling Marketplace February 23rd – 25th Alltech Arena

Kentucky After Christmas Sale Kentucky Horse Park Commission Meeting

December 21st // 3pm – 5pm Rolex Stadium

JANUARY Kentucky Invitational Truck & Tractor Pull

January 4th – 6th Alltech Arena

Snowball Series Mounted Games January 6th – 7th Covered Arena

February 2nd – 3rd Alltech Arena

Snowball Series Mounted Games February 4th – 5th Covered Arena

Frigid 4-Miler

February 10th 5K Course

Bulls, Bands & Barrels

February 10th Alltech Arena

Snowbird Series Dressage

November 18th, December 16th, January 13th, February 11th & March 3rd Covered Arena Winter doesn’t mean the horse shows have to end! See the grace and beauty of dressage riders and horses.

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MARCH Bluegrass Trust Antiques & Garden Show

March 2nd – 4th Alltech Arena

Snowbird Series Dressage

March 3rd Covered Arena

Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation Farm Equipment Auction March 10th Man o’ War Parking Lot

Cheer Elite Best of the Best March 17th Alltech Arena

Road to the Horse March 22nd – 25th Alltech Arena

Paul Frazier Memorial Horse Show

March 24th Dressage Complex & Hunter/Jumper Complex

APRIL Cowboy Up for a Cure Rodeo April 7th Alltech Arena

Spring Bay Horse Trials

April 7th – 8th Dressage Complex & Hunter/Jumper Complex

USMGA Bluegrass Open Cowboy Up for a Cure Rodeo April 7th Alltech Arena

Enjoy a thrilling evening of rodeo fun and entertainment, all for an incredible cause! Funds raised at this event will continue Cowboy Up for a Cure’s efforts in fighting various forms of pediatric cancer.


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April 7th – 8th Rolex Stadium

Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky 5k April 14th 5K Course

Kentucky Three-Day Event April 26th – 29th Kentucky Horse Park

One of the world’s most prestigious equestrian competitions calls the Kentucky Horse Park home. See world class eventers compete, plus enjoy tailgating, shopping, bourbon tasting, music and much more! The Kentucky Three-Day Event, part of the FEI Classics Series, is one of only six Four-Star Three-Day Events in the world and the only one in the Western Hemisphere.

Spring Premier Classic Saddlebred Show

April 12th – 14th Alltech Arena

Girls on the Run 5K April 21st 5K Course

Kentucky Three-Day Event April 26th – 29th Kentucky Horse Park

Kentucky Spring Classic May 16th – 20th Kentucky Horse Park

High Hope Steeplechase May 20th Steeplechase Course

Alltech Kentucky Night High Hope Steeplechase May 20th Steeplechase Course

This is one of the spring season’s most anticipated events! Tailgating for the steeplechase is the place to be seen in town before the horses take off in a thrilling run down the steeplechase course. Make this exciting afternoon a springtime tradition for your family and friends!

MAY KMSHA Spring Show May 4th – 5th Covered Arena

Stride Soccer Tournament May 5th – 6th Forego Polo Field

Kentucky Spring Horse Show May 9th – 13th Kentucky Horse Park

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Glo Run

May 25th 5K Course

KDA Annual Spring Show

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Vintage Market Days May 25th – 27th Covered Arena

American Truck Historical Society Convention May 31st – June 3rd Alltech Arena

JUNE Country Heir H/J Show June 6th – 10th & 13th – 17th Kentucky Horse Park

Festival of the Bluegrass June 7th – 10th KHP Campground

Lexington Rodeo June 15th – 16th Allech Arena

Extreme Mustang Makeover June 21st – 24th Allech Arena

MayDaze Horse Trial

May 25th – 27th Hunter/Jumper Complex & Walnut Ring

Spring Fling Carriage Drive May 31st – June 3rd Kentucky Horse Park

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National Horse Center The Kentucky Horse Park’s committment to the horse is enriched by being the home of the following equine organizations.

American Association of Equine Practitioners 859-233-0147 |

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission 859-246-2040 |

American Farriers Association 859-233-7411 |

Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse Association 859-225-5674 |

American Hackney Horse Society 859-255-8694 |

Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/ Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders KTA: 859-381-1414 | KTOB: 859-259-1643

The American Hanoverian Society, Inc. is a Hanoverian breed organization that operates as an a liate of the German Hannoveraner Verband. The cooperation and participation of the AHS with the Verband ensures that American Hanoverian breeders and owners receive timely information and remain firmly connected to the global Hanoverian breeding world.

Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center 859-246-3080 or 800-728-1660 Paso Fino Horse Association 859-825-6003 |

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The Pyramid Society 859-231-0771 |

American Saddlebred Horse Association 859-259-3888 |

The STABLES (at CKRH Building) 859-381-4778 or 859-333-5827

American Saddlebred Museum 859-259-2746 Ext 304 |

United Professional Horsemen’s Association 859-231-5070 |

Brooke USA 859-296-0037 |

United States Dressage Federation 859-971-2277 |

The Carriage Association of America 859-231-0971 |

United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. 859-258-2472 |

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope 859-231-7066 |

United States Hunter Jumper Association 859-225-6700 |

EQSportsNet 970-390-1354 |

United States Pony Club 859-254-7669 |

Equestrian Events, Inc. 859-233-2362 | Equine Land Conservation Resource 859-455-8383 | Friesian Horse Assoc. of North America 859-455-7430 | High Hope Steeplechase 859-967-9444 | Kentucky Equine Education Project 859-259-0007 or 866-771-5337 Kentucky Horse Council, Inc. 859-367-0509 | Kentucky Horse Park Foundation 859-255-5727 |


KWPN-NA (Dutch Warmblood Studbook) 859-225-5331 |

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The mission of the Kentucky Equine Management Internship is to facilitate internships for college students with the thoroughbred industry in Central Kentucky. Since inception in 2000, KEMI has enabled more than 750 interns from all 50 states and 18 foreign countries to learn about the equine/thoroughbred breeding and sales industry. Internships are offered twice each year January-June and June-December. K e n tu c k y E q u in e M a n a g e m e n t I n te r s h ip P . O . B o x 9 10628, L e x i n g t o n , K Y 4059 1 859 - 277- 2512 | k e m i . o r g

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Hall of Champions Show

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Parade of Breeds Show

11:45 am

Draft Horse Demonstration

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Hall of Champions Show

2:00 pm

Parade of Breeds Show

2:45 pm

Groom and Shine

3:00 pm

Horse Drawn Trolley

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Horse Feeding and Turn Out

For public information regarding the most current schedule, dates, rates and pricing, please visit or call the park at 859.233.4303, 800.678.8813 or e-mail at

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or more than two centuries, the land of the Kentucky Horse Park has been home to some of the most distinguished horses in the country. The roots of the park’s history can be traced to 1777 when Colonel William Christian of Virginia was rewarded with land for his service in the French and Indian War. Over the next two centuries, a number of extraordinary Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds were raised by various Kentucky farm owners, setting the standard for the development of the equine industry. The property was sold by Mary Edwards (then Mrs. Sherman Jenney) in 1972 to the Commonwealth of Kentucky for $2.7 million dollars. In 1978, the Kentucky Horse Park, the world’s only park dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse, opened to the public. The park has experienced many milestones since its inception. Its early leaders likely never imagined events such as the Kentucky Three-Day Event would grow into an internationally-acclaimed equestrian competition. Or that hosting the 2010 World Equestrian Games would solidify the park as one of the finest e uestrian venues in the world.


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As we look ahead to the future, we also honor the past. Among the many attractions at the park, perhaps none are more beloved than the Big Barn. Built in 1897, the Big Barn is one of the largest in the country, spanning 463 feet and 745 feet wide. Originally known as Walnut Hill, the first Standardbred horse sales in Kentucky were held here and were crucial in establishing the Bluegrass as a major Standardbred breeding center. The park will highlight notable people, historic moments and sites such as the Big Barn with special exhibits, events, and activities – from April through September 2018. The community is invited to be part of 40th anniversary-themed family nights, musical entertainment, food-themed events, and a road race that will take guests on a tour of the park’s historic grounds. Visitors will not only have the opportunity to learn about the history of the park but also get up close with the horses that call KHP home. We look forward to welcoming you at the park in 2018!

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