Exploring Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY – Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My appetite returned yesterday afternoon and I was feeling much better this morning.  The weather was spectacular… low 70’s, no humidity and beautiful sunshine.  We decided to take advantage of this beautiful day and go explore The Kentucky Horse Park.  

The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm and an educational theme park.  It is a 1,224-acre  park dedicated to "man's relationship with the horse."  

Right next to the park is The Kentucky Horse Park Campground
It has over 250 sites.
00 - Map

00c - Map

Each year the park is host to a number of special events and horse shows.
It just so happened that we were here for TWO of the biggest events for children.

 The North American Junior and Young Rider Championships is the premier equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders, age 14-21. About 1,100 young equestrians vie for team and individual FEI medals in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, eventing and the FEI World Equestrian Games disciplines of reining and endurance.   
The Pony Club Festival is a week-long celebration of all things Pony Club. More than 4,000 Pony Club members from across the country attend and it is held every 3 years. The Pony Club Festival serves the National Championship competition of the organization as well as an educational learning experience. Championship events include: Eventing, Dressage, Show Jumping, Polocrosse, Games, and Tetrathlon.  

When we realized all these things were going on and there would be huge crowds, we thought OMG we sure picked the wrong time to come visit.  However, it turned out to be a wonderful time to visit and see all these amazing young equestrians performing and doing their best!!

But back to today…

This morning we drove less than a mile to the official entrance to The Horse Park.

01 - KHP Entrance Sign  01b - KHP Entrance Drive01c - KHP Entrance Gate

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Before we entered the park,

we saw the statues and tributes to 2 legendary champions!!


03a - Secretariat03b - Secretariat

Man o’ War

(Unfortunately, his statue was being worked on)

04c - Man o' War  04a - Man o' War04b - Man o' War

Our next stop was the Visitor’s Center where we watched the film,
“The Rein  Of  Nobility.”
05 - Visitor Center

After that we headed to one of the three shows at the park. 
At the Hall of Champions, living champions are brought into the arena for us to see while we are told their history and get to see some of their races.

Our next show was at the Horses of the World Arena.
07 - Horses of the World Stadium
We saw several breeds… here are three of them.
Gypsy Vanner                                          Friesian                                        Andalusian
07a - Horses of the World Stadium - Gypsy Vanner07b - Horses of the World Stadium - Friesian07c - Horses of the World Stadium - Andalusian
Following the Horses of the World Show,
we saw the Mare and Foal Presentation in the same arena.
Miniature Horse and her Foal, a cute little philly!
08 - Minature Horse and Foul
After this we headed back to the motorhome to take a break and get some lunch.
Instead of driving back to the horse park, we decided to walk.
From the campground, you can enter the horse park through the back roads.
09 - Walking from the Campground to The Horse Park
Actually, you do not need a ticket to wander the grounds, but you do need a ticket to enter the Museums.  That was our plan for this afternoon.  We purchased our tickets at the Campground Store.  By doing that, we got a 50% discount and free parking.  Regular admission is $16 for adults and $5 parking fee.  We paid $16 total :o))  Oh... Your tickets are good for TWO days!!!
We headed first to the American Saddlebred Museum!!
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11 - International Museum of The Horse
 11b - IMH - Legacy of the Horse
The Legacy of the Horse exhibit was amazing. 
You could have spent an entire day here there was so much to see and learn.
Near the exit was a beautiful display of quilted horse banners!!!
11e1 - IMH - Quite Flags 111e2 - IMH - Quite Flags 211e3 - IMH - Quite Flags 311e4 - IMH - Quite Flags 4
Our final stop for the day was The Big Barn.
It is a working barn which houses the large Draft Horses that pull the tour wagons.
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13 - The Big Barn Sign  13b - The Big Barn Sign
13c - The Big Barn inside  13d - The Big Barn - reshoeing a Clydesdale

This is an amazing place and great way to learn about horses!!
As we walked back to the campground,
we saw the preparations being made for all the competitions which will begin tomorrow.
14 - Jumping ring14b - riders practicing in Rolex Stadium14c - Pony Club riders at check-in

Even the campground was becoming a “Horsey” place;o))15 - Campground becomes Horsey

After dinner, Bill was outside doing stuff and I was inside catching up on blogs.  I had just read Howard and Linda’s blog about having dinner with Michele and Peg while they were in Knoxville.  At about the same time, I heard a commotion outside and when I went to the door….
there was Michele and Peg!!!
Michelle and Peg - from Iowa

This morning, they left Knoxville and were headed to Cincinnati.  They were stuck for several hours on I-75 due to a bad accident.  While we hate that they had a tough travel day...  we are glad that it brought them to the Kentucky Horse Park and we got to visit and share some laughs!!  This lifestyle is truly amazing!! Hope we meet again down the road:o))


  1. Such a small world! :) How funny that they showed up at your door at that exact time!

    The KY Horse Park looks like the perfect place to wander for an entire day, getting educated and getting exercise, all at the same time :)

  2. A different kind of "hiking" but just as enjoyable! We have to put this on the Bucket List. :c)

  3. I have always wanted to go there! Thanks for the tour, it is now bookmarked for the future :)

  4. Looks like a great place to explore. So glad you are feeling better.

  5. So glad to hear your bug has finally left you alone. Was Bill a good nursemaid? LOL Nurse Ratchet??

    I owned horses for years and never knew a thing about this place. Of course we weren't show people or serious, they were just our riding pets. But I can see I need to put this on my list. LOVE draft horses particularly. Really great pictures.

    I would have had the same reaction as you initially id to all the kids but I'm really looking foward to your report on their efforts. My niece was and is a seriously horsie girl. She went to school in Kentucky because of their equestrian team.

  6. I've always loved horses, so this looks like a place I'd love to visit.

  7. Good to hear that you are doing better. It seems that everyone who stays there, likes the park. It may be a place for us some time.
    Glad to see that Peg and Michelle are doing well. Hope they are getting accustomed to their new home on wheels.