Kentucky Horse Park, Harrodsburg

Kentucky Horse Park, Harrodsburg - Address

Address: 4089 Iron Works Pkwy, Lexington, KY 40511, USA

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Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

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About Kentucky Horse Park, Harrodsburg

Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm and an educational theme park opened in 1978 in Lexington, Kentucky. It is located off Kentucky State Highway 1973 (Iron Works Pike) and Interstate 75, at Exit 120, in northern Fayette County in the United States. The equestrian facility is a 1,224-acre (4.95 km2) park dedicated to "man's relationship with the horse." Open to the public, the park has a twice daily Horses of the World Show, showcasing both common and rare horses from around the globe. The horses are ridden in authentic costume. Each year the park is host to a number of special events and horse shows. Additionally, the park contains the International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian Affiliate, which has a permanent collection of horse history and memorabilia, along with a rotating historical collection focused on a particular theme. Past themes include A Gift from the Desert (Arabia), Imperial China, and All the Queen's Horses (Britain). Beginning with the 1979 arrival of Forego, one of the leading handicap horses of the 1970s, the Kentucky Horse Park has been home to some of the world's greatest competition horses, including John Henry, Horse of the Decade for the 1980s and the top money-winning Thoroughbred gelding in racing history. With the exception of a few months in 1986, John Henry lived at the park from 1985 until his death in 2007, alongside other racing greats such as Forego and his fellow 1970s champion Bold Forbes, and more recent residents Cigar, voted Horse of the Decade for the 1990s, and Da Hoss, the first horse to win Breeders' Cup races in non-consecutive years. In late 2008, the champions Alysheba and Funny Cide became residents, but Alysheba died at the park in March 2009. 1994 Kentucky Derby winner, Go For Gin, became a resident of the barn in 2011, while Cigar died at the park in 2014. Besides Thoroughbred horses, Standardbred pacing greats such as Staying Together and Western Dreamer, Cam Fella (deceased) and Rambling Willie (deceased), and Standardbred trotting champion Mr. Muscleman have made the Kentucky Horse Park their home, as well as 5-gaited American Saddlebred geldings CH Gypsy Supreme, CH Imperator and CH Sky Watch (all deceased).


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  • Phenomenal facility. Altec arena is top notch from performers standpoint as well as great viewing for spectators. Temperature controlled properly for each. Warm up arena is larger than most primary arenas. Competition arena, a different facility on the grounds is also great with spectators even closer to the action. Barns, stables all good size and well kept. Daily horse riding available, museums, beautiful grounds, great cross courses. Bottom Line, highly recommend from competitor as well as spectator standpoint.

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  • Great place!!! I've always wanted to come here & it was TOTALLY worth it. Museum is HUGE with so much cool info! Awesome to get to interact with the horses & see all the ones buried there. Beautiful statues!!!

  • Plenty of shows, live stabled horses to get up close to. Very educational and enjoyable. Horses are friendly and we loved petting them. Many different breeds to see. Trolley ride was nice also. Very clean, well cared for in every way. If you like horses this is the place to come see. Museums were impressive as well.

  • Great fun lights were awesome. Hot chocolate and funnel cake yummy... plus camels and petting zoo for the kids

  • Wished we had more time to view museum. They were in process of setting up Xmas lights. It's going to be awesome

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