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Kentucky Horse Park Offers Help to Hurricane Irma Evacuees

200 Stalls Available for Horses in Potential Path of Hurricane

LEXINGTON, Ky. (September 6, 2017) – The Kentucky Horse Park has opened stabling to horses that are being evacuated from areas expected to be impacted by Hurricane Irma. 200 stalls are available on a first-come, first-serve basis until September 17 for $20 per stall per night.

“Although we have limited capacity, it’s important for us to help however we can,” said Laura Prewitt, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park.

Due to contractual obligations with scheduled horse shows, no pasturing, lunging or riding will be possible. A negative Coggins test is required for stabling.

To reserve stalls, please contact Sheila Forbes in the park’s Equine Operations Department, at 859/259-4290 or at Sheila.Forbes@ky.gov. Any additional information will be made available on the park’s website at www.kyhorsepark.com.

Contact: Lisa Jackson
(859) 259-4224
Lisa.Jackson@ky.gov

The Village Idiot to Host Man o’ War Mural Unveiling Party June 29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 26, 2017) – An unveiling party to celebrate a commemorative mural of the legendary racehorse Man o’ War will take place at the local pub The Village Idiot on Thursday, June 29 at 4 p.m.

Commissioned by LexArts and sponsored by Mt. Brilliant Farm, the 30′ x 30′ mural was painted by Mexico City native and longtime Lexington resident Agustin Zarate. It is part of the Kentucky Horse Park’s Man o’ War Celebration, presented by Windstream, which includes a series of events highlighting the life of the great racehorse.

The unveiling party will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and comments from Zarate and officials at LexArts, Mt. Brilliant Farm and the Kentucky Horse Park. The Village Idiot will offer half-priced appetizers from 4-7 p.m., and the Kentucky Horse Park will provide complimentary park tickets as raffle prizes at the event.

“LexArts is proud to have facilitated this new addition to Lexington’s arts landscape,” said Ellen A. “Nan” Plummer, LexArts president and CEO. “It’s a striking mural in the perfect location to enchant residents and visitors alike with our rich equine history.”

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 realize that he’s actually buried here at the Kentucky Horse Park,” said Kentucky Horse Park Executive Director Laura Prewitt. “We hope this mural will become a downtown fixture that raises awareness of his life and legacy, and will also drive traffic to the Kentucky Horse Park to visit his gravesite and the ‘Mostest Horse That Ever Was Exhibit.'”

A commemorative beer crafted by Alltech to enhance the Man o’ War Celebration will also have its release at the mural unveiling party. Called the “Mostest Wheat Ale” after Man o’ War’s nickname, the celebratory beer will be offered for a special price and served in Kentucky Horse Park Man o’ War Celebration souvenir cups. It will be available on tap at various locations throughout Lexington this summer.

“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 Kentucky Horse Park’s goal in its season-long Man o’ War Celebration is to celebrate the life of the legendary horse, as well as encourage people to visit the premier tourist destination, which is currently hosting a special exhibit entitled “Man o’ War: The Mostest Horse That Ever Was.”

To learn about other events scheduled for the season-long Man o’ War Celebration, visit the Kentucky Horse Park’s website at www.kyhorsepark.com.

Contact: Lisa Jackson
(859) 259-4224
Lisa.Jackson@ky.gov

Kentucky Horse Park Signs US Equestrian to Ground Lease at the National Horse Center

National federation to construct new headquarters building at the park in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 22, 2017) – The United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. (US Equestrian) and the Kentucky Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet are pleased to announce that the Kentucky Horse Park Commission and US Equestrian have signed a 40-year ground lease on three acres of land, which includes the grant of an option to extend the lease for an additional 40 years at the conclusion of the initial term.

The lease allows US Equestrian to construct a two-story, approximately 35,000 square-foot office building and include surrounding parking, landscaping and signage. The national governing body for equestrian sports in the United States, US Equestrian currently leases office space inside a building located at the park owned by USA Equestrian Trust, Inc., with a term expiring at the end of 2019.

“As the governing body that oversees the internationally competitive United States Equestrian Team, including at the Olympic Games, US Equestrian is the anchor for many other industry-related businesses at the park. We are elated that they have made this long-term commitment with the Kentucky Horse Park,” said Don Parkinson, secretary of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. “This long-term partnership with US Equestrian reflects and strengthens Kentucky’s dedication not only to our equine industry but also to the diverse and growing segments of horse sport.”

“Given the park’s outstanding facilities and US Equestrian’s position as the governing body for horse sport in the United States, it is mutually beneficial to have this organization headquartered at the park’s National Horse Center,” said Tandy Patrick, chairperson of the Kentucky Horse Park Commission. “The park is home to a growing calendar of diverse horse shows and competitions throughout the year, and is the home of more than 30 national, regional and state equine organizations, most of whom fall under the jurisdiction of US Equestrian, and benefit from its advocacy for the betterment of the sport horse industry.”

Ownership of the new building is expected to generate cost savings to US Equestrian which can be used to further the organization’s other programs for its 100,000 members across the United States.

“I am delighted to have reached an agreement for US Equestrian to stay in the Kentucky Horse Park in a new state-of-the-art headquarters building,” said Murray Kessler, president of US Equestrian. “This building will help us to bring the joy of horse sports to as many people as possible by providing a considerable cost savings for our members. At the same time, it will create a more efficient and effective environment for our staff to support its membership and maintain close proximity to many affiliates and US Equestrian licensed competitions.”

“US Equestrian’s decision to remain at the park’s National Horse Center is a confirmation that they are confident in, and dedicated to, Kentucky’s role in equestrian sport,” said Laura Prewitt, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park. “We look forward to continually expanding our partnership as this proximity of opportunity and talent allows.”

All permits, construction approval and funding for the construction will be paid for by US Equestrian. The Tourism, Arts, & Heritage Cabinet, which oversees the Kentucky Horse Park, and the Kentucky Horse Park Commission will review and approve the exterior design of the new building prior to construction.

Contact: Lisa Jackson
(859) 259-4224
Lisa.Jackson@ky.gov
www.KyHorsePark.com

Julian McPeak
(859) 225-2053
JMcPeak@usef.org

Kentucky Horse Park to Host Man o’ War Movie Night

Family-friendly event to feature two equine-themed movies, activities

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 13, 2017) – The Man o’ War Celebration, presented by Windstream, continues at the Kentucky Horse Park with a special movie night on June 24 from 6-10 p.m. Sponsored by the Keeneland Kids’ Club, the event will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the famous racehorse and is part of a season-long series of Man o’ War-themed events hosted by the Kentucky Horse Park.

The Man o’ War Movie Night is $5 per carload for parking and is geared toward families, with two equine-themed movies being shown in the park’s theatres. The night will also feature other children’s activities, events, and free admission to the International Museum of the Horse, which is currently hosting a special exhibit entitled “Man o’ War: The Mostest Horse That Ever Was.”

“We look forward to 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 will it memorialize this special horse, but it will also hopefully expose our park’s features to new visitors.”

The event sponsor, the Keeneland Kids’ Club, will also have a presence at the event, with equine-themed coloring pages and its mascot “Buckles” making an appearance.

“Keeneland is excited to partner with the Kentucky Horse Park for this event, to bring more families out to the park and to enrich their knowledge about Man o’ War and his significance to our industry,” said Kara Heissenbuttel, Keeneland’s director of employee and patron experience.

Special activities and offerings during Man o’ War Movie Night include:

  • Free pony rides: 6-8 p.m.
  • International Museum of the Horse and Kids’ Barn open: 6-9 p.m.
  • Showings of Secretariat and Spirit at 6:15 and 8:15 p.m. in Visitor Center theatres
  • Parade of Breeds show: 7 p.m.
  • Food trucks
  • Crank and Boom “Big Red” Balsamic Strawberry Sorbet
  • Alltech “Mostest Wheat Ale” on tap
  • Meet and greet with Keeneland Kids’ Club Mascot “Buckles”
  • Horse-themed coloring activity

For a full list of Man o’ War celebration events at the Kentucky Horse Park and throughout Lexington from now through Nov. 1, visit www.manowarcelebration.com.

Contact: Lisa Jackson
(859) 259-4224
Lisa.Jackson@ky.gov
www.KyHorsePark.com

Man o’ War Commemorative Mural Painted on The Village Idiot

Restaurant to Host Unveiling Party after Mural Completion

Lexington, Ky. (June 8, 2017) – The legendary Man o’ War, one of America’s original sporting heroes, will be depicted in larger-than-life fashion via a 30′ x 30′ mural in downtown Lexington. The mural is being painted by Agustin Zarate and is part of the Kentucky Horse Park’s Man o’ War Celebration, presented by Windstream, which includes a series of events to highlight the life of the great racehorse.

An unveiling party at The Village Idiot is slated for Thursday, June 29, at 4 p.m. to celebrate the completion of the mural, which was commissioned by LexArts and is sponsored by Mt. Brilliant Farm. The Village Idiot will offer food and drink specials, and the Kentucky Horse Park will provide complimentary tickets as door prizes at the event.

The Man o’ War mural will span the entire side of the two-story Village Idiot building and will commemorate the horse’s victory in the 1920 Belmont Stakes. Based on a historic photograph during his racing years, it will portray Man o’ War parading in front of the Belmont crowd following his historic feat.

“Agustin’s rendering of the Man o’ War mural is extremely impressive and I can’t wait to see the larger-than-life finished product,” said Kentucky Horse Park Executive Director Laura Prewitt. “Man o’ War was truly a remarkable horse, and I hope this mural will become a downtown fixture that raises awareness of his life and legacy from both locals and visitors.”

This is the first building mural project for Zarate, a native of Mexico City and a longtime Lexington resident. An experienced painter, muralist, graphic designer, and illustrator, Zarate has worked with various medium including oil, acrylic, watercolor, and airbrush.

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.

“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. “Dozens of artists from throughout Kentucky submitted talented designs with a wide variety of artist interpretations. 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 will also have its release at the mural unveiling party. Called “The Mostest Wheat Ale” after Man o’ War’s nickname, the celebratory beer will be available at various locations throughout Lexington on tap this summer.

“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 Kentucky Horse Park’s goal in its season-long Man o’ War Celebration is to celebrate the life of the legendary horse, as well as encourage people to visit the premier tourist destination, which is currently hosting a special exhibit entitled Man o’ War: The Mostest Horse That Ever Was.”

To learn about other events scheduled for the season-long Man o’ War Celebration, visit the Kentucky Horse Park’s website at www.kyhorsepark.com/featured-events/man-o-war-celebration-presented-windstream.

Contact: Lisa Jackson
(859) 259-4224
Lisa.Jackson@ky.gov
www.KyHorsePark.com

Kentucky Horse Park Withdraws from Consideration for Hosting 2022 World Equestrian Games

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – The Kentucky Horse Park Commission voted today to withdraw from consideration for hosting the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2022.

A press release from Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage stated that commission members were concerned about the staging of the games and the potential conflict that hosting the games would create with the long-term goals of the Kentucky Horse Park. They say this includes limitations on potential Horse Park-generate and revenue opportunities.

“We are committed to being good stewards of the Kentucky Horse Park,” said Tandy Patrick, chair of the Kentucky Horse Park Commission.  “We do not think it would be economically feasible for the park to host the 2022 games.”

“We have had an open dialogue with the public through several visioning sessions and we’re hearing good ideas about long-term strategic growth at the park,” said Don Parkinson, secretary of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.  “Additionally, a recent survey of the park’s assets found $12 million in deferred maintenance expenses, and we recognize the need for immediate and near-term investments in our facilities.”

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Horses Dress Up for Halloween at the Kentucky Horse Park

HalloWhinny Is the Best Way to Enjoy Halloween in Kentucky This October

It’s not Halloween in Kentucky without seeing horses dressed in costume and there is no better place to see that than HalloWhinny at the Kentucky Horse Park. With employees and past equine guests returning to participate, the park will provide two presentations of HalloWhinny at the Breeds Barn, on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29-30, at 2 p.m. each day.

During this popular, annual Halloween show, horses and their riders are likely to show up as just about any kind of human/horse costume.  Guests will experience fun at HalloWhinny and see some creative costumes, with performances set to music, possibly even Superman, a creepy ghost, a hippy chick, the Wicked Witch, Harry Potter, Beauty and the Beast or any number of spooky or fun characters.

Joining the staff, volunteers and horses from the Breeds Barn, the Hall of Champions and the Big Barn will be Patrick the Miniature Horse, retired race horses from Ohio Standardbreds and Friends, and American Miniature horses from Stampede of Love (scheduled to appear but subject to change).

For more information about HalloWhinny at the Breeds Barn or the other Halloween happenings at the park this October, contact the Kentucky Horse Park at 859-233-4303 or 800-678-8813 or visit http://www.kyhorsepark.com/news/park-haunted-halloween-happenings.

Kentucky Horse Park Conjures Up New Tour to Thrill Guests This October

Cemetery Crawl: History & Mystery of the Kentucky Horse Park Tours Park’s Little-Known Places

The Kentucky Horse Park’s International Museum of the Horse has created a new, limited cemetery tour to share some of the fascinating stories of the park’s historic grounds. Never told before, the Cemetery Crawl: History and Mystery of the Kentucky Horse Park tour takes visitors around the grounds by shuttle on each Friday night in October, at 5 p.m.

Touring little-known, or often overlooked, areas of the park, guests will see cemeteries and historic sites, and hear related historic references, as well as some lasting spooky tales appropriate for the Halloween season. The tour will include the Man o’ War – Isaac Burns Murphy Memorial, the burial site of one of Thoroughbred racing’s greatest jockeys and one of Kentucky’s most famous sons.

The Kentucky Horse Park has served as the home for multiple horse farms for more than 200 years. Families have come and gone, Thoroughbreds and trotters have been raised and trained here, men have participated in duels here, and residents have created long-lasting structures that are still used on the park today.  Men, women, children and horses are buried throughout the park contributing their stories and shaping the land that plays such a unique and important role in Kentucky’s historic equine heritage.

Reservations are required for the Cemetery Crawl tours, and space is limited each night for the approximately two-hour tour, Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Reservations can be made by calling 859/259-4213.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students (up to age 17).  Tours are recommended for ages 12 and up. To learn more about the Cemetery Crawl, visit www.kyhorsepark.com/news/cemetery-crawl-conjured-kentucky-horse-park, and to learn about other Halloween happenings at the park, visit www.kyhorsepark.com/news/park-haunted-halloween-happenings.

Kentucky Horse Park Hours Adjusted for Holidays

Park Closed Dec. 24-25, 31, Jan. 1; Southern Lights Open Nightly through Dec. 31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 7, 2015) – The Kentucky Horse Park will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (Thursday and Friday, Dec. 24-25), and again New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day (Thursday and Friday, Dec. 31 – Jan. 1). The park is normally closed on Mondays and Tuesdays during the winter season, so the park will also be closed as scheduled on Dec. 21-22 and 28-29.

The park will be open Wednesday, Dec. 23, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 26-27, and Wednesday, Dec. 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will reopen in 2016 on Saturday, Jan. 2, with the regular winter schedule of Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Kentucky Horse Park’s Bit & Bridle Restaurant will be closed for the holidays starting Dec. 14, reopening Wednesday, Jan. 6.

The Showplace for Saddlebreds, the American Saddlebred Museum and Gift Shop, will be closed the same days as the Kentucky Horse Park.

The special holiday driving event, Southern Lights, is open every night from now until Dec. 31, 2015 from 5:30-10 p.m. The Holiday Festival attractions inside the park are open through Wednesday, Dec. 23. Only the lighted driving portion will be open from Dec. 24-31. The cost is $15 per car Monday through Thursday evenings and $25 per car on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights through Dec. 20, and then $15 every night until Dec. 31.

Information about the Kentucky Horse Park is available at 859-233-4303, 800-678-8813 or www.KyHorsePark.com. Information about Southern Lights is available through the KHP Foundation at 859-255-5727 or at www.SouthernLightsKy.org.

Lisa Jackson
Kentucky Horse Park
859-259-4224
Lisa.Jackson@ky.gov

Southern Lights Holiday Festival Returns

Family-Favorite Event Runs Nov. 20 – Dec. 31 at Kentucky Horse Park

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2015) – A family tradition in Kentucky, the Southern Lights holiday festival, presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky Inc., returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Nov. 20 – Dec. 31. More than 125,000 individuals in more than 30,000 vehicles attend Southern Lights annually from Kentucky and beyond, making Southern Lights a premier holiday event in the region and nation.

With all the family-friendly activities offered, Southern Lights has grown into a well-known Bluegrass tradition over the last 22 years. Kids of all ages delight in the holiday driving tour. Visitors take in the “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” Keeneland race track, the spires of Churchill Downs and a wide variety of holiday, equine-themed and pop culture iconic displays, comprising thousands of twinkling lights.

Following the driving tour, families are encouraged to park their vehicles and walk into the park’s main campus to visit the Holiday Festival attractions. This non-driving portion of Southern Lights features the Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop, holiday craft merchants, seasonal entertainment, an exotic petting zoo, pony and camel rides, the Mini Train Express, model train and dollhouse displays, and photos with Santa. The Bit & Bridle Restaurant will be serving holiday fare as will other food vendors, including Papa John’s, Original Kettle Corn, High Horizons Coffee, and Bluegrass Concessions.

The Southern Lights driving route is open 5:30-10 p.m. nightly. The Holiday Festival attractions will be open every night except Nov. 26 and Dec. 24-31. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of shorter lines and lower prices by visiting Southern Lights Monday through Thursday evenings this year.

The cost per passenger car (up to 7 passengers) is $15 Monday through Thursday evenings and $25 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The cost for an extended van, RV or limousine (up to 15 passengers) is $35, a minibus (up to 25 passengers) is $60, a school bus is $75 and a motorcoach is $125. Companies and organizations may pre-purchase discounted admission tickets to Southern Lights by contacting the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. No discounts will be available at the admission gate.

All proceeds from Southern Lights support the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. The 2015 Southern Lights Shining Star Presenting Sponsor is Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky Inc.; the Holly & Ivy Sponsor is Kerr Brothers Funeral Homes; the Ribbons & Bows Sponsors are Central Bank, Kentucky Utilities and Outdoor Lighting Perspectives; and the Thirsty Thursday Sponsor is Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated.

Breyer Nights, with giveaways by Breyer Model Horses, will be Monday – Thursday, Nov. 30 – Dec. 3; Toyota Night at Southern Lights will be Wednesday, Dec. 9; Military Night will be Wednesday, Dec. 16, allowing all active and retired military and their families one free car admission by showing a military I.D. at the gate; and Thirsty Thursdays, with giveaways from the Coca Cola Bottling Company, will be every Thursday night during Southern Lights.

Information on Southern Lights may be obtained by contacting the KHP Foundation at 859- 255-5727 or at foundation@khpfoundation.org, or by visiting www.SouthernLightsKy.org or www.KyHorsePark.com.

Lisa Jackson
Kentucky Horse Park
859-259-4224
Lisa.Jackson@ky.gov

Laura Klumb
859-255-5727
Laura.Klumb@khpfoundation.org