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Southern Lights Stroll Sets the Holiday Season in Motion

Run, Walk or Stroll through Annual Holiday Display in Heart of Horse Country

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2015) – To celebrate the return of the Southern Lights holiday festival, presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky Inc., the Southern Lights Stroll will take place on Thursday, Nov. 19. On the only evening of Southern Lights when the public is allowed to experience a major portion of the lighted route on foot, visitors may choose to run, walk or stroll their way through thousands of dazzling holiday lights on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park.

Now in its 14th season, the Southern Lights Stroll has proven popular, from casual walkers and families who bring children and dogs to get photos and see the lights outside of a car, to serious runners who compete in the 5k portion of the Southern Lights Stroll.

This year’s stroll will feature chip timing for the competitive 5k race, and awards will be given to winners in various age categories. Additional activities include complimentary Mini Train Express rides, refreshments, prize drawings and more. A food drive for God’s Pantry Food Bank and a local animal shelter will be held in conjunction with this event. All participants are asked to bring nonperishable items to help local families and animals in need.

Registration for the competitive 5k race is $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 7-12. Registration for the stroll/walk is $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 7-12. There is no charge for children 6 and under. Online registration, available through Nov. 17, is available at www.runsignup.com/Race/KY/Lexington/SouthernLightsStroll5k.

The competitive 5k race begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the recreational stroll at 6:35 p.m. Check-in is at the park’s Visitor Center. The first 1,000 registered adults receive a free souvenir T-shirt, and the first 350 registered children receive a free holiday souvenir. To receive a t-shirt, children must register as an adult.

All proceeds from the Southern Lights Stroll support the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. The 2015 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. Additional sponsors for the stroll include Xerox, Chick-Fil-A, the Mini Train Express and SafetyTec.

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

Celebrate Halloween with Horses at the Kentucky Horse Park

HalloWhinny Is the Best Way to Enjoy Halloween in Kentucky on October 31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 26, 2015) – Even after 400 Breeds Barn Shows, 600 Hall of Champions Presentations and close to 700 trolley rides, the season’s not over before HalloWhinny! A record number of participants this year will allow the Kentucky Horse Park to provide two presentations of HalloWhinny, its annual Halloween show at the Breeds Barn, on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

During this popular, season-ending show, park 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.

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

We don’t want to spoil the surprise, but we’ve overheard whispered whinnies that mention names like Beauty and the Beast, Minions, Harry Potter, Batman & Robin, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh, Jurassic Park and The Lone Ranger and Tonto.

For more information about the HalloWhinny at the Breeds Barn, contact the Kentucky Horse Park at 859-233-4303 or 800-678-8813 or info@kyhorsepark.com or visit www.KyHorsePark.com.

The Kentucky Horse Park is open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Nov. 1. Admission is $16 for adults and $8 for children, and includes the Next Day Free. Admission includes the International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian Affiliate, and the “Showplace for Saddlebreds” – The American Saddlebred Museum & Gift Shop.

The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse. The park is an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and hosted more than 800,000 visitors and campers, as well as 18,400 competition horses in approximately 200 special events and horse shows in 2014. The park is home to the National Horse Center, which comprises more than 30 national and regional equine organizations. Located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington, the Kentucky Horse Park is THE place to get close to horses. Information about the park’s programs and activities can be found online at www.KyHorsePark.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and Periscope.

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

Equine Sculpture Gallops onto Kentucky Horse Park

Artist Adrian Landon Installs Moving Sculpture at Park

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 23, 2015) – With a 10-foot wide steel and stainless steel body, 100 bearings, 30 feet of chain, 23 articulating joints and one small motor, a new Mechanical Horse sculpture welcomes visitors to the Kentucky Horse Park.

The sculpture was recently installed by New York sculptor Adrian Landon and is the newest exhibit secured by the International Museum of the Horse for guests visiting the park for events such as the CP National Horse Show, the Breeders’ Cup Festival and the Breeders’ Cup.

The Mechanical Horse sculpture, on display through October 2016, is located at the park’s Visitor Center.

Landon has a large portfolio of work with metal as his preferred medium. He feels that his work with horses is among his most passionate.

“There is something truly epic in representing horses in metal and my passions for both things come together quite well,” Landon says on his website.

For more information about the Mechanical Horse or the International Museum of the Horse, contact the Kentucky Horse Park at 859-233-4303 or 800-678-8813 or info@kyhorsepark.com or visit www.KyHorsePark.com.

The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse. The park is an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and hosted more than 800,000 visitors and campers, as well as 18,400 competition horses in approximately 200 special events and horse shows in 2014. The park is home to the National Horse Center, which comprises more than 30 national and regional equine organizations. Located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington, the Kentucky Horse Park is THE place to get close to horses. Information about the park’s programs and activities can be found online at www.KyHorsePark.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and Periscope.

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

Cigar Memorial Statue to Be Unveiled at Hall of Champions

Bronze Sculpture Features Cigar and Jockey Jerry Bailey Winning 1995 Breeders’ Cup Classic

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 21, 2015) – The Kentucky Horse Park will unveil a new memorial statue dedicated to the great Thoroughbred champion Cigar on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m. Created by artist Douwe “Dow” Blumberg, the statue will be placed at Cigar’s gravesite at the Hall of Champions and features Cigar with jockey Jerry Bailey winning the 1995 Breeders’ Cup Classic.

One of the world’s top Thoroughbred racehorses, Cigar died Oct. 7, 2014, at age 24. In May 1999, Cigar came to the Kentucky Horse Park to live out his retirement. He was voted Champion Older Male and Horse of the Year in both 1995 and 1996. In August 2002 he was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Cigar was also voted the Racehorse of the Decade of the 1990s.

Blumberg is a Kentucky artist and former professional horse trainer. Originally from Los Angeles, California, he now resides north of Lexington. His works include New York City’s new America’s Response Monument and the Flight 5191 memorial in Lexington.

Thanks to support from all over the world, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation was able to commission the statue. Additional contributions are being accepted to complete the Cigar Memorial. Contributions may be sent to the Cigar Memorial Fund at the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511, or made by phone at 859-255-5727, or online at www.khpfoundation.org.

For more information about the Cigar Memorial Statue unveiling or Cigar, contact the Kentucky Horse Park at 859-233-4303 or 800-678-8813 or info@kyhorsepark.com or visit www.KyHorsePark.com.

The Kentucky Horse Park is open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Nov. 1. Admission is $16 for adults and $8 for children, and includes the Next Day Free. Admission includes the International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian Affiliate; and the “Showplace for Saddlebreds” – The American Saddlebred Museum & Gift Shop.

The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse. The park is an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and hosted more than 800,000 visitors and campers, as well as 18,400 competition horses in approximately 200 special events and horse shows in 2014. The park is home to the National Horse Center, which comprises more than 30 national and regional equine organizations. Located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington, the Kentucky Horse Park is THE place to get close to horses. Information about the park’s programs and activities can be found online at www.KyHorsePark.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and Periscope.

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

Isaac Burns Murphy Legacy Honored at Kentucky Horse Park

Park Pays Tribute to 19th-Century Jockey, Kentucky’s African-American Horsemen

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2015) – As part of a celebration taking place in Lexington in October honoring the great 19th-century jockey Isaac Burns Murphy, the Kentucky Horse Park will unveil a newly engraved headstone for Murphy as well as tributes to him and Kentucky’s African-American horsemen. The ceremony will take place at the park’s newly renamed Man o’ War – Isaac Burns Murphy Memorial on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m., and includes Dr. Pellom McDaniels, author of “The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy.”

One of the greatest jockeys racing has ever known and one of Kentucky’s most famous sons, Murphy became one of the nation’s most famous and respected sport’s figures. He won an unmatched 44 percent of his races, and was the first jockey selected for membership in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

Born in 1861, Murphy grew up in Lexington and was apprenticed to Thoroughbred breeders James T. Williams and Richard Owings. He was trained as a jockey by Eli Jordan and went on to be the first jockey to win three Kentucky Derbys (1884, 1890 and 1891). He also won the American Derby four times (1884-1886 and 1888), and the Latonia Derby five times (1883-1886 and 1891). Riding Salvator, Murphy most notably defeated Tenny in the famous 1890 Suburban Handicap.

At this event, the park will introduce new interpretive panels at the site “Isaac Burns Murphy,” “African-Americans in Racing,” and “Kentucky’s African-American Horsemen,” to share their important stories with future park visitors. Murphy’s panels include more accurate information that has recently become available after years of research by dedicated community leaders. Following this event at the park, there will be an unveiling of interpretive panels at 3:30 p.m. at the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden recounting Murphy’s life, describing his homesite, and recognizing the contributions of other African-American jockeys.

For more information about Isaac Burns Murphy, contact the Kentucky Horse Park at 859-233-4303 or 800-678-8813 or info@kyhorsepark.com or visit www.KyHorsePark.com.

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

The Kentucky Horse Park Celebrates Breeders’ Cup Week

Park to Offer Off-Site Wagering, Parking, Additional Activities Leading Up to Event Races

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2015) – With Lexington hosting the world championships of Thoroughbred racing for the first time, the Kentucky Horse Park will be offering simulcasting and off-site wagering for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup races along with additional activities to add to the week’s excitement.

Indoor and drive-through wagering will be available at the Alltech Arena during the CP National Horse Show Thursday to Saturday, Oct. 29-31. Simulcasting will be broadcast inside the Alltech Arena exhibition hall all three days with the Keeneland race card on Thursday, Oct. 29 and the Breeders’ Cup races on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30-31. Patrons can enjoy all the action from Keeneland while also enjoying world-class show jumping action at America’s most prestigious and longest-running indoor horse show. Off-site wagering will open one hour before racing begins and close 30 minutes after the last race at Keeneland each of the three days.

Admission to the CP National Horse Show is free on Thursday, Oct. 29 and free on Friday, Oct. 30 until 6 p.m. Admission is $5 on Friday night and $10 for all day on Saturday, Oct. 31. Children 12 and under are free. Park admission is not required and parking will be free of charge all three days for this Breeders’ Cup option. Food will also be available, including breakfast items, wraps, sandwiches and other pub fare.

The park will also be one of three designated Park-and-Ride Breeders’ Cup locations for ticket holders to be shuttled to Keeneland Oct. 29-31, and will be handicapped-accessible. For the Keeneland race event, Prelude to the Cup, on Thursday, Oct. 29, parking passes may be purchased online in advance for $15 per vehicle or onsite for $20. Breeders’ Cup parking passes on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30-31, may be purchased online in advance for $20 per vehicle or onsite for $25. Parking passes include complimentary shuttle service to and from Keeneland for all vehicle occupants, and free event programs each day.

In the week leading up to the Breeders’ Cup, the park will be engaged in numerous activities. Isaac Burns Murphy, one of the greatest jockeys racing has ever known and one of Kentucky’s most famous sons, will be honored on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m., when the park will unveil a newly engraved headstone for Murphy, who is buried at the park, at the newly renamed Man o’ War – Isaac Burns Murphy Memorial, and pay tribute to this 19th century jockey and Kentucky’s African-American horsemen. There is no charge for admission.

Additional activities at the park will include:

  • “Equine Treasures of the Bluegrass” exhibition, International Museum of the Horse – through Nov. 1. Included in regular park admission.
  • Thoroughbred Makeover – Friday to Sunday, Oct. 23-25. Included in regular park admission. Admission is $15 for the Finale on Sunday, Oct. 25, 12-5 p.m.
  • Kentucky for Kentucky 5k Fun Run & Walk – Sunday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m. Registration is $32.50 per person.
  • Cigar Memorial Statue Unveiling – Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m. Included in regular park admission.
  • CP National Horse Show – Tuesday to Sunday, Oct. 27 – Nov. 1. Admission is free Oct. 27-29 and Oct. 30 until 6 p.m. Admission is $5 Friday night, Oct. 30 and $10 for each Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Children 12 and under are free.
  • HalloWhinny holiday show at the Breeds Barn – Saturday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Included in regular park admission.

For more information on the Kentucky Horse Park or any of the events mentioned in this release, call 859-233-4303 or 800-678-8813 or info@kyhorsepark.com or visit www.KyHorsePark.com to see the park’s full calendar of events.

The Kentucky Horse Park is open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Nov. 1. Admission is $16 for adults and $8 for children, and includes the Next Day Free. Admission includes the International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian Affiliate, and the “Showplace for Saddlebreds” – The American Saddlebred Museum & Gift Shop.

The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse. The park is an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and hosted more than 800,000 visitors and campers, as well as 18,400 competition horses in approximately 200 special events and horse shows in 2014. The park is home to the National Horse Center, which comprises more than 30 national and regional equine organizations. Located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington, the Kentucky Horse Park is THE place to get close to horses. Information about the park’s programs and activities can be found online at www.KyHorsePark.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and Periscope.

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

The Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop Presents a Book Signing with Pellom McDaniels, III

Author and lecturer, Dr. Pellom McDaniels, III, will greet visitors and sign copies of his book Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy at the Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop in the Visitor Center on Thursday, April 30, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Admission to the book signing is free.

One of the greatest jockeys racing has ever known and one of Kentucky’s greatest sons, Isaac Burns Murphy was the leading jockey of the 19th Century. He still holds the record for a lifetime winning percentage in Thoroughbred racing: 628 wins out of 1,412 starts for 44%. Murphy’s career includes three Kentucky Derby wins, four American Derby wins and five Latonia Derby wins, and he was the first jockey to be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Murphy died of pneumonia in 1896 at the age of 36.

Murphy’s grave is located at the Kentucky Horse Park, available to visitors from all around the world. Learn more about this great American and Kentucky athlete on the park’s website here.

McDaniels is visiting Kentucky as part of the Keeneland Library Lecture Series. Learn more here.

Kentucky Horse Park
4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511; Interstate 75, Exit 120
(859) 259-4234, (800) 678-8813 x4234, www.KyHorsePark.com/Shop

James Messenger Donating Iconic Symbols of Horse Racing to International Museum of the Horse

LEXINGTON, KY – Emmy Winner and two-time Academy Award nominee James R. Messenger is donating two iconic symbols of horse racing to the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park – Secretariat owner Penny Chenery’s ticket to the 99th Kentucky Derby and a rose from Secretariat’s “Blanket of Roses.” To this day, Secretariat’s 1:59 2/5 seconds “Run for the Roses” in 1973 remains the all-time Kentucky Derby speed record, and he was the first horse to run the Derby in less than two minutes.

“Role model excellence – some consider Secretariat the greatest of all athletes – begets excellence,” said Messenger, “and the chance for young and old to connect with such a champion directly should prove inspirational for others.”

Mr. Messenger is making this gift to the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation in the name of NFL Quarterback Tom Brady, who also serves as an athletic role model through his achievements at the highest level of human effort in sport – and who also is a big fan of the Kentucky Derby.

Bill Cooke, director of the International Museum of the Horse, stated, “These two pieces of memorabilia are a wonderful addition to our existing Secretariat exhibit, which includes three of Secretariat’s Triple Crown trophies.” Ms. Chenery’s ticket and the rose will go on display at the museum prior to the 2015 Kentucky Derby.

The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, fulfills its mission to enhance, expand and improve the Kentucky Horse Park by fundraising within the private sector. This partnership between private donors and the support of the Commonwealth of Kentucky is what has enabled the incredible success of the Kentucky Horse Park. Since its inception in 1985, the KHP Foundation has raised more than $25 million, which has funded critical improvements such as new facilities, research projects, new horses, landscaping ventures, and much more.

The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm, theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse. The park is an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and hosted more than 800,000 visitors and campers, as well as 18,400 competition horses in approximately 200 special events and horse shows in 2014. The park is home to the National Horse Center, which comprises more than 30 national and regional equine organizations. Located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington, the Kentucky Horse Park is THE place to get close to horses. Information about the park’s programs and activities can be found online at www.KyHorsePark.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram.

Laura Klumb
Kentucky Horse Park Foundation
859-255-5727
laura.klumb@khpfoundation.org

Kentucky Horse Park Open Friday through Sunday in Holiday Weeks

Park Closed Dec. 22-25, 29-31, Jan. 1; Southern Lights Open Nightly through Dec. 31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 16, 2014) – The Kentucky Horse Park will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 24-25), and again New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day (Wednesday and Thursday, 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 the Mondays and Tuesdays in those holiday weeks (Dec. 22-23 and 29-30).

The park will be open Friday through Sunday, Dec. 26-28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will reopen in 2015 on Friday, Jan. 2, with the regular winter schedule of Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The special holiday driving event, Southern Lights, is open every night from now until Dec. 31, 2014 from 5:30-10 p.m. The other holiday attractions inside the park are open only through Tuesday, Dec. 23. The lighted driving portion will be the only attraction offered from Dec. 24-31. The cost is $15 per car Sunday through Thursday nights and $20 per car on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 19-20, but will then be $15 every night until Dec. 31.

The Kentucky Horse Park’s Bit & Bridle Restaurant will be closed for the holidays starting Dec. 17, reopening Friday, Jan. 2. The park’s Farmhouse restaurant is closed for the winter and will reopen in March.

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.

The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse. The park is an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and hosted more than 800,000 visitors and campers, as well as 18,400 competition horses in more than 200 special events and horse shows in 2013. The park is home to the National Horse Center, which comprises more than 30 national and regional equine organizations. Located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington, the Kentucky Horse Park is THE place to get close to horses. Information about the park’s programs and activities can be on-line at www.KyHorsePark.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram.

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

Southern Lights Stroll Sets the Holiday Season in Motion

Run, Walk or Stroll through Annual Holiday Display in Heart of Horse Country

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 13, 2014) – To celebrate the return of the Southern Lights holiday festival, presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky Inc., the Southern Lights Stroll will take place on Thursday, Nov. 20. On the only evening of Southern Lights when the public is allowed to experience a major portion of the lighted route on foot, visitors may choose to run, walk or stroll their way through thousands of dazzling holiday lights on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park.

Now in its 13th season, the Southern Lights Stroll has proven popular, from casual walkers and families who bring children and dogs to get photos and see the lights outside of a car, to serious runners who compete in the 5K portion of the Southern Lights Stroll.

John’s Run/Walk Shop has donated its services to the competitive 5k race, and awards will be given to winners. Additional activities include complimentary Mini Train Express rides, refreshments, prize drawings and more. A food drive for God’s Pantry and a local animal shelter will be held in conjunction with this event. All participants are asked to bring non-perishable items to help local families and animals in need.

Advance registration, through Nov. 14, is $20 for adults and $15 for kids 7-12. Walk-up registration on Nov. 20 begins at 5 p.m., and is $25 for adults and $15 for children 7 to 12. There is no charge for children 6 and younger.

The competitive 5k race begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the recreational stroll at 7 p.m. Check-in is at the park’s Visitor Center. The first 750 registered adults receive a free souvenir T-shirt, and the first 350 registered kids receive a free holiday souvenir.

All proceeds from the Southern Lights Stroll support the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. The 2014 Shining Star Presenting Sponsor is Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky Inc.; the Holly & Ivy Sponsor is Kerr Brothers Funeral Homes; and the Ribbons & Bows Sponsors are Central Bank, Kentucky Utilities and Outdoor Lighting Perspectives. Additional sponsors for the Stroll are John’s Run/Walk Shop, the Mini Train Express, Pepsi, and SafetyTec.

Information on Southern Lights can 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.

Note: Some electronic map services available on Apple and Android mobile and auto GPS devices are not providing accurate directions to the Kentucky Horse Park. We recommend that visitors use home computers to access a mapping service for directions, use the directions provided on the KHP website, www.KyHorsePark.com (available on the widget on the lower right-hand side under Address), follow the brown highway signs or call ahead to double-check their route.

The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, fulfills its mission to enhance, expand and improve the Kentucky Horse Park by fundraising within the private sector. This partnership between private donors and the support of the Commonwealth of Kentucky is what has enabled the incredible success of the Kentucky Horse Park. Since its inception in 1985, the KHP Foundation has raised more than $25 million, which has funded critical improvements such as new facilities, research projects, new horses, landscaping ventures, and much more.

The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse. The park is an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and hosted more than 800,000 visitors and campers, as well as 18,400 competition horses in more than 200 special events and horse shows in 2013. The park is home to the National Horse Center, which comprises more than 30 national and regional equine organizations. Located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington, the Kentucky Horse Park is the place to get close to horses. Information about the park’s programs and activities can be on-line at www.KyHorsePark.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram.

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

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