August 2, 2015

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Kentucky Horse Park

I had read about the Kentucky Horse Park from a couple of other blogs and knew that this was a stop that Guy and I would really enjoy.

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Barn for Draft Horses

 

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My favorite horse, part of a team that pulls the trolley

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getting their gear on to pull the trolly

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look how big this horse is

The campground has 260 back in sites, very narrow cement pads, with lots of grass all around, elec/water, 2 dump sites, pool, tennis courts, basketball courts. When we got there it was a happening place, very crowded, kids on bikes everywhere, fires burning, loud music playing in lots of campsites. Next to us was a birthday party going on, not sure how many kids but they were having a great time. We got to know the parents as the birthday girls bike had a flat and we just so happened to have a pump!!

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I was in a hurry to get going to see the horse park but we needed some lunch and needed to pump up the bike tires.  I could hear that something was going on at the horse park as the loud speakers were vibrating thru the campground.

The horse park is separate from the campgrounds, so we needed to drive over, pay our fee to park $5.00, a fee of $16.00 per person, to go into the park for the day. You could feel the excitement in the air as people were hurrying to get in.

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Loved all the old buggies

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The horse park has more than 1,200 acres in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. The park is a working horse farm and and educational park. The park features dozens of breeds of horses, as well as horse drawn trolley rides pulled by Draft Horses, horseback riding, and pony rides. They offer horse farm tours to surrounding area farms as well.

There are numerous exhibits such as The International Museum of the Horse, which is an affiliate of the Smithsonian.  A Horses of the World Show where many different breeds from around the world both common and rare are shown. The Hall of Champions where thoroughbred legends reside and are presented to the public.

The Memorial Walk of Champions, where some of the top champion horses are buried.  Some of the champions that are buried here are, DaHoss, first horse to win the Breeder’s Cup in non consecutive years, Alysheba, Funny Cide, Cigar just to name a few.

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John Henry, 1980 Horse of the Decade, top money winning Thoroughbred gelding in racing history.

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The Phoenix -Down Memorial Row are statues of the championship race horses

The park presents live shows daily throughout the summer, presenting unique breeds of horses with authentically costumed riders.

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Also, throughout the farm there are numerous show rings where jumping contests were going on. With different age groups competing in different areas of the park, we stopped to watch and sure felt the pressure to get over those hurdles.

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We walked thru the barn areas that housed horses that were competing, watched as they were getting groomed, manes being braided and flowers added.

 

 

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We had a great afternoon at the Kentucky Horse Park, I would highly recommend it to anyone in the area. My suggestion is to arrive early in the day so that there is time to see all that they have to offer, we missed out on a few demonstrations as we were later in the day, the competitons were almost over when we arrived and we only saw the tail end of them.There was going to be jumping contest later that night at the Rolex Center with a purse of $50,000, we did’t make it back for it but could hear the announcer from the campground.

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Thank you all for visiting “The Rovers” y’all have a Blessed Day and come on back to check out what happens next on our travels.