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Mason Phelps goes extra lengths to make long-running National Horse Show shine

Mason Phelps almost missed his first National Horse Show after he got caught sneaking into the 1967 event in Madison Square Garden. Phelps is now president and producer of the storied equestrian event. (Photo by Elizabeth Adams)   By Elizabeth Adams KyForward correspondent   To get to Madison Square Garden in New York City for his first National Horse Show in 1967, a young Mason Phelps hitched...

Get into the horsey spirit as spring blossoms in Kentucky, the epicenter of equine activities

Spring arrives in Kentucky with many fun equine activities and major equestrian events. (Photo from Kentucky Department of Travel)   With spring’s arrival, Kentucky emerges as the equestrian epicenter, as horse lovers from around the world converge on the Bluegrass State for Thoroughbred racing and sales, the Rolex Three-Day Event, the Kentucky Reining Cup and – yes – partying.   First,...

Top riders return to Lexington for the 2014 Kentucky Reining Cup, tickets now on sale

Rider Shawn Flarida competes in the 2013 World Reining Cup at the Alltech Arena. The premier event in reining will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park this April. (Photo by Ben Radvanyi)

John Nicholson to retire as Kentucky Horse Park’s longest-serving executive director

The Kentucky Horse Park’s longest-standing executive director John Nicholson will retire on April 1. Serving in the position since June of 1997, Nicholson steered the world’s largest park dedicated to the horse during a period of growth, garnering worldwide recognition for its facilities.   “With our recent 35th anniversary, I started to think about my own history with the park...

John Nicholson to retire as Kentucky Horse Park's longest-serving executive director

The Kentucky Horse Park’s longest-standing executive director John Nicholson will retire on April 1. Serving in the position since June of 1997, Nicholson steered the world’s largest park dedicated to the horse during a period of growth, garnering worldwide recognition for its facilities.   “With our recent 35th anniversary, I started to think about my own history with the park...