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IMH to share discoveries from History Harvests, African American equestrians on June 13

The International Museum of the Horse will hold a Shareback Session as a follow-up to the recent History Harvests. The event is free and open to the public, and it will be held on June 13 from 6-7 p.m. at the Lexington Public Library, Central Branch, in Meeting Room A. Museum staff will present highlights from the community contributions and share what has been learned from the objects and stories. History...

International Museum of the Horse hosts community History Harvests for African American equestrians

The International Museum of the Horse is pleased to announce two upcoming opportunities to preserve the legacy of African Americans in the equine industry. History Harvests will be held on April 13 from 9 a.m. until noon, and on May 18 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The events will take place at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center, at 300 East 3rd Street in Lexington. The events provide opportunities...

Kentucky Arts Council recognizes 13 Kentuckians for completion of Community Scholars training program

Karen Lanier is digital project manager for the International Museum of the Horse and its education initiative the Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry, a position she credits in part to her participation in the Kentucky Arts Council’s Community Scholars program. Lanier was one of 13 trainees of the Community Scholars program in Lexington. The Community Scholars program trains members...

Kentucky Horse Park to Host Man o’ War Run for Big Red 5K/10K on July 21

The Kentucky Horse Park will host the Man o’ War Run for Big Red 5K/10K on its scenic grounds in Lexington on July 21 at 8 a.m. The competitive 5K/10K is part of the Kentucky Horse Park’s season-long 40th anniversary celebration, which includes a series of events to commemorate the significant impact the park has made locally, nationally, and internationally, during the past four decades. “We...

Kentucky Horse Park to host International Nights at the Museum after hours events starting March 2

The International Museum of the Horse has announced a new series of after hours events called International Nights at the Museum. Beginning March 2 from 6-10 p.m., the first event will celebrate the culture, history, and cuisine of India. The night will feature food by Tandoor Fine Indian Cuisine, dance performances by Lakshmi Sriraman of Shree School of Dance, and a special viewing of Julie Wayne’s...

Kentucky Horse Park’s International Museum of the Horse to host Yoga in the Museum starting Jan. 25

The Kentucky Horse Park’s International Museum of the Horse will present a new, free Yoga in the Museum series in 2018 with the partnership of Chelsey Reid of Red Horse Yoga in Georgetown beginning January 25, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. These complimentary, hour-long community yoga classes will be held among the exhibits in the museum and will focus on grounding through breath and gentle movement in sequences...

Kentucky Horse Park offers financial assistance program to encourage school field trips

The Kentucky Horse Park and International Museum of the Horse invite teachers and their students for a field trip experience that connects their programs to Kentucky standards and your class curriculum. During a field trip to the park, students will visit the International Museum of the Horse, the Kids Barn, the Hall of Champions, the Big Barn, and Breeds Barn. Lunches are typically picnic style, weather...

Kentucky Horse Park conjures up new tour to thrill guests this October with Cemetery Crawl

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,...

Kentucky’s Douwe Blumberg to sculpt ‘lasting memorial’ to Thoroughbred champion Cigar

Thoroughbred champion Cigar, shown here at his Kentucky Horse Park ‘retirement home,’ died Oct. 7, 2014. Click here to read more.   The Kentucky Horse Park has commissioned artist Douwe “Dow” Blumberg to sculpt a depiction of Thoroughbred champion Cigar to honor the horse that died this past October at age 24.   Blumberg was selected, in part, because he is a Kentucky artist...

Kentucky's Douwe Blumberg to sculpt 'lasting memorial' to Thoroughbred champion Cigar

Thoroughbred champion Cigar, shown here at his Kentucky Horse Park ‘retirement home,’ died Oct. 7, 2014. Click here to read more.   The Kentucky Horse Park has commissioned artist Douwe “Dow” Blumberg to sculpt a depiction of Thoroughbred champion Cigar to honor the horse that died this past October at age 24.   Blumberg was selected, in part, because he is a Kentucky artist...

‘Year of the Horse’ makes exhibit of Chinese ink paintings perfect for Kentucky Horse Park

(Photo from UK Confucius Institute)   As the Horse Capital of the World, Lexington hardly needs a reason to celebrate equine culture, but the coincidence of this year being the Year of the Horse on the Chinese lunar calendar and the University of Kentucky playing host to the renowned Confucius Institute seemed too good a reason to pass up. The International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky...

Kentucky bred and trained Cannonade, 100th Derby winner, focus of 2014 Derby poster

The 2014 Derby Poster commemorates the 100th Derby winner, Cannonade, both bred and trained in Kentucky. The poster is available for $15. (Photo from Ky.gov)   The 2014 Governor’s Commemorative Derby poster was designed by James Shambhu from the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park, and features Cannonade winning the 100th Kentucky Derby in 1974.   “I’m privileged...

Kentucky Horse Park museum displays student art commemorating Year of the Horse

Lexington’s Wellington Elementary School and the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park are celebrating the Year of the Horse with a special exhibit. Now open to the public, “Shodo: The Art of Japanese Brush Painting,” features calligraphy created by the school’s third, fourth and fifth grade students.   To commemorate the Year of the Horse in 2014, elementary...

Manipur, birthplace of polo, donates exhibit
to International Museum of the Horse

The International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington recently unveiled a new exhibit chronicling the contributions of the people and ponies of Manipur. This Southeastern Himalayan kingdom, now a state in North East India, introduced the sport of polo to the British in 1854.   (Photo from the Kentucky Horse Park) “This unique new exhibit is a perfect complement to...