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Hats Off Day, a family fun tradition, set for Kentucky Horse Park on July 27; free event by Rood & Riddle

Presented by Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Hats Off Day on Saturday, July 27 celebrates a day of free admission to the Lexington-based Kentucky Horse Park. Now in its 17th year, Hats Off Day family-friendly activities will occur from 4 to 10 p.m. including horse and pony rides, face painting, inflatables, interactive educational booths, and a Grand Prix show jumping competition. Free hats,...

Escape the hustle and bustle close to home at colorful holiday destinations throughout Kentucky

Holidays in Kentucky make for one of the most wonderful, unique times of year. Locals and visitors alike celebrate the temperature changes, basking in the foliage, with festivals and activities that showcase the state’s authentic tastes, sights and sounds. Tis the season to escape the hustle and bustle that comes along with holiday cooking, shopping and decorating. Here’s how to experience the...

Kentucky Horse Park Foundation receives grants to fund wheelchair accessible golf cart

The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation has received two grants which will enable it to purchase a wheelchair accessible golf cart. Through funding provided by the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels and the WHAS Crusade for Children, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation will ensure that all visitors, regardless of physical ability, have the opportunity to experience every aspect of the Kentucky Horse...

Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning Event set for Kentucky Horse Park on Sept. 30

The fourth annual Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning Event returns to the Kentucky Horse Park’s Covered Arena on Friday, Sept. 30. The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation presents the 2016 Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning competition, presented by Merial. This exciting event pairs two amateur riders with a celebrity guest rider to compete to see who has the skills and bravery to pen...

Kentucky Horse Park the site for 48th High Hope Steeplechase on Sunday

The 48th High Hope Steeplechase returns to the Kentucky Horse Park on Sunday, May 22. For nearly 50 years, the High Hope Steeplechase has held a special place on the Kentucky spring calendar. It stands as one of the state’s most beloved traditions. Brimming in history and known as the “sport of kings,” steeplechasing stands as one of the most exciting equestrian competitions, and Lexington, has...

Southern Lights’ holiday festival returns to the Kentucky Horse Park Nov. 20; runs through Dec. 31

The Southern Lights holiday festival returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington Nov. 20-Dec. 31. The holiday driving tour includes 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 displays, comprising thousands of twinkling lights. Following the driving tour, families are encouraged to park...

Southern Lights Stroll Nov. 19 to benefit Kentucky Horse Park Foundation; food drives also set

To celebrate the return of the Southern Lights holiday festival, 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. This...

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...

Hats Off Day at the Kentucky Horse Park offers free family fun, creates awareness

  Hats Off Day, an initiative started by Rood & Riddle, is announcing a combined donation amount of over $76,000 to the Kentucky Equine Humane Center and Kentucky Horse Park Foundation.   (Photo from Facebook) “Hats Off Day and the Rood & Riddle Grand Prix provide the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation with much-needed philanthropic support, and we are proud and humbled to be named...

UK’s Stoops, Mitchell among celebrities ready to ‘Battle’ to benefit Horse Park Foundation

Hold your horses … for the return of the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation’s Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning Event.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Molly”] Celebrities already lined up for the July 14 event include: University of Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops; UK women’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell; three-time Kentucky Derby winner Calvin Borel; legendary...

UK's Stoops, Mitchell among celebrities ready to 'Battle' to benefit Horse Park Foundation

Hold your horses … for the return of the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation’s Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning Event.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Molly”] Celebrities already lined up for the July 14 event include: University of Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops; UK women’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell; three-time Kentucky Derby winner Calvin Borel; legendary...

Kentucky Horse Park Foundation to benefit from new two-day trail ride fundraiser

As a teaser before a three-day horse training match being held at the Kentucky Horse Park for the first time, riders and their horses will be allowed two days of access to the park trails. All proceeds from the trail ride March 13-14 go to the Horse Park not to The Road to the Horse match.     The trails will be open to riders and their own mounts each of the two days from 10 a.m. to 4...