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Kentucky By Heart: Annual Kentucky Book Fair a grand celebration of state’s literary landscape

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist I look forward with joy to participating, as an author, in the 38th Annual Kentucky Book Fair this Saturday, November 16 at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, in Lexington. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is the culminating event of a week of activities, starting on November 10, called the Kentucky Book Festival. This is the seventh time —...

Kentucky Humanities 38th annual Kentucky Book Fair at Alltech Arena anchors week-long literary festival

Kentucky Humanities will present the 38th Annual Kentucky Book Fair on Saturday, November 16, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. The Kentucky Book Fair is the anchor event of the Kentucky Book Festival taking place Nov. 10-16. “The Kentucky Book Fair is among the longest-running events of its kind in the country,” said Kentucky Humanities Executive Director...

Kentucky author Wendell Berry receives inaugural Kentucky Humanities Carl West Literary Award

Kentucky author Wendell Berry received the inaugural Kentucky Humanities Carl West Literary Award, presented in a ceremony last week at the Paul Sawyier Public Library in Frankfort. Presented by Kentucky Humanities, the literary award recognizes an individual who has made a significant impact on the literary culture of the Commonwealth. The award is named in honor of Kentucky journalist Carl West,...

Thoroughbred Charities of America announces grants of $475,000 awarded to 64 organizations

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) announced Tuesday that grants totaling nearly $475,000 have been awarded to 64 approved organizations that provide Thoroughbred aftercare and incentive programs, equine-assisted therapies, and health and human services for backstretch and farmworkers. Grant recipients from the last three years can be found on www.tca.org. One of TCA’s grants is to the Retired...

Kentucky Horse Park to unveil newly renovated ‘Ovation’ and ‘Mane’ theaters Wednesday

The Kentucky Horse Park will hold an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday at noon to celebrate the renovation of the Park’s signature theaters. The two theaters, dubbed Ovation and Mane, are located in the Visitor Center and serve a variety of uses, from special movie screenings to lectures. The renovation will ultimately allow the Park an opportunity for additional revenue as rental space....

Kentucky Horse Council offers Large Animal Emergency Rescue training Sept. 20-22 in Lexington

The Kentucky Horse Council has announced Large Animal Emergency Rescue (LAER) training will be held Sept. 20-22 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, and registration is now open. The LAER training will be taught by 4Hooves Large Animal Services, LLC and instructors Justin and Tori McLeod. Both instructors have extensive experience with equine and livestock as well as working as emergency responders....

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,...

American Saddlebred Museum to hold Equine Art, Antique and Rare Book Auction on June 8

The American Saddlebred Museum presents the highly anticipated Equine Art, Antique and Rare Book Auction on June 8 at 11 a.m. at the American Saddlebred Museum, located at 4083 Iron Works Parkway in Lexington on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park. An auction preview will take place at the Museum from June 3-7, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on June 8 two hours before the auction. The preview and...

Three Kentucky students recognized as winners of Public Service Recognition Week poster contest

Three Kentucky Students, of three age groups, won the 2019 Public Service Recognition Week Poster Contest. Personnel Cabinet Secretary Thomas B. Stephens and Education Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis awarded first, second and third place winners in a ceremony held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington last week. The first-place winning poster in age group 6-9 by Maya Muñoz (Image from Kentucky Personnel...

Three Kentucky students earn first-place honors in 2019 Public Service Recognition Week Poster Contest

Three Kentucky students from three age groups won the 2019 Public Service Recognition Week Poster Contest. Personnel Cabinet Secretary Thomas B. Stephens and Education Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis awarded first-, second- and third-place winners in a ceremony held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. “Public service isn’t just a job, it’s a true calling, and for that we’re grateful. To see...

William McCann: Kentucky Crafted Market stage should feature more than just professional musicians

The Kentucky Crafted Market — March 15-17, Kentucky Horse Park, Altech Arena, Lexington — is a wonderful opportunity for the state’s many talented craftspeople — whether dulcimer makers, quilters or woodworkers, etc. — and Kentucky Proud farmers to have the spotlight and make the money and contacts that allow them to succeed. Additionally, this year the Market is going to...

Kentucky Horse Park’s new Spring Opener Horse Show to feature variety of divisions April 6-7

The Kentucky Horse Park is excited to announce the creation of a new horse show, the Spring Opener, which will debut April 6-7. This show is an unrated, two-day, open level show with English, Hunter classes and Western pleasure classes. The Spring Opener will offer competitors and their equine partners a wide variety of divisions and classes. “The Spring Opener is the second event owned and operated...

UK to host Inaugural Horse Industry Safety Summit promotes education among equestrians

The University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs, Saddle Up Safely and other partnering organizations will host an inaugural Horse Industry Safety Summit on Tuesday, April 23, prior to the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park. The event will be held at Spindletop Hall, 3414 Iron Works Pike in Lexington, from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. EDT and will host researchers, equestrians and...

Sports fans will find plenty to like at Kentucky Book Fair — basketball legends and sports journalists

Everyone knows that Kentucky loves basketball. This year’s edition of the Kentucky Book Fair on Saturday, November 17 will feature former players, coaches, and journalists telling stories of glory and scandal from sports history in the commonwealth. Fans and readers can meet them all at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer...

Country star Dustin Collins to headline second annual Bluegrass Rockin’ Rodeo on Nov. 17

The Kentucky Horse Park is excited to announce Billboard charting artist Dustin Collins will headline the Bluegrass Rockin’ Rodeo at the Alltech Arena in his home state of Kentucky on Nov. 17. “Part of what makes the Bluegrass Rockin’ Rodeo unique is the music,” said Laura Prewitt, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park. “We’re delighted to have such a talented performer as Dustin...

Pony Club Team to compete at 2018 USEF Pony Jumper Championships in Lexington

Four members of the United States Pony Clubs make up the team representing Pony Club at the 2018 USEF Pony Jumper Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park Aug. 7-12, including two from Lexington. The event is held in conjunction with the USEF Pony Finals and presented by Collecting Gaits Farm. Pony Club members from all over the country have been vying for a spot on the team for the past year. Team...

EKU Appalachian Research Project resumes gathering oral histories related to Mountain Horses

When most people think of Kentucky and horses, the images that typically come to mind are of regal thoroughbreds, the scenic farms that ring Lexington, and the annual Kentucky Derby. But that’s not the whole story. Kentucky and its love affair with horses reach even deeper into history and into mountainous eastern Kentucky, where settlers and their gaited saddled horses – known at the time as “Kentucky...

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 announces summer event series celebrating 40th Anniversary

To commemorate the Kentucky Horse Park’s 40th Anniversary and the people, horses, and events it has touched, there will be a series of community events held at the Park throughout the spring and summer. From several Family Fun Nights to the second annual Run for Big Red 5K/10K, the KHP’s 40th Anniversary schedule includes options for all ages to enjoy. “We are proud of the Kentucky Horse Park’s...

U.S. Equestrian celebrates groundbreaking for new office building at Kentucky Horse Park

US Equestrian held a groundbreaking ceremony last week ushering in the construction of its new 35,000 square-foot office building at the Kentucky Horse Park. The new, two-story headquarters will replace the office space US Equestrian currently leases at the Kentucky Horse Park from the USA Equestrian Trust, Inc., with the lease expiring at the end of 2019. Rendering of the new US Equestrian headquarters...