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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...

Statue of heroic Korean War horse Sgt. Reckless to be dedicated at Kentucky Horse Park on May 12

A larger-than-life, 1,000-pound statue of Sgt. Reckless, the heroic Korean War horse, will be unveiled at a dedication ceremony at the Kentucky Horse Park on May 12 at 1 p.m. The dedication of the statue at the park follows a more than two-year effort by Marine Corps veterans and private citizens who have been actively involved in nationwide efforts to raise money to place the statue at the park. Although...

Field of four USPC teams to compete in 2018 Prince Philip Cup games at Land Rover Ky. Three Day Event

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. will once again hold the Prince Philip Cup Mounted Games competition at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The 2018 Prince Philip Cup Games sponsored by Hero Kids Foundation will mark the competition’s 18th consecutive year it will be hosted during the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. The event will feature four teams from across the country. The tentative...

Kentucky Horse Park announces guided tour partnership with Kentucky Derby Museum

The Kentucky Horse Park and the Kentucky Derby Museum have partnered on an exclusive, guided tour experience for guests to learn more about the legacy and legend of famous Thoroughbreds and Kentucky Derby champions. Called the Legacy and Legend Tour, it includes transportation with Kentucky Tours, lunch, admissions and a guided, behind-the-scenes experience. Guests will begin the tour at the Kentucky...

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...

2001 Horse of the Year Point Given retired from stud duty, to join Kentucky Horse Park Hall of Champions

Thoroughbred champion Point Given has been retired from stud duty at Calumet Farm and is set to join the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions in the spring of 2018, becoming the fifth Horse of the Year to occupy the famous barn. The 19-year-old son of Thunder Gulch won six Grade 1 races, including two legs of the 2001 Triple Crown, the Preakness and Belmont Stakes. For his efforts, he received...

Southern Lights Holiday Festival returns to Kentucky Horse Park Friday, open through Dec. 31

The 24th annual Southern Lights holiday festival, presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Nov. 17-Dec. 31. A holiday tradition for many families, more than 120,000 individuals in more than 30,000 vehicles attend Southern Lights annually from Kentucky and beyond, making Southern Lights a premier holiday event in the region and nation. Families...

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...

Walker Montgomery to Perform at Kentucky Horse Park’s Bluegrass Rockin’ Rodeo slated for Nov. 17-18

Emerging country artist Walker Montgomery will perform on the first night of the Kentucky Horse Park’s Bluegrass Rockin’ Rodeo in the Alltech Arena on Friday, Nov. 17. Walker, 18, is an up-and-coming musician from Nicholasville, Ky. His love of music comes naturally; he is the son of multi-platinum selling country music star, John Michael Montgomery, and nephew of Eddie Montgomery of the band Montgomery...

Kentucky Horse Park, CP National Horse Show to host dinner honoring racehorse Man o’ War

The Kentucky Horse Park and the CP National Horse Show have partnered to offer a special dinner honoring the legendary racehorse Man o’ War on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. The Man o’ War Farm-to-Table Benefit Dinner will take place at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena in Gracie Street Garden. Featuring a night of Kentucky Proud dishes, craft beer and cocktails, and premium seats to view the...

36th Annual Kentucky Book Fair moving to Kentucky Horse Park on Nov. 18; Kids Day on Friday

Kentucky Humanities will present the 36th Annual Kentucky Book Fair on November 18 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and the seventh annual KBF Kids Day on Friday, November 17, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Both events will be held at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. Sponsors for the event include Face It, Lindsey Wilson College, Spalding University, Morehead State University, Berea College, Eastern Kentucky...

Kick off your holiday gift buying and ‘shop small’ with Georgetown’s Small Business Saturday Nov. 25

Shop small and celebrate your community with the small businesses that make it special – this is the mission of Small Business Saturday, a promotion launched by American Express in 2010 to encourage people across the country to support small, local businesses. With dozens and dozens of independently-owned shops and boutiques, galleries and restaurants – many located in its picturesque Victorian-era...

Kentucky Horse Park the site for inaugural Bluegrass Rockin’ Rodeo on Nov. 17-18

The Kentucky Horse Park will host the inaugural Bluegrass Rockin’ Rodeo, Nov. 17-18 in the Alltech Arena. Gates open at 5 p.m., with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. The event is part of the International Pro Rodeo Association and serves as the IPRA National All-Region Finals. From big cities and small towns, to major league stadiums and local fairgrounds, the IPRA has become the sport’s second-largest...

Land Rover North America replacing Rolex as title sponsor of Kentucky Three-Day Event

Land Rover has taken on the headline sponsorship of the now Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), producer of the iconic Kentucky Three-Day Event, and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEquestrian) joined Land Rover North America to announce the four-year agreement. The Kentucky Horse Park will host the event on April 26-29, 2018. Land Rover has also announced...