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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 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...

HalloWhinny: Kentucky Horse Park hosting fall festival, included in price of admission

The Kentucky Horse Park will host the HalloWhinny Fall Festival, a day of family-friendly fun to celebrate the fall season, on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 1-6 p.m. Several special activities will be offered throughout the day, most of which will be included in the cost of admission. “The HalloWhinny Fall Festival is a great way to draw families from our local communities to the Kentucky Horse Park,”...

Kentucky Horse Park makes 200 stalls available for horses in potential path of Hurricane Irma

The Kentucky Horse Park has opened stabling to horses that are being evacuated from areas expected to be impacted by Hurricane Irma. The park is making 200 stalls available on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning Wednesday until September 17 for $20 per stall per night, KHP officials said. “Although we have limited capacity, it’s important for us to help however we can,” said Laura Prewitt,...

The Village Idiot hosting unveiling of commemorative mural of legendary Man o’ War Thursday

An unveiling party to celebrate a commemorative mural of the legendary racehorse Man o’ War will take place at the local pub The Village Idiot on Thursday, June 29, at 4 p.m. Commissioned by LexArts and sponsored by Mt. Brilliant Farm, the 30’ x 30’ mural was painted by Mexico City native and longtime Lexington resident Agustin Zarate. It is part of the Kentucky Horse Park’s Man o’ War Celebration,...

Kentucky Horse Park, U.S. Equestrian Federation sign lease to construct new headquarters

The United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. (US Equestrian) and the Kentucky Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet announced that the Kentucky Horse Park Commission and US Equestrian have signed a 40-year ground lease on three acres of land, which includes the grant of an option to extend the lease for an additional 40 years at the conclusion of the initial term. The lease allows US Equestrian to...

Kentucky Horse Park to host family-friendly equine-themed Man o’ War Movie Night, activities

The Man o’ War Celebration, presented by Windstream, continues at the Kentucky Horse Park with a special movie night on June 24 from 6-10 p.m. Sponsored by the Keeneland Kids Club, the event will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the famous racehorse and is part of a season-long series of Man o’ War-themed events hosted by the Kentucky Horse Park. The Man o’ War Movie Night is $5 per carload...

Man o’ War commemorative mural on The Village Idiot to be officially unveiled June 29

The legendary Man o’ War, one of America’s original sporting heroes, will be depicted in larger-than-life fashion via a 30’ x 30’ mural in downtown Lexington. The mural is being painted by Agustin Zarate and is part of the Kentucky Horse Park’s Man o’ War Celebration, presented by Windstream, which includes a series of events to highlight the life of the great racehorse. An unveiling party...

Kentucky Horse Park kicks off celebration of the life of Man o’ War on 100th anniversary of birth

The Kentucky Horse Park, along with state and local officials, Wednesday launched a season-long celebration honoring the 100th birthday of Thoroughbred legend, Man o’ War, who was foaled on March 29, 1917. Man o’ War went on to become one of the foremost racehorses of all time, as well as one of the most famous Kentuckians. The Man o’ War Celebration, presented by Windstream, will honor the...

Kentucky Horse Park organizes 100th anniversary celebration of life, legacy of Man o’ War

The life and legacy of one of America’s original sporting heroes, the legendary Man o’ War, will be the highlight of a year-long celebration at the Kentucky Horse Park beginning on March 29, his birthday. “Man o’ War is a true American icon, born in Kentucky before going on to capture the country’s imagination by winning 20 of 21 races, smashing records and setting the bar that all other...

Kentucky Horse Park one of two official candidates for the 2022 FEI World Equestrian Games

The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) announced Lexington and the Kentucky Horse Park as an official candidate to host the 2022 FEI World Equestrian Games. The FEI has selected Lexington and Samorin, Slovakia as the final two Official Candidate Cities for its 2022 flagship Games. The FEI World Equestrian Games, which are held every four years, are comprised of competitions in all eight of...

Former Breeders’ Cup Festival director Prewitt selected to take over Kentucky Horse Park operations

The newly reorganied Kentucky Horse Park Commission selected Laura Prewitt Thursday to serve as the executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park. “We believe that Laura’s expertise in strategic planning, media and PR, human resources, management, and business development, coupled with her lifelong involvement in the horse industry in Kentucky, makes her uniquely qualified to serve as the Executive...