Kentucky State Horse Park Things to Do
My brother and I each attended a Pony Club Festival which is a cross between a Boy Scout Jamboree (where you meet similar competitors from all over the US) and a Championship. My brother competed in Tetratathlon which is like the Olympic Pentathlon without the fencing part - that is each competitor runs, swims, shoots a pistol and rides a horse....more
Your general admission ticket includes the following There is usually a Horses of the World presentationTROLLEY TOURA 10- to 12-minute narrated trolley tour of the main activities area pulled by a team of Draft Horses (winter tours are pulled by tractor). Included with paid admission. Weather permitting. Summer season - horse-drawn tours depart at...more
The Rolex is the only **** 3 Day event in the Americas. It is part of the Grand Slam of eventing. The other two are Badminton Horse Trials in England the first weekend in May and the Burghley Horse Trials in England the first of September. The Grand Slam has only been won once, by Pippa Funnell of Great Britain (2003).When we were here in early...more
Kentucky State Horse Park Restaurants
Grill on the Hill: Food on the Grounds
When we were there, none of the restaurants were open because it was the off season. We saw signs for the Clubhouse Restaurant and the Grill on the HIll
Currently there are the Bit & Bridle Restaurant next to the Visitor Center. Amenities include indoor/outdoor dining, restrooms and free Wi-Fi. Entrees $3.50 - $8.00. All major credit cards accepted.
The Farmhouse Café on the corner of Cigar Lane and Nina Bonnie Boulevard. Amenities include indoor/outdoor dining, restrooms and free Wi-Fi.
Entrees $3.95 – $10.95. All major credit cards accepted.
November 1 - March 14: closed for winter
Paddock Café/Patio Bar on the corner of Nina Bonnie Boulevard and Vendors Row by the competition barns and show rings and operation follows the horse show schedule.
The Tack Room Bar & Grill at the edge of the Rolex Stadium's Sheila Johnson Arena, Amenitites include covered/outdoor dining and the only full bar on the park.
Entrees $3.50 – $10.00. All major credit cards accepted.
November 2 - March 14, Closed for seasonRelated to:
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Kentucky State Horse Park Local Customs
Stone Walls, White Fences, and Black...
When we walked in towards the Museum, we saw this display on Kentucky wall building. It says that KY has the most extensive network of drystone fences in America. They are constructed of native limestone and don't use any mortar to hold them together. The majority were built by Irish stonemasons. After the civil war, slaves who had been employed as quarrymen also learned the craft from the Irish.
During the early 1990's the Dry Stone Masonry Conservancy was formed to preserve and continue the art. They teach classes. The wall in the photo was made by them in 2000
Most of the field dividers in KY are now white fences. For contrast, the barns in the counties of central Kentucky, such as Mercer County, barns and fences and other farm buildings are painted black. Sometimes they are trimmed in white but are often painted completely black. This color scheme came from the tradition of using lamp black and diesel fuel as a cheap wood preservative. Black barns raise the heat inside, aiding the curing of tobacco, although in Maryland, tobacco barns are unpainted because the paint 'flavors' the tobacco.Related to:
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Kentucky State Horse Park Sports & Outdoors
Typically held every three years at the Kentucky Horse Park, the Pony Club Festival is a week-long celebration of Pony Club that brings together more than 4,000 Pony Club members (and their families) from across the country. Its purpose is to provide a National Championships competition. The first Pony Club Festival was held at the Kentucky Horse...more
The Kentucky Horse Park is where the Rolex Three Day Event is held in the spring. Sometimes it is the Olympic Selection Trials. The second photo says that the Equestrian Games are going to be here in 2010.I debated whether or not to call it Horse Riding (which is way tamer than what goes on in an event because it was a lower level event at which...more
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Kentucky State Horse Park General
There are statues of horses through-out the horse park. Bronze foals by Gwen Reardon frolic at the entrance to the Kentucky Horse Park Museum. Ms Reardon has many other statues at the Thoroughbred Park downtown. The Man o’ War statue, sculpted by Herbert Haseltine (1877-1962), stands on a pedestal just inside the entrance to the park grounds. The...more
The Kentucky Horse Park has a bronze sculpture of Man O War (one of the most famous horses in the world) near the entrance to the park. He is buried here, alongside the Triple Crown winner War Admiral (his son). The African American jockey, Isaac Burns Murphy, is also buried nearby. Man O'War won 20 of 21 races lifetime, and is considered by many...more
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