Kentucky Horse Park
In 1777, Patrick Henry, then Governor of Virginia, granted 9,000 acres of land in the Kentucky Territory to his brother-in-law, William Christian, as a reward for his service in the French and Indian War. A wealthy Virginian, Colonel Christian moved his family to Kentucky in 1785 and established a farm on Beargrass Creek near Louisville. Christian was killed by Indians in 1786, and his daughter, Elizabeth Dickerson, inherited the Elkhorn Creek tract, 3,000 acres of land now in both Scott and Fayette Counties. Part of this land became the Kentucky Horse Park.
Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm and an educational theme park opened in 1978 in Lexington, Kentucky. It is located off Kentucky State Highway 1973 (Iron Works Pike) and Interstate 75, at Exit 120, in northern Fayette County in the United States. The equestrian facility is a 1,224-acre (4.95 km2) park dedicated to "man's relationship with the horse." Open to the public, the park has a twice daily Horses of the World Show, showcasing both common and rare horses from around the globe. The horses are ridden in authentic costume. Each year the park is host to a number of special events and horse shows.
This is an absolutely beautiful facility. I would have to say that it is the nicest all around horse facility that I have ever been to, and that's saying something, because I have been to a lot. Not only are the facilities beautiful, but they are very well thought out to handle large shows and crowds. If I was to have any negative comment, though small, it would be the fact that as a paying show participant, I also had to pay for daily entry into the show grounds.
We visited for Southern Lights and I understand their funding and purpose but there has to be some maintenance to the displays or improvement to the flow of people if they expect to keep getting business, they rely on being a niche experience so they don't have to improve or even maintain their quality. I have been every year for the past 11 years and every year it has degraded. Santa was much better than the past though.
It was a very long line on Thursday, 12/21/17. We got off of I-64 and spent around 30-40 minutes sitting in traffic on Ironworks Pike, then around an hour from the time we got TO the park until we actually got to the official starting point of the show, (the ticket booth). The lights were wonderful, as usual, and traffic moved right along. It was after 9pm when we parked and got out to see the train exhibit, ride the kids train, and look around. All in all a good trip. My advice, don't plan to get anywhere in a hurry if you go, or you'll be very frustrated!
Very big park, awesome also for someone like me who knows nothing of horses. It has it all: the historic and theoretical aspect, most notably through the museum, the horses everywhere around you, the old champions, and the possibility to ride one yourself. The Champion Hall was my favourite.
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