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.
The Adventures of Dan&Stella
Nice place. I didn't really deal with any of the employees directly, but I stopped on my way out of state to watch the shows. I liked how they directed it at non-horse people without being degrading to guests. There are a lot of things here to see. Plan on staying for an hour or two at the least. It was a pretty penny to get in, twenty-some dollars, but I can imagine a horse facility of this scope cost a lot to maintain. I liked the hall of champions the best probably, but it was nice to see the different breeds and the international horse museum as well.
It's incredible how much history and knowledge there is surrounding horses. Between the Parade of Breeds, the museum, and the general attractions, it's no wonder it would take someone two days to feel adequately horsed out. Definitely check this out for anyone even mildly interested in horses.
We actually had the best day here. It was a beautiful park with a surprising variety of shows, exhibits, and museums. The demonstrations were all kid friendly and my 6 and 8 year old were in absolute awe of the beauty off all the horses we encountered. All of the staff was friendly and informative except one. The one that earned the low rating for our visit. There is an absolute wretched woman that works in the gift shop... (elderly, short brown hair, and a hateful attitude) she brought my 8 year old to tears today for the most ridiculous reason. We bought a horse webkinz at the shop, the packaging of the price and code was wrapped too tightly around the stuffed animals front leg, so when my daughter pulled off the tag it's stuffing was a little off. This upset my daughter so I told her to just simply explain it to the store clerk and ask for a simple exchange. This was literally 45 seconds after our purchase. 45 seconds. This nasty clerk rolled her eyes and told my daughter that was "just too bad". I then stepped in and kindly explained that we were just asking for the same thing but with one that's packaging wasn't as tight. She sighs heavily and says "well I'll have to ask". I said "very well ask." She huffs and puffs all the way back to the employee area and all the way back to the front of the shop. Thankfully someone in the back room had some common sense and some basic decency and told this witch to just swap it out. Which she did begrudgingly. But good news is it kept me from further interaction and allowed my daughter to dry her eyes. Unfortunate that her horrible attitude and lack of tact ended our visit. To the gift shop owners...I'd consider letting that one go. If you visit beware of the gift shop and enjoy the rest of the park.
Beautiful place, will be back. Needed more time but we were traveling and arrived at 2:30. This is worth 5-6 hours of your time. Some highlights: 2 Derby and Preakness winners, 2 triple crown trophies, rare breeds, and we learned tons from the friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Awesome. Not a horse person but I enjoyed the experience with family. I learned a lot about KY and it's history with horses. Check it out. It's worth the money and the lunch was real food not processed crud.