Kentucky Horse Park – Lexington, Kentucky

Kentucky Horse ParkKentucky Horse Park – Lexington, Kentucky

Kentucky is known for its beautiful horses and beautiful grasslands that graze the horses.  Come and see for yourself just how fabulous this part of the state is with a visit to Lexington!

The Kentucky Horse Park is the world’s only park dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse, opened to the public.  There are approximately 115 horses on the grounds for you to see.  Most of these horses are housed in barns throughout the main “tourist attraction” area of the park including the Hall of Champions, Horses of the World Barn, Kids Barn, Mounted Police Barn and Big Barn – home to the draft and carriage horses, as well as the riding concession. Literally thousands of additional horses ship in to the park to compete in horse shows throughout the year. There are fewer horses in the winter season since some horses, on loan from different owners across the United States and Canada, go home at the end of the summer season.

The park officially opened to the public in 1978.  The history of the evolution of the park from a land grant to the present day is interesting to read, many owners, many tragedies and now success all worked to make this a place that is of great value to the state of Kentucky today.

As a real working ranch most of the things to see are outside but the Visitor Information Center (with gift shop and movie theater), the International Museum of the Horse, the American Saddlebred Museum & Gift Shop, the Bit & Bridle Restaurant, and the Farmhouse Cafe are all indoor facilities with air-conditioning, sitting areas and restrooms.

Want to see the baby foals?  While the park is not a breeding facility, we do have mares and foals on the park in the spring and early summer so that visitors can enjoy seeing them and learn more about the breeding process. Visitors can see foals with their moms in the park’s Mare & Foal Show (from Memorial Day to July 31), in their stalls in the Kids Barn, or turned out in one of the paddocks near the Kids Barn.

The great Man o’ War, the most famous Thoroughbred race horse of the 20th century, is buried at the park in a memorial with a statue dedicated to his life.  There are other horses buried there too so you can learn about the history of these great animals in the tour of the facility.

Want to own a fabulous horse?  The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center is a Thoroughbred adoption facility that seeks to match at-risk Thoroughbred horses, off the race track, with adopters who will give them new homes and new possibilities. Their horses are sound, suitable for riding, and some are suitable for showing. Affiliated with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, the center houses approximately 10 horses on site, and can assist adopters in finding other available Thoroughbreds throughout the United States. The center is open to visitors Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, or weekends by appointment (call 859-246-3080).

Kids_BarnYou can take the kids to the Horse Park and be assured that they will not only have a wonderful time at the Kids Barn but will learn a great deal too.  There are enough activities to keep them busy all day!

You can also take a horse drawn trolly ride around the park, it only lasts less than 15 minutes, but during the ride you will learn about the history of the farm and enjoy the beauty of the draft horses that are pulling the trolly.

Load Times (March 15 – October 31):
10:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.

Load Times (November 1 – March 14):
10:30 a.m.
2:15 p.m.

You can learn about many breeds of horses at the Horse Park.  The Kentucky Horse Park honors horses of all breeds and types, and there is no better place to meet some of these “stars of the park” than at the Horses of the World. During the summer months, the color, sound, and excitement of the show ring are captured twice daily in the Horses of the World Shows. Throughout the winter months, an informative walk-through presentation features several breeds in the barn area.  All shows and presentations are included with park admission.

March 15 – October 31

The Horses of the World Shows are held daily at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

November 1 – March 14

Up Close and Personal Walk-Through Tour starts at 1:30 p.m.  Training demonstrations will be held in the arena when the weather is permitting.

There are horseback riding and pony riding available while you are at the Park.  Check with the visitors center for more information.

Contact information:

4089 Iron Works Parkway Lexington Kentucky 40511 USA

Phone: (800) 678-8813