AAA Editor Notes
Kentucky Horse Park, 9 mi. n. off I-75 exit 120, at 4089 Iron Works Pike, is a 1,200-acre facility devoted to the region’s equine heritage. The Man o’ War Memorial, the renowned racehorse’s burial site, is at the entrance to the traditionally fenced grounds. A film about the relationship between man and horses, narrated by William Shatner, serves as an introduction to the park. Self-guiding walking tours and horse-drawn trolley rides are available.
The Breeds Barn houses multiple breeds of horses; after viewing the 25-minute Breeds Barn presentation in the show ring, visitors can meet the animals and their riders. The Hall of Champions is the site of a 25-minute show featuring a group of championship horses, including Kentucky Derby winners Go for Gin (1994) and Funny Cide (2003). The International Museum of the Horse depicts the 50-million-year history of the horse; a circular ramp winds past displays, artifacts, trophies, paintings and carriages.
Horseback riding and pony rides are available. Another close-up opportunity comes with a visit to the Big Barn, home of the huge horses that pull the tour trolleys. The craft of horseshoeing can be seen during a stop at the Farrier Shop. An animated holiday light display brightens the park the Friday before Thanksgiving through December 31.