Kentucky Horse park
Kentucky Horse park

History of Kentucky Horse Park

In 1972, Mary Edwards sold her property to the Commonwealth of Kentucky for $2.7 million, and in 1978, the Kentucky Horse Park, the world’s only park committed to man’s association with the horse, opened to people in general.


  • Attractions
    • Horseback Trail & Pony Rides ($)
    • Rein of Nobility
    • Show Jumping Hall of Fame
  • Hall of Champions
  • Parade of Breeds Show
  • Big Barn – Draft Horses
  • Museums
    • International Museum of the Horse
    • American Saddlebred Museum
    • Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries
    • Wheeler Museum
  • Park Memorials & Statues
    • Park MemorialsMemorials Walk of Champions
    • Isaac Burns Murphy
    • Man o’War
    • Sculptures of the Park
  • Walking Barn Tour
    • Big Barn
    • Mounted Police Barn
    • Farrier Shop
    • Kids Barn

The Kentucky Horse Park is home to our incredible Lexington museum options. This is the ideal spot for individuals who love horses, however regardless of whether you’re not a fan you’ll get familiar with a ton and have an extraordinary time doing it.

Kentucky Horse park
  • INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE HORSE: The IMH is the biggest and most comprehensive museum on the planet devoted to exploring the significant history of everything being equal and their effect on human development. Through its consistently developing library and files, it likewise fills in as an asset for researchers and scholars all through the world.
  • AMERICAN SADDLEBRED MUSEUM: An extensive renovation finished recently of both the gallery and the gift shop enables you to encounter Kentucky’s native breed of horse at its best. Known as “The Horse America Made,” the American Saddlebred has assumed a significant job in our country’s history. That history, alongside honor, winning films and extraordinary, interactive exhibits, is an unquestionable requirement see amid your visit to the recreation center.
  • AL-MARAH ARABIAN HORSE GALLERIES: Designed in light of more youthful guests, this 8,000 square foot exhibition is home to best in class sight and sound, intelligent experience displaying the Arabian breed from its desert beginnings through its rise crosswise over Europe and the adventure through America.

Park Memorials And Statues

  • MEMORIAL WALK OF CHAMPIONS: The Memorial Walk of Champions is the final resting place of some of the finest horses of the past three decades on the track and in the show ring, all former residents of the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions.
  • ISAAC BURNS MURPHEY: Many consider Isaac Murphy the best American racer ever. The child of a previous slave, Murphy rose to conspicuousness in a field that was ruled by African American racers at the time. By his very own record, Murphy won 44% of his races. No one but 34.5% can be checked in outline books from the time, yet almost certainly, a portion of Murphy’s races was not canvassed in the graph books. In any case, Murphy set a standard that no other racer has met.
  • MAN O’ WAR: Man o’ War was certainly the most famous Thoroughbred who at any point lived. The Kentucky Horse Park pays tribute to this genuinely unbelievable horse with a great bronze figure and dedication at his grave-site, situated in a position of respect, close to the passageway to the recreation center. He has covered nearby the Triple Crown victor War Admiral, who was his most renowned child, and a few of Man o’ War’s noteworthy sons and daughters. The superior African-American racer, Isaac Burns Murphy, is additionally covered close-by.
  • SCULPTURES OF THE PARK: The Kentucky Horse Park is a world-class foundation devoted to the festival of horses and horse culture. One of our displays highlights equestrian figure and workmanship from gifted specialists around the world. These pieces feature the magnificence and elegance of horses and must be found face to face to be completely appreciated.
Kentucky Horse park

Walking Barn Tour

  • BIG BARN: The Big Barn is used to house our wonderful draft ponies and unique end of the week visitors, just as different steeds from the other equine offices on the recreation center. Guests are urged to visit this historic barn for throughout the day to see the different breeds being prepped and bridled in anticipation of pulling the trolleys and furthermore see the astounding carriages in the display. This is additionally where the Draft Horse Meet and Greet happens every day at 11:30 am amid the spring, summer, and fall seasons.
  • MOUNTED POLICE BARN: The Kentucky Horse Park Mounted Police Stables are situated in the focal point of the recreation center where officers daily animal dwelling place visits and play out their watch obligations either by horseback, engine vehicle, by walking or golf truck. Mounted Patrols are compelling for group control from numerous points of view. They are the people on call in crisis circumstances and assume a significant job in helping the park both daily and special occasions.
  • FARRIER SHOP: In keeping with the working farm aspect of the park, the farrier or blacksmith is responsible for the hoof maintenance, shoeing, and, most importantly, keeping a balanced trim on his equine charges. The adage “No hoof, No horse” is true, and proper hoof care is one of the most important elements in maintaining a healthy horse.
  • With regards to the working farm part of the recreation center, the farrier or blacksmith is in charge of the foot support, shoeing, and, in particular, keeping a fair trim on his equine charges. The saying “No hoof, No horse” is valid, and appropriate hoof care is a standout amongst the most significant components in keeping up a healthy pony.
  • KIDS BARN: In 2012, the Kentucky Horse Park celebrated the grand opening of its newest barn, designed specifically for youth ages 13 and under.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. What are the hours of entry?
A. You can visit the Kentucky Horse Park between 9 A.M. – 5 P.M. from APRIL 1 – NOVEMBER 3, 2019 (For updated hours please check the official website)

Q. How much do I have to pay for admission?
A. The charges are:

  • Adults- $20
  • Kids- $10
  • Seniors- $18
  • Military- $10
  • Kids 6-12, 5 And Under Free

Note: Admission Includes Next Day Free!

Q. Where is the park located?
A. 4089 Iron Works Pike, ​Lexington, KY 40511

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