Kentucky Horse Park

Trip Start Apr 06, 2014
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Trip End Apr 20, 2014


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Just 10 miles north of Lexington, the Kentucky Horse Park is dedicated to showcasing the region's long equine history and highlighting the multiple horse breeds within the state. The complex is huge and really well done. I started with a horse-drawn (black Clydesdales) trolley ride around the grounds. The Hall of Champions presentation gave us an introduction to three retired champions, including Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin, and horse racing in general. A walk down the hill brought us to a 30-minute show, Horses of the World, with a variety of breeds and their trainers in the show ring.

After a grilled cheese lunch, I walked through the excellent International Museum of the Horse. It depicts the 50-million year history of the horse with comprehensive explanations and graphics, artifacts, paintings and other art, antiques, and carriages. Horse lovers could spend days in this museum. I, however, OD'd after 1.5 hours. Made one additional stop at the separate Museum of the American Saddlebred, a high-stepping show horse developed in Kentucky. A very worthwhile visit.

After finding a place to buy some groceries, I headed south on I-75, crossed the Kentucky River, and then six miles up a country road to Fort Boonesborough State Park campground. It's down in a peaceful wooded valley - nice to be out in the country. Sunny when I arrived at 5:00, rain started at 7:30, supposed to get down to 40 degrees the next two nights, then warm up.
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Peg on

Down to 40 degrees huh? Our high a couple days this week will be in the 40's.
I love the big horses with the hugh feet. Such a contrast to the beautiful Thoroughbreds. I've seen those high stepping show horses and they are very impressive.

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