Lexington Horse Park, Kentucky

Day 785duck

     Lamon Vanderburgh Harkness, one of the largest stockholders in Standard Oil, was born January 6, 1850, in Bellevue, Ohio. In 1891 he bought Walnut Hall Farm, here in Kentucky, and began a successful breeding stable. The farm became one of the best-known Standardbred farms in the world. Heirs ran the farm until 1972 when they sold it to the Commonwealth of Kentucky to become the Kentucky Horse Park on September 7, 1978.

     The purpose of the Kentucky Horse Park was to educate the public on Kentucky Horses and a place for retired champion horses to live. We visited the park, where we got the red carpet treatment.red

     We saw various breeds of horses in a demonstration of their characteristics.horses

     Learned about draft horses,draft

     and took a ride through the park.mirror

     The park has their own Mounted Police.cop

     Barbara has tea in a Bedouin camp with their Arabian horse.bedouin

     It appears I am 17 1/4 hands high.hands

     Barbara gets standing ovation with her horse, beauty.Bd on horse

     Their are numerous retired racing champions at the park. We saw a few, including Funny Cide who won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness in 2003, and the Breeder’s Cup in 2004.cide

     Funny Cide has something to say to you:tounge

     See you on the trail.horse shoe


One thought on “Lexington Horse Park, Kentucky

  1. 17 and a quarter? You’re shrinking! Can you imagine what you’d look like next to Secretariat? You’d be a small pimple! That horse was enormous. Glad you’re both having a good time. That’s what its all about. Safe travels.

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