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.
We saw various breeds of horses in a demonstration of their characteristics.
Learned about draft horses,
and took a ride through the park.
The park has their own Mounted Police.
Barbara has tea in a Bedouin camp with their Arabian horse.
It appears I am 17 1/4 hands high.
Barbara gets standing ovation with her horse, beauty.
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.