Located in Lexington Kentucky, it is a very large park dedicated to horses and all things about them. Opened in 1978, it was founded to preserve the land and life style of horse country. In addition to museums, there are facilities for equestrian events and competitions. In a day and a half, we saw polo being played, hunter/jumper competitions, an all breeds show, and a horse show that reminded us of a classic dog show with small speciality groups competing for ribbons and ranking that may have later led to a "best of show" competition.
Note: Something seems to be wrong with my camera, almost all of the pictures I took were fuzzy and out of focus. These are a few that were acceptable enough to post so someday I can look back on what we saw and did.
I got up early on our first morning there and walked over to watch a jumper competition. The sky was still pink with dawn light.
I also watched some hunter-jumpers in another ring. The hunter riders are dressed more formally and their presentation is judged on style as well as time and successful jumps.
On our second day, one of the things we saw was a show of several different breeds of horses at the "All Breeds" barn and show ring. Each presentation was accompanied by an announcer that told us about the breed and the individual mount.
After the show, the horses were brought to the rail for some "meet and greet" time. This horse was an English Shire. Bred as a large war horse his breed was also used as a draft animal. His breed is relatively rare today.
The exhibits in the Horse Museum were both colourful and informative. Not being "horse people" we learned a lot and enjoyed our time. One of my favourite exhibits was about the Arabian breed that is the foundation for our thoroughbreds.
On Monday I went on a horse farm tour. Craig stayed with the Alfa because he had an appointment to have it washed.
Our bus driver and guide was a little hard to understand, and I don't remember all of the details he gave us.
We stopped at one very large farm where everything was unbelievably perfect. We were told a crew of 50 men did nothing but cut grass!