Recently my daughter and I visited the Kentucky Horse Park so that she could try to meet some of her scout requirements to earn the horsemanship badge for American Heritage Girls, a Christian scouting organization. We had the pleasure of spending several hours at the park watching shows, visiting exhibits, touring the grounds and, of course, learning more about horses.
In addition to the shows that are included with the price of admission, visitors can walk through various barns, including the Big Barn, the Hall of Champions Barn, the Breeds Barn, the Kids Barn and the Mounted Police Barn. Each barn highlights something unique and visitors are certain to come away more knowledgeable. There is also a Farrier Shop where guests can learn about appropriate hoof care for horses and why it is necessary.
Set on more than 1,200 acres in the famous Bluegrass Region of Kentucky, visitors also have several museum options. Visiting these museums was one of my favorite parts of the horse park. The International Museum of the Horse was especially insightful, with exhibits that include historic artifacts, interesting facts and equine history recreations in miniature. Exhibits include Draft Horses in America, Horses in Sport, Horse Drawn Vehicles, Angels for Horses: The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries and others.
While a visit to the horse park in person is ideal, if this is not possible, I would recommend a visit to the Kentucky Horse Park website for anyone who wants to research horses, equine breeds, equine history, etc. In regards to scouting requirements, it is possible to meet several of the requirements just by visiting the website. A link to the International Museum of the Horse site provides further resources and most exhibits are online as video or slide presentations so it’s really more like a virtual tour. Students could spend hours on this website alone learning about history related to the horse. For those who live close enough or who can travel, I would definitely recommend an in-person visit to the park.
In addition to general admission tickets, there are also options for season passes, group discounts and additional activities such as horseback rides. Traveling guests can choose to stay at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground for a reasonable nightly fee.
Whether you’re visiting the Kentucky Horse Park to meet scouting requirements or for a day of fun and entertainment, I’m sure your visit will be memorable and you’ll come away with a new appreciation of these beautiful animals.