Education

The Education Department of the Kentucky Horse Park strives to be a vital member of the horse industry and the community at large by serving as a center for equine education and learning. There are a number of programs within this department which will greatly benefit from increased funding. Several of these areas of interest are highlighted below.

The Kentucky Horse Park/Central Kentucky Riding for Hope Equine Troop

The KHP/CKRH Equine Troop seeks to build Life, Social, Relationship, and Resilience skills for at-risk youth through the channel of horsemanship and riding. Participating youth have the unique opportunity to build life skills while learning horsemanship from instructors from CKRH and the KHP, utilizing the horses and facilities of both organizations. The curriculum encourages independent thinking, teamwork, and initiative. The youth involved in the program are given daily assignments and the opportunity to take on leadership roles. Many of the youth involved will have never had access to horses and may have never visited the Kentucky Horse Park. This experience provides them with the unique opportunity to have daily interaction with horses, to learn to care for and ride them, and to experience every aspect of the Kentucky Horse Park. All the while, they gain the skills necessary to succeed in day-to-day life.


The Kentucky Horse Park Field Trip Program

The Kentucky Horse Park Field Trip Program promotes the love of the horse and the love of education by connecting children and horses. The Kentucky Horse Park’s dedicated staff and volunteers have created a program for Kentucky’s school children with a wide array of resources. For information about sponsorships, please call 859-255-5727. To book a field trip please call 859-259-4200 or email khpgroups@ky.gov.


Breeds Barn

Each day from March 15 through October 31, the Breeds Barn Show offers guests of the Kentucky Horse Park an opportunity to learn about and get close to many breeds of horses. One of the most popular of the park’s tourist attractions, this live event captures the sound and excitement of the show ring. At each show, different breeds of horse demonstrate the special skills for which the breed is known--from jumping to reining to pulling carriages.


Hall of Champions

Former home of the late racing legends Cigar and John Henry, and current home to Funny Cide, Go For Gin, and many more. The Hall of Champions introduces visitors to the excitement of the racetrack and offers retired champion racehorses a wonderful venue to serve as goodwill ambassadors for the sport.


Other opportunities

The educational experiences coordinated by the Education Department offer a wide variety of workshops, classes, and seminars designed for novice and experienced horsepersons and for children, youth and adults. These programs provide information on horse care; leading, riding and driving skills; basic health care; and many other class-specific skills. In all cases, respect for - and proper care of - horses is emphasized.