How to Become a Volunteer:

1. Complete the online volunteer application and waiver.

2. Volunteer Manager will send you a link to a background check in a separate email 2-5 days after you complete the application and waiver.

3. Complete the background check. Volunteer Manager will be in touch to set up an interview and orientation in 5-7 days.

If you have any questions about becoming a KHP Volunteer, please contact the Volunteer & Outreach Manager, Annie Martin at annie.martin@ky.gov or call 859-259-4267.

Volunteer Opportunities

Equine: Get up close and personal with our beloved horses! Help is needed with general stable duties such as washing, mucking, grooming, tack preparation, harnessing and more! These are busy and hardworking barns. You will get your boots dirty! Before volunteers may begin volunteering in the barns, all volunteers are required to participate in the hands-on training.

  • Breeds Barn: Live performances are held twice a day during the show seasons (mid March thru October) which educate visitors about the history and diversity of various breeds of horses and disciplines. This barn is very fast paced in requires volunteers with extensive horse experience.
  • Big Barn: This is where our gentle giants reside. There is a lot to groom, but it’s worth it after seeing them well turned out drawing a trolley load of visitors around the park! There are even opportunities to narrate carriage tours!
  • Kids Barn: Assist in the Kids’ Barn with activities, the groom and shine and teaching children and guests about the wonders of horses!
  • Hall of Champions: Here you can find our celebrity horses who have retired from the racetrack or the show ring. Each day they relive some of their former glory through presentations to the public. Come help them look their best for their fans!
  • Mounted Police: Help bring horses in, groom, feed, bathe and clean tack and stalls. The unit holds mounted clinics and symposiums throughout the year; volunteers are needed to assist with these clinics.
  • Farrier Shop: Serve as an information host and educate visitors or be more hands-on and help with forging, shoeing and horse handling.

Park Representative: Volunteers advise and direct guests on how to best enjoy their time at the Park. Representatives must be positive, outgoing and dedicated to having a broad knowledge of the Park and its rich history. Volunteers are required to shadow an experienced volunteer or staff before signing up for Park Representative shifts alone.

  • Shuttle Driving: Drive one of the parks 6 or 8-seater golf carts throughout the park, shuttling guests to various areas of the park.
  • Tour Guide: There are thousands of adult and school group visitors coming to the Park every year. Tour guides give interpretive tours of the Museum, park grounds, Mounted Police barn and to various VIP and media groups. The Volunteer office has multiple scripts and history books if you are interested!
  • Field Trip Tours: Work with the education department and guide school groups throughout the park, answering questions, encouraging learning and involvement with horses.
  • Information Host: Hosts can be placed at the Visitor Center, Museum desk and in the barns to welcome guests, provide information about activities and programs, monitor security cameras, answer phones, directing visitors, assisting with props and to notify staff in an emergency.
  • International Museum of the Horse: work at the front desk of the largest equine museum in North America! Greet guests, answer questions and facilitate tours throughout the IMH. There are also opportunities to work in the IMH Library and with IMH Education.
  • Campground: Greet and register the campers, check sites, help in the shop and drive the golf cart shuttle from the campsite to the Park.
  • Special Events: Volunteers are needed for various events to help with the preparation for and during events. Duties may include advising and directing visitors, ticket taking, registration, package stuffing, t-shirt sorting, shuttle driving and traffic control.

Behind the Scenes: Volunteers are needed to help with office duties, cleaning and general maintenance around the grounds.

  • Museum Assistant: Volunteers will work directly with museum staff on a variety of projects requiring different levels of knowledge and expertise. Projects areas include archive, library, research, conservation and exhibitions.
  • Clerical: Duties may include filing, mailings, inventory, processing requests and data entry. Maintenance/Landscaping: Help to keep the grounds looking immaculate by planting trees, picking up trash, cleaning the arenas and more!
  • Special Events: Volunteers help with the vital preparation that goes on behind the scenes for events such as gallery openings and Southern Lights.

2018 Daily Schedule

  • 10:00 am - Horse Drawn Trolley
  • 10:30 am - Hall of Champions Show
  • 11:00 am - Parade of Breeds Show
  • 11:45 am - Draft Horse Demonstration
  • 1:15 pm - Hall of Champions Show
  • 2:00 pm - Parade of Breeds Show
  • 2:45 pm - Horse Drawn Trolley
  • 3:15 pm - Groom and Shine
  • 4:00 pm - Kentucky Derby Winner Turn Out

Volunteer Shifts

Barn Shifts: Daily, 8:30-12:30 and 12:30-4:30
Park Representative Shifts: Daily, 9:00-1:00 and 1:00-5:00
Special Events: Specific to each event

Volunteer Education and Volunteer Socials

The Volunteer Manager schedules Volunteer Education events monthly and Volunteer Socials four times a year. The Volunteer Education Program is an opportunity for volunteers to go out in the Lexington Community and learn about various businesses and industries that tie in with the mission of the KHP. Volunteer Socials are an opportunity for volunteers to socialize with one another over dinner and drinks, with a focus on a specific barn or area of the park.

2018 Volunteer Calendar

40th Anniversary Kick-off
April 1

KY Derby/KHP Tour Swap
April 5, 12, 19, 26 & May 3

Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event
April 26-29

XC Schooling Day
May 6-7

Girl Scouts Workshop - Equine Education
May 12

KHP Family Nights
May 12, June 29, July 21, August 24

Memorial Day Celebration - KHP Campground
May 23-27

Graduation Events (Alltech)
May 26

Run/Walk Club
Every Monday, June 4 - September 24

Youth Riding Camp - Equine Education
Week 1: June 4-8
Week 2: June 11-15
Week 3: June 18-22
Week 4: June 25-29

Mustang Troop - Equine Education
Week 1: July 9-13
Week 2: July 16-20
Week 3: July 23-27
Week 4: July 30-August 3

XC Schooling Day
July 1

Fourth of July Celebration - KHP Campground
July 3-7

Junior League Horse Show
July 9-14

July 13-15

Hats Off Day
July 28

Run for Big Red 5K/10K
August 4

Labor Day Celebration - KHP Campground
August 29-September 2

XC Schooling Day
September 8

KHP Arts & Crafts Show
September 16

High Hope Steeplechase
September 23

Mounted Police Colloquium
September 24-28

Battle in the Saddle: Celebrity Team Penning
September 28

Halloween Campout - KHP Campground
Week 1: October 9-12
Week 2: October 16-19

Cemetery Crawl - IMH
October 17-20, 25-27

October 28

Southern Lights Stroll
November 15

Southern Lights
November 16-December 23

KHP Rodeo
November 16 & 17


Volunteer Center Hours
Monday - Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday - Sunday: Closed
Annie Martin, Volunteer and Outreach Manager, (859) 259-4267, Annie.Martin@ky.gov