How can you make a lasting impact at the Park?
Nina Bonnie Endowment
The Nina Bonnie Endowment provides a permanent revenue stream so that Kentucky Horse Park facilities are maintained continuously, and its venues, attractions and programs are secured for future generations to enjoy.
Barn Renovation and Capital Projects
The capital needs of the Park are constant, and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation is committed to funding the renovations that are necessary to maintain safe and accommodating facilities. Continued support is needed for barn renovation, building upgrades, capital construction projects, and ongoing maintenance of facilities.
Green Initiatives and Tree Conservation
The Kentucky Horse Park is committed to serving as a local, state and national leader in the promotion of environmental awareness and implementation of green initiatives. The Kentucky Horse Park is committed to the preservation of green space, the conservation of trees, and the careful planting of trees for future generations.
All the Gold Dedicated Horse Path
The All the Gold Dedicated Horse Path, constructed in 2012, spans from the Alltech Arena to the Rolex Stadium and all competition sites in between. Its presence ensures that riders and horses have safer paths to travel to the various show venues of the Park. During the show season, its heavy use requires constant maintenance and upkeep.
International Museum of the Horse
The International Museum of the Horse, an Affiliate Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, illuminates the special relationship between human and equine throughout history with its permanent collections and exhibits.
KHP Mustang Troop
The Kentucky Horse Park Mustang Troop has been serving local youth since 1994. Developed by the Kentucky Horse Park’s Equine Education Department, this program serves at-risk youth through the channels of horsemanship and riding. The Mustang Troop program provides a horse camp-style experience for children from underserved communities who will likely benefit from this experience.
KHP Field Trip Fund
The Kentucky Horse Park Field Trip Program promotes the love of the horse and the love of education by connecting children and horses. Through the generous support of its donors, the KHP Field Trip Fund allows any Kentucky public school to visit the Park for a complimentary field trip.
Kentucky Horse Park Mounted Police
The Kentucky Horse Park’s Mounted Police play a role that is highly valued by police departments all over the United States – watching over the security of the park, its visitors and horses. The Kentucky Horse Park Mounted Patrol can be seen 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, patrolling the Park’s 1,200+ acres.
Friends of the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation can help support the campground, ensuring that travelers and the local community can continue to enjoy getting close to nature and horse country among our scenic facilities.
Memorials and Tributes
Honoring the lives of beloved friends and colleagues, family members or horses … or remembering them and celebrating their lives and legacy can be a meaningful way to support the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation while also serving as inspiration to all who visit the Kentucky Horse Park, and enrich our Park community. To designate your gift for a loved one, please indicate the appropriate name in the Honor/Memorial section.
Chronicle of African-Americans in the Horse Industry
A project of the International Museum of the Horse, the CAAHI is an online, interactive archive to house and display photos, documents, artifacts, and oral histories of African Americans who have worked, and continue to work in equine industries. Through the project, the Museum seeks to engage a diverse audience to provide valuable input relating to the Chronicle.
Hall of Champions
The Kentucky Horse Park’s beloved Hall of Champions serves as the permanent home for a number of racing legends and standardbred champions, including Funny Cide, Point Given, and Marion Marauder. Each year, hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world flock to the Hall of Champions. During their visit, they not only meet these living legends, but they can also pay homage to the former residents who are buried there, including John Henry, Cigar, and Go For Gin.
Horse Drawn Tours
The Big Barn is one of the largest wooden structures in North America built in 1897 and is home to the draft horses that live at the Park. These gentle giants give trolley tours throughout the Park and educate guests about show preparation, harnessing, and breed history.
Parade of Breeds
The Parade of Breeds 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.
Go For Gin Memorial Fund
The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation is currently raising funds to be directed toward a permanent memorial for former Hall of Champions resident and 1994 Derby winner, Go For Gin.
Gin won the 120th Kentucky Derby with Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron. He followed that win with a second in the Preakness Stakes (G1) and the Belmont Stakes (G1) losing both of those races to Tabasco Cat. From age 2 to 4, Go for Gin won 14 out of his 19 races, earning $1,380,866. He lived at the Park’s Hall of Champions since retiring from stud duty in June 2011 until his death in March 2022. During his residency at the Kentucky Horse Park, hundreds of thousands of individuals from around the world had the unique opportunity to meet this Thoroughbred racing legend.
Have someone in mind that truly deserves to be Queen Pony Mom during the 2022 USEF Pony Finals? Nominate your favorite mom by donating $10 per vote to the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation! Vote as many times as you’d like. Winner will be announced on Friday, August 12 at 4:00 p.m. Winner will be officially crowned Saturday, August 13.