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.

Kentucky Horse Park Mustang Troop

One of the Kentucky Horse Park’s most beloved outreach programs, 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 who have suffered emotional trauma and will likely benefit from this experience.


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.