The KHPF is raising funds to support the much-needed renovation of Barns 1 – 21, beginning with Barns 1-4 and Barns 8-12. Plans for renovation include removing the current stalls, installing kick-proof stalls (some of which will have the ability to become double stalls when needed), renovating lighting, adding fans, and replacing roofing, thus making the facilities safe and accommodating for the thousands of horses that use them each year. Two generous lead gifts - from Equestrian Events, Inc. and from USA Equestrian Trust –have the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation off and running with its newest fundraising effort, but they will only cover a portion of the costly renovations that are necessary. The KHPF is actively seeking to fund the barn renovation project through private donations.
Over twenty years ago, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation presented the first ever driving tour of holiday lights, aimed at attracting the local community. Today Southern Lights has evolved to attract over 120,000 visitors each year from across Kentucky and surrounding states and is regularly chosen as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.
Boasting over three miles of lights, Southern Lights continues to grow and improve each year, adding additional holiday displays along the driven route and expanding its Holiday Festival attractions to enjoy on foot.
The monumental sculpture of the great Man o’ War has long been an icon for Kentucky and the Kentucky Horse Park. While the sculpture has survived well, the metal used for casting has presented unique challenges. Corrosion is evident every year and his original patina or color is long gone from the surface. Preservation occurs yearly to keep our beloved Man o’ War looking his best and further corrosion at bay. However, without removal of the existing corrosion the metal will continue to deteriorate. In order to help the sculpture survive another 70 years, a new patina will be applied in 2016 thus removing the corrosion and adding a new protective layer to the metal. Yearly preservation work will still take place and, with diligence, future deterioration should be minimized. If you would like to help us save this monument to America’s greatest Thoroughbred, please go to the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation’s donation page and select “Man o’ War Restoration Fund” under “Campaign.”
Indeed, every day presents a fresh challenge at the Kentucky Horse Park, and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation exists to help the park rise to the occasion. We firmly believe the KHP is the world’s leading equestrian destination because of the support of friends like you.
Charitable contributions to the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation provide the private support necessary for the Kentucky Horse Park to fulfill its primary missions. We appreciate your gift, as it is vital to sustaining and growing these programs we all enjoy.
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.