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Happy Birthday to the 1978 Triple Crown winner Affirmed! This famous chestnut was born on February 21, 1975. Affirmed was the last Triple Crown winner until American Pharoah broke the 37-year-drought in 2015. The International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian affiliate, opened the Affirmed: The Making of a Champion exhibit in 2006. The exhibit includes his entire racing trophy collection, his racing silks, blanket, and halter and many more items. Come out and learn more about this exceptional horse! More information at http://imh.org/exhibits/current/affirmed-making-champion

Photo by Jerry Cooke courtesy of the International Muesum of the Horse.
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During the park’s Man o' War 100th Anniversary Celebration in 2017, we are thrilled to provide park visitors with an opportunity to meet Man o' War! Well, a descendent anyway who will meet and greet with guests, and looks a whole lot like his many-greats grandfather!

Don't Poke The Bear, a beautiful adoptable Thoroughbred gelding from the Kentucky Equine Humane Center, is a descendent of the great Man o' War, one of the most famous and influential Thoroughbred racehorses of all time, foaled in Kentucky and buried at the Kentucky Horse Park.

We welcome Bear, aka Man o' War, and know he will do a great job this summer (and find a forever home!).

You can find more info on Bear and other adoptable horses at http://KyEHC.org.

Photo courtesy of Jessica Lyons.

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The New Home & Remodeling Marketplace returns to the Alltech Arena next weekend, February 24-26 with learning seminars, door prizes and more. Talk to builders and remodelers about those home projects on your list before spring arrives! More information at http://www.kyhorsepark.com/events/new-home-remodeling-marketplace-2.

Graphic courtesy of BIA Central KY.

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The Annual KHSAA Boys Wrestling Tournament begins tomorrow in the Alltech Arena! Approximately 500 Kentucky high school wrestlers will compete over two days, Feb. 17-18, culminating in the state championships. Come cheer on these deserving athletes as they compete for the state title. More information at: http://www.kyhorsepark.com/events/khsaa-state-championship-wrestling-meet-1.

Photo courtesy of Tim Webb.
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Always wanted to take horseback riding lessons but never found the time before, or looking for a great place to take the kids this spring and summer? Consider the park’s Horseback Riding Lesson Program offered in private, semi-private and group lessons throughout the season. Learn more about the program at https://www.kyhorsepark.com/visit/kentucky-horse-park-horseback-riding-lesson-program.

For students seeking a more in-depth summer camp experience, consider the Beginner Youth Riding Camp Spring Break Camp, April 3-7, 2017. Information about this special seasonal camp is available at https://www.kyhorsepark.com/visit/kentucky-horse-park-youth-riding-camp.

KHP photo courtesy of James Shambhu.

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Isaac Burns Murphy, one of the greatest jockeys racing has ever known and one of Kentucky’s greatest sons, died on this date in 1896 at the age of 36. An outstanding black jockey of the 19th Century, he still holds the record for a lifetime winning percentage in all Thoroughbred racing: 628 wins out of 1,412 starts for 44%.

Murphy’s career includes three Kentucky Derby wins, four American Derby wins and five Latonia Derby wins, and he was the first jockey ever to be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Murphy’s grave is located at the Kentucky Horse Park at the Man o’ War – Isaac Burns Murphy Memorial where guests can visit his grave to pay their respects today and year round.

Learn more about this great American and Kentucky athlete at http://kyhorsepark.com/equine-theme-park/park-memorials-statues/legends-park/isaac-burns-murphy.

KHP photo courtesy of James Shambhu.
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Bulls, Bands, and Barrels with Sundy Best and Carter Winter is TONIGHT in the Alltech Arena at 7 p.m. Catch exciting bull riding and barrel racing, then country music and dancing. Tickets available at the door beginning at 5:30 p.m. General admission seating. Check it out at https://www.kyhorsepark.com/events/bulls-bands-barrels-featuring-sundy-best-carter-winter.
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Bulls, Bands, and Barrels heats up the Alltech Arena THIS Saturday night, February 11, at 7 p.m.! Catch hot bull riding and barrel racing action followed by cool country music by Sundy Best and Carter Winter! What better way to spend Valentine's weekend?

Tickets are available at online or at the door. General admission seating. Learn more at https://www.kyhorsepark.com/events/bulls-bands-barrels-featuring-sundy-best-carter-winter. 

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Making plans for Spring Break? Register your child now for the Kentucky Horse Park Youth Riding Spring Break Camp, April 3-7, 2017! Kids 8-16 learn about horseback riding, stable management, equine care and the history of the horse. Spots are limited.

For information and a registration form, go to https://www.kyhorsepark.com/visit/kentucky-horse-park-youth-riding-camp. Come horse around with us!

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In honor of Black History Month, we want to make sure that one of Kentucky’s greatest sons, Isaac Burns Murphy, gets remembered. He may not be a household name today, but in the 19th century, he was as famous as the great (and fellow Kentuckian) Muhammad Ali is today.

One of Thoroughbred racing’s greatest jockeys, Murphy still holds the record for a lifetime winning percentage in Thoroughbred racing: 628 wins out of 1,412 starts for 44%. Murphy’s career includes three Kentucky Derby wins, four American Derby wins and five Latonia Derby wins, and he was the first jockey ever to be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

Murphy is buried at the Kentucky Horse Park, at the Man o’ War – Isaac Burns Murphy Memorial, and his grave is available for viewing by visitors year round without admission. Learn more about this incredible athlete and horseman at http://kyhorsepark.com/equine-theme-park/park-memorials-statues/legends-park/isaac-burns-murphy.

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