Don, Bonnie, Tony and I arrived in Lexington, the Horse Capitol of the World and Heart of the Bluegrass Country at 10:54 am Thursday morning. We camped at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground just next door. It is quite a Campground with many horse trailers around the Campground. Now we aren't talking the rodeo type but BIG trailers that have living quarters (with slide outs) and horse quarters. We drove down the road to the Kentucky Horse Park around 12:30 pm.
There was so much to see that we could have spent all day there. We started at the Hall of Champions where we were introduced to John Henry an all time champion in the 80's. He made over 9M for his owner. Then there was Gypsy Supreme and Cigar a Thoroughbred champ in the 90's. These horses are now in retirement residing at this Park. The guide had great stories to tell about each one including their temperament - VERY ATTITUDINAL! We were treated to being up close and personal to these horses. Bonnie and I were able to pet Da Hoss, a very calm horse with soft hair. There are bronze statues of Secretariat, Man O' War and a Morgan horse around the grounds. A sign about Man O 'War said his stride was an incredible 28 feet. His only loss was to a horse named Upset. Next we went to the Breeds Barn to see the Parade of Breeds. Six horses from different parts of the world were ridden around the arena with the riders in appropriate dress. This Park is quite large with two museums - the International Museum of the Horse and American Saddlebred Museum.
We went to the International Horse Museum that seemed to go on forever. It had stories of the different horse breeds from the beginning. There was a room of carriages and one of the Calumet Farms where many trophies were on display. It rained off and on but being side it didn't bother us. In fact, it was raining just before the Parade of Breeds began, then it stopped. We were very thankful.
We learned the difference between a Trotter and Pacer. The trotter's legs leave the ground diagonally - opposite sides at the same time while the pacer has both legs on the same side off the ground at the same time. That is why the gait of the pacer is smoother.
We were very happy we took the time to tour this Park.