Where We Be
|Kentucky Horse Park -- Lexington, KY
|Robin stands in front of the statue -- and burial place -- of the great racehorse Man O' War
|Funky driftwood horse sculpture at the museum
|The museum was chock-full of information on horses, such as the above exhibit highlighting the "Three Foundation Sires" of all Thoroughbred racehorses
|A special exhibit on Arabian horses included this life-size display of a Beduin tent with the horses inside -- very much a part of the family
|Colorful display at the museum celebrating equine sports
|"Legacy of the Horse" is the signature exhibit at the Museum of the Horse and includes this exhibit of the "Golden Age" of the horse in the 19th century
|This diorama at the museum shows a prehistoric horse. Horses gradually evolved single large toes on their feet -- otherwise known as hooves.
|Here we're seeing a demo of a horse being trained at the Breeds Barn arena
|We enjoyed seeing different breeds at the Breeds Barn and arena
|Meeting famous retired racehorses up close and personal at the Hall of Champions stable was a highlight of the day.
This is Cigar, named Racehorse of the Decade for the 1990s (now said to be one of the laziest horses of the current decade!)
|A young girl gets to pat the huge horses pulling the carriage after the tour
|The International Museum of the Horse included lots of detailed
information and exhibits on famous racehorses like John Henry
|Here is Funny Cide, a New York horse that won both the Kentucky Derby AND the Preakness in 2003 (just one away from being a Triple Crown winner)
|Even before the entry gate you get to pay tribute to racing legend Secretariat, who in 1973 became the first U.S. Triple Crown champion in 25 years
|Kentucky Horse Park calls itself "The Heart of the Horse Capital of the World," and indeed, it is surrounded by
some of the most famous Thoroughbred horse farms in the world. This is the epicenter of horse breeding in America.
|The grounds are dotted with statues of spirited stallions
|Fun statue of a frisky foal and his quieter companion
|Robin stands at the far end of Man O' War's stride length -- an incredible 28 feet!
|Huge painting in the lobby titled "The Eternal Legacy" by Fred Stone
|A short horse-drawn carriage tour gave us a good overview of the Horse Park. In the spring or summer, the paddocks would be filled with horses and foals.
|This is the burial site of Man O' War, considered by many to be the greatest American racehorse of all time
|We were surprised wild horses and burros still existed in the western U.S.
We had a full and enjoyable day at the Kentucky
Horse Park. Highlights included seeing the
statue and burial place of Man O' War, taking a
horse-drawn carriage tour of the grounds,
meeting famous retired racehorses at the Hall
of Champions stables, watching the short film
“Rein of Nobility,” seeing horses in training at
the Breeds Barn, and touring the extensive
International Museum of the Horse. We'd like to
come back someday to see the famed Kentucky
bluegrass at the height of spring or summer.
Being introduced to famous retired racehorses
at the Hall of Champions was perhaps the best
part of the day. We got to meet Cigar, named
Racehorse of the Decade for the 1990s. In 1995
and 1996 he became the first American race-
horse to win 16 consecutive races since Triple
Crown winner Citation did so in 1948 and 1950.
He retired as the leading money earner in
thoroughbred racing history. We also met
Funny Cide, who won the Kentucky Derby and
Preakness in 2003, and Da Hoss, who won two
Breeders Cups. Da Hoss's second win in 1998
is considered by many sports writers to be one
of the biggest comebacks of all time. Tom
Durkin, the announcer, yelled, “Oh my, this is
the greatest comeback since Lazarus!”
|Robin relaxes in the window seat at the Microtel Inn in Lexington, planning what we're going to be seeing the next day