Kentucky Horse Park, KY

One of the highlights of my visit to Kentucky was the Kentucky Horse Park. I had imagined that it was a Disneyland for horse lovers and it is. There are breeds from around the world, museums, shows and even riding. We didn’t ride here at the park, but took in the parade of breeds, admiring the beautiful black Friesians and Marwari, visiting the Draft horses, and the retirees in the Hall of Champions.

Cigar, who won almost $10 million on the track in the 1990’s is one of the stars at the Hall of Champions. When we came to visit him, he had just been seen by a dentist and had been given a sedative, so was not totally up to his usual self. Staring at this horse with his shiny coat and perfectly proportioned body, I thought of what a good life these retirees have at the Kentucky Horse Park. They basically hang out and eat grass, being pampered by the staff here.

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