Kentucky Horse Park

Samantha Lederman

When it opened to the public in 1978 the Kentucky Horse Park was billed as the only venue of its kind dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse.  Critics of the $28M project called it a "White Elephant" that would never be anything more than a costly government experiment.  But over time, with several major investments, the horse park has become an important part of the state’s economy and a lasting symbol of Kentucky's identification as the horse capital of the world.  Now close to forty years later the people who run the park are turning their attention to the future with several visioning sessions.  Samantha Lederman attended one such meeting earlier this week and she files this report.

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Kentucky is pulling out of the competition to host the 2022 World Equestrian Games.  Gov. Matt Bevin's administration said Friday that the Kentucky Horse Park Commission voted to withdraw from consideration.  The Horse Park, a popular attraction in Lexington, hosted the games in 2010.

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The Kentucky Horse Park has submitted a formal bid to the FEI, the governing body of International Equestrian Sports, to host the World Equestrian Games in 2022.

LRC Public Information / kyhorsepark.com

Republican state Senator Damon Thayer is applauding a state Legislative Ethics Commission decision dropping an ethics complaint against him.

VisitLex rates the Kentucky Horse Park as the number one tourist destination in the Bluegrass region but as Samantha Lederman reports the park is also home to some aspiring riders hoping to capture gold in the Summer Olympic Games in Rio.

Samantha Lederman / WUKY

The shakeup continues at the Kentucky Horse Park as the newly-reconstituted park commission chooses a new executive director.

Associated Press / Samantha Lederman

The views at the Kentucky Horse Park may be picturesque, but a peek behind the scenes reveals an ongoing political tug-of-war over the venue’s leadership. WUKY’s Josh James and Samantha Lederman take a look at two conflicting images of the Central Kentucky tourist attraction.

LRC Public Information / kyhorsepark.com

Republican Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer has taken the lead in challenging the Kentucky Horse Park Commission management, but the former chairwoman is firing back.

New Kentucky Horse Park Chair Selected

Mar 4, 2016
kyhorsepark.com

Gov. Matt Bevin's administration says the Kentucky Horse Park's governing body has a new chairwoman.

Thayer Says Former Governor Beshear Used Horsepark As Patronage Tool

Feb 15, 2016
Legislative Research Commission

A leading Senate Republican is calling for a new audit of the Kentucky Horse Park to review what he claims has been mismanagement at the popular tourist attraction.

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