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Free “Hats Off!” Day at Kentucky Horse Park

, KY - The public is invited to the Kentucky Horse Park free of charge for Hats Off ! Day, Saturday, August 19, to become better acquainted with the importance of the horse industry and learn about the many benefits the state receives as the Horse Capital of the World. 


For example, the horse industry provides more than 100,000 jobs and contributes $4-billion in total economic benefit annually to Kentucky’s gross domestic product.  Nearly $9-billion is generated by the tourism industry, which hails horses as its signature attraction.


The free admission to Hats Off! Day will include entrance into all of the park’s regular attractions, including the two museums, the Parade of Breeds, Hall of Champions and Best of the West shows, and a limited number of horse drawn tours and pony rides.  The day will also include special activities for children as well as free admission to the Bluegrass Festival Hunter Jumper show, featuring the $30,000-Rood and Riddle Grand Prix*, which will raise funds for the Hope Center and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. 


Hats Off! Day is presented by the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation in support of the Kentucky Horse Park and the equine industry, and sponsored in part by many of the horse farms and equine-related businesses of Central Kentucky, including Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, Stonewall Farm Stallions, Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), Keeneland Association, University of Kentucky Equine Initiatives, Kentucky Horse Council, Midway College and Blood-Horse Publications. 


For information, call the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation at (859) 255-5727.


* The Rood and Riddle Grand Prix is a premier show jumping competition to raise money for charity. Sponsors of the grand prix include Quantrell Cadillac, Shadwell Farm, WKYT-TV27, ClassicStar LLC, Creech Services, Fort Dodge Animal Health, Hawkins Construction and Guy-Ezzell Agency. 


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