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12 Kids + 12 Horses = 80,000,000 Readers


Lexington, Ky. - Eighty million people subscribe to Reader’s Digest magazine, and all of them will have the opportunity to read about the Kentucky Horse Park’s Mustang Troop in the April issue.


Six pages of the world’s largest-circulated general interest magazine are devoted to telling the story of about a dozen of Lexington’s inner city kids who are paired with an equal number of the park’s formerly-wild Mustangs in this life-changing program each summer at the Kentucky Horse Park.


Eloquently described in the article by Lynn Rosellini, “Wild kids. Wild horses. Put them together and all hell can break loose, right? But the street-smart kids and the free-spirited horses share something else – a desire to care and be cared for.  That’s where the Mustang Troop comes in. It teaches at-risk youngsters, ages 9 to 18, to ride and tend to horses.” 


John Nicholson, executive director of the park stated, “The best part of this program is that it gives some at-risk children the opportunity to learn self-discipline, compassion for people and animals, love, respect for authority and a foot-in-the-door to unlimited career possibilities in the horse industry.”  He continued, “Having a massively-circulated and well-respected publication like Reader’s Digest shine a glowing light on our Mustang Troop is quite a privilege for our park.  We are proud of the great work that has been quietly accomplished by this program over the years, and now millions of people around the world will learn a little bit about the mutually-beneficial relationship between horses and people that we sincerely honor and encourage here at the Kentucky Horse Park.”


The April issue of Reader’s Digest is on news stands now.  You may also learn more about the Mustang Troop by clicking on or calling 859-259-4291.


Park Hours and Rates: From March 15 through October 31, the park is open seven days a week.  Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for children 7-12.  Children six and under are always admitted free of charge.  Admission includes the International Museum of the Horse – a Smithsonian Affiliate - and the American Saddlebred Museum.


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