Friday, October 21, 2011

The Horse Exhibition - Lexington, Kentucky

When traveling I am asked where I live, my answer is Louisville, Kentucky, where the Kentucky Derby is run.  In most cases, people have heard of this famous horse race.  The Commonwealth of Kentucky is internationally known for its thoroughbred horses and the beautiful farms on which they roam.  So it is exciting that the American Museum of Natural History has organized an Kentucky exhibit "The Horse" which shows "how nature's most majestic creature has shaped our world."

The Kentucky Horse Park's International Museum of the Horse (IMH) in Lexington will host this exhibition from October 22, 2011 through April 6, 2012. "The Horse" exhibit consists of six sections: The Evolution of the Horses (showing fossils);  Horses and Hunters, Domesticating Horses; The Nature of Horses; How We Shaped Horses and Horses Shaped Us; and An Enduring Bond. The image of the diorama of wild horses is courtesy of the Kentucky Horse Park.

While horse fossils are not found in most of the state, the displays at museum will present some to view.  Some idea of how the horse evolved can be seen in the next image.

Equine Evolution by H. Zell (29 Sept. 2010)
licensed GNU Free Documentation License

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Admission to The Horse is included with park admission, or a “museums only” ticket may be purchased for $8 for adults or $4 for children ages 7-12, which also includes admission to the entire International Museum of the Horse, the Al Marah Arabian Horse Galleries and the American Saddlebred Museum.
Park Hours and Rates: Through Nov. 6, the park is open seven days a week. Admission is $16 for adults, $9 for children 7-12. From Nov. 7 to March 14, the park is open Wednesdays through Sundays. Admission at that time is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 7-12. Children age 6 and under are always admitted free of charge. Admission includes the International Museum of the Horse – a Smithsonian Affiliate, and the American Saddlebred Museum.
The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man's relationship with the horse. The park is an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet that hosted more than one million visitors and campers, as well as 15,000 competition horses in more than 100 special events and horse shows in 2010. The park is home to the National Horse Center which comprises more than 30 national and regional equine organizations.   Located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington, the Kentucky Horse Park is The place to get close to horses.   Open daily March 15 to Oct. 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 1 to March 14. The physical address of the park is 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511.

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