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Kentucky Horse Park groundbreaking, 1974

Posted on October 5, 2015 | in Uncategorized | by
Kentucky Governor Wendell Ford used a breaking plow to turn the turf to officially start construction at the ground breaking for the  Kentucky State Horse Park October 4, 1974 on Iron Works Pike in Fayette  County. Photo by Frank Anderson | Staff

Kentucky Gov. Wendell Ford used a breaking plow to turn the turf at the groundbreaking for the Kentucky State Horse Park on Oct. 4, 1974, on Iron Works Pike in Fayette County. The Kentucky Horse Park is Kentucky’s largest state-owned tourist attraction. The working horse farm and an educational theme park opened in 1978. It has a twice-daily Horses of the World show, showcasing common and rare horses from around the globe. On the park grounds is the International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian affiliate, which has a permanent collection of horse history and memorabilia. The Kentucky Horse Park has been home to some of the world’s greatest competition horses, including John Henry and Cigar. Many events are held at the park, including the annual Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event since 1978. Additionally, the park is the home of Rolex Stadium, the primary outdoor event venue in the complex, and Alltech Arena, the Kentucky Horse Park’s 5,520-seat indoor arena. Photo by Frank Anderson | Staff

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