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The Kentucky Horse Park Commission would be trimmed from 17 to 9 members under a bill passed by the state senate Monday.  Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer sponsors the measure.  He says there are management issues needing attention at the horse park.   "The secretary of the finance cabinet has taken the extraordinary step of reducing the horse park’s purchasing authority from $20,000 to $1,000,” said Thayer.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's administration has scaled back the Kentucky Horse Park's purchasing authority amid allegations of improper purchasing practices.

The directive from the state Finance Cabinet's secretary comes as a top Senate Republican pushes legislation to revamp the horse park's governing body.

Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer says the Finance Cabinet's findings show his motives are justified in seeking to overhaul the park's commission.

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Legislation calling for restructuring of the Kentucky Horse Park Commission is headed to the full senate.  It’s a measure brought by the Senate majority floor leader.

State Senate Leader Blasts Management of Kentucky Horse Park

Feb 12, 2016
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The Senate Majority Leader is calling for a performance audit of the Kentucky Horse Park.  Senator Damon Thayer is proposing legislation to alter the make up of the Kentucky Horse Park Commission.

Floor Leader Damon Thayer brought to light his concerns during a speech to members.  “Things are not as good as they seem at the Kentucky Horse Park,” said Thayer.

Lexington Event Named Best New Rodeo by Cowboys

Nov 30, 2015


The Lexington Professional Rodeo has been recognized for its inaugural summertime event.  Additions are already being planned for year two at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Equine Hobbyists Expected for Weekend Horse Park Event

Jul 17, 2015

More than 15 thousand people are anticipated for BreyerFest 2015.  It runs Friday through Sunday at the Kentucky Horse Park.   It's an event focusing on the model horse hobby focusing on equine entertainment and accessories. 

Also this weekend, the North American Young Riders Championship will include three to four hundred competitors.  Horse Park Deputy Director Darren Ripley says this marks the start of a big run at the facility,  "We start this week, these two shows, and this is kind of what my staff would call the six weeks of utter chaos.”

Ichthus Festival 20-15 Featured Brothers and Sisters in Harmony

Jul 15, 2015
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    After making music for more than 40 years near Wilmore, Ichthus, a once nationally renowned Christian music festival made its debut last week at the Kentucky Horse Park. Bands with a sibling theme made up part of the inaugural lineup this year. 

'Bread of Stone' closed out the first night of the Christian music festival a week ago. The Sioux City band includes two brothers, Ben and Bill Kristijanto who are of Indonesian descent. After playing on Wednesday, the band did an acoustic set Saturday afternoon which included an Indonesian ditty. 

Ichthus Returns: First Time at Kentucky Horse Park

Jul 5, 2015
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What was once the longest running Christian music festival in the U.S. now has a new venue and a new date.  The first Creation-Ichthus festival is happening this week at the Kentucky Horse Park.

The Rodeo Comes to Town this Weekend

Jun 18, 2015


The rodeo is coming to Lexington this weekend.  The event will include the antics of rodeo clown Wesley 'Hippie' Engelkes as part of the three day event at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Vietnam Veterans Tribute Wall Coming to Kentucky Horse Park

Jun 12, 2015

The Kentucky Horse Park will be home to the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall for five days in July.   Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Heather French-Henry says the wall is a 300 foot long replica of the memorial in Washington."People who may not have the opportunity to travel to D.C. to the Vietnam Memorial can do so at one of these walls and get the same rubbing of the names,” said French-Henry. “And I think that's extremely important."

Horse Park Director Looking for New Revenue Opportunities

Dec 18, 2014

The new director of the Kentucky Horse Park hopes the 1,200 acre attraction will become self-sustaining over time.  Jamie Link came on board in mid-November, replacing long time director John Nicholson.  Link wants to see a review of the park's rates.  "We'll be looking at all aspects of that from admissions to food services, to gift shop offerings, to all of those things; the campground rates and things,” said Link.  “Just to make sure that we're still a good value, but we're also looking at the market and being a good operation for the taxpayers of Kentucky."

The country’s oldest indoor horse show is coming to Kentucky. Officials announced today that the 128th edition of the National Horse Show will be hosted at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. For years the event was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. But National Horse Show Association President Mason Phelps says downtown Manhattan was not ideal.