Clip-clop, clip-clop, here we go. Some nice views I'm giving you bloggers today.
This was a sweet statue of three horses leaping over a tree branch.
There were many activities going on at the same time at the horse park.
This was a lady in her carriage getting ready for the carriage parade that we were able to watch later. This was a miniature horse.
Here is a famous Spanish Andalusian horse sporting lots of silver horse gear while the rider has a Spanish flamenco outfit. Behind them is an American quarter horse with the rider in American western wear.
Here is an American Paint breed with rider in Native American attire. Notice the Native American saddle blanket. Beautiful.
In addition the Parade of Breeds Show features each day other participants. The day Jack and I were in attendance there was a parade of horse carriages and riders.
And guess what? Right in the middle of the Parade of Breeds Show I got up close and personal with a little hummingbird that I found at my feet in the bleacher stands. It couldn't fly. It was ill. I don't know if it hurt its wings or it was dehydrated from lack of nectar. Anyway, I almost stepped on it! So I picked it up and moved it out of the traffic flow and told the horse park authorities to get a horse vet quick for a hummingbird! Everyone near us started taking pictures of the poor thing so we did too. I hope the vet helped save the poor thing. It was the very first time I had ever touched a hummingbird.
Here is the statue of Man o' War in the early Saturday morning mist. He is standing tall and proud.
This is another view of the Man o' War statue area. The white chairs were being set up for a wedding ceremony. Horse lovers like to come here to get married by the Man o' War statue. Interesting, huh?
This was a place to measure your stride against some famous horse's strides. It took my Jack 12 steps to match Man o' War's famous 28 foot stride. Next is John Henry at 25 feet and Secretariat at 23 feet.
This was a memorial to Isaac Burns Murphy who lived in Lexington from 1860 to 1896. I believe he was the first black jockey in Kentucky and he had 628 winning races.
Around the entrance gates to the park are many beautiful horse statues. Here you can see statues of some foals romping. Jack told me that when he was romping around on his Missouri farm that he had a five-gaited horse named Pet. Jack could make Pet do a walk, trot, rack, cantor and gallop. Jack said he always liked the rack the best because it was the smoothest ride. Jack said his folks had bought the horse at an auction and were unaware that it was a former show horse until their neighbor one day exclaimed "Oh, there is that show horse, Cherie'!"
At the cross way of the entrance path are statues of two very famous horses, Man o' War and Secretariat. In this photo you see Secretariat, the last triple crown winner.
Here is another view of the same statue: Secretariat, jockey and stableman.
The thoroughbred strides. This plaque explains that winning horses have gigantic strides or a large heart. Secretariat's stride was substantial but Man of War's was the longest at 28 feet. And John Henry had a very, very large heart. Now take a long stride down to the next photo.
There are two large museums at the Kentucky Horse Park. Here is the entrance lobby to the American Saddlebred Museum. The other large museum is the International Museum of the Horse.
This is the show ring next door to the Hall of Champions Barn where you can get up and personal with former winning racing horses and see many breeds of horses from around the world.