Praise for the Park

Over the years, we have received many warm and wonderful notes from park patrons, so we have decided to create some space on our website where we may display them. Read and enjoy! We certainly did. Thanks to all who have taken the time to write to us during our 35-year history. We certainly appreciate your continued support.

June 4, 2014

Thank you so much for helping us plan our trip to the horse park. Our students and teachers had a wonderful time! Our students made thank you cards on the last day of school and wanted us to share them with you! We hope you enjoy them! We look forward to seeing you next spring!

Click here to check out a sampling of the cards sent by the students.

Ashland, KY

October 18, 2013

My husband and I recently took a tour of some of the racing stables provided by Unique Horse Farm Tours. This letter is to commend the tour guide, Shaun Washington, for the wonderful job he did.

Mr. Washington engaged us with his warm enthusiastically delivered information. This was NOT a typical tour guide delivery. It was obvious the love he has for the history of the farms, race horses, and (in general) Kentucky itself. He seemed a walking encyclopedia of knowledge. His spontaneity and ease were present throughout the tour.

We loved the tour and would take it again.

B.A. & J.P.
Glencoe, MO

Dear Sir or Madam:

I am writing this letter to say thank you for the fun I had at the horse park. Some day, I hope to work there, too. How old do you have to be to work there? I hope you have a great year.

Yours truly,
Charlotte, NC

I just wanted to drop you a quick note. I was so unsure of these trips this week due to the weather. But I had two extraordinary trips. On Thursday we had a young lady who had only been on the unit for 1 day. She is young and just seemed so uncomfortable amongst all of the boys. She was very quiet on the bus ride to the Horse Park. We went into the draught horse barn and she started petting the cats, then a horse. She went outside and was loving on the small miniature horse … long story short, she knows a bit about horses, started chatting it up, and she came out of her shell!! On the bus ride back to the VA she was cutting up with the other veterans and staff!

I just wanted to let you know that we really appreciate you allowing us to come! It is truly a blessing.

Also, everywhere we went (Thoroughbred area, Farrier shop, and draught horse barn) the employees stopped and took time to interact with us.

Lexington, KY

Good afternoon,
I wanted to let you know that my family and I thoroughly enjoyed the Southern Lights Stroll last night.  This was our first year participating, and it is now down in our books as one of our favorite 5k’s and we plan on making it an annual tradition.
I’d also like to let you know the extreme generosity shown by the mini-train conductor.  My two year old wanted to ride the train from the moment we arrived to pick up our packets, all the way until the end of the race, and he was not going to go without riding that train.  As the train was making its way back from the race course, my son, daughter and I followed it.  He parked and shut down, and I asked if he was finished running the train for the night.  He said yes, he had to stop when he got back from the race.  I smiled, said thank you and told him that we had been following him in from the parking lot.  He then smiled, said “Come on you guys” and offered us our own, quick ride.  It was seriously the highlight of my son’s entire night – he was in heaven finally getting to ride the train!  A few other people then stopped him, and he once again very generously offered the other families a ride as well.  He went above and beyond, especially after a long night, and I wanted to let him and the Horse Park know how much we appreciate it!  I believe he said his name was Ron.
I saw that there were “tip” jars attached to the train.  I’m not sure if the money goes to him or to the Horse Park, but if I had cash on me last night, I would’ve gladly donated (just finishing the race, we had all of our stuff locked up in the car).  If you could please let me know how I can go about giving him and/or the Horse Park a tip, I would really like to do so.
Thanks again for a wonderful evening!

Frankfort, KY

June 10, 2013

On behalf of the Kentucky Vulcan Riders and the Shriners Hospital for Children, we/I would like to extend a big thanks to you on your assistance in the use of the the Horse Park's parking lot during our [charity] ride on Saturday, June 8.

Thanks again, 
Lexington, KY

September 26, 2013

I had the opportunity to visit the Park on Tuesday, September 24th. While visiting the park gift shop, a woman asked one of the clerks if they had a small piece of candy to purchase. The visitor did not immediately tell the clerk that she was experiencing low sugar and was on verge of going into diabetic shock.

The clerk pointed to the nearest candy bar selections. The visitor took one and tried to pay for it first as she explained the reason for the urgency. The clerk told her to take it now don't worry about payment.

As a former EMT I kept watch to make sure she was okay before moving on.

I wanted to compliment the staff for quickly recognizing the urgent need.


Hey Candace,

I just wanted to shoot you an email and let you know how fun it was to work at the Big Barn last Saturday. Surprisingly, it was so much less intimidating working with those bigger horses than even Bluegrass and the other standard sized horse I worked with at orientation. It was nice to meet Devon and Debbie, Harold, Jess and Tyler. Would you let Devon/Andy know that Jess was AMAZING. I just so happened to run into her while she was leading 2 of the Belgians up the barn, and she was so helpful and instructive the whole time I was there. I definitely will be heading back to that barn.

(Lexington, KY)

July 4, 2013

My husband and I spent the day at Kentucky Horse Park today. We live in California and are vacationing in this area. We both want to thank you for a wonderful day. The park was so great! We loved the horses and the beauty of the property and the staff was so cordial and helpful. We had lunch in the restaurant and the food was reasonably priced and delicious. The price of admission was also very reasonable. I enjoyed buying several items from the gift shop. Thank you to everyone involved in the Park for creating and maintaining such a wonderful place.


June 24, 2013

I just wanted to send you a quick Thank You for last Friday. I think everyone enjoyed their time and the food and service. It was a great place to host our event and I look forward to working with you again in the future.

Kentucky/Downstate Illinois