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Article Updated April 23, 2018


The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded over $130,000 in new grants to fund seven projects proposed by the Kentucky Horse Park.

The projects funded as part of the April 2018 quarterly grant cycle are:

BLACK HORSEMEN OF THE KENTUCKY TURF EXHIBIT ($52,980) Funds directed towards gallery renovations and the purchase of exhibit walls and a glass entrance wall for this new permanent exhibit in the International Museum of the Horse.

2018 KHP FIELD TRIP PROGRAM ($21,000) Funds directed towards underwriting 100% of the operating costs related to the 2017-2018 KHP Field Trip Program which provides free admission and bus transportation stipends for Kentucky Public School children to visit the park on school field trips.

2018 KHP MUSTANG TROOP PROGRAM ($20,200) Funds designated to underwrite the operating costs related to the 2018 KHP Mustang Troop summer program which provides equine assisted therapy to youth who have experienced trauma in order to help the young people heal, build lifelong coping skills, develop self-confidence, and learn boundary setting skills, teamwork and independence.

PARADE OF BREEDS TACK AND EQUIPMENT ($3,187) Funds designated towards the purchase of new saddles and breeches for use in the 2018 Parade of Breeds daily shows at the Kentucky Horse Park.

INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE HORSE INTERNATIONAL NIGHTS AT THE MUSEUM ($2,000) Funds directed towards the production of a terra cotta horse for use during the “International Nights at the Museum, India” event and for future display at the park.

UNRESTRICTED OPERATING GRANT ($30,000) A one-time unrestricted grant made to help Kentucky Horse Park meet its overall operating expenses in Fiscal Year 2018.

SEVENTEEN ROUND PENS (IN-KIND) Donation of the panels and gates for seventeen sets of round pens for the Kentucky Horse Park to use as an ongoing revenue source earned through paddock rentals to horses visiting the grounds year-round for equine events.

These grants were awarded through a formal application process, administered by the KHPF Grants Committee, composed of members of the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation Board of Directors. The Grants Committee makes recommendations to the full Board of Directors upon their review of all applications. The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation is delighted to report that these awards were approved unanimously by the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation Board of Directors at its April meeting.

The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to support the efforts of the Kentucky Horse Park and congratulates the Kentucky Horse Park on its great work.


The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, fulfills its mission to enhance, expand and improve the Kentucky Horse Park by fundraising within the private sector. This partnership between private donors and the support of the Commonwealth of Kentucky is what has enabled the incredible success of the Kentucky Horse Park. Since its inception in 1985, the KHP Foundation has awarded over $30 million to the Kentucky Horse Park, helping to fund critical improvements such as new facilities and footing, museum exhibitions, education projects, care for the park’s resident horses and much more.