How to Become a Volunteer:

1. Complete the volunteer application and waiver. Once you have completed the application and waiver, you will receive an email with a link to complete a background check (no fee). After that has been completed, the Volunteer Manager will contact you within 3-5 days to set up an interview and orientation.

2. Must be at least 18 years old and pass the background check.

3. Schedule an interview and orientation.

If you have any questions about becoming a KHP Volunteer, please contact the Volunteer & Outreach Manager, Annie Hickey at annie.hickey@ky.gov or call 859-259-4267.


Get up close and personal with our beloved horses! Help with general stable duties such as washing, mucking, grooming and harnessing. Volunteer in the Hall of Champions with our celebrity horses, with over 40 different breeds in the Horses of the World, in the Big Barn with draft horses, the Kids' Barn or Farrier Shop. You will get your boots dirty!

Hands-on Trainings are offered to volunteers with limited experience and provide an opportunity to gain valuable skills and confidence while being taught by one of our equine specialists. Volunteers learn about horse behaviors, barn and pasture safety, grooming, haltering and leading.

Park Representative

Volunteers advise and direct guests on how to best enjoy their time at the park. Help at the daily shows, give tours and assist with special events! Help visitors navigate the grounds and provide information about activities, programs and equine presentations.

Drive the shuttles throughout the park to assist guests and answer any questions they may have.

Tour guides give interpretive tours on foot and on shuttles to the thousands of adult and school groups that come to the park each year.

Field Trip Program Volunteers will meet school groups on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9-1 and assist them throughout the park. Each school group is given a schedule to follow, and volunteers will guide the students and teachers to each of the areas of the park.

Special Event volunteers provide information at booths, greet and advise visitors, take tickets, register guests, sort t-shirts, stuff goodie bags, direct 5k runners, run activity stations, handle mini horses, hand out giveaway items and drive shuttles.

Assist with merchandising and decorating in the Gift Shop and Tack Shop or with registration, cleaning sites and shuttling at the Campground.

Behind the Scenes

Volunteers help with office duties, landscaping, general maintenance and the vital preparation for special events. Contribute in the International Museum of the Horse on projects including exhibitions, archives, library, research, and conservation.

Special Events

Volunteers are needed to assist with setting up and running special events held at the park! Greeting guests, taking tickets, driving shuttles, leading groups and more! A few of our special events are listed below, click on the links for more information.

2017 Volunteer Calendar

April 27 - April 30 - Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

May 21 - High Hope Steeplechase

July 29 - Hats Off Day

September 29 - Celebrity Team Penning

October TBA - Halloween at the Campground

November 16 - Southern Lights Stroll

November 17 - December 23 - Southern Lights Holiday Festival


Volunteer Center Hours
Monday - Thursday: 9am-5pm
Friday - Sunday: Closed
Annie Hickey, Volunteer and Outreach Manager, (859) 259-4267, Annie.Hickey@ky.gov