Thursday, July 16, 2009

Kentucky bound

That does not describe me, unfortunately!

Today is the beginning of the long Breyerfest weekend held every July at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Hobbyists from all over North America have descended upon the Bluegrass State for four days of model horses, real horses and hobby friends. Oh, to be a part of it!

Although I've never been to Breyerfest, I have spent a lot of time at the Kentucky Horse Park. The Horse Park is home to a multitude of real horse shows, and it was a regular stop for me when I was travelling with the mobile tack shop. So, as a little consolation prize for all of us stuck at home this weekend, here is the first installment of a photo tour of the Kentucky Horse Park circa 1993.

Kentucky is the home of the Thoroughbred breeding industry, so it's appropriate that this statue of Man O' War stands near the front gates of the Kentucky Horse Park.
The Horse Park has its own mounted police force which patrols the grounds and assists visitors in need of help. The grounds are quite vast. If you're not up to touring them on foot, these guys will give you a ride!Close up of the bridles. Even though I was not making tack in 1993, I never missed a chance to take pictures of unusual tack items.
There are many, many pastures filled with horses. Some of those horses are quite famous.
This is Bold Forbes, winner of the 1976 Kentucky Derby.
Bold Forbes, again.
Of course, not all the horses are famous. Some--like this pony--are just cute.
Sometimes the grass really is greener on the other side!
Tomorrow I'll post pictures from the museum and the Parade of Breeds.

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