Monday, December 31, 2007

New Year, Past Thoughts

First of all, Happy New Year!!! I hope that you had some sort of celebration, even if it was a quiet evening in front of the television. That would be me. It's New Years Eve and I'm contemplating de-decorating my Christmas tree. Since the weather forecast is for-- take a wild guess-- MORE HIGH POWER WINDS, I doubt I'll be riding tomorrow on New Years Day. So I'll watch the Rose Parade while I tuck all my pretty glass ornaments to bed for another year of slumber.

In the meantime, a new year blossoms with hope and plans. One place getting a fresh start with 2008 is Kentucky Horse Park. In 2010 the site will host the World Equestrian Games which truly is as big a deal as the Olympics, without the distraction of, oh, all those other contests like swimming, diving, running and rowing. In other words, WEG is all horses, all the time! You can read about the preparation on Horse Channel by clicking here:
Ah, Kentucky Horse Park!

Have you ever been to Kentucky Horse Park? I've been fortunate to visit three times. This is not a place that celebrates or embraces just one breed or one riding discipline: it promotes a love and respect for all types of horses, which I find refreshing. What's also unique is that visitors can get exposed to various cultures because many breeds of horses from around the world are presented during regular performances at the park. They're shown in native tack while their riders usually sport traditional attire. However, my favorite "must see" stop at the horse park is the International Museum of the Horse. If you check out the website for Kentucky Horse Park you can click on a link to the museum. That will treat you to an engaging history lesson complete with colorful images explaining how the horse has impacted the development of civilization.

You can probably tell that I'm a big fan of Kentucky Horse Park. Who knows, maybe I'll get out there for another visit in 2008.

In the meantime, I'm going to go crack open a bottle of sparkling apple cider and have a little toast to the new year. Yes, I said "sparkling apple cider." I live a wild life, don't I?


Anonymous said...

I love KHP! I haven't been there in a few years, but I did go to the International Museum of the Horse. After going in there, it definitely made me look at the horses at my barn in a new light.

I don't know if it's just me... but I loved visiting Man O' War's gravesite along with his kin. It was so enlightening. I also loved the Hall of the Champions barn. I got to pet John Henry and Cigar. :)

I hope to go out to KHP soon again, it's worth going every time.

livi said...

my new year is a lot like yours since i was sick we just stayed home watched a movie and went to ed early

Cindy Hale said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who konks out on the sofa long before midnight on New Years Eve! And yes, I think the Hall of Champions at KHP is wonderful, too! Since I really followed horse racing (years ago) I was really in awe of seeing John Henry and Bold Forbes in person.

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