Admission to the Kentucky Horse Park will be free of charge for Hats Off! Day, Saturday, Aug. 19, as part of an effort to showcase the importance of the horse industry and learn about benefits the state receives as the "Horse Capital of the World."For instance, the horse industry provides more than 100,000 jobs and contributes $4-billion in total economic benefits annually to Kentucky's gross domestic product.Nearly $9-billion is generated by the tourism industry, which hails horses as its signature attraction. The free admission on Hats Off! day will include entrance into all of the park's regular attractions, including the museums, Parade of Breeds, Hall of Champions, Best of the West and a limited number of horse drawn tours, trail rides and pony rides.
The day will also include special activities for children as well as free admission to the Bluegrass Festival Hunter Jumper show, featuring the $30,000-Rood and Riddle Grand Prix, which will raise funds for the Hope Center and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation.Hats Off! is presented by the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation in support of the Kentucky Horse Park and the equine industry, and sponsored in part by many of the horse farms and equine-related businesses of Central Kentucky, including Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, Stonewall Farm, Kentucky Equine Education Project and the Keeneland Association.