Kentucky Horse Park to Host Second Equine Adoption Fair

In response to the plight of abused and neglected horses, the Kentucky Horse Park last year held its inaugural John Henry Memorial Equine Adoption Fair to provide assistance to organizations involved in rescuing them.

"Last year's adoption fair was such a big success, we knew it was something that we wanted--and needed--to do again this year," said John Nicholson, executive director of the park. "Horses are the sole reason the Kentucky Horse Park exists and they have provided a living for hundreds of park employees for 31 years. We intend to return the favor by using this opportunity to improve the lives of some horses who haven't been as fortunate as the ones who live and compete at our park.

"We believe that it is very important to make a statement to the world about the priority we give to equine welfare. Our adoption fair may be a rather humble event, but has certainly made a difference in the lives of the unwanted horses who were adopted and the starving horses who were fed as a result, and our goal is to assist even larger numbers of horses this year."

The John Henry Memorial Equine Adoption Fair is named in memory of former park resident John Henry, and will be held in partnership with the Kentucky Horse Council. The adoption fair will feature adoptable horses from several equine rescue organizations, in an effort to assist these organizations in finding good homes for their rescued horses. The event will be held June 27 at 4 p.m.

The adoption fair will also include a live and silent auction, and all proceeds will benefit the Kentucky Horse Council's Save Our Horses (SOHO) fund and emergency hotline, which has provided assistance to many horses and ponies across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The SOHO fund provides financial support for food and veterinary care when an agency or county cares for a horse that has been confiscated due to its poor condition. In addition, the fund provides an equine abuse investigation class to train local officials on how to successfully identify horses that need help, and how to ensure prosecution when it is warranted.

Last year, the inaugural John Henry Memorial Equine Adoption Fair netted more than $16,000 to help SOHO assist abused and neglected horses.

The public is invited to attend the adoption fair June 27 at 4 p.m. For more information see

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