Lexington & KHP


Our fourth installment of the Carriage Association’s Carriage Festival will be underway in just a few weeks!

Once again, the Festival will be held in the indoor (and air-conditioned!) Alltech Arena, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The first full day of pleasure-driving classes will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, June 27. Competitors and spectators will enjoy morning, afternoon, and evening sessions on Friday and Saturday, and the Festival will conclude with Sunday morning’s drive through the Horse Park.

To learn more about this beautiful event, please visit the dedicated Carriage Festival website.

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If you’ll be in — or anywhere near — Lexington, Ky., at the end of June, we hope you’ll come see all the lovely turnouts at this year’s CAA Carriage Festival.

Ok, so this isn’t exactly carriage- or driving-related. But one of the biggest annual events here at the Kentucky Horse Park — the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, or “Rolex” — was just this past weekend.

A.J. and I came out to the Park on Saturday for what turned out to be an absolutely glorious day for cross-country.

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It was actually rather warm in the sun, so after we’d hiked around for a while, we staked out a lovely shady spot with a clear view of a tricky couple of jumps. These are my favorite photos from the afternoon (if you’re wondering why several of these show the same jump, see my previous comment about our shady spot!) …

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I haven’t been keeping you as up to date as in some years past on our basketball Cats.

But as of just a few minutes ago, we’re going to the Final Four, Baby!!!!!

C. A. T. S. Cats, Cats, Cats!!

A college friend of mine recently spent a year or so in Moscow, Russia, with his family. For months, it seemed, his near-daily Facebook posts consisted merely of … “more new snow.” On a much smaller scale (thank goodness!), we here in Lexington are starting to feel that same way. First we had some snow, then some ice, then some more snow, and some more snow. And, last night, more new snow!

Here’s how a portion of the Kentucky Horse Park looked this morning.

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I never had a chance to post anything here yesterday, as we had a big day-long snowstorm, plus falling temperatures throughout the day, and we left the office early to get home before the roads completely froze over.

And now it’s super-duper cold again and (just like during the “polar vortex” incident), our office heat pump can’t really keep up. I’m not sure how much longer this afternoon we’ll all last at our desks in coats and hats and finger-less gloves while the heater struggles to reach the mid 60s … so I’m posting this now in case we need to skedaddle earlier than usual again today.

When I got to the Horse Park this morning, I drove around for a bit, before coming in to the office, and captured these photos of the snow. Enjoy!

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I posted this photo yesterday on my personal Twitter page (not the CAA’s Twitter page, at right, which is also “mine” but … as you might image … more driving-related than my own). But I thought you might like to see it here as well.

After our descent last week into the dreaded polar vortex, we were back up near the 50-degree mark over the weekend. And the sun came out yesterday. As I noted when posting the photo, I adore the “leafy” seasons, but I also love bright winter days, when the Kentucky Horse Park’s trees get a chance to show off their underlying structures.

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Of course, it was snowing today.

As you may’ve read in my post from Friday evening, we had a winter storm on Friday … and we awoke to a bit of ice on Saturday. Then we had more sleet and freezing rain on Sunday. The worst of the ice has now melted; although I’m kind of surprised, as the temperature hasn’t actually climbed above the freezing point.

Here’s a view of one of the Kentucky Horse Park’s “Hall of Champions” residents from this afternoon, bundled up against the cold …

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