View From the Hill: The Horse in Kentucky

By: Amy Bingham
By: Amy Bingham

Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear is passionate about horses and is still an active rider.

She recently toured the Kentucky Museum, to learn more about an exhibit that highlights the horse and its ties to the Commonwealth.

"The horse is such an important part of Kentucky and it's economy from both its history and the very beginning to the present day," said Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear. She is soaking up every detail about the planned location for WKU's upcoming exhibit called The Horse in Kentucky.

"She was thrilled, just so excited about the possibility, as I say her life outside being first lady revolves around horses." Museum Director Timothy Mullins says the exhibit is in the preliminary stages while funds are being raised, but Louisville design firm Solid Light has done an initial design. "They did some preliminary sketches and drawings and ideas of what it will look like, " said Mullins. "It is a beginning point and we'll work from there as we find what objects we have to use or what we can borrow."

The Horse in Kentucky will focus on the spirit, form and function of the horse and of course it's ties to the commonwealth. "While there are other museums in the state that might have exhibits about horses, this is the only one that's going to focus on the horse and Kentucky."

Beshear is thrilled with the concept, and knows it will be a great teaching tool to all who visit. "We are known as the horse capitol of the world, all parts of Kentucky and so for students and visitors who come to Western, it's important for them to realize their roots and heritage and also their present and their future."

A video highlighting the Horse in Kentucky exhibit planned for WKU will be shown at the World Equestrian Games being held in Lexington from September 25 to October 10. If you are interested in donating to the exhibit, log on to is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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