Guests arriving at BreyerFest will be parking in either the Main Parking Lot or the Alltech Arena Parking lot. We recommend purchasing your Three-Day or Single-Day parking passes in advance for some savings and speedy entry into the park.
From the Main Parking Lot, head towards the BreyerFest Main Entrance/Ticket Booth (between the American Saddlebred Museum and the KHP Visitor Information Center entrance) for General Admission, to purchase tickets, or to pick up a Will Call packet.
There are FOUR lines to get into BreyerFest, so don’t just hop onto the first one you see. As you are walking towards the entrance to BreyerFest, the two lines that go to the LEFT of the entry are for the Breyer Store and that year’s pop-up Souvenir Shops, and the two lines that go to the RIGHT of the entry are for people who either need to purchase or pick up tickets, or who have tickets and just want to enter the event without going to either store first thing. The lines to the RIGHT are where you need to go if you have a 10 am (or 9 am on Sunday) Special Run line ticket time and want to head right for the Special Run tent.
If you want to be one of the first to shop in the Breyer Store for this year’s Store Specials, head to the BREYER STORE line – look for signs along the roadway in front of the KHP entrance to the Visitor Information Center that say BREYER STORE. This line is the yellowline on the map below. If you want to be among the first to shop in this year’s pop-up souvenir shops, look for the themed event signage along the same roadway. This line is the red line on the map below.
Special Limited Edition items in the Breyer Store and Souvenir Shops are made available each day to ensure availability throughout the weekend, but generally do sell out by early afternoon. Visit early if they are on your list!
Those in line for the Breyer Store or the Souvenir Shops will receive a number (1-300 for each line) before gates open each morning. Only people in your group who want to shop need a number, but you must have a number if you want to shop. For example, if you and a friend both want to purchase models, you’ll both need a number if you want to shop. If you are accompanying a minor and only intent to purchase one of each special item, you only need one number.
All Limited Edition items in these two stores are limited to one per customer. When the numbers are distributed, everyone in your group who wants to shop must be present. Breyer staff are not permitted to distribute multiple numbers to people – no exceptions. As well, you must go to the store for which your number corresponds – there are two different pop-up souvenir shops and one shop’s number does not work at the other store. For guests in line for the pop-up Souvenir Shops, numbers for the Souvenir Shop in Celebration Park will be the first to be distributed, followed by the numbers for the pop-up Souvenir Shop near the new Model Handout location.
Please make sure you know which store you are shopping in. These numbers ensure that guests will be able to shop in the order in which they lined up outside the gate. Please be sure to head to the Store or the Souvenir shop FIRST as numbers will be taken in order. If you miss your number, you will have to go to the end of the line (which can be very long).
If you need to purchase tickets, head towards the PURCHASE TICKETS line - this line is to the RIGHT of the entry, along the sidewalk in front of the American Saddlebred Museum. This line is the green line on the map below. Ticket windows will open at 9am on Friday and Saturday and at 8:30 am on Sunday.
If you have your tickets already, or after you pick them up at Will Call, head towards the GENERAL ADMISSION line – this line is the blueline on the map below.
WILL CALL – if your tickets are waiting for you at Will Call, there is a Breyer-branded canopy tent outside of the ticket booth where you can pick your tickets up before the gates open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. Alternately, you can pick your tickets up at the BreyerFest ticket booth on Thursday between 2 and 4 pm.
We hope this clears things up a bit! We know it’s confusing for a first-timer, so we wanted to be sure we explained very clearly and included a map so you can orient yourself before you arrive.
If you are directed to park up at the Alltech Arena, hop on a shuttle bus to the Ticket Booth to enter the event after you’ve parked. By the time you get to the ticket booth, there won’t be any lines and it will have saved you a ton of walking through the park from your car!
Be sure to contact our partner hotels when making your travel plans. These great hotels offer first-class service, hospitality, and rates that fit into every budget. USE KEYWORD "BREYERFEST" WHEN RESERVING FOR A SPECIAL DISCOUNT (unless otherwise noted, below).
Mentioning BreyerFest at the front desk will also get you a special Collector's Card of the BreyerFest 2020 Celebration horse, Ballynoe Castle RM. These cards are available in limited quantities and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please remember you will need your own transportation to participate in the daytime activities at BreyerFest, as hotels are not within walking distance of the Kentucky Horse Park. However, the hotels below marked with a single asterisk are serviced by the BreyerFest evening Hotels Loop Shuttle route to the Clarion Hotel that runs between 5 pm and 11:30 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. The Clarion, marked with two asterisks, is also serviced by the KHP-Clarion evening shuttle route, which runs back and forth between the KHP (both lots) and the Clarion Hotel from 5 pm to 11:30 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. We hope that you take advantage of this service if you plan to participate in any of the activities at the Clarion, but are not staying there – the Clarion Hotel has extremely limited parking that is reserved for hotel guests only.
1950 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY 40511
BreyerFest continues after dark at the Clarion! Visit the Artisans' Gallery and Swap Meet for awe-inspiring shopping!
Rate: $122/night, standard rooms; $145/night, two Queens
1801 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY 40511
The beautiful Embassy Suites is located minutes away from the Kentucky Horse Park and just across the street from the Clarion Hotel. The Embassy Suites offers families an economical choice through suites that are roomy enough to share! Reservations include cook-to-order and full hot and cold buffet breakfast, and manager's reception each evening.
Rate: $187 standard suite room
Parking: $10.00, Rooms booked under the "BreyerFest" group code will receive free parking.
2100 Hackney Place
One of the closest hotels to the Kentucky Horse Park, this hotel is recently renovated and is pleased to offer free parking, an indoor swimming pool, indoor fitness area, and The Market, open 24/7.
Rate: $151 standard rooms, includes full hot/cold continental breakfast and free Wi-Fi.
1938 Stanton Way
Located right next to the Cracker Barrel restaurant, and in the same area as the Fairfield Inn and the GLo, the new Quality Inn Convention Hotel (formerly the Four Points by Sheraton) blends comfort and convenience with a pool and fitness center on site.
1935 Stanton Way
A brand new property in the heart of all the action that offers pet friendly rooms, a complimentary breakfast, and an indoor heated pool! Be the closest to the action at the KHP!
Rate: $151, single/double; includes free continental breakfast
603 Ad Color Drive
Rate: $114, single queen studio; $134; double queen studio
775 Newtown Court
Rate: $141, Standard King room; $151, standard 2 Queens
1080 Newtown Pike
Residence Inn by Marriott, Lexington North offers the best in southern hospitality. Spacious suites include sleeper sofas in the living area and kitchens with full-sized stainless steel appliances. Amenities include free grocery delivery, free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, and The Residence Inn Mix® (light fare Mon – Wed evenings). Pets welcome. Located only 6 miles from the KY Horse Park.
Rates: Studio Queen Suite - $159/Studio King Suite $164/Studio Q/Q - $174/Penthouse Exec Suite - $229
Thinking about extending your BreyerFest vacation? There is something for everyone in Lexington and the Bluegrass area! Go to VisitLex for travel planning in and around the Lexington area.
A BreyerFest Fan Favorite!
Providing a place of dignity for retired Thoroughbred champions. Visit a few former racehorses, leave having been touched by the heart of a Thoroughbred hero.
The Lexington Connection's Tour & Breakfast at Keeneland Racetrack
A BreyerFest Fan Favorite
The Lexington Connection, Inc. offers this unique tour and breakfast to BreyerFest attendees. Call for more information.
The Woodford Reserve Distillery
The only facility in the state making bourbon using the original Scottish "pot still" method. Offers exhibits on the history and heritage of bourbon, tours, lunch on the porch, and a gift shop.
The Red Mile Harness Track
The Red Mile is Lexington's oldest existing racetrack, dating back to 1875, as well as one of the nation's most respected harness tracks.
The Lexington History Museum
Ever-changing exhibits feature a wide variety of topics, from African American life in historical Lexington to horse racing to typewriters.
Nostalgia Station Toy & Train Museum
This museum exhibits antique model trains, antique toys and railroad memorabilia. The gift shop sells gauge trains and accessories.
Mary Todd Lincoln House
The home was restored to reflect the Todd family's residency with period furniture, family portraits and furnishings from the Todds as well as the Lincolns.
Old Kentucky Chocolates
Best known for its delicious Bourbon Chocolates and Bourbon Cherries, Old Kentucky Chocolates has been making candy for over 35 years.
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
America's largest restored Shaker community. Tours, shopping, fine crafts, Inn and fine dining.
Taylor Made is an 1,100 acre Thoroughbred paradise located in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Visit the home of Astrology, Northern Afleet, Graydar, Mshawish, Not This Time, and the World’s Richest Racehorse - California Chrome!
For additional information on the Lexington Area, contact the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau: 800-845-3959 or www.visitlex.com
The Kentucky Horse Park is as much a part of BreyerFest as our models and Pal O'Mine. Our veteran guests love making the trip to their beautiful bluegrass home away from home. There is often SO much to do at BreyerFest that many of our guests don't have a chance to visit all that the Horse Park has to offer. We always recommend taking some time to see the park and visit with the many equines that are lucky enough to live there! Here are some highlights you may want to check out! All attractions are included in your ticket unless otherwise noted.
International Museum of the Horse
BreyerFest Three-Day ticket holders get free admission to the museum, as well as the Horse Park's Hall of Champions and Parade of Breeds. The museum is a favorite of BreyerFest attendees, volunteers, and Breyer staff! It's been a must-see for all horse lovers since it first opened in 1978. The Museum is one of the largest horse-focused museums in the world with over 60,000 square feet of space. In addition to several permanent exhibits, the museum has many visiting exhibitions from around the world. You can see the full list of exhibits here. There are even some online exhibits for those unable to make it to the Museum in person. You can see those here. For more information about the International Museum of the Horse check out their website.
American Saddlebred Museum
The American Saddlebred Museum truly is the Kentucky Horse Park's "Showplace for Saddlebreds." Known as "The Horse America Made," the American Saddlebred has played an important role in our nation's history. That history, along with award-winning movies and unique, interactive exhibits (One even features Breyer portrait model CH Sprinkles!), are a must-see during your visit to the park.
Hall of Champions
From the moment you step foot into the Hall of Champions you know you are in the presence of greatness. You really can feel the power in each of these legendary Thoroughbreds and Trotters. Stay for one of the presentations and hear about each horse's racing career. A truly inspiring visit!
You can't come to Kentucky and not go riding! BreyerFest offers free pony rides for our younger fans, but the KHP offers a guided 40-minute trail ride, suitable for first-time riders, along the outskirts of the park. See site for age/weight restrictions. Separate fee applies.
For more information on any of the attractions at the Kentucky Horse Park visit the Equine Theme Park section of KyHorsePark.com. Remember - most KHP attractions are included with your BreyerFest ticket so be sure to check them out!
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