First up: shopping. Whether you’re a skilled equestrian or don’t know a bridle from a bit, the options are endless when it comes to shopping for equine gifts. Located in front of the North Wing horse stalls, the Equine Exhibit encompasses hundreds of square feet of commercial exhibit space.
More than 100 vendors offer all things horsey, from jewelry and halters to riding boots and artwork. There’s stuffed horses for the little ones, blingy belt buckles for the sparkly gal and blankets and pillows for those looking to put an equine twist on their home.
On a recent State Fair afternoon, Maretta Kennedy of Olathe, Kan., was crafting a new bronze sculpture – of a horse, of course. Kennedy, an expert in bronze casting and finishing techniques, has won several awards and has pieces in collections from coast to coast.
Shopped ‘til you dropped? Take a break in the expo’s Saddlebred Café and Lounge to re-energize your horsepower. Once rejuvenated, head on over to the United Professional Horseman’s Association (UPHA) booth. There, barn tours and stable talks are offered at least once a day. For the barn tour and stable talk schedule visit http://www.kystatefair.org/wchs/tourstalks.aspx
This year’s Kentucky State Fair runs through Aug. 25. Exhibit buildings are open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.