January 10, 2008 -- The Kentucky Horse Park will be honored with the 2007 Special Eclipse Award from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), National Turf Writers Association (NTWA) and the Daily Racing Form.
The Special Eclipse Award recognizes outstanding individual achievements in, or contributions to, the sport of thoroughbred racing. John Nicholson, executive director of the park stated, "For 30 years, the Kentucky Horse Park has honored, cared for, chronicled and assisted horses of all breeds and disciplines, and we humbly and gratefully accept the honor being returned to us in this way."
Nicholson will accept the Special Eclipse Award on behalf of the Kentucky Horse Park by the NTRA on January 21 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Last year's recipients of the Special Eclipse Award were Roy and Gretchen Jackson and the New Bolton Center for their care of Barbaro.
"The Eclipse Award steering committee strongly believed that the Kentucky Horse Park was most deserving of the Special Award for its extraordinary contribution and dedication to the Thoroughbred industry and the wonderful experience that its millions of visitors have enjoyed over the years," said Alex Waldrop, president and CEO of the NTRA. "The special care for the great racehorse John Henry in his retirement, and his most dignified passing in 2007, symbolizes the love and devotion of the men and women who work at the Kentucky Horse Park each day."
Nearly one million visitors come to the park each year to see, touch, learn about and experience horses, and to compete in horse shows. The park's Hall of Champions has been (and is) home to a pantheon of elite champions of the racetrack and show ring, including Eclipse Award-winning Thoroughbred celebrities Cigar, Kona Gold and the late John Henry.
For more information on the Eclipse Awards, go to www.ntra.com. EQUUS magazine is the Official Magazine of the Kentucky Horse Park.