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Destinations: Visit Horse Museums and Halls of Fame

During your travels this summer, consider visiting one of these four horse halls of fame and museums. From the editors of EQUUS magazine.
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The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum, Amarillo, Texas


The Grand Hall is a two-story gallery with massive stone columns and etched plaques commemorating each Hall of Fame inductee. Other attractions include a Timeline Exhibit, which chronicles the history of American Quarter Horses through artifacts and multimedia stations, and a Champions Gallery, where visitors can access all extant video footage of World Champions in their races or performances.


Admission Fee: Adults (19-54) $6; Seniors (55 & up) $5; Youth (6-18) $2; Children (5 & under) free


Hours: Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


For more information: 2601 I-40 East, Amarillo, TX 79104; (806) 376-5181; www.aqha.com/foundation/halloffame

The Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, Goshen, N.Y.


Hall of Fame inductees are honored in a special gallery among other exhibits with art and artifacts chronicling the history of harness racing in America. Attractions include three theaters, many child-friendly interactive displays, and the world's only 3-D harness racing simulator. From July 2010 to 2011, a special exhibit will showcase paintings of renowned artist Richard Stone Reeves, who will be inducted as a Harness Racing Hall of Fame Immortal this year. A research library contains 2,000 books and bound periodicals and more than 2,000 videos; research hours are by appointment; there is a fee for research services after the first 15 minutes.


Admission Fee: General admission is free.


Hours: seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.


For more information: 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924; (845) 294-6330; www.harnessmuseum.com

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.


The Hall of Fame gallery displays the racing silks and plaques recognizing the achievements of the inductees. Other galleries filled with fine art, rare gold and silver trophies, colorful silks and other artifacts chronicle three centuries of racing in North America. An anatomy room displays a Thoroughbred skeleton and explores the unique physical features of the breed. Interactive attractions include a racing simulator.


Admission Fee: Adults, $7; students and senior citizens, $5; children 5 and under, free


Hours: vary throughout the year. Call ahead if you are planning a trip.


For more information: 191 Union Ave. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866; (518) 584-0400; www.racingmuseum.org

Show Jumping Hall of Fame, Lexington, Ky.


Located in Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla., since 1989, the Show Jumping Hall of Fame announced in May that it is moving to a new location in the Kentucky Horse Park. The museum displays---which includes videos of great performances as well as memorabilia---will be installed in the building that houses the United States Hunter-Jumper Association. Plaques honoring the Hall of Fame inductees will be placed on display at the Park's new stadium.


Admission Fee: Varies by season, from $9 to $16 for adults and $6 to $8 for children 7 to 12; higher rates may be in effect during special events.


Hours: The park is open daily March 15 to October 31 and Wednesday through Sunday from November 1 to March 14.


For more information:www.showjumpinghalloffame.net or www.kyhorsepark.com

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