Jul
2009

Kentucky Horse Park's New Indoor Arena Is Open!!!

It's been a long time coming, and a labor of love for GBBN who is happy to announce that the ribbon has been cut and the doors are officially open to the Kentucky Horse Park's new Indoor Arena.

The world's leading equestrian venue recently opened the doors of it's $45,000,000, state-of-the art Arena, for which GBBN provided full architectural services. On hand for the celebration were Kentucky Governor Steven Beshear and his wife Jane, both were very instrumental in the project process. The Governor spoke of how the arena is not just a contribution to the horse industry, but it's overall positive effect across the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky. KHP Executive Director, John Nicholson referred to the new Indoor Arena as the 'crowning achievement' of the past decade.

"We are absolutely thrilled with the outcome of the Kentucky Horse Park Indoor Arena project," said Joe Turley, firm principal and KHP project manager. "It's hard to put into words just how much it means to us to be involved in providing the Commonwealth and the world for that matter with an equestrian venue that so many will be able to enjoy."

The 170,000 square foot facility features 5,700 stadium seats and nine suites with 200 suite seats, a 135 x 300-ft event floor with special equine surface, 20,000 square feet of exhibitor space, six concession areas, a warm-up barn, outdoor warm-up ring, high-tech sound system, 568 parking spaces, and restrooms with 91 stalls. In addition to the WEG Reining Test Event that recently took place at the KHP, the arena is already booked with over 30 events. The facility will host the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in 2010.

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Kentucky Horse Park's new Indoor Arena -- the ribbon is cut!

Kentucky Governor Steven Beshear welcomes the crowd to the KHP opening. He is flanked by John Nicholson (L), Director of the KHP and Lexington's Mayor Newberry.

An impressive crowd gathered for the much-anticpated opening of the Kentucky Horse Park.

GBBN's design team joined by John Nicholson, Director of the KHP, and Butch Hatcher from the Commonwealth of Kentucky Division of Engineering.

Kentucky Horse Park Mustang Troop