May 4, 2011--The world famous Arabian Nights from Kissimmee, Florida, will bring The Black Stallion Show for a one-time only performance to the Kentucky Horse Park on Tuesday, May 11, at 7 p.m. in the Alltech Arena. Admission is $10. Children age 6 and under are admitted free.
The show features a variety of breeds performing rarely seen liberty acts. The Black Stallion from the Walter Farley classic will be among the highly trained horses that are included in the show. The Kentucky Horse Park's Clay Maier and his spectacular Friesian horses will perform a pre-show, just before the event begins.
The Kentucky Horse Park?s International Museum of the Horse and the Black Stallion Literacy Foundation have partnered in bringing the Black Stallion Literacy Program to Central Kentucky and the Black Stallion Show is the culmination of that program.
An earlier show will be put on for local Lexingtona area fourth graders.
WHO: The Kentucky Horse Park, Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, Little Foundation, UKHealthcare Kentucky Children's Hospital, Kentucky Bank, and Kentucky Thoroughbred Association.
WHAT: Four thousand fourth graders from the Lexington and surrounding counties are currently reading Walter Farley's book, "The Black Stallion," through a partnership between the Kentucky Horse Park, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation and the Black Stallion Literacy Program. Next, during a trip to the Kentucky Horse Park, the fourth graders will experience the book in a new way. Notable scenes from the book will come to life as professional performers and horses from Arabian Nights (Orlando, Florida) will perform scenes from the childhood favorite and dazzle the audience with daredevil stunts in The Black Stallion Literacy Show.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 11, 12 p.m.
WHERE: Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park
WHY: The purpose is to inspire children to discover the joys of reading and the excitement of learning through the wonders of live horses and Walter Farley's The Black Stallion books.