By LARRY VAUGHT
Sometimes you have to do something a little different to appreciate how good life can be.
That’s what happened with me Saturday when I took my grandsons to Hats Off Day at the Kentucky Horse Park. In complete honesty, the main reason we decided to go was free admission. I always like that.
But it was great and the Kentucky Horse Park and all the volunteers who worked could not have done a better job.
Because my 4-year-old grandson can only stand still for so long, we opted not to wait in line for the 4 p.m. start where each person could get a free horse farm hat while supplies lasted. Instead, we went on inside and lined up for the free horse and pony rides.
Both boys liked that, and my 4-year-old then opted to put on jockey silks and have his picture taken on a pony. Again, it was free.
We walked around the stadium area and both boys were thrilled to see so many horses. Numerous vendors were there passing out freebies from bubbles to candy to footballs to ink pens. We signed up for the Keeneland Kids Club.
We took a break for some cold drinks and listened to a band playing. My 7-year-old grandson couldn’t contain himself. He had to get up and dance.
Next it was off to the bounce house and then both boys got to make their own stick horse.
Finally, we ventured over to watch riders playing polo — and both boys loved that.
We didn’t get to stay around for the Grand Prix Show Jumping Competition, but it was not because the boys did not want to. They enjoyed just sitting in the empty stands and seeing all the jumps set up for the horses.
Thank you Kentucky Horse Park for doing such a great job and giving my family a fun day on a hot July afternoon.