'A gift from the desert' to open in Kentucky

The 'Gift from the desert' exhibition is a $2.3 million endeavor underwritten by the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation. It will chronicle the worldwide significance of the Arabian horse throughout history, from the development of the wheel to early calvaries and even to the Arabians impact on Kentucky's signature breed, the thoroughbred.

Organizers say the exhibit is the culmination of much hard work and planning. They say it will truly showcase the unique ties of the horse to the bluegrass.

The exhibit will run from May 29 through October 15. Kickoff festivities are already planned with an opening reception and ribbon cutting set for Thursday at the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park. The reception will be hosted by Governor Beshear and the first lady, along with a representative from the Saudi royal family.

Those involved with the exhibit say it will truly help distinguish the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games as a once in a lifetime experience.

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