If you’ve visited Lexington KY for the first during Breeder’s Cup Week, you see and feel the difference of the Bluegrass, which offers first-rate fun, food, live music and cultural activities for visitors of all ages. “Mayor Jim Gray says the economic impact of Breeders’ Cup is estimated at $65 million. The city expects 24,000-40,000 people in the city each day for the festivities.” – WTVQ
So after Breeder’s Cup is over, Lexington KY has year round equestrian themed activities for horse-lovers and everyone in between. Here’s a list of year-round and annual activities that classify as the Horse Capitol of the World.
Kentucky Horse Park: The park and museum offer interactive exhibits at the museum, a parade of breeds called “Horses of the World” (daily, spring through fall), pony rides for the kids, a camping ground, seeing the legends at the Hall of Champions, and more. The holiday light show at the park, Southern Lights, Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, is also a big hit with young visitors. Get a saddle’s eye view – The Kentucky Horse Park offers trail rides spring through fall. [For more info: http://www.kyhorsepark.com/]
Thoroughbred Park: The life-size horse statues fascinate visitors and even spook other horses, the statues are bronze, so they’re very hardy (and don’t kick or bite)! Parents can relax and let the youngsters pet, touch and even climb aboard so this a great photo opportunity. Located on the corner of Midland and Main Street.
Keeneland Race Track: With a full calendar of events, you can visit throughout the year for shows, sales and equestrian competitions. They also offer tours year round. For guests wanting to learn more about the history of Keeneland and get an insider view of operations for both racing and sales, guided tours are available. The tour will take guests through the Keeneland Paddock and Grandstand, all while enjoying the morning workouts. Tours are available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. [More info: http://www.keeneland.com/discover/tours]
Horse Farm Tours: You can revisit racing history, see the world’s most fabulous farms and barns, get up-close-and-personal with Kentucky Derby winners, or discover an exciting variety of horse breeds: Blue Grass Tours, Horse Farm Tours Inc., Thoroughbred Heritage Farm Tours, Unique Horse Farm Tours.
Want a customized, private horse farm tour? VisitLex provides a list of companies that offer private, custom tours. All are friendly and knowledgeable. A good way to choose one is to call in advance of your visit to discuss possible itineraries and rates and to get a sense of which guide’s personality and tour style might best complement your own.
- Blue Grass Tours (859) 252-5744
- Destination Bluegrass (859) 264-7822
- Horses of Kentucky (Lois Hill) (859) 277-4625
- Karen Edelstein, Private Guide (859) 266-5465
- Kentucky Horse Tours (Mary Ann Squires) (859) 312-1124
- Kentucky Living History Tours (859) 293-9367
- Lexington in Touch, Inc. (859) 224-4226
- Lexington Private Tours (John Midbo) (859) 278-9488
- Mint Julep Tours in Louisville (502) 583-1433
- Scott Goodlett Events (859) 361-3539
- Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Farm Tours (Larry and Linda Miano) (859) 260-8687
- UnBridled Horse Tours Nancy Hapgood (859) 806-9688 or Martha Martin(859) 333-8940
- Your “neigh”-borhood Horse Farm Tours (Bill Shaw) (859) 227-7159
Year round we have art exhibits, Bluegrass inspired poetry and book readings, plays, shows and movies that get you into equestrian mood. Check our calendar for local events. Need more information and looking to stay ‘inn the heart of Lexington’? Call our staff (859) 278-6625 anytime day or night.