Best of the Bluegrass
No matter how you make your way to the Bluegrass, there can be no doubt that you’re in the heart of horse country when you arrive. Whether you’re greeted at the airport by a larger-than-life blue painting of the famous racehorse Lexington, or you drive in and are greeted by the rolling fences of the Kentucky Horse Park, this spe- cial place is sure to make any horse lover’s heart sing. But there is more to see and do in Lexington than
first meets the eye. Steeped in Southern charm, this small city (pop. 310,797) has
a vast and varied economy and thriving tourism industry.
Traditionally known for producing fine horses and tobacco, some visitors are
surprised to learn that Lexington is also home to a booming bourbon and handcrafted industry.
Whatever brings you to the Bluegrass, you’ll be hard-pressed to pack
everything you want to do into just a few days. Here’s a quick rundown of some
of the fantastic things to see and do while you’re here.
/ The Kentucky Horse Park /
A true icon of the equestrian world, a trip to the Kentucky Horse Park should be
No. 1 on any horse lover’s bucket list.
Home to well-known events like the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event,
Breyerfest and Road to the Horse, there are also plenty of year-round exhibits.
If a major event is not taking place during your time in Lexington, check out
the Hall of Champions, the Breeds Barn Show, the International Museum of the
Horse, the American Saddlebred museum, and the Maker’s Mark Secretariat
Center for adoptable Thoroughbreds. Be sure to pack your walking shoes.
IF YOU GO
No matter when you visit
Kentucky, it’s important that
you dress for the weather; though it’s the South,
Lexington still gets cold in the
winter and damp rains in the
spring and fall.
For horse-farm visits, always call ahead. If you call a
Thoroughbred farm for a tour
and the stallions are pulled
out of their stalls or paddocks
for you, be sure to tip the
groom who handles them.
Advance reservations are
also recommended for booking
guided farm tours, especially
at busy times of the year. Photos are usually welcome, but
follow your tour guide’s advice
on farm etiquette.
A horse lover’s guide to Lexington,
Kentucky. BY SARAH E. COLEMAN