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THINGS TO DO
Before the Europeans settled in central Kentucky, the region was home to grazing herds of buffalo. The Iroquois Indians called the area the “meadow land” which became the origin of our state’s name “Kentucky.”
In the 19th century central Kentucky’s meadow lands reminded some immigrants of their home in the British Isles – so many settled here and brought their love of horses with them. Soon thoroughbred breeding, trading and racing became a primary enterprise in the Lexington area. In the first Kentucky Legislative Assembly a bill was introduced by Daniel Boone for “improving the breed of horses” and eventually Lexington gained the reputation of being the “Horse Capital of the World.”
Equine Exhibition Centers
Built in 1969, the Thoroughbred Center is located just outside the city limits of Lexington, on prime central Kentucky farmland.
Old Friends is “a Kentucky facility for retired thoroughbreds,” a place where equine champions can live out their remaining days with dignity.
Founded on October 15, 1936, Keeneland is a one of a kind Thoroughbred racetrack and an auction company.
The Commonwealth of Kentucky purchased this property in 1972 and opened the Kentucky Horse Park to the public in 1978.
HORSE FARM TOUR COMPANIES
Two tours daily at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday – Saturday, and 1:30 on Sunday, including a stop at a local horse farm, Keeneland Race Course, and other points of interest.
Tours are given daily at 8:15 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. seven days a week year-round, includes a drive by Calumet, two or three farms, plus Keeneland.
Experience why Kentucky is world famous! These tours take you through the heart and soul of Kentucky’s beautiful Bluegrass Horse Country.
Departing from Kentucky Horse Park, usually three times a day, giving a behind-the-scenes stories about the people and horses.
PLACES TO RIDE HORSES
Explore the park’s beautiful countryside on horseback. Horseback and pony rides are available April through October.