Ever wondered what it would be like to see million dollar horses up close ….and tour million dollar stables?
A Unique Horse Farm Tour from the Kentucky Horse Park will give you this once in a lifetime opportunity. The tour starts at the Kentucky Horse Park and then takes you to several farms and Keeneland Race Track.
The first farm that we visited was Katie Rich Farm, which was named after two children.
The stables are beautiful and so are the horses. These horses are anything but common.
We also got to observe the foals with their moms.
After our visit to Katie Rich, we made a quick stop at to try out some food from Wallace Station that was featured on Diners, drive- ins and dives before our next farm.
We tried the corn on the cob cookie that reminded me of the taste of Cap’n crunch cereal.
The tour allows you see horses up close that could be gracing some of the biggest races in the country in the next few years.
Our last stop on the tour was Keeneland. We had just visited Keeneland that morning to watch the horses early morning practice.
We quickly learned that horses like peppermints and our guide, Shawn Washington, had an ample supply of them.
That made us AND the horses very happy!
We also learned that the race horses each have a tattoo in their mouths that is inspected before each race.
They also go through quite a few horseshoes.
The stables have a positive atmosphere so you have to leave colorful language at home. Keeneland is a classy place.
The day of our tour happened to be the day of the Belmont Stakes.
We got to take a few extra minutes and watch the race while we were at Keeneland.…and since no one was in the suite section, we decided to try the good seats.
Unique Horse Farm Tours begin at the Kentucky Horse Park
Our tour guide, Shawn really makes the tour. His knowledge, relationships, passion and history of Lexington will rub off on you. You can’t help but want to find new ways to appreciate these beautiful animals in this beautiful city.
Unique Farm tours depart from the Kentucky Horse Park daily at 9:15 a.m. 12:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Seating is limited! Tours run rain or shine!
Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (859) 259-4225 or (800) 678-8813 ext. 4225, or on the day of your visit at the Visitor Information Center. Seating is limited. Customers with service dogs will be required to allow at least a six-hour notice for the tour company, which may result in special accommodation.
*This tour is not recommended for children under 4 years of age.
Tours run year-round the same dates as the park except for some major special events. Dates, times and prices are subject to change without notice. Major weather events may affect some tours.
Disclosure: I was given complimentary tours for review purposes and hosted by Visit Lexington. All opinions are my own.