April in Kentucky brings many reasons for celebration! We are counting down to Derby, foals are making their debut at our nurseries, and the Keeneland race meet is in full swing! There is so much going on, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to decide how to spend your time. That's why we are sharing our local's guide to April in Kentucky...every guest wants to have a unique experience but there are a few things that every visitor should see:
Of course, the top of our list is a visit to one (or more!) of the world-renowned horse farms here in central Kentucky (we know we're biased, but come on!). You can visit a stud farm to visit stallions in their new careers siring the next generation of race horses, and learn how they thrive once their own racing careers have ended. If you're interested in seeing the up-and-comers up close and personal, don't miss a visit to a nursery farm where you can meet the new foals who may grow up to be champions.
Everyone knows that Kentucky is "Horse Country" so the farms are kind of a no-brainer, but some of our favorite insider experiences include visiting our clinics, Hagyard and Rood and Riddle, to see the incredible levels of care our equine athletes receive every day. These medical facilities feature state of the art equipment and remarkably qualified staff. You'll also want to check out Hallway Feeds to see how we fuel some of the most incredible athletes. The Hallway Feeds Hall of Fame is flush with notables such as American Pharoah and California Chrome!
On to the Races
Once you are brimming with industry knowledge, it is time to make your way to the races. We have partnered with Keeneland again this race meet to provide our guests with complimentary general admission tickets to the races this Spring! Supplies are subject to availability so be sure to get yours at one of our amazing member locations before they are gone.
A few other Favorites
Don't miss some of our favorite eats like Ouita Michel's family of restaurants - some of our favorites are dotted throughout Horse Country: Wallace Station and Windy Corner Market are awesome lunch spots. If you're hankering for a down-home country breakfast, you still have one more chance for the Sunrise Trackside brunch at Keeneland, and breakfast is served to the pros at the track kitchen during the week, too.
Have you found a hidden gem in Horse Country? Tell us about it!