Spring is nature's way of saying 'Let's Party!' - Robin Williams
Spring is all about celebrating new and beautiful things and, in Horse Country, we have that in spades! Let's put on those party hats (read Derby hats) and embrace the sunshine and we can help you plan your perfect trip to the beautiful Bluegrass!
The first step to a memorable trip is to visit our world-renowned farms! The nursery farms will be flush with new foals just begging for attention and the stud farms will be showcasing your favorite stallions who will sire the next generation of champs. Even with our quintessential Kentucky Spring showers, the thoroughbreds are a bucket list must-do!
The food scene is Central Kentucky has flourished in recent years, and we aren't just talking about restaurants. Hallway Feeds provides a unique opportunity to see where your favorite champion's food is produced. Think "bourbon tour" but with more nutritional value. This family owned staple fuels some of the most successful race horses-American Pharoah, California Chrome to name a few!
Speaking of these equestrian rock stars, even they need medical attention from time to time. When you take a tour of Hagyard and Rood and Riddle, you will see first hand the level of care these athletes receive every day to keep them in tip-top shape. Their facilities feature state of the art equipment and the most remarkable staffs the industry can offer!
If you are celebrating NEW, there are a few can't miss experiences this year! Spendthrift Farm is opening their gates and breeding shed doors for a next level experience you can only find in Horse Country. This new, intimate experience gives you the opportunity to see a breeding session in person followed by a Q&A with the experts! And if that isn't enough, Taylor Made Farm launched their California Chrome Experiences for guests who want a little more time with the world's richest horse and his foals! One more unique tour for the list is WinStar Farm's Extended Shuttle Tours. Climb aboard their brand new electric shuttle and see all the beauty the farm has to offer!
We are also proud to announce that the Kentucky Equine Humane Center has joined the Horse Country ranks. They make our second Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance registered after care facility, including Maker's Mark Secretariat Center. The TAA is a non-profit organization based in Lexington, KY that accredits, inspects, and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations that retire, retrain, and rehome Thoroughbreds using industry-wide funding. Both the Kentucky Equine Humane Center and The Maker's Mark Secretariat Center are doing important work and we can't wait to show you all the good they are doing for the industry!
With Spring knocking on our door, we are so excited for all the amazing opportunities that come with it! If you would like help putting together an itinerary, we have a great place to start with some suggestions and you are always welcome to reach out! We'll see you in Horse Country!