Horse Farm Tours
A trip to the Bluegrass Region wouldn't be complete without getting to visit one of our many picturesque horse farms. There are three ways to do so; on a regular guided group tour, a custom tour, or on your own by calling farms for an appointment.
Regular Guided Group Tours
Blue Grass Tours. (859-252-5744). Two tours daily at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1:30 on Sunday, year round with a minimum of four guests. Tours last about three hours and include a stop at a local horse farm, Keeneland Race Course, and other points of interest. Pick-ups available at several hotels. $35; $25 for ages 12 and under. Call for information about longer tours like “Horses, Hooch and History” which includes a box lunch and a stop at a distillery.
D.W. Guided Tours. (859-361-4390) Narrated tours are offered Mondays through Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. The van drives through two famous farms and other points of equine, historic and cultural interest and includes downtown. Tour lasts three hours. Pick-ups at local hotels. $30. Children 6 to 12 are $15.
Horse Country. (859-963-1004) Tour local horse farms including Adena Springs, Airdrie Stud, Claiborne Farm, Coolmore at Ashford Stud, Darby Dan Farm, Darley at Jonabell, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Hallway Feeds, Hermitage Farm, Gainesway Farm, Mill Ridge Farm, Pin Oak Stud, Rood & Riddle Veterinary Clinic, Runnymede Farm, Saxony Farm, Spendthrift Farm, Taylor Made and Winstar Farm. Visit http://www.horsecountry.com for tickets.
Horse Farm Tours, Inc. (859-268-2906 or 800-976-1034). Tours are given daily at 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. seven days a week year-round. Every tour includes a drive by Calumet, two farms including a walk through one of the region's ultra modern barns, plus Keeneland and lasts about three hours. Tours depart from several area hotels. $36. Children under 12 are $25.
Thoroughbred Heritage Tours. (859-260-8687 or 800-808-9533). Tours are offered daily at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.from Lexington Center downtown and several hotels. This three hour tour includes a drive by Calumet, a tour of Keeneland Race Track, a stop at a top notch breeding complex and points of interest from the movies Seabiscuit and Dreamer. $34. Children 12 and under are $24.
Unique Horse Farm Tours. (859-233-4303 or 800-678-8813). Departing from Kentucky Horse Park, usually three times a day, this tour gives you the behind-the-scenes stories about the people and horses that make Lexington “Horse Capital of the World.” Tour historic estates and new multi-million dollar farms on this 2 and a half hour van tour. Adults are $30. Children up to 12 years old are $15.
Custom, Private Tours
Blue Grass Tours (859) 252-5744
Destination Bluegrass (888) 970-3339
Horses of Kentucky (Lois Hill) (859) 277-4625
Karen Edelstein, Private Guide (859) 266-5465
Kentucky Horse Tours (Mary Ann Squires) (859) 312-1124
Kentucky Living History Tours (859) 293-9367
Lexington Connection, Inc. (859) 269-4040
Lexington in Touch, Inc. (859) 224-4226
Lexington Private Tours (John Midbo) (859) 278-9488
Mint Julep Tours in Louisville (502) 583-1433
Scott Goodlett Events (859) 361-3539
Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Farm Tours (Larry and Linda Miano) (859) 260-8687
UnBridled Horse Tours (Martha Martin) (859) 255-7863, (859) 333-8940
Your "neigh"-borhood Horse Farm Tours (Bill Shaw) (859) 227-7159
Throughbred, Saddlebred, Standardbred, and Morgan Horse Farms
Ashford Stud, near Versailles (859-873-7088), is home to 2000 Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus as well as 1995 Derby winner Thunder Gulch and will show their majestic stallions by appointment. Giant's Causeway, whose stud fee is $100,000, also resides here. Like a growing number of stallions, many of Ashford Stud's travel to the Southern hemisphere after the Kentucky breeding season ends, so they may not be at home July through January.
WinStar Farm encompasses about 1,400 acres of majestic Bluegrass landscape, with divisions for stallions, broodmares, foals and yearlings as well as a racing stable. WinStar bred the 2010 Kentucky Derby Winner Super Saver. (As of May, he is still out on the racing circuit.) Public tours are given Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (except holidays and Oaks Day) at 1p.m. Please call Amy Nave at (859) 873-1717 to make an appointment.
Claiborne Farm, north of Lexington near Paris, has a strong and unbroken influence on the Thoroughbred industry. Owned by the Hancock family, Claiborne has been a leading Thoroughbred farm for generations. The guided tour includes the simple tombstone that marks the grave of the great Secretariat, 1973 Triple Crown winner (and considered by many to be the greatest race horse of all time). Tours by appointment only. Tours are given seven days a week daily at 11 a.m. (859) 233-4252
Lane’s End Farm. During the off season, tours are offered on Thursdays at 10 a.m. No tours are available during the breeding season, which runs from February to the end of June, or while the Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton sales are taking place. Call (859) 873-7300 well in advance.
Taylor Made Farm. Taylor Made Farm was created in 1976 to provide care for mares shipped to central Kentucky to be bred to stallions standing here. The Farm, which began as 120 acres, has expanded its scope and its acreage. It is now 1,600 acres and one of the leading sales agencies in the world. In 1999, three Taylor Made graduates won races at the Breeder's Cup--a feat unparalleled in racing history. Northern Afleet and Unbridled Song are among the top stallions in residence. During breeding season in the spring the farm is extremely busy and they may not be able to accommodate visitors. Call for an appointment to tour the farm. (859) 885-3345
Normandy Farm on Paris Pike is famous for its unusual L-shaped barn commissioned in 1933 by then-owner Joseph Widener. It is said to be an exact replica of a barn in Normandy, France, where he sought refuge after his plane crashed during World War I. The barn features a clock tower and its roof, gables, cupolas and dormers are adorned with ceramic cats and other animals. The farm also includes an interesting cemetery, in which a life-size bronze statue of Thoroughbred champion Fair Play overlooks the graves of Fair Play and Mahubah, sire and dam of Man o' War. Tours by appointment only. (859) 294-9595
Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm, 1841 Paynes Depot Rd. Georgetown, KY Visit Horse Racing's Living History Museum. A 92 acre retirement farm for 55 former race horses, such as Sarava, 2002 Belmont winner; 1988 Eclipse winner Sunshine Forever; 1988 Eclipse Champion Sprinter Gulch; one of the greatest sons of Damascus, Ogygian; & "Seabiscuit" movie star Popcorn Deelites. Tours daily by appointment. www.oldfriendsequine.org 502.863.1775.
Cane Run Farm, Thoroughbreds, 1520 Lexington Road. Georgetown, KY 502-863-6091
American Saddlebreds, used for show and pleasure riding, are Kentucky's only native breed of horse. Visit Werkway Stables, 1076 Leesburg Road in Scott County to learn more about the American Saddlebred. (502-863-0416)
Kentuckiana Farm, Standardbred, 185 Johnson's Mill Road, Georgetown, KY 502-863-3070
Bonnie and Fred Neuville's Burr Oak Farm in Scott County offers a friendly visit with Morgan horses, America’s first breed of horse. The Morgan horse sprang from a single stallion raised in Vermont in the late 1700’s. (502) 863-0887
Burr Oak Farm. Morgan & Standardbred Horses, 2179 Cincinnati Pike, Georgetown, KY 502-863-0887
Angel's Acres. Morgan Horses, 1859 Stamping Ground Rd., Georgetown, KY 502-316-0597
Valkyre Stud, Foals & Yearlings, 2717 Long Lick Pike, Georgetown, KY 502-525-6564