Why Lexington, Kentucky?
It’s no secret: we love our horses. Surrounded by rolling bluegrass hills, 450 horse farms, Thoroughbred racing’s greatest champions and one-of-a-kind equine experiences, Lexington is the indisputable Horse Capital of the World—which makes this the perfect place for your equine event. Whether you’re in the equine industry, looking for access to equine experts, or just want to see where it all happens, there’s nowhere that comes close to Lexington.
Lexington is home to some pretty smart folks. Get in touch to see how one of our local equine experts can help make your event a big hit.
Executive Director, Kentucky Horse Park
Area of Focus - International and National Equine Events
Executive Director, Central Kentucky Riding for Hope
Area of focus: equine, events, education
Hometown Host Testimonials
Mark Coley - Managing Director, US Equestrian Federation
What Makes Us Unique
The Equine Industry in Lexington
Nearly 73,000 direct and indirect jobs are supported by Kentucky’s horse industry, which can help build attendance for your event.
The world’s only park dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse, the Horse Park also houses the National Horse Center, which encompasses 30+ National Horse Associations.
Keeneland is, of course, a world-famous racetrack. Also a National Historic Landmark and home to the Keeneland Library, one of the largest resources for horse information on the planet.
Our world-class athletes deserve world-class care, in the form of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Woodford Equine Hospital, and more.
From specialized equine research at the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center to UK’s multidisciplinary Ag Equine Programs, the University of Kentucky has become a leader in equine science.
We offer a wide variety of equine experiences to our visitors, including horse farm tours through Visit Horse Country and one-of-a-kind destinations like Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center.
Planning an equine event?
It is hard to imagine a better setting for an equine event than our famed Kentucky Horse Park. The facilities at the Park are also excellent for major music festivals, antique shows, dog shows, soccer tournaments and business meetings. Watch the video below for an overview of this outstanding venue.
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Featured Unique Venues
From unique to unexpected, choose a venue that makes your meeting truly one-of-a-kind.
With its tranquil setting and lovely stone fences and buildings, this national historic landmark is...
Dedicated to man's relationship with the horse, the Kentucky Horse Park is unlike any other park in...
At this working Thoroughbred training facility, visitors can go behind the scenes to learn about a...
Lexington is a special place. Give your attendees a uniquely Lexington experience they’ll rave about for years to come.
Founded in 1865, the University of Kentucky is the largest public university in the state, educating...
Visit Horse Country provides a central booking outlet for member horse farms and medical equine...
A retirement and rescue facility for pensioned Thoroughbreds, Old Friends provides a sanctuary for...