Meet Lexington, Kentucky


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. 

Lexpert Spotlight

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.

Lee Carter

Executive Director, Kentucky Horse Park

Area of Focus - International and National Equine Events

Pat Kline

Executive Director, Central Kentucky Riding for Hope

Area of focus: equine, events, education

Shelia Woerth

Kentucky Dressage Association

Area of Focus: Equestrian and Dressage Events

Teresa Woods

Executive Director, US Pony Club

Area of Focus: Education, Events, Horsemanship, Riding

Hometown Host Testimonials

Mark Coley - Managing Director, US Equestrian Federation

What Makes Us Unique

The Equine Industry in Lexington

Thousands of Jobs

Nearly 73,000 direct and indirect jobs are supported by Kentucky’s horse industry, which can help build attendance for your event.

The Kentucky Horse Park

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 Race Course

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.

Equine Medical Facilities

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.

UK Equine Programs

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.

Tours and More

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.


“#9 among the Friendliest Cities in the U.S.”

- Conde Nast Traveler 2020

“Top 10 Bucket List Destination”

- USA Today

“Top 12 Destinations for a Nature Immersion Getaway”

- Luxury Travel Magazine

"#3 Safest City in America"

- SafeWise

Meet Your Personal Sales and Service Representative

John Pohl Director of Sports and Equine Sales

Sports and Equine

Featured Unique Venues

From unique to unexpected, choose a venue that makes your meeting truly one-of-a-kind.

Keeneland Racecourse

4201 Versailles Road, Lexington, KY, 40510
(859) 254-3412

With its tranquil setting and lovely stone fences and buildings, this national historic landmark is...

Kentucky Horse Park

4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY, 40511
(859) 233-4303

Dedicated to man's relationship with the horse, the Kentucky Horse Park is unlike any other park in...

The Thoroughbred Center

3380 Paris Pike, Lexington, KY, 40511
(859) 293-1853

At this working Thoroughbred training facility, visitors can go behind the scenes to learn about a...


2400 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY, 40511
(859) 255-1555

Primarily a horse sales entity, historic Fasig-Tipton is unexpectedly elegant. Complete with a...

Featured Attractions

Lexington is a special place. Give your attendees a uniquely Lexington experience they’ll rave about for years to come.

University of Kentucky

160 Avenue of Champions, Lexington, KY, 40508

Founded in 1865, the University of Kentucky is the largest public university in the state, educating...

Visit Horse Country

321 Merino Street, Lexington, KY, 40508
(859) 963-1004

Visit Horse Country provides a central booking outlet for member horse farms and medical equine...

Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm

1841 Paynes Depot Road, Georgetown, KY, 40324
(502) 863-1775

A retirement and rescue facility for pensioned Thoroughbreds, Old Friends provides a sanctuary for...

Thoroughbred Park

100 Midland Avenue, Lexington, KY, 40507
(859) 233-7299

This 2.5 acre park dedicated to the Thoroughbred industry contains seven life-size and lifelike...

Destination Industries and Experts By Market Segment

We have something to offer groups and meetings of all types from religious to medical, equine, and more.