(800) 845-3959  VisitLEX.COM 13 12 2017 LEXINGTON VISITORS GUIDE HORSE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD HORSE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD Horse lovers agree: this is THE place. Whether you are an experienced equestrian, a racing fan or just appreciate the beauty of horses, prepare to be thrilled at the stunning landscape they inhabit here in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. Go Behind the Gates The private horse farms surrounding Lexington are world- famous. With a little advance planning, you can schedule a visit and see for yourself the opulent barns and manicured fields. Forget what you know about “farms”;the standard of living for our celebrity horses is enviable.Take a narrated tour by van, hire a guide (see page 47) or make an appointment at a farm through visithorsecountry.com. See the Idea Guide article “Horse Farm Tours” on VisitLEX.com for all the current options for visitors. Explore the Kentucky Horse Park This State Park has everything a horse lover could want: 1,200 acres of pasture land, barns, museums, art exhibits, a gift shop and…horses! Almost one million visitors a year take advantage of the opportunity to get up close and personal with these amazing creatures. Meet representatives of many different breeds from “minis” to draft horses. Shows and competitions are scheduled throughout the year. Allow a full day for the Kentucky Horse Park:there is a lot to see and do. (859) 259-4273. Drive the Back Roads Head out in any direction from the center of town, and soon you’ll be surrounded by the rolling bluegrass pastureland that you’ve heard so much about. Neatly mowed fields trimmed with black or white fences stretch to the horizon. Call in advance and we will mail you our popular “Bluegrass Country Driving Tour.” It’s a large illustrated map with detailed information about the points of interest you’ll pass, both horse-related and history-related. Bonus:the flip side is a walking tour of downtown. (800) 845-3959. Regal Retirement We love to welcome past champions home to the Horse Capital of the World.Visit these celebrities, now pampered pets, at a number of “retirement homes.” Meet racing legends, each with their own distinct personality, at Old Friends, a one-of-a kind facility for stallions. (502) 863-1775. Mims Retirement Haven cares for retired Thoroughbred Broodmares. Watch great ladies of the industry interacting in the Haven’s pastures. (859) 227-6304.The Center for Women in Racing near Paris provides a unique hands-on experience with one of their retired race horses. Donations go to help the women and horses in their program. (859) 987-2258. Visit Two Historic Race Courses Thoroughbred racing takes place at the elegant Keeneland Race Course. With its tranquil setting and lovely stone buildings, this National Historic Landmark is one of the most genteel and beautiful tracks in the world. Live racing takes place in April and October. One of the oldest harness racing tracks in the world is located right on the edge of downtown Lexington.The Red Mile dates to 1875, and is one of the nation’s most respected harness tracks. Meets take place in summer and early fall. Both racing facilities welcome visitors year round. Stop for Photos Lexington has many parks and public spaces. As you might imagine, there is one dedicated to the Thoroughbred. Thoroughbred Park is a downtown oasis with seven life-size and lifelike bronze racehorses streaking toward the finish line, while broodmares and foals ‘graze’ in a nearby field. At the head of the track stands a sculpture of the great race horse Lexington. Forty-two plaques honoring historic figures in the industry are placed along winding walkways. Dr.Cynthia Bohn has been instrumental in the rebirth of Kentucky’s wine industry after having spent 30 years at IBM as an electrical engineer,executive manager,international marketer and professor at the IBM Harvard Business Institute. She started the Kentucky Grape & Wine Council in the early 1980s,and went on to found Equus Run Vineyard,a vineyard and winery in Midway,in 1998.The vineyard is settled on 35 acres of beautiful Bluegrass land,and was voted by CNN Travel as a Must See Hidden Treasure of the United States. Why is Lexington the Horse Capital of the World? CB: The idyllic Bluegrass horse farms and picturesque landscapes act as Lexington’s‘ocean front’properties,with Keeneland as our boardwalk entry into paradise.  What are some of your ultimate “Horse Capital of the World” experiences? CB: Woodford Reserve Distillery and,of course,a visit to see Zenyatta and American Pharoah. What makes these places so special?  CB: Woodford Reserve is nestled in the scenic landscape of the Bluegrass region and produces world-class bourbon. Zenyatta, a racehorse that captured the hearts of racing fans with her infectious personality, resides at Lane’s End Farm. American Pharaoah is the star of horse racing and lives at Ashford Stud. What are your favorite things to do at the Kentucky Horse Park? CB: Have your picture taken with the Man o’War statue,and tour the facility to see the many different horse breeds.Take a picnic and enjoy a day in the Bluegrass!    What can you experience here that you can’t experience anywhere else? CB: I can visit over 200 horse farms within a 10-mile radius,and experience our scenic gem of racing,Keeneland Race Course. Cynthia Bohn Owner, Equus Run Vineyard