Visit our Equine Citizens
Beautiful horse farms have been part of the Bluegrass since the region was first settled—and so have horse farm visitors. Early 19th-century travelers remarked on the beautiful country estates of the Bluegrass, with one even noting that "a handsome horse is the highest pride of a Kentuckian." And you know what? It’s still true today—though some folks with impressive bourbon collections may argue with you on that.
Three Ways to Giddy Up and Go
There are about 450 horse farms in the region (about 150 in Fayette County alone). They're all working farms—which means you should never just drop by—but more than a few allow visitors by appointment or through arrangements with professional tour companies.
Here's how you can revisit racing history, see the world's most fabulous farms and barns, get up close and personal with Kentucky Derby winners, or discover an exciting variety of horse breeds.
There are three easy ways that you can visit a horse farm in the Lexington area.
- Book a tour through one of the horse farm tour companies.
- Hire a private guide to conduct a custom tour.
- Do it yourself by making appointments at farms.
EXPLORE WITH A TOUR COMPANY
A number of tour companies in the region have made it easier than ever to visit a genuine Kentucky horse farm! With tours ranging from horse farms, equine veterinary care, after-care, and more, check out these companies for their options. Tours run multiple times a day, every day.
Horse Country Inc. | (866) 466-1509 | visithorsecountry.com
With over thirty prestigious farms and equine facilities, Horse Country, Inc. offers a variety of opportunities for visitors to experience Kentucky’s equine business. With their easy-to-use online platform, book a tour on celebrated horse farms, equine health care facilities, Keeneland Race Course, and after-care facilities.
Horse Farm Tours | (800) 976-1034 | horsefarmtours.com
Experience a close-up look at some of the world’s premier Thoroughbred farms. Daily tours are three hours and venture to several different horse farms and Keeneland Race Course.
Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Farm Tours | (859) 260-8687 | seethechampions.com
Take a three-hour guided tour through Central Kentucky’s horse farms, including Keeneland. Tours run daily and even feature different locations during Keeneland races.
Unique Horse Farm Tours | (859) 213-6653 | uniquehorsefarmtours.com
Learn all about the Horse Capital of the World with daily tours visiting historic estates and multi-million dollar farms.
CUSTOMIZE WITH A PRIVATE TOUR
With a private tour, you can customize your tour based on what you want to experience! Tour companies can either chauffeur your small group around or can provide a step-on for a larger group. Either way, you’ll get a VIP experience of world-class horse farms. Reach out to these tour companies in advance to get the best experience.
Blue Grass Tours
(859) 252-5744 | bluegrasstours.com
Central Kentucky Tours
(859) 492-3414 | centralkentuckytours.com
(859) 264-7822 | destinationbluegrass.net
Horse Country, Inc.
(866) 466-1509 | visithorsecountry.com
Kentucky Horse Tours
(859) 312-1124 | kyhorsetours.awardspace.biz
Lexington Private Tours
(859) 278-9488 | lexingtonprivatetours.com
Mint Julep Tours
(502) 583-1433 | mintjuleptours.com
Scott Goodlett Events
(859) 361-3539 | scottgoodlettevents.com
Thoroughbred Heritage Tours
(859) 260-8687 | seethechampions.com
Unbridled Horse Tours
859) 333-8940 | unbridledhorsetours.com
DO IT YOURSELF
If you’re more an independent traveler, booking tours yourself is still a possibility. A number of farms – from Thoroughbred showplaces to smaller farms with different breeds of horses – welcome individual visitors. Since these are all private, working farms, make sure you make advance arrangements. Below are some farms you can visit without a tour company.
Sun Valley Farm | (859) 533-5377 | visitsunvalleymares.com
Family-owned and operated farm of 200 acres, get up close and personal with mares and foals.
Megson Farms | (859) 543-4106 | megsonfarms.com
Specializing in breeding of the unique white Thoroughbred. Visit with their mares, foals, and yearlings.
Old Friends Farm | (502) 863-1775 | oldfriendsequine.com
An up-close and personal encounter with retired horses of all breeds, including past Kentucky Derby winners.
Claiborne Farm | (859) 987-2330 | claibornefarm.com/visit
Walk the shed rows of iconic stallion barns, which have been home to world-renowned and breed-shaping Thoroughbreds and end your tour in the cemetery boasting over 20 champions, including the legendary Secretariat.
EXPERIENCE IT ALL AT ONE PLACE
The Kentucky Horse Park | (859) 233-4303 | kyhorsepark.com
The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm, international equestrian competition venue, and educational park located in Lexington. Nearly 50 different breeds of horses live on 1,200 acres of rolling hills, quintessential of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region. Enjoy a variety of shows and activities, from grooming demonstrations, the daily Parade of Breeds, horse-drawn trolley tours, and more. Visit with past Kentucky Derby winners, visit museums dedicated to horses, saddle up and go for a ride, or even attend one of the dozens of major horse shows hosted at the Kentucky Horse Park every year.