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We welcome visitors through Horse Country Tours, which run regularly throughout the year. Encompassing more than 3,300 pristine acres in the heart of Central Kentucky, Lane’s End is one of the world’s premier Thoroughbred farms.
Come visit Three Chimneys Farm in Versailles, KY. This beautiful farm, currently the home of Breeders’ Cup Classic Winner and 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Runner, has been home to U.S. Triple Crown champion Seattle Slew, U.S. Filly Triple Crown champion Chris Evert, as well as Silver Charm, Chief’s Crown, Genuine Risk, Slew o’ Gold, Capote and Wild Again.
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Lexington, Kentucky, is known for two things: whiskey and horses. Often referred to as the Horse Capital of the World, the city is home to more than 400 horse farms and the famous Keeneland Race Course (featured in several movies). It has bred more Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown winners than anywhere else in the world. Race fans and equestrians alike flock to Lexington to see how these horses live and train. With so many venues to interact with these horses, it can be hard to decide where to start. Here is your go-to roundup of Lexington, Kentucky's best horse farm tours.
Courtesy of Jonabell Farm
Jonabell Farm, home to HH Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation, is one of the most successful breeding sites globally, producing more than 200 stakes-winning racehorses. This tour takes guests through the history and current-day practices of Jonabell, as well as an up-close viewing of their current stallions. A shuttle tour is also available, featuring a scenic drive over Jonabells’ 800 acres of paddocks to see the mares and foals on the farm.
Three Chimneys Farm
Three Chimneys is one of the most respected stud farms in the business. This tour takes guests through the palatial stables and allows for some facetime with their current horses. The tour continues on to walk visitors through the breeding process and all safety measures that Three Chimneys takes to ensure the health and safety of these prestigious horses. It concludes with a walk around the green paddocks where the horses enjoy acres of land. This scenic farm is an excellent stop for newbies or lifelong fans of the sport.
Courtesy of Claiborne Farm
This 109-year-old farm is often cited as the "Horse Capital of the World." Claiborne Farm boasts 3,000 acres for its prized stallions to run and has been home to 300 sires of champions, 10 Kentucky Derby, and six Triple Crown winners. This tour lets guests view the breeding shed and current horses that call Claiborne home and ends with viewing the famous Secretariat's gravesite. This is a can't-miss for any horse racing fan—in fact, the Queen of England has visited twice!
Courtesy of Denali Stud Farm
Denali Stud is a world-renowned horse farm that has trained a litany of winning horses and has sold more than $475 million worth of horses since 1990. A Denali tour will take guests through their impressive history and current breeding and training practices. In the spring, guests can get up close and personal with the mares and foals, and on lucky days guests have been able to watch foals be born!
Courtesy of New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program
Get a unique view of what happens after the racing stops. New Vocations is the oldest and largest racehorse adoption program in the United States. Focusing on rehabilitation, retraining, and rehoming, this organization saves retired racehorses from an otherwise uncertain future and promotes their use as riding horses, sport horses, or simply great companions. Working with more than 500 horses a year, New Vocations has managed to rehome more than 7,500 horses since its inception in 1992.
While not a farm tour, Keeneland is an absolute must for any equestrian fan visiting Lexington. The famous racetrack is also the largest thoroughbred sale site globally and offers several different tours that take guests behind the scenes of both the racing and sales sides. The horses' morning workouts are free and open to the public, and guests interested in betting during a race can talk to the newly instituted “bet-ologists” who walk newcomers through the wagering process.
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A rare opportunity to own an iconic American equine property in the rolling hills of Kentucky.
An amazing stallion complex in the heart of thoroughbred country.
Stonewall Farm is located just outside of Lexington Kentucky and encompasses 262 acres of rich Kentucky bluegrass farmland. The property features a state of the art equine breeding and training facility. The complex was recently re-designed to incorporate new technologies for thoroughbred breeding and sales programs.
As you enter through the complex gates of the farm you are instantly drawn to the lake with jetted fountains and a view of the beautiful Stallion facilities. Traveling up the driveway you approach the main barn complex and vaulted breeding shed. The complex features 13 cedar-lined stalls, vaulted multitier roof system, 4 cupolas with chandeliers, a 33’ x 71’ indoor showing area and stained glass showcases this state-of-the-art facility.
Additional features include a wash bay, small office, and tack/feed room—the interior walls are custom dyed concrete block. There is also ample turn out space for all of our horses with shelters and automatic waterers for their comfort and the entire facility is under 24-hour surveillance.
This magnificent stallion barn, built for Champion sire Medaglia d’Oro, rivals or exceeds any high-end breeding operation in Central Kentucky. An elaborate well-landscaped crushed brick courtyard and rubber paver walkways connect the stallion barn to the office and breeding shed.
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Medaglia d’Oro was stud at Stonewall Farm
After his racing career, Medaglia D’Oro stood stud at Stonewall Farm in Versailles, Kentucky for the year following his retirment.
When his first offspring began running, he was an immediate success. His initial crop included his extraordinary daughter, Rachel Alexandra.
His offspring have earned over $113.46m worldwide, led by 113 black-type winners, including 21 at the Grade/Group 1 level on three continents.
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Stonewall Farm is strategically located in the heart of Kentucky thoroughbred country and adjoining Lane’s End Farm , the newly renovated luxury property is situated on 262 gently rolling bluegrass acres.
A separate gated entrance leads to an elegant 6525 square foot luxury home that has been fully restored with modern amenities including an entertaining wing perfect for Derby parties. The spacious kitchen, first-floor master wing, and a separate guest house are also very luxurious and will impress the most royal of guests. A fountain fronts the 5500 square foot office/manager home.
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Jonabell Farm Tour – Lexington, KY
Jonabell farm tour: a journey into the heart of kentucky’s thoroughbred legacy.
The Jonabell Farm Tour, a captivating experience in the world of thoroughbred racing and breeding. Situated in the lush landscapes of Kentucky, Jonabell Farm is renowned for its rich history in horse racing and its status as a premier thoroughbred breeding operation. This tour is perfect for horse enthusiasts, racing fans, and anyone interested in the intricate world of thoroughbred breeding and care.
Exploring the History with Jonabell Farm Tour
Your tour begins with an exploration of Jonabell Farm’s storied past. Learn about the farm’s establishment, its evolution into a world-class thoroughbred operation, and how it has contributed to Kentucky’s reputation as the horse capital of the world. The farm’s history is intertwined with legendary horses and racing lore, making it a fascinating journey for anyone interested in equine heritage.
A Glimpse into Thoroughbred Breeding and Training
The Jonabell Farm Tour offers an in-depth look at the meticulous process of thoroughbred breeding and training. Witness firsthand the care and dedication that goes into nurturing future champions, from selective breeding practices to the early stages of training. The tour provides a unique perspective on what it takes to develop a thoroughbred capable of competing at the highest levels of racing.
Touring the State-of-the-Art Facilities
Stroll through Jonabell Farm’s state-of-the-art facilities, where the fusion of tradition and modernity is evident. The tour showcases the farm’s advanced breeding facilities, training tracks, and the lush paddocks where horses graze and train. The impeccable condition of the farm and its facilities reflects the commitment to excellence in every aspect of thoroughbred care.
Meeting the Champions of Jonabell Farm
A highlight for many, the tour offers a chance to meet some of the farm’s champion horses. Experience the thrill of being up close to these magnificent animals, each with its own story of racing glory or breeding success. This encounter provides a rare opportunity to appreciate the beauty and grace of thoroughbreds in a personal and intimate setting.
Learning About Equine Care and Management
Gain insights into the world of equine care and management at Jonabell Farm. The tour highlights the expertise and dedication required to maintain the health and well-being of thoroughbreds, covering aspects from nutrition and veterinary care to exercise routines and grooming.
An Experience for All Horse Lovers
Whether you are a seasoned equestrian, a racing enthusiast, or simply intrigued by the elegance of thoroughbreds, the Jonabell Farm Tour offers an enriching and memorable experience. The tour is designed to be accessible and engaging for visitors of all backgrounds, ensuring a fulfilling visit for everyone.
Sustainability and Stewardship at Jonabell Farm
Discover Jonabell Farm’s commitment to sustainability and land stewardship. The tour underscores the farm’s efforts to preserve the natural beauty of Kentucky’s horse country and its role in promoting environmental sustainability in the equine industry.
Behind the Scenes: The Breeding Process
Delve into the fascinating world of thoroughbred breeding with a behind-the-scenes look at Jonabell Farm’s operation. Understand the science and strategy involved in breeding decisions, and learn about the farm’s contributions to the lineage of some of the world’s most notable racing horses.
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The Jonabell Farm Tour offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of thoroughbred racing and breeding. It’s a journey into the heart of Kentucky’s equine culture, providing a comprehensive look at the care, passion, and tradition that define this illustrious farm.
Ready to explore the captivating world of thoroughbreds? Book your Jonabell Farm Tour today and step into the realm of racing legends. Experience the beauty, grace, and power of these magnificent animals and gain a deeper appreciation for the art of thoroughbred breeding. Secure your spot now for an unforgettable adventure in Kentucky’s horse country!
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The 22 Best Things To Do In Lexington, Kentucky
Whether you go for the bourbon trail, horse country, or a city getaway, Lexington is perfectly placed.
It's easy to overlook Lexington at first, in the shadow of Louisville , which gets most of the attention thanks to the Kentucky Derby and Whiskey Row. Yet, Lexington quietly enjoys the spoils of being a thriving town set in the ecologically stunning Kentucky landscape. From bourbon distilleries and horse racing to breezy Bluegrass hills and a vibrant downtown, you're never short on places to explore and local businesses to duck into. Lexington is perfectly placed for a getaway with so many activities to put on your list, no matter if you go during the blooming spring, colorful autumn, or snowy winter.
Here are the best things to do on your next trip to Lexington, Kentucky.
Explore Horse Country
Tour keeneland race track.
Dubbed a National Historic Landmark, Keeneland has helped keep the tradition of Thoroughbred racing alive for over eight decades. Moreover, the lush grounds are expertly crafted and kept up and worth a visit on their own. Year-round, you can book a morning tour that shows the early training sessions, as well as teaches guests about the history of Keeneland and thoroughbred racing.
keeneland.com , 4201 Versailles Rd, Lexington, KY 40510
Attend the Keeneland Races
The horse-racing events in Kentucky are set apart from other sporting events due to the pomp and circumstance that surrounds them. Spectators are expected to dress to the nines—hats, ascots, and all—to sip on mint juleps and bet on quirky-named horses. At Keeneland, you can plan a visit during the Spring Meet or Fall Meet.
Visit a Retirement Home for Racehorses
At Old Friends , a retirement farm for Thoroughbreds whose careers have ended, Michael Blowen gives racehorses the best kind of Kentucky retirement. When Blowen decided to start a retirement farm for racehorses, people were skeptical. "They all thought I was nuts," he says. Today, Blowen oversees three farms that serve as the residence for 260 retired or elderly horses. You can visit the main facility at Dream Chase Farm in Georgetown, Kentucky, and get the chance to meet past champion horses.
oldfriendsequine.org , 1841 Paynes Depot Rd, Georgetown, KY 40324
Reserve a Tour at Famed Horse Farms
Prestigious operations such as Claiborne Farm , Spy Coast Farm , and Ashford Stud (home of Triple Crown winners American Pharoah and Justify) offer a fleeting glimpse into a largely exclusive world. You're able to book public group tours ahead of time, and therefore craft your own itinerary. During the tours, expect to learn the history of often generational horse farms, meet past champion horses, and take in the scenic views.
Take Advantage of Kentucky Horse Park
Opened in 1978, the Kentucky Horse Park is the world’s only park dedicated to teaching people about horses and helping take care of and showcase the majestic animals. During most of the year, the park is home to up to 100 horses representing more than 25 different breeds. While you can explore the museum, visitor's center, and horse stalls, there is no better way to immerse yourself in horse culture than embarking on the guided 35-minute trail ride, which is suitable for first-time riders and takes you along the outskirts of the park.
kyhorsepark.com , 4089 Iron Works Pkwy, Lexington, KY 40511
Follow the Bourbon Trail
Tour the reader-voted "south's best distillery".
There are 46 stops that make up the Kentucky Bourbon Trail , but amongst the many options, make sure to plan a visit to what our readers previously voted the "South's Best:" The Woodford Reserve Distillery . The official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby, Woodford Reserve has garnered icon status since its founding in 1812, and even still uses a track system from the 1800s to roll barrels into the warehouses. Tours include bourbon tastings, and a visit to the Woodford Reserve Welcome Center comes with excellent cocktails and expert pours, as well as sweeping views from the veranda.
woodfordreserve.com , 7785 McCracken Pike, Versailles, KY 40383
Taste More Than Just Bourbon
Beyond just bourbon, there are some distilleries offering a unique range of distilled products. Castle & Key Distillery , located half an hour from downtown Lexington in Frankfort, also offers tastings of its in-house gin and vodka that will appeal to those who don't prefer bourbon. Make sure to roam the gorgeous grounds that once housed the Old Taylor Distillery, a romantic castle built in the 1800s.
castleandkey.com , 4445 McCracken Pike, Frankfort, KY 40601
Explore More Well-Known Bourbon Legends
Fortunately, there is a distillery for practically every taste here. Heirloom distilleries such as Buffalo Trace and Maker's Mark are sure-fire delights for a bourbon lover. The Maker’s Mark distillery is exactly what you hope a bourbon distillery will look like: a large black barn with cherry red shutters, the old homestead (now a visitors center) tucked beneath shade trees, landscaped paths, and a trickling stream named Whisky Creek. In downtown Frankfort, not far from Lexington, Buffalo Trace feels like an industrial frontier town, with most of the buildings on the 118-acre campus built before Prohibition.
Pay Visits to Small-Batch Bourbon Makers
Luckily, the industry hasn't stopped at the big names. Embark on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour to hit unique and newer small-batch labels with fresh perspectives. There are 28 stops to choose from, including Bluegrass Distillers which has a downtown Lexington location available for visits. For those hitting the road, family-run Brough Brothers Distillery —the first Black-owned microdistillery in Kentucky—offers tasting and tours in the Park Hill area of Louisville, only a little over an hour's drive away from Lexington.
Check Out the City
Spend an evening in the distillery district.
The Distillery District —housed in the Historic James E. Pepper Distillery, which had previously sat abandoned for five decades—is now the place to go to have a little tour of everything that Lexington has to offer, including working bourbon distilleries, restaurants, bars, and shops. Make a stop at the Barrel House Distillery , a craft distiller on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail; try authentic Kentucky burgoo at the Elkhorn Tavern ; and listen to music at Manchester Music Hall , which is located in the circa-1800s bourbon warehouse of Old Tarr Distillery.
lexingtondistillerydistrict.com , 1228 Manchester St, Lexington, KY 40504
If You Haven't, Try Ale-8
Ale-8-One—called Ale-8 for short—is a gingery, citrusy soft drink that tastes like a crisper, more mellowed take on ginger beer, and it's the only Kentucky-invented soft drink still being produced. The first batches were bottled in 1926, making it over 90 years old. Head to the downtown rooftop of Belle's Cocktail House , and order a "bourbon & Ale-8."
bellesbar.com , 156 Market St, Lexington, KY 40507
Explore Downtown Lexington
Downtown Lexington has plenty of entertainment to spend a day exploring. On weekends, stop by the Lexington Farmers' Market. Peep the many murals throughout the city blocks. Head to The Square —a block of renovated Victorian-style buildings—to see the art scene at Plymale Gallery , Main Cross Gallery , and the Artist Attic . On the same block as the 21c Museum Hotel is Bourbon on Rye , a modish take on a moody bourbon bar, where some truly well-versed bartenders will happily guide you without breaking the bank.
Where To Eat
Enjoy southern cuisine at dudley's on short.
A Lexington institution for nearly 40 years, Dudley's On Short is the perfect spot to grab a Southern-inspired upscale lunch or dinner, located in a circa-1880s bank. No meal is complete without "Dudley's Eggs," which are the perfect deviled egg bites to split. The brunch-and-lunch menu has standout shareables, including bacon beignets and smoked trout dip.
dudleysonshort.com , 259 W Short St #125, Lexington, KY 40507
Start or End Your Day at Pearl's
A bagel shop by morning and pizza-and-wine bar by evening, Pearl's in downtown Lexington is our kind of all-day café. The breakfast bagels are hand-rolled and honey-boiled, and the wood-fired pizza is delightfully poofy and charred, perfect for sharing with family and friends with a bottle of all-natural wine, which the restaurant specializes in.
pearlspizzapie.com , 133 N Limestone, Lexington, KY 40507
Indulge in Kentucky Barbecue at Blue Door Smokehouse
You'll find the best brisket in the area at Blue Door Smokehouse , hands down. Opened in 2013 by two Lexington natives, this BBQ joint doles out sandwiches and plates piled high with the smoked meats of your choice. Ask for the "Blue Door Special" to sample all the proteins in stock on any given day.
bluedoorsmokehouse.com , 226 Walton Ave, Lexington, KY 40502
Try the Latin Cuisine at Corto Lima
This Latin-inspired restaurant is run by James Beard-nominated chef Jonathan Lundy. At Corto Lima , you can expect a mix of flavor-packed dishes, such as shrimp ceviche, adobo chicken, and rock crab empanadas. Start with a batch of guacamole and a house margarita to wash it all down.
cortolima.com , 101 W Short St, Lexington, KY 40507
Grab a Slice at Missy's Pies
A local favorite since 1989, Missy's Pies offers the best homemade slices of delectable pies in town. Flavors vary according to day and season, but look out for customer-beloved options such as the chocolate-and-peanut butter "Combo" Pie, Black Bottom Banana Pie, and Coconut Cream Pie.
missyspieshop.com , 502 E High St, Lexington, KY 40502
Where To Stay
Stay at an award-winning museum hotel.
Located in downtown Lexington, the artsy 21c Museum Hotel is housed in a historic bank building. Except now, it offers such contemporary perks as a contemporary art museum and a notable in-house restaurant, Lockbox . Explore the exhibits between comings and goings.
21cmuseumhotels.com/lexington , 167 W Main St, Lexington, KY 40507
Stay in the Distillery District
Located in Lexington's restored Distillery District walkable to the many restaurants and shops, The Manchester feels perfectly suited to the historic and soulful nature of Lexington. The interiors' supple leather and rich, earthy tones mimic the surrounding Bluegrass hills and Kentucky Bourbon Trail distilleries. The hotel offers 125 rooms with a bespoke bottle shop, lobby bar, and two in-house dining options—Appalachian-inspired Granddam—and rooftop bar Lost Palm.
themanchesterky.com , 941 Manchester St, Lexington, KY 40508
Stay at a Hip Pet-Friendly Hotel
The Elwood Hotel is adorned with a colorful mural on the front facade, and you can expect similar energy on the inside with vibrant art and decor. The 62-room boutique hotel is also welcoming to those with pets and has an in-house restaurant. Fiddletree Kitchen & Bar, located in the lobby, is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for indoor dining, as well as an outdoor terrace with firepits.
theelwoodhotel.com , 444 Parkway Dr, Lexington, KY 40504
Make a Rural Pitstop
Stop for lunch at wallace station deli.
Make a pit stop at Wallace Station Deli near Midway, one of well-known Kentucky chef Ouita Michel's places. The 15-minute drive to Wallace Station from the highway will take you past some of the area's showiest horse farms. Order one of the Inside Out Hot Browns (their take on a classic Kentucky sandwich ) and a cold bottle of Ale-8.
wallacestation.com , 3854 Old Frankfort Pike, Versailles, KY 40383
Tour the Kentucky Castle
One of the more unique landmarks you'll come across while driving around Kentucky's bourbon trail and horse country region, the Kentucky Castle offers various experiences, including tours of the castle grounds, themed dinners, or farm days. You can even stay on the grounds for an extra magical trip.
thekentuckycastle.com , 230 Pisgah Pike, Versailles, KY 40383
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