These are exciting days in the horse industry and in Kentucky. I picked Justify out of a betters hat at a Derby Party, and have been cheering on this Triple Crown Winner ever since. Horses are HOT right now, which has inspired a new emphasis on Horse Tourism in Kentucky.
To start out, I suggest spending some time in Lexington Kentucky. The Kentucky Horse Park offers a variety of exhibits and experiences that a multigenerational family could easily enjoy. The information, exhibits, demonstration and activities vary to it is suggested to go ahead and check out the website. There are plenty of rest areas for my readers with mobility or energy issues. They often show Imax movies.
For more adventure the Kentucky Horse Park also offers riding activities including riding in a ring, and on a trail. Make sure to plan a full day if you are planning on these activities.
So, now that you know the basics, how about checking out a Horse Farm before heading to the big city?
Lexington has recently opened up a number of horse farms for visitors and tours and YES there are some Derby Stars here. Taylor Made farm is one of the farms suggested.
You can go up close and personal to learn about training, the life of the horses, and more. About 12 farms have opened up to tours recently, including Claborine farm. This farm has had 22 Kentucky Derby stars in their care. Keep in mind that going to a farm may mean less walking paths, so plan accordingly. Also make sure to have your cell phones charged up. You never know when you might see a rising star, or a famous winner.
Finally go ahead and go to Churchill Downs in Louisville. My advice is do not go on Derby week. Go on the week or 2 after Derby, when the crowds are less and the heat is not bad. By this time you probably know about various jockeys, farms, and betting practices. Check out the paddock area, and where a hat.
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