The Horse Lover's Guide to Kentucky

Out of the Barn and into the Zoo

If you're a horse owner, chances are you're also an all-around animal lover, and there's no better place to visit with the wild and woolly in Kentucky than at the Louisville Zoo. ... Read More

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A Gift From the Desert

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games won’t be the only multinational affair coming to the Kentucky Horse Park this year. The park’s International Museum of the Horse has partnered with the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation to bring to the Bluegrass the largest and most comprehensive collection of art and artifacts dedicated to the role of the Arabian horse in Near Eastern civilizations. ... Read More

Ride Through Shaker Village

Located in Harrodsburg, just outside Lexington, is the charming and beautiful Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill. Founded in 1805, this National Historic Landmark is not only a place to go for a taste of old Shaker culture, but a place to get out and hike, bike, and of course, trail ride.... Read More

Derby Winner Winstar Farm

In honor of the owners and breeders of Kentucky Derby 136 winner Super Saver, why not take a look behind the doors and history of Versailles, Kentucky's own WinStar Farm.... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Park, Part 3

In this third and final Kentucky Horse Park segment we take a look at some of the long-time favorite attractions among park visitors. ... Read More

Horse Farms on Paris

No, we haven’t ventured outside the Bluegrass to the French capital; we’re just taking a look at more spectacular horse farms – this time along scenic Paris Pike. Perhaps the most recognizable farm off the stretch of road that runs north of downtown Lexington is Gainesway. ... Read More

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The Year-Round Derby Experience

If you can’t make in within Churchill Down’s gates on the First Saturday in May, don’t worry – you can experience the Derby year-round at the track’s famed Kentucky Derby Museum just outside Gate 1.... Read More

Trot Over to Raven Run

Within Lexington’s city limits, yet far removed from the hustle and bustle, is a 734-acre pocket of wilderness called Raven Run Nature Sanctuary.... Read More

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Keeneland: A Rite of Spring

To paraphrase the poet who once penned, “In spring, a young man’s thoughts turn to love … ”, in Lexington in the spring, a young man’s (and woman’s) thoughts turn to Keeneland. ... Read More

Spring at the Horse Park

Spring is beginning to show its face in the Bluegrass. Pastures are slowly changing from brown to green, mares and foals are in abundance, and as of March 15, all of the Kentucky Horse Park attractions are up and running.... Read More

About This Blog

(Archived) Based on veteran travel writer Patti Nickell’s A Horse Lover’s Guide to Kentucky, this weekly blog is your ultimate guide to the equine capital of the world, and a place to discuss the commonwealth’s most unique attractions. Each week will feature a different destination with related photos, video, and upcoming events. The blog is an essential tool for visitors planning to attend the 2010 World Equestrian Games, and will run up until the Games’ October start date.