Equine Update

Jen Roytz


Land of Legends Horse Country Tour

Godolphin at Jonabell and Mill Ridge Farm

Experience the life of a Thoroughbred on the Land of Legends tour. Throughout the summer, this unique tour will allow visitors to see the inner-workings of the American stallion division of Godolphin, a global powerhouse in international Thoroughbred racing and breeding, followed by a visit to Mill Ridge Farm, where you’ll be able to get up-close with mares, foals and yearlings at this family-owned and loved Thoroughbred nursery. After your tour, you can visit acclaimed chef Ouita Michel’s Honeywood Restaurant and enjoy a free order of beignets on the same day as your Horse Country experience. To learn more about this and other tours available through Horse Country, go to visithorsecountry.com. 


83rd Junior League of Lexington Charity Horse Show

July 8 - 13 | Kentucky Horse Park Rolex Stadium

What started in 1937 as a fundraiser to support the Lexington Junior League’s community outreach efforts has grown into the world’s largest outdoor competition for American Saddlebreds and the first leg of the Saddlebred Triple Crown. General admission tickets can be purchased at the gate for $5 Monday through Thursday and $10 Friday & Saturday with children under six admitted for free. Morning sessions are free and open to the public. Proceeds benefit the Junior League of Lexington. Learn more at lexjrleague.com.


The Paddock Dinner Series
A Keeneland-Crafted Event

July 11 | Keeneland Saddling Paddock

From the beginning, Keeneland was meant to be “a gathering place for all.” With their renowned culinary team and the best locally sourced food from around the Bluegrass, Keeneland delivers on that promise by creating a beautiful and deliciously unique way to enjoy their iconic venue. Executive Chef Marc Therrien and his staff present guests with course after course of mouthwatering creations paired with craft cocktails in a family-style setting and live music. Whether you’re a self-proclaimed “foodie” or are simply looking for a unique dinner experience, this is a can’t miss event. Learn more at keeneland.com.



July 12 - 14 | Kentucky Horse Park

Breyer Animal Creations brings horses to life with its popular BreyerFest event. Children and adults alike will enjoy Demonstrations and exhibitions from various breeds and disciplines, shop a huge vendor fair, get to meet some of the real horses behind the Breyer models and more. Every BreyerFest ticket includes a free limited edition Breyer model horse and free activities, like Breyer model painting, pony rides, circus acts, a petting zoo, face painting and more. To learn more or purchase tickets, visit breyerhorses.com.


Hats Off Day at the KHP

July 27 | 9am - 9pm | Kentucky Horse Park

Kentucky’s horse industry is responsible, both directly and indirectly, for an estimated 100,000 jobs. Hats Off Day is a family-friendly day-long celebration of the horse and its impact on the Commonwealth. In addition to free admission to the Kentucky Horse Park, guests will enjoy children’s activities, pony rides, interactive equine stations, a vendor fair, Grand Prix show jumping and more. Learn more at kyhorsepark.com.