Horse farms have kept a special place among residents of Lexington since its earliest founding. The storybook setting of rolling hills, white-picket fences, and traditional barns are a sight to be seen. Each horse farm captures a moment of bliss and beauty that is hard to put into words. And more stunningly are the horses. Bred with the highest quality standards and trained for epic showdowns on the race track, these thoroughbreds are one of a kind. They are the reason Lexington is known as the “Horse Capital of the World.”
There are plenty of guided tours for visiting horse farms around Lexington, but if you decide to go on your own, follow this one rule: Call first. Private horse farms may have specific rules to visiting and it’s always best to check with them.
Below are a few popular horse farms in Lexington:
The Winstar Farm
Winstar believes a good farm is comprised of 3 things: Good soil, good horses and good people. The rich nutrients in the soil help grow healthier grass, which in return, provides a better diet for their horses. Their majestic 1700 acres of Bluegrass landscape breeds stallions, broodmares, foals, and yearlings. In 2010, Winstar’s Super Saver won the Kentucky Derby and is still on the racing circuit. You can visit the farm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 1 p.m. Call Amy Nave at (859) 873-1717 to make an appointment.
- Artie Schiller
- Bellamy Road
- Colonel John
- Distorted Humor
The Calumet Farm
Recognized by its iconic white and red barns, the Calumet farm has bred some of the best horses in Lexington. You can watch horses race along their private track and afterwards take time to admire the scenery. At times, you’ll feel jealous that their horses get to live in a such a beautiful place. They have bred 2 Triple-Crown Winners, Whirlaway & Citation, as well as 8 Kentucky Derby winners. For information about visiting the Calumet Farm, contact Sandy at (859) 221-0548.
- Eye of the Leopard
Three Chimneys Farm
Even though the Three Chimneys Farm is new compared to the other horse farms in the area, it has consistently bred super stars among the thoroughbred world. The well manicured grounds and impressive barns create an amazing setting for guests and provide a stunning home for their stallions. Three Chimneys is the home to Kentucky Derby winner, Big Brown, and to 2001’s Horse of the Year, Point Given. Tours are available from March to December at 1 p.m. It’s best to make reservations ahead of time as derby weeks book up months in advance. You can reach them at (859) 873-7053.
- Big Brown
- Brilliant Speed
- Caleb’s Posse
- Exchange Rate
- Ice Box
Lexington Horse Farms for Sale
There are a number of horse farms for sale around Lexington. Be sure to check out our listings below or contact us for more information at (859) 351-9796.