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    Default Sight-seeing tips for Kentucky!

    I will be visiting Lexington for the first time at the end of the month. Any tips for must-see horse-related sights? Any recommendations for tack shops? Thanks!



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    Keeneland Race Track - race meet goes through Sat, Oct 29
    Kentucky Horse Park
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    Thoroughbred Farm Tours - you can organize a tour directly with farms or use someone like Bluegrass Farm Tours to get a look at a few of them.



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    If you do a search for Lexington, you will probably find several threads with excellent suggestions. But here are a few anyway:

    Thoroughbred Park in downtown which is a life size bronze of the finishline.

    Lunch in Midway just north west of Lexington. They have some great little shops including the Freeman Bros leather boutique. Take the Bluegrass driving route through Keeneland et al to get there.

    Fennels Tack Shop at the Red Mile.

    Lunch at Joe Balognas just on the edge of UK campus (not horse related but great food)

    And of course, the Horse Park and the International Museum of the Horse. On the grounds also are the newly renovated Saddlebred Museum and George Ford Morris gallery. I think there is a jumper museum there too?
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    Wise Choice Tack and Trailer on Georgetown Road, just off New Circle. Great selection of consignments and used saddles in the basement too.
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    I agree with all of the above.

    When you're at the Horse Park, be sure to see the museums. Besides the International Museum of the Horse and the American Saddlebred Museum, there is the Show Jumping Museum at USHJA. It's the one that used to be in Tampa until Anheiser-Busch was sold to Inbev.

    The IMH will have a huge new exhibition, The Horse, opening on October 22. Prior to coming to the Horse Park, it was at the Field Museum in Chicago.

    Showwise, the Alltech National Horse Show will begin Nov. 2 and go through Nov. 6.



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    If you like equine themed art the American Academy of Equine Art is having a show in Georgetown through October, and a tour of historic homes on the 9th including a historic barn with a working saddlebred operation. www.aaea.net for more info.
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