The 6 Best Horse Farm Tours in Lexington, Kentucky

A trainer with a horse at Three Chimneys Farm

TripSavvy / Taylor McIntyre

Lexington, Kentucky, is known for two things: whiskey and horses. Often referred to as the Horse Capital of the World, the city is home to more than 400 horse farms and the famous Keeneland Race Course (featured in several movies). It has bred more Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown winners than anywhere else in the world. Race fans and equestrians alike flock to Lexington to see how these horses live and train. With so many venues to interact with these horses, it can be hard to decide where to start. Here is your go-to roundup of Lexington, Kentucky's best horse farm tours.

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Jonabell Farm

A trainer walking a horse down a path

Courtesy of Jonabell Farm

3333 Bowman Mill Rd, Lexington, KY 40513-9736, USA
Phone +1 859-255-8537

Jonabell Farm, home to HH Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation, is one of the most successful breeding sites globally, producing more than 200 stakes-winning racehorses. This tour takes guests through the history and current-day practices of Jonabell, as well as an up-close viewing of their current stallions. A shuttle tour is also available, featuring a scenic drive over Jonabells’ 800 acres of paddocks to see the mares and foals on the farm.

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Three Chimneys Farm

A horse in the its stable at Three Chimneys

TripSavvy / Taylor McIntyre

1981 Old Frankfort Pike, Versailles, KY 40383-6922, USA
Phone +1 859-873-7053

Three Chimneys is one of the most respected stud farms in the business. This tour takes guests through the palatial stables and allows for some facetime with their current horses. The tour continues on to walk visitors through the breeding process and all safety measures that Three Chimneys takes to ensure the health and safety of these prestigious horses. It concludes with a walk around the green paddocks where the horses enjoy acres of land. This scenic farm is an excellent stop for newbies or lifelong fans of the sport. 

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Claiborne Farm

Several horses in a large field

Courtesy of Claiborne Farm

703 Winchester Rd, Paris, KY 40361-9501, USA
Phone +1 859-233-4252

This 109-year-old farm is often cited as the "Horse Capital of the World." Claiborne Farm boasts 3,000 acres for its prized stallions to run and has been home to 300 sires of champions, 10 Kentucky Derby, and six Triple Crown winners. This tour lets guests view the breeding shed and current horses that call Claiborne home and ends with viewing the famous Secretariat's gravesite. This is a can't-miss for any horse racing fan—in fact, the Queen of England has visited twice!  

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Denali Stud

A mare and her foal running together

Courtesy of Denali Stud Farm

1700 Georgetown Rd, Paris, KY 40361-9726, USA
Phone +1 859-987-6212

Denali Stud is a world-renowned horse farm that has trained a litany of winning horses and has sold more than $475 million worth of horses since 1990. A Denali tour will take guests through their impressive history and current breeding and training practices. In the spring, guests can get up close and personal with the mares and foals, and on lucky days guests have been able to watch foals be born!

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New Vocations

A woman kissing a horse

Courtesy of New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program

719 Dolan Ln, Lexington, KY 40511, USA
Phone +1 859-252-9574

Get a unique view of what happens after the racing stops. New Vocations is the oldest and largest racehorse adoption program in the United States. Focusing on rehabilitation, retraining, and rehoming, this organization saves retired racehorses from an otherwise uncertain future and promotes their use as riding horses, sport horses, or simply great companions. Working with more than 500 horses a year, New Vocations has managed to rehome more than 7,500 horses since its inception in 1992.

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A trainer taking a race horse around the paddock at Keenland

TripSavvy / Taylor McIntyre

4201 Versailles Rd, Lexington, KY 40510-9662, USA
Phone +1 859-254-3412

While not a farm tour, Keeneland is an absolute must for any equestrian fan visiting Lexington. The famous racetrack is also the largest thoroughbred sale site globally and offers several different tours that take guests behind the scenes of both the racing and sales sides. The horses' morning workouts are free and open to the public, and guests interested in betting during a race can talk to the newly instituted “bet-ologists” who walk newcomers through the wagering process.

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The 6 Best Horse Farm Tours in Lexington, Kentucky