As an epicenter for horse racing around the world, Lexington has produced some of the most legendary race horses in the world. Some of those race horses include Man O’ War, Funny Cide, Go For Gin and California Chrome. There is a memorial to Man O’ War just outside the Visitor’s Center at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Median Home Price: $275,000
What are they known for: Horses and horse racing! Affectionately labeled “The Horse Capital of the World”
Lexington is home to the famed Kentucky Horse Park. This is a 1200 acre international venue for all things related to horses. Consider a state treasure, the park dedicated to the “education, exhibition, engagement and competition of horses.” There are over 500,000 visitors each year. There are a myriad of things you can do here including a horse museum, campground, trail rides, and live shows.
Lexington is also home to Keeneland Race Course, considered one of the most beautiful race courses in the world. It hosts live races in the spring and fall. In 2009, the Horseplayers Association of North America rated Keeneland as the #1 racetrack in North America out of 65 racetracks.
Lexington is the first city outside of Europe allowed to host the World Equestrian Games. In 2010, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games welcomed over half a million attendees to Lexington. Twenty-seven teams competed in eight disciplines. There were 58 countries represented with 632 athletes and 752 horses.
Interesting to note that the native “bluegrass” pastures are thought to create stronger horses than other areas of the world. There is a limestone shelf that passes beneath the Bluegrass Region. The water that passes through there creates a high mineral content in the soil leading to stronger bones and greater durability of the horses.
Local Horse Communities
Lexington Kentucky has been known to have some of the most beautiful horse properties across the country.
Walnut Grove Estates–This is a planned community for the horse enthusiast and nature lover. It boasts a 29 acre equestrian facility complete with boarding and training for community horse keeping instead of “on property” horse keeping.
Equestrian Lakes–This is a master planned community of 934 acres, 63-5 acre homesites with 11 on the lake. There’s 8 miles of groomed horse trails, 15 acre lake and full equestrian facility including a full Grand Prix sized indoor arena.
Georgetown–Located in the scenic Scott county, the bedroom community of Georgetown is known for its agricultural farm land, world-class barns, and modern farm features.
Midway–This little town is known for having a big heart for horses. Midway features some of the most beautiful sights in all of Kentucky and is considered one of the most premium places to own horse property.
North Middleton–North Middletown is known for being home to some of the world’s best racing and show horse farms in Kentucky.
Wilmore–Wilmore, Kentucky is one of the most scenic farming areas in America. It has a rich history being first settled in 1770 by Revolutionary soldiers. Wilmore was eventually incorporated in 1918. Recent growth in the area has been spurred by the Asbury University and Theological Seminary.
Trails & Arenas
Whispering Woods Stables–over 250 acres of riding trails
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