Horse Farm Tour
Experience horse farms in the Bluegrass of Kentucky on this unique 3 hour van tour. Guests will depart from Boone Creek Outdoors parking lot, ready to soak in Kentucky horse culture, learn about the history and importance of the horse in Lexington’s early years, as well as experience the modern workings of a horse farm. Guests will travel country roads past numerous historic horse farms including stops at Runnymede Farm and Claiborne Farm. At Runnymede, visit foals in the field and tour barns with mares or yearlings being prepared for sale. Hear stories about the farm’s rich history from your guide. Next, guests will ride to Claiborne Farm; home to many champions, but most notable, Secretariat! Claiborne guides will take you through world-renowned stallion barns and breeding shed sharing knowledge about the operations of the farm and answering any questions you may have. This visit will end in Claiborne’s cemetery where over 20 champions are buried, including Secretariat. Your horse farm tour ends back at the Boone Creek Outdoors parking lot. Your guide Joseph Clay is a 4th generation thoroughbred horseman and breeder. Part owner of Runnymede farm in Paris, Kentucky, Joseph has been involved in the horse industry from birth. He is an ex-amateur rider, ex Irish master of Foxhounds and current thoroughbred racing handicapper. Joseph was a co-breeder of 2005 Kentucky Derby contender and Illinois Derby winner, Greeley’s Galaxy. He also worked for Phipps Racing Stable where he hot walked a Champion, Seeking the Gold. Joseph also is a graduate of the Irish National Stud Farm Management Course in Kildare, Ireland.