to offer horse farm tours
will provide unique look
inside equine industry
Helen E. McKinney
LA GRANGE, Ky. (May 2012) Many Oldham County
residents feel like they are surrounded by beautiful horse farms that
no one else knows about, even though they lie right in the middle of
the Bluegrass State. In an effort to draw more attention to these working
farms, two local groups have cooperated to promote the equine industry
through a day-long series of horse farm tours.
The newly created Oldham County Horse Farm Tour is a fundraising event
for Oldham Ahead. The organizations mission is to enhance the
countys natural and cultural resources while sustaining its equine,
agricultural and commercial base.
Oldham Ahead wanted to showcase and draw attention to the fabulous
horse farms we have in Oldham County, said Kim Buckler, executive
director of the Oldham County Tourist Commission. She was contacted
by Oldham Ahead Executive Director Louise Allen to make this event a
large tourism draw for the county.
Oldham County Tourism is fully aware of the impact our horse farms
have on the industry, said Buckler. We have been trying
to develop an ongoing relationship with our farms to generate interest
Allen, who took over the reigns of Oldham Ahead in 2011, said, We
wanted to feature the horse industry in our first annual Farm Tour.
We want people to know how important horses are to Oldham County. In
the future, wed like to expand this tour to all different types
Buckler said that we have so many fabulous, well-respected horse
farms in Oldham County, but unless you happen to drive by them, you
dont have the opportunity to see them. She said Tourism
has had feedback from several out-of-town visitors who have stayed at
Bluegrass Country Estate Equine Bed & Breakfast in LEsprit.
Visitors comment that the horse farms they pass on their way to the
B&B are representative of what they picture the state to look like
before they actually visit Kentucky.
The Oldham County Horse Farm Tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. Sunday, May 27, highlighting four farms lying along the Hwy. 42
corridor in Goshen. These include Alta Vista Farm, Flying Cross Farm,
Hermitage Farm and Mason Lane Farm. The latter farm is noted for its
large LEED Certified Farm Operations Facility, which includes a barn
made of bamboo. A visit to Hermitage Farm will include a boxed lunch
and meet the jockey session.
In addition to these four farms, Asbourne Farms will play host to a
Farm-to-Table dinner at 6:30 p.m. This farm is well known for its grass-fed
beef, said Buckler. Tickets for the dinner are $75, while the cost of
the tours is $50 for adults and $10 for children under 12 years of age.
A bluegrass band will entertain guests, while Farm-To-Forks Catering
will serve the meal.
Some of the farms were asked to be on the tour and some volunteered,
said Allen. She noted that it will be good exposure for the farms.
People will know they are there.
For example, people may not know that Flying Cross farm is a good training
facility, she said. The same thing is practiced there that is done at
the national Rolex three-day event held at the Lexington Horse Park
over the last weekend in April.
This tour will feature the special character of Oldham Countys
rural areas and demonstrate the economic importance of the horse industry
to Oldham County and to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Most people dont
realize that Oldham County has such a large population of horse farms
and that they are very important to the horse racing and show industry
in Kentucky, Buckler said.
Visitors who want to experience more than one day at the horse farms
may want to purchase a special weekend Bed & Breakfast Getaway Package.
This special includes accommodations for two on May 26-27 at the Bluegrass
Country Estate Equine B&B. Numerous amenities accompany this stay.
A fascinating feature about the Oldham County Horse Farm Tour is that
many different disciplines in the horse industry will be featured in
action with live demonstrations at farms not generally open to the public,
she said. The tour will give folks a unique experience and a look
inside the horse industry in Oldham County and Kentucky.
Allen said demonstrations such as jumping, dressage, and carriage driving
at Hermitage Farm will make this tour unique. Also during this tour,
visitors will be able to view the new international horse center at
Hermitage Farm, installed by Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson.
The Oldham County Horse Farm Tour is a shuttled bus tour with free parking
at Alta Vista Farm and Mason Lane Farm.
For more information, contact Kim Buckler at
(502) 243-9353 or visit www.OldhamCountyFarmTour.com.
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