Oct 4th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Lexington is the Horse Capital of the World

I like horses, but I’m also afraid of them. This senior citizen fell off two of them and they are still vivid in my memory. First time, the horse did not jump the gap and his two front feet went right into the mud in a ditch. The saddle ended up on top of his head and I flew directly overhead into a grassy bank. No fun. My wife is laughing. Another time on a rented horse a friend came running at me on a gravel road, my horse turned sideways and Larry ran into me and my horse broadside. Not a pleasant experience. My wife is laughing even harder, and I’ve said to her, “Don’t ask!” But I know there are senior folks whose lives revolve around horses. Maybe you are one of them. Here in the valley horses are everywhere. But let’s see why they call Lexington the “Thoroughbred City” and the “Horse Capital of the World.”

Home to the University of Kentucky, collegiate football and basketball attracts nationwide attention. April through September senior sports enthusiasts can experience America’s favorite pastime with the Lexington Legends baseball team at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. On Sundays, spring through fall, watch polo at the Kentucky Horse Park. Lexington has women’s rugby, a skateboard park, disc golf, and the list goes on. Amateur or professional, sports are alive and well in Central Kentucky! The population runs right at 300,000 as the city is the second largest in the state in Fayette County.

Senior Visitors Find More Than Horses in Lexington

There are hundreds of things to see and experience in and around the city. Historic homes and places… Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, with 2900 acres of farmland and 34 restored 19th-century buildings is the largest restored Shaker community. Senior visitors can view Shaker furniture and artifacts and learn how Shaker crafts were made through live demonstrations. You’ll find that Lexington has some great festivals all during the year and of course, horses are right in the middle.

A Little Lexington history

Lexington was founded in 1775, seventeen years before Kentucky became a state. William McConnell and a group of frontier explorers were camped at a natural spring when word came from nearby Fort Boonesborough that the first battle of the American Revolution had been fought in Lexington, Massachusetts. In honor of the battle, the group named their site “Lexington”. By 1820, Lexington, Kentucky, was one of the largest and wealthiest towns west of the Allegheny Mountains. So cultured was its lifestyle the city soon gained the nickname “Athens of the West.”

Home to the Kentucky Wildcats

Remember that they won the NCAA tournament? Visit the Rupp Arena that is in the heart of downtown Lexington and the home court of the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team.

And churches…there are over 230 churches and synagogues in Lexington, representing 38 denominations as well as mosques and a Hindu temple. You’ll find 15 universities and colleges including one that I visited called Berea College.

Got Wine? Lexington has plenty and you can visit some beautiful vineyards and have wine tasting daily. And they make lots of bourbon in Lexington. If you enjoy horses you might enjoy a visit to these attractions. Maybe take a tour at the Thoroughbred Center and you can book it online. The entire region abounds with attractions that will keep you busy and fill your itinerary for better than a week.

Lexington just looks like a great place to visit. I hope that you will find it as interesting as I did. jeb

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