Horseback riding vacations in Kentucky
With the World Equestrian Games having just wrapped up in Lexington, the recent release of the movie Secretariat and the Breeders’ Cup coming to Louisville’s Churchill Downs in two weeks, the focus recently in Kentucky has been on watching other riders in the saddle. But the Bluegrass State always offers many horseback riding vacations that give travelers the chance to giddy-up themselves.
In fact, the state’s first Lady, Jane Beshear, has been a big advocate of opening horse trails throughout Kentucky. In August, she announced the state received more than $1 million in federal grants to develop and maintain trails across Kentucky.
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Here are three options for horseback riding vacations in Kentucky:
Located just north of Lexington, these stables offer horseback riding vacations on more than 250 acres of trails where riders can encounter wildlife like deer, turkey and foxes. Rustic cabins (electricity, no plumbing) are available to rent.
265 Wright Lane, Georgetown, KY 40324
Ride along the Kentucky-Tennessee border with scenic overlooks, waterfalls and wildlife by making this family-operated trail ride a stop on your horseback riding vacation. The Long C Hotel offers rooms.
8959 Hanes Road, Westmoreland, TN 37186
For an upscale horseback riding vacation, visit this medieval-like castle located in the midst of Kentucky’s world-famous horse farms. It offers horse stable rentals. (And if you tire of riding the ponies, visit Keeneland, a nearby track, and bet on them).
230 Pisgah Pike, Versailles, KY 40383
Photo: Courtesy The Castle Post