Lexington, Kentucky is truly the horse capital of the world. It has been the home of more champions than anywhere in the world. The horse is so central to the life and culture of the Bluegrass area that you will see many streets, businesses and activities named after horses, the farms and the people that made them famous. Of the 126 Kentucky Derby winners 96 were foaled in Kentucky and 8 of the 11 Triple Crown winners. During the 1930’s the local newspaper, The Lexington Herald, offered free papers to all its subscribers on any day that a horse bred within 50 miles of Lexington didn’t win a race at any major track in the country. I don’t think it ever happened.
It is not only the thoroughbred horse that is part of Lexington’s history and present day culture. There are many farms dedicated to saddlebred, standard bred, appaloosa and Tennessee walkers. The Junior League of Lexington holds a world famous horse show every year as a major fundraiser at the Red Mile. People from all over the world come to compete in the event. There is a working livery in downtown Lexington offering horse drawn carriage rides through historic downtown. There are mounted police officers riding throughout the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods. Horses definitely rule in Lexington!