Horse farms abound in the Lexington area. Horse Country’s website, visithorsecountry.com, will guide you to the many farms in the area, highlight what you can expect to see and do at each farm, and allow you to book a tour. The 900-acre Mill Ridge Farm in Lexington is a great farm to visit if you want to get up close and personal to the horses…and yes, guests can even feed carrots to any of the horses on the farm! Founded by Alice Headley Chandler in 1962, Mill Ridge has a rich history, including a close association between its owners and royalty, even Queen Elizabeth II looked to the farm to breed a champion.
Alice’s father, Hal Price Headley, was instrumental in the development of Lexington’s prestigious Keeneland Race Track and became its first president, serving from 1936 to 1951. The Mill Ridge tour begins at the Breeding Shed. Guests then caravan in their own vehicles, following their tour guide through the farm, making numerous stops along the way to see fields of mares, new foals, yearlings, and the farm’s stallions. The farm is eagerly anticipating the births of around 60 new foals this spring! millridge.com
By Patti Hartog
P.S. Looking to tour another farm? Check this one out for your next spring day trip.