Memorial Day weekend in Kentucky was a blast! Visiting horse country should be on everyone’s bucket list!
Saturday morning we started out visiting the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs. Great memories of previous Kentucky Derby winners! And can’t forget the gorgeous hats! After strolling through the museum, we were guided down to the track for up close views of the track plus watching horses warm up for racing as this Saturday was a race day! We were told the stands hold up to 150k people for Kentucky Derby day! After this great tour we headed up to the Millionaires Row for lunch. People, including our own club members, were bidding on the upcoming horse race and we went out onto the balcony to watch the first race, and their off! People were cheering and clapping and some of the club members even won a few bucks! We all had a great day at the races!
Then we were off towards Jim Beam distillery. Had a great bourbon tour, tasted some bourbon, bought some bourbon and had a great BBQ dinner!
Our first day in Louisville was filled with great horse racing and some good tasting bourbon!
Day two, we headed east on the Kentucky Bluegrass highway. It was a nice relaxing ride in the KY rolling hills to Lexington. We first stopped at the Kentucky Horse Park and toured their museum. Some of us walked around in the park where they were judging horse prancing and judging horse jumping. If you’ve never seen this before in person, it was quite interesting. We visited horses in several barns, like the Mounted Police, the big horses, and the Champion barns. We even got to give one big horse a peppermint candy of which he loved!
After lunch at the horse park we headed to the Old Friends Retirement farm for horses. This farm takes in horses after their racing or studding days. The farm started in 2004 and has about 175 retired horses. We heard stories of about 12 horses, we visited them in their paddock, and they loved seeing visitors because we had a bucket full of carrots of which they were very eager to get! This retirement horse farm even has Kentucky Derby winners. We were abled to have our picture taken with Silver Charm, 1997 KY Derby winner! This is another horse farm everyone should visit. It’s a nice way for old horses to relax and the farm is dedicated to providing safe haven and permanent retirement to Thoroughbreds who’s racing and breeding careers have come to an end.
We had some time left in the day so we headed to Town Branch distillery. This distillery makes bourbon but also makes beer as well. We took the tour of both facilities and sampled both bourbon and beer. Many of the club members tried several samples and it was probably good we didn’t stick around any longer!
We headed back to the hotel and had a great group dinner at the local steak house!
This cruise was a small group of club members but everyone had a great time visiting Churchill Downs, the horse farms and the bourbon distilleries! Again, another great time cruising with our cars but more importantly spending the weekend with great friends!