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The Equestrian Tradition in Kentucky

Kentucky is known for its deep-rooted equestrian tradition and appreciation for horses, horse farms, breeding programs, and the horse racing industry. The Kentucky Derby, held annually in Louisville, is the most famous horse racing event in the world and is a significant part of the horse culture in the Bluegrass Region. Did you also know that Shelbyville is the American Saddlebred capital of the world?  Here are some of the best horse shows, competitions, and events taking place within less than an hour from The Bourb Inn.

Churchill Downs

The home of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks races. A horse racing complex located in the heart of Louisville that hosts live horse racing throughout the year.

(502) 636-4400
Keeneland Racetrack

A Thoroughbred racing facility in Lexington, KY that hosts live racing throughout the year.

(859) 254-3412
Kentucky Derby Museum

An American Thoroughbred horse racing museum dedicated to preserving the history of the Kentucky Derby. It is located within Churchill Downs and includes a historic walking tour of the racetrack, a 360 movie experience, interactive exhibits, and more.

(502) 637-1111
Kentucky Horse Park

An international equestrian competition venue and educational theme park and museum that also serves as a working horse farm.

(859) 233-4303
Saddlebred World’s Championship

World champion horse show held in conjunction with Kentucky State Fair and crowns worlds champion.

Shelbyville Horse Show

Held at the Shelby County Fairgrounds every year in August.