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Table of Contents
S P E C TAT O R ’ S G U I D E T O L E X I N G T O N
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16 Rural Downtowns
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Equestrian Magazine Volume LXXVI, Special Edition
Published by The United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. Senior VP Marketing and Communications Kathy Knill Meyer Advertising Director Kim Russell Account Executive Crissi White Contributing Writers Courtney Cotton Helen Murray Gwen Thompson Contributing Editors Scott Carling Kathleen Landwehr Andrew Minnick Helen Murray Eileen Schnettler Trisha Watkins Art Director Tonya Morgan Design & Layout Courtney Cotton Candice McCown Samuel Milburn
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Equestrian magazine (ISSN 1548-873X) is published eight times a year: January/February, Horse of the Year Special Edition, March/April, Spectator’s Guide, May/June, July/August, September/October, November/December, by the United States Equestrian Federation®, 4047 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511; Phone: (859) 258-2472; Fax: (859) 2316662. (ISSN:1548-873X). NOTE: Effective Issue 2 of 2012, Equestrian magazine will only be published and provided electronically and will no longer be printed and provided in the U.S. Mail. Periodicals postage paid at Lexington, KY, and additional mailing offices. USEF is not responsible for the opinions and statements expressed in signed articles and paid advertisements. These opinions are not necessarily the opinions of USEF and its staff. While the Federation makes every effort to avoid errors, we assume no liability to anyone for mistakes or omissions. It is the policy of the Federation to report factually and accurately in Equestrian and to encourage and to publish corrections whenever warranted. Kindly direct any comments or inquiries regarding corrections to the Kathy Knill Meyer firstname.lastname@example.org or by direct dial 859-225-6941. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Equestrian, 4047 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. Canadian Publications Agreement No. 40845627. For Canadian returns, mail to Canada Express, 7686 #21 Kimble Street Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, L5S1E9. (905) 672-8100. Reproduction of any article, in whole or part, by written permission only of the Editor. Equestrian: Publisher, United States Equestrian Federation®, Executive Director, Lori Rawls (859) 225-6920. Director of Advertising, Kim Russell (859) 225-6938. Copyright © 2013. Equestrian is the official publication of the United States Equestrian Federation, the National Governing Body for Equestrian Sport in the USA, and is an official publication of USEF.
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Mary Todd Lincoln
ary Todd Lincoln, wife of the sixteenth president of the United States, was born in Lexington, Kentucky, on December 13, 1818. The fourth of sixteen children, Mary was daughter to one of the town’s wealthiest and most prominent men, Robert Smith Todd. Mr. Todd had seven children with his first wife and nine children with his second wife. A businessman and politician, Todd provided his children from two marriages with the social standing and material advantages Abraham Lincoln lacked in his own youth. Although a town of less than seven thousand residents in the 1830s, Lexington was compared to Philadelphia and Boston in its wealth and cosmopolitan sophistication. Mary moved in the highest levels of Bluegrass society and acquired an extensive education from Frenchwoman Madame Charlotte Mentelle. At her father’s large home on West Main Street, Mary mingled with influential political guests. The most prominent of these was Senator Henry Clay, three-time presidential candidate and leader of the young Whig party. Clay, a family friend, resided less than two miles from the Todds. According to a family story, he once promised young Mary she would be among his first guests in Washington should he become president. Mary Todd’s path to the White House, however, ran in a different course.
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In 1832, Mary’s older sister Elizabeth married the son of a former governor of Illinois. After his graduation from Lexington’s Transylvania University, Ninian Edwards moved with Elizabeth to Springfield, which soon became Illinois’ new state capital. Mary followed in 1839. At a dance she met a junior partner in cousin John Todd Stuart’s law firm, Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln and Mary Todd were a study in contrasts. Nine years older, Lincoln came from a comparatively poor and undistinguished background. He was socially awkward, with less than two years of formal education. Mary’s vivacity and occasional flashes of the “Todd temper” clashed with his self-deprecating personality. Yet many things brought them together, including a love of poetry, literature, and a deep interest in Whig politics. Mary recognized Lincoln’s intellectual depth and political ambition before many others did. They wed in November, 1842. In marrying Lincoln, Mary exchanged her life of relative ease and privilege for that of a working lawyer’s wife. While he was gone for extended periods riding circuit, she was doing much of the household labor and raising four sons. But Mary continued to advance her husband’s political career. He valued her judgment and once observed he had no reason to read a book after Mary had reviewed it for him. Still, Lincoln’s career progressed slowly. usef.org
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Mary Todd Lincoln
One term in Congress came amidst several failures to gain his party’s nomination for political office. Defeat in a race for the United States Senate in 1858 came at the hands of Mary’s former suitor, Stephen A. Douglas. Yet as the division between the northern and southern sections of the country widened, Lincoln’s much admired speeches on limiting the spread of slavery while preserving the union secured him election as the nation’s first Republican president in 1860. Mary Todd Lincoln’s life in the White House was marked by controversy and tragedy. Many felt she was simply a rustic from the “west ” out of her depth in Washington. Some unfairly assumed that as the product of a slave-holding Kentucky family she had Confederate sympathies, while others felt her partnership with Lincoln was a betrayal of her Southern heritage. Furthermore, several of Mary’s siblings supported the Confederacy through marriage or military service. The divided loyalties within the Todd family fueled much controversy in the nation’s press. Mary’s own behavior, however, may have alienated many who might otherwise have sympathized. Her expenditures on the White House were considered extravagant and pretentious, even scandalous, in time of war. And her sometimes public displays of temper overshadowed her valuable work with contraband slaves and wounded soldiers. Yet few denied that Mary Todd Lincoln suffered greatly in the White House. usef.org
The pressures and anxieties of the war were unrelenting. Mary watched her husband age visibly under the strain. In early 1862 when she lost eleven year-old son Willie to typhoid fever, Mary was prostrate with grief. And in early 1865 the heaviest blow fell. Lincoln’s assassination at Ford’s Theater on April 14 was a shock from which Mary never recovered. Although she lived for seventeen years after her husband’s death, Mary never escaped from the shadow of that event. With a small circle of family and friends she could look to for support and aid, Mary took solace in travel and a growing interest in the practice of spiritualism. After an extended sojourn in Europe with his mother, eighteen year-old Tad died of pneumonia and pleurisy in 1871. Increasingly using medications such as laudanum and chloral hydrate for a variety of physical and emotional ailments, the bereft Mary’s episodes of erratic behavior resulted in a brief period of confinement in 1875 at an asylum in Batavia, Illinois, at son Robert’s instigation. Estranged from her only surviving child, Mary attempted to retire to Europe to live out her life in some semblance of peace. Illness eventually forced her to return to the United States where she died July, 1882, having spent much of her last year in seclusion at her sister Elizabeth’s home. Mary is entombed, along with her husband, in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois. Spectator’s Guide to Lexington 2013 Equestrian 9
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Mary Todd Lincoln House Situated on West Main Street, the Mary Todd Lincoln house now stands almost brick to brick with modern buildings like the Lexington Convention Center and Main Street Baptist Church. This standing piece of history has been a fixture on this street despite the changes that have come to Lexington, and since its preservation as a museum, it offers visitors to the city a look into Lexington life which they do not expect. Walking over the threshold, you are immediately faced with an antique aestethic, carefully composed to match the original look of the house when it was a still home. Each piece is carefully maintained to create an authentic experience for visitors. The Mary Todd Lincoln House in Lexington, Kentucky was the family home of the future wife of the sixteenth President. In 1977, the girlhood home opened to the public and became the first house museum in America to honor a First Lady. Built between 1803 and 1806 to serve as an inn, the property became the home of politician and businessman, Robert S. Todd in 1832. Daughter Mary Todd, born in December 1818, resided here until she moved to Springfield, Illinois in 1839 to live with her elder sister. There she met and married Abraham Lincoln, whom she brought to visit this home in the fall of 1847. The Todd family resided here until Mr. Todd’s death in an 1849 cholera epidemic. During the settlement of his estate, the furnishing and house were sold. From this sale a copy of an inventory list was obtained and used in selecting the antiques placed in the house when it was restored. Today, the fourteen-room house contains period furniture, family portraits, and furnishings from the Todds as well as the Lincolns. The original property also contained separate slave quarters, outdoor kitchen, wash house, smoke house, and stables with a carriage house. Unfortunately, none of the outbuildings remain. A recently added garden reflects the charm of the original and offers a pleasant respite for visitors.
Clockwise from top: Beaten biscuit board situated in the breakfast room
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A piano forte made in Lexington circa 1890 by cabinetmaker William Thompson rests against the wall in the Formal Parlor.
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As one local restaurant celebrates 40 years of open doors and happy customers, we take a look at their history and find that local may be the secret to longevity. Walking into Alfalfa Restaurant is like stepping over a threshold into the past. The exposed brick walls decorated with chalkboard specials and local artwork have given the place the kind of atmosphere that has come back into style in the past couple of years but that has never wavered in favor among the local patrons. At the small tables packed in close and comfortable, there are gentlemen in suits and coats sitting within arms length of a table of young people in plaid shirts, skinny jeans, and fashionably torn sneakers. They all have the same kind of food in front of them, and all are chatting amiably and enjoying the fresh meal. Alfalfa has remained a prominent storefront for many years, despite moving to its current Main Street location in 2004, situated across from the public library. This year represents the restaurant’s 40th anniversary, catering local, organic food to the Lexington area since 1973. The atmosphere is welcoming and feels open
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to every kind of patron, and the venue itself is both modern and chic as well as pleasant and comfortable. The whole place feels well-worn without seeming outdated, and you can see that appeal in the myriad of customers it attracts. Head Chef and General Manager Alex Jenkins meets me among the lunch crowd, pleasant and well-spoken with an air of excitement toned with experience. She is the first professional chef to have graced Alfalfa in its 40 years, but this isn’t the first time she’s seen the kitchen. “I worked here when I was 18. I did the soup. At that time it was a right of passage to work here.” Chef Jenkins went to Providence, Rhode Island for culinary school at Johnson & Wales University and stayed for 20 years before returning to Lexington in 2009. She picked up where she left off, now working for Alfalfa under a new title (Head Chef and General Manager) as of January of this year. Since then, she’s put the focus on living up to the local legend Alfalfa has become. The menu showcases local foods, including meats from local butcher Marksbury Farm Market (marksburyfarm.com) out of Garrard County for chorizo and beef, and Stone Cross Farm (stonecross farm.com) in Spencer County for sausage and bacon.
Opposite: Alfalfa has remained a prominent storefront for many years, despite moving to its current Main Street location in 2004, situated across from the public library. This year represents the 40th anniversary of this restaurant, catering local, organic food to the Lexington area since 1973. 16 Equestrian Spectator’s Guide to Lexington 2013
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A father of two and a teacher, he handed over ownership in 1999 to friends Jim Happ and his wife, Betsy Moses, who live in California. Jim was one of the original investors whom Jake — an Alfalfa dishwasher at the time — called upon when the restaurant was offered for sale in 1987. Their pooled investment has kept Alfalfa popular in the Lexington area and true to its roots, untainted by the “outside” world.
finds the products we need, because if I did that too, you know, that would be another full-time job.” Alfalfa also buys at the Farmers’ Market (during the height of the season, they can make up to three trips each Saturday), particularly for specialty products, but have such close connections with the farms and producers that they can usually get their supplies without venturing out very much. Jake Gibbs—former owner and current advertising manager and PR person—has been in or around the restaurant since 1979, and takes great pride in these relationships, and in supporting their local suppliers. “The trend toward local is wonderful, and I like to think the many thousands of dollars Alfalfa has spent in the community has had an effect.”
Prior to ownership and management, even Jake’s dishwashing years at the restaurant were pleasant. This is something not often said about the same job most other places, and a testament to Alfalfa’s non-corporate roots and local staying power. “It was the best place I had ever worked,” he assures. “It was like being in a big family. It was the furthest thing from the corporate world you can imagine…not counting me and Jim Happ, there are three employees with over 25 years [here, working at the restaurant].” In 2010, Jake came back to the restaurant part-time to his current position, since Jim and Betsy still live in California. His daughters, Delia (pictured opposite at the Farmers’ Market) and Delaney, are also waitresses.
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Although Alfalfa isn’t a completely vegetarian restaurant, they are heavy on produce and have strong relationships with their suppliers. “I have a ‘veggie bookie,’” Chef Jenkins laughs. “He’ll call me while I’m driving down the road and say, ‘I found this great broccoli and they have this much, do you want it?’ And I’m like ‘Yes, yes, I want that!’ He connects with our local farms and
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When you eat at Alfalfa you can be absolutely sure your food is the freshest and finest the area has to offer. Not only can you taste the difference in “mileage” of their food (most grocery produce travels hundreds or thousands of miles to get to your plate), you can taste the care with which it is prepared. Those who maintain a budget can be confident in the price as well. “I’ve always loved Alfalfa,” Jake says, “because it’s not primarily about making money. We have to keep an eye on the bottom line or we wouldn’t survive. But we’re still pretty far outside the corporate mainstream.” The meals here are very reasonable and even a great value considering the stereotypical costs associated with bypassing the bulk commercial food industry in favor of local goods. The place has had open doors for 40 years, and in that time it has seen a lot of local food and a lot of people enjoying it. The menu will be making a spring adjustment in April to accommodate this season’s freshest foods, so you can look forward to both the classic favorites and some new palate pleasers. You can find Alfalfa across from the Lexington Public Library at 141 East Main Street, and call 859.253.0014 for their hours.
If you want a different kind of dining experience, take a look at one of these other Kentucky Proud restaurants: Bella Notte, LLC 3715 Nicholasville Rd Lexington, KY 40503 Phone: (859) 245-1789 Website: bellalexington.com Dudley’s Restaurant 259 W Short St Lexington, KY 40507 Phone: (859) 252-1010 Cell Phone: (859) 361-8671 Website: dudleysrestaurant.com Equus Run Vineyards LLC 1280 Moore’s Mill Rd Midway, KY 40347 Phone: (859) 846-9463 Website: equusrunvineyards.com Cont.
Some of Alfalfa’s Local Producers: Anson Scott Evans Black Diamond Farm Boone Creek Creamery Clark Family Farms Cleary Hill Farm Evans Orchard and Cider Mill LLC Good Thymes Gardens Henkle’s Herbs & Heirlooms Home Pickins Irie Hills Farm, LLC Jane’s Garden Flowers & Herbs Marksbury Farm Market MeadowBloom Farm Southern Wine Stone Cross Farm Triple J Farm Weisenberger Mills
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Sahara Mediterranean Cuisine 3061 Fieldstone Way Suite 1200 Lexington, KY 40503 Phone: (859) 224-1138 Website: sahara-lex.com
Jean Farris Winery & Bistro 6825 Old Richmond Rd Lexington, KY 40515 Phone: (859) 263-9463 Website: jeanfarris.com
Stella’s Kentucky Deli 143 Jefferson St Lexington, KY 40508 Phone: (859) 255-3354 Website: stellaskentuckydeli.com
Port Restaurants, LLC DBA Portofino 249 E Main St Suite 102 Lexington, KY 40507 Phone: (859) 253-9300 Website: portofinolexington.com
Thai Orchid Cafe, Inc. 1030 S Broadway Suite 2 Lexington, KY 40504 Phone: (859) 288-2170 Website: thaiorchidcafe.net
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ot far from the modern culture of Lexington are small towns that only appear in storybooks. Within a half-hour’s drive of downtown Lexington, the cities of Midway, Georgetown, Paris, and Versailles maintain a historic beauty and rural charm that has been lost in many big cities as the populations and need for modern conveniences explode. With hundreds of years of history on their roads and in their homes, each city represents a moment in time open for your perusal. Keep your camera in hand and your eyes open as you explore the attractions in these four towns.
Founded: 1835 Population: 1,641 Distance from Lexington: 15 miles Midway is known as Kentucky’s first railroad town. In 2003, the city began reviving its historic landmarks through the Kentucky Main Street Program, including beautifully restored architecture, storefronts, shops, and restaurants. Learn more at MeetMeInMidway.com
Midway: Kentucky’s first railroad town. Midway: Kentucky’s first railroad town. usef.org
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Georgetown, KY Founded: 1792 Population: 29,690 Distance from Lexington: 13 miles Georgetown is the home of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, KY, Inc., which is one of the top 10 industrial tours in the U.S. Learn more at GeorgetownKY.com
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The Georgetown Historic Downtown Walking Tours offer a unique look at some of the city’s outstanding residential and commercial architecture, including over 200 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Shinner Building, located on the corner of 8th and Main Streets, is listed by Ripley’s Believe it or Not as the world’s tallest threestory structure. Built in 1891, it is currently home to the Paradise Café.
Founded: 1789 Population: 8,558 Distance from Lexington: 18.5 miles Paris is named for the French royalty who supported the area during the American Revolution. Once a buffalo trail, Main Street now features examples of Victorian architecture. Learn more at ParisBourbonKY.com
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Versailles, KY Founded: 1792 Population: 8,571 Distance from Lexington: 13.5 miles Versailles contains many of the most renowned stud farms and racing stables in the United States. The 2005 film Elizabethtown shot a number of scenes in town. Learn more at WoodfordCountyInfo.com
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The farms of Versailles are known for breeding and training Thoroughbred, Standardbred, and Saddlebred horses. Versailles is the home of actor William Shatner and former Kentucky Governor Brereton Jones.
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Come to Lexington THE USEF WILL HOST EXCITING COMPETITION IN LEXINGTON THROUGHOUT 2013
ver the coming months, The United States Equestrian Federation will award hundreds of ribbons and delve deep into the trophy cases to celebrate winning efforts in the Bluegrass. Competitors, owners, and fans will travel from across the country to jump, drive, and passage into the national spotlight. With Lexington being a hotbed of equestrian activity this summer and fall, make sure you don’t miss out on any of the exciting competition.
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THE FIRST LEG OF THE SADDLEBRED “TRIPLE CROWN” Lexington Jr. League Charity Horse Show - USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final July 8-13, 2013 Held at the historic Red Mile harness track, the USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final is among the most prestigious classes saddle seat exhibitors will compete in all year. Now in its 76th year, the Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show is a spectacle not to be missed, with the USEF National Championship as its crown jewel. Taking place during the morning performance on July 12, the USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final is a feature of summer in Lexington. usef.org
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FUTURE OF THE SPORT The Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North July 17-21, 2013 The NAJYRC is the premier equestrian competition in North America for Junior and Young Riders, age 1421. Young equestrians coming from North and South America will vie for Team and Individual FEI medals in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, and eventing and in the FEI World Equestrian Games disciplines of reining and endurance.
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The week of Pony Finals is among one of the most exciting times of the year at the Kentucky Horse Park, with children and ponies enjoying the best in hunter and jumper sport. Each year more than 500 kids and ponies flock to the KHP to compete in Pony Hunter, Pony Jumper, and Pony Medal championships. A week of youth, fun, and championshipcaliber sport, the US Pony Finals are not to be missed. 30 Equestrian Spectator’s Guide to Lexington 2013
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TRADITION MEETS EXCITEMENT Kentucky Classic CDE-USEF National Four-in-Hand and Singles Championships October 3-6, 2013 A sport steeped in history, driving is one of the most beautiful and exciting features of equestrian sport. Championship level competition returns to the Kentucky Horse Park after having made a splash at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in 2010. Drivers will compete to earn the coveted title of National Champion in the Four-in-Hand and Singles divisions.
BEST OF THE BEST U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp October 8-12, 2013 The excitement of the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp comes to the Kentucky Horse Park for the first time in 2013. The top dressage riders in the U.S. will vie for six National Championships in Grand Prix, Intermediaire I, Young Adult “Brentina Cup,” Young Rider, Junior and Pony Rider divisions. These annual championships continually showcase the best combinations in U.S. dressage and are must-see events.
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Southern StartS here flying into lexington’s blue grass airport, one gets a preview of its world class landscape. The grandstand at Keeneland Race Course and the famous red and white barns of Calumet Thoroughbred Farm prove that you are indeed in the “Horse Capital of the World.” That alone would be enough to entice visitors to the area, but when you factor in more than 200 years of history and a distinct culture combining the graciousness of the Old South, the legends and lore of the nearby mountains and the lasting legacy left by those who called it home, it’s no wonder that Lexington’s mantra is “Horses, history and heritage.” By Patti Nickell
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horses Lexington’s love affair with the horse can be seen everywhere – from the beautiful painted mural visible as you exit the airport onto Versailles Road to gaily decorated fiberglass horses which pop up unexpectedly around town. However, it’s the real horses that visitors are hoping to see. Some 450 Thoroughbred and Standardbred farms surround Lexington in all directions. Several offer an opportunity to get up close and personal with racing’s greatest stars who have retired here to stand at stud. Among the farms that allow tours are Coolmore’s Ashford Stud, one of the world’s largest Thoroughbred breeding operations; Darley at Jonabell, owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai; Darby Dan, whose proud history has included four Kentucky Derby winners, and Three Chimneys, home for 17 years to the late Seattle Slew, the only undefeated Triple Crown winner. If you are in Lexington in April or October, you can check out the current crop of Thoroughbreds attempting to make racing history during an afternoon at Keeneland Race Course. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Keeneland has been hosting spring and fall race meets since its opening in 1936. Regardless of when you come, you’ll agree that this is Thoroughbred racing usef.org
at its best, or as Keeneland’s slogan proclaims “racing as it’s meant to be.” For families, the best place to have a true equine experience is the Kentucky Horse Park, the only park in the world dedicated exclusively to the horse. A statue of the gallant Thoroughbred, Man O’ War, welcomes visitors to the 1,200acre park, which showcases not just Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds, but 53 different breeds of horse. The best place to see these lesser known breeds is during the twice daily (March through October) Horses of the World. Another crowd-pleaser is the Hall of Champions, where some of the greatest horses of all time have come to live out their retirement years. Again, from March through October, these horses will happily leave their barns to meet and greet adoring fans. The Kentucky Horse Park is home to two world-class museums – the Smithsonian-affiliated International Museum of the Horse and the American Saddlebred Museum, honoring America’s only native breed and home to the largest collection of Saddlebred artifacts in the world. In addition to the daily activities, the Kentucky Horse Park hosts many seasonal events including polo, steeplechase and the annual Kentucky Rolex ThreeDay Event, an Olympic level triathlon (dressage, cross country and show jumping) for horses and riders. Spectator’s Guide to Lexington 2013 Equestrian 37
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history Founded in 1775, Lexington has an illustrious history that many other cities might well envy. Once known as the “Athens of the West,” for its cultured citizenry, Lexington was home to the first university west of the Allegheny Mountains (Transylvania University); the first performance of a Beethoven symphony in the United States (Symphony No. 7), and a bevy of distinguished citizens – statesman Henry Clay; Confederate General John Hunt Morgan; abolitionist Cassius Marcellus Clay; portrait painter Matthew Jouett, and Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of the 16th president. Many of their homes can still be visited today. Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate is perhaps the most imposing of the city’s historic homes. Clay built the 18-room Italianate mansion in 1806 and lived there with his family until 1852, often entertaining dignitaries such as Daniel Webster, William Henry Harrison, the Marquis de Lafayette and Jefferson Davis, his classmate at Transylvania University. Clay persuaded his friend Benjamin Latrobe, architect of the U.S. Capitol, to design the two wings on either side of the original house. Today, the circular rotunda of the octagonal library and the formal parterre garden are two of Ashland’s finest features. The same year that Clay started building his house, a modest two-story brick building on West Main Street was completed which would be home to the Todd family, whose daughter Mary would go on to marry Abraham Lincoln. Today, the Mary Todd Lincoln House has the distinction of being the first house museum in America to honor a First Lady.
John Wesley Hunt, Kentucky’s first millionaire and a business associate of John Jacob Astor, chose Gratz Park, Lexington’s first historic neighborhood for his mansion Hopemont. It was his grandson, John Hunt Morgan, who brought the house its greatest fame. While living in the house, he waged guerilla raids throughout Kentucky and Tennessee. You can learn about Morgan’s exploits in the Civil War Museum which occupies the ground floor of the house. Waveland State Historic Site, a 10room mansion located just south of town, is now the Kentucky Life Museum. Built in 1847 by Joseph Bryan, a great-nephew of Daniel Boone, it is an example of the Greek-Revival style of architecture. Waveland serves to showcase what plantation life was like in Kentucky in the years leading up to the Civil War. Other historic sites: McConnell Springs, the birthplace of Lexington, is now a 26-acre nature preserve on the outskirts of downtown, where local flora and fauna can be seen along two miles of trails leading to the Blue Hole and The Boils, part of the system of natural springs common in Central Kentucky. Gratz Park Historic District, tucked between downtown and Transylvania University, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and, is the Bluegrass equivalent of Charleston’s Catfish Row. The Fountain of Youth on the park’s north end honors Lexingtonian James Lane Allen, a 19th century novelist often called “Kentucky’s first important writer.” The former law office of Henry Clay is located in a small brick building a block south of the park. Within an easy driving distance of Lexington are some historic sites that should not be missed. Camp Nelson
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Heritage Park, 400 acres of sprawling countryside above the palisades of the Kentucky River, was the location of an important Union quartermaster depot during the Civil War, as well as the site for Kentucky’s largest recruitment and training camp for African-American troops. Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, a half-hour from Lexington in the town of Harrodsburg, is the largest restored Shaker community in the United States and the first site in the country to be designated in its entirety as a National Historic Landmark. Harrodsburg is also home to Old Fort Harrod State Park, the first permanent settlement in Kentucky. It was founded by pioneer James Harrod in 1774, a year before Daniel Boone founded his namesake settlement Fort Boonesborough.
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Let there be music While the Appalachian region of Eastern Kentucky is noted as the birthplace of Bluegrass Music, visitors to Lexington won’t find any shortage of places to hear it. Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour broadcasts live from the historic Lyric Theater every Monday night, and is carried on npr and pbs stations around the world. With a format similar to Nashville’s Grand Old Opry, host Michael Jonathan brings the best in bluegrass and blues, folk and country, rhythm and blues and Rockabilly to his audiences. Red Barn Radio is another live program broadcast every Wednesday night from ArtsPlace in downtown Lexington, while the Holler Poets Series is a popular feature of Al’s Bar in one of the city’s most colorful neighborhoods. Yes, Lexington has horses, but it has so much else to offer that it will take more than one visit to see it all.
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