Kentucky Bluegrass Ranch Study Tour II
MAY 31- JUNE 6
It’s time to start making plans to be part of this year’s Western Livestock Journal Tour, “Kentucky Revisited!” This will
of this great state noted for Thoroughbred horses, cattle, bourbon and beautiful scenery.
The tour will kick off in Louisville on May 31, with lodging at the Embassy Suites in the heart of the city, and finish
up back in Louisville June 6. The first day will include a stop at Maple Heights Farm in Owenton, where you will see
cattle, nationally renowned Southdown sheep, as well as tobacco, hemp and a first-rate operation that is generations
old. We will also visit the unique Eden Shale Farm operated by the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association. That evening
and the next five nights will be spent in Lexington. No bags to pack for five days!
On Tuesday, we travel south to visit Tarter Farm and Ranch Equipment in Dunnville. This is a very impressive facility
where we will see top-line equipment all manufactured from flat steel. The tube plant is most impressive. After lunch
at the Bread of Life Café, we will visit Donald Tarter’s cattle operation to see the innovative practices he has instituted.
The middle of the week will be spent in the Lexington area with visits to Spendthrift Farms where we will see such
greats as Malibu Moon, Omaha Beach and Bolt D’ Oro. We are also invited to visit the world-famous Rood and Riddle
Equine Hospital with 60 equine veterinarians on staff, and we might just get lucky enough to watch some surgery.
Rood and Riddle care for some of the most valuable horses on the planet.
While in the Lexington area, we will have the opportunity to visit the Toyota Manufacturing Plant in Georgetown,
where we’ll enjoy a tram ride providing a close-up view of cars being built. Another stop in the area that will surely
impress is the new Bluegrass Stockyards Regional Marketplace. This is not only a premier stockyard, but an entire
complex with shops, educational facilities and offices. You have never seen anything like this place, and we will have
lunch there with opportunity for shopping.
Many of our repeat tour members will remember Bob Hall and his son, Lee, from our tours and we are excited to
include Hallway Feeds on this year’s tour. This is a leading equine feed facility utilizing the latest technology to supply
feed to the Thoroughbred industry’s most well-known and respected farms nationally and internationally. On Wednesday
evening we will be guests of Hallway Feeds as they host a special dinner at The Round Barn Stable of Memories, a
historic setting in the heart of Lexington that offers a rustic yet elegant atmosphere for great fellowship.
Later in the week we head south from Lexington to visit Hustonville’s Branch View Angus, a historic farm with
generations of history and a top-notch Angus herd. After lunch at the farm we will head to Maker’s Mark Distillery
to sample some of their well-known bourbon before heading back to Lexington for the evening. On our final tour day,
we will visit another horse facility and then head to Churchill Downs for lunch and a day at the races. We might have
to have a handicapping contest!
Plan now to attend! The tours have been filling up fast the last few years so don’t get shut out. There is excellent air
service into Louisville with many sights to see for all you early arrivals. This is a great opportunity to see this wonderful
country with old friends and the chance to meet some new ones along the way.
Pete Crow and Jerry York
Pete: 303-810-8831 or | Jerry: 208-863-1172 or
7355 E. Orchard Road, #300, Greenwood Village, CO 80111 | 303-722-7600 |