September in Lexington, KY, The Horse Capitol of the World, couldn’t be better for families and equine enthusiasts of all disciplines. The month kicks off with Polo in the Park, on September 6 with The Coal Cup, a 14 goal tournament which takes place at historic Mt. Brilliant Farm. The Bluegrass International Cup will highlight the opening weekend while also benefitting The Fayette Alliance (http://www.fayettealliance.com) and Markey Cancer Foundation (www.markeycancerfoundation.org).
Played on some of the most beautiful and best maintained fields in the mid-west, Polo in the Park has hosted Crab Orchard, Villa del Lago, Orchard Hill, Isla Carroll, Riverview, Hillcroft, Sophisticated Living, Mt. Brilliant and Faraway polo teams. Some of the more notable players to join the fray include Memo Gracida, Julio Arellano, Sugar Erskine, Pelon Sterling, Hector Galindo, Bete Donovan, Nacho Figueras and Nic Roldan. The format of the tournaments lends itself to sorting horses and players for the high goal season later in the year, as well as a place for up and coming players to establish their handicaps. Safety and fun are all important as the footing on the fields and the care of the horses come first and foremost. The area is home to two world acclaimed equine hospitals, Hagayard Davison McGee and Rood and Riddle, and who have staff on hand for all games and ALS paramedics are on hand for all games.
What to do between polo games? Concurrently, The Keeneland September Yearling Sale, the largest of it’s kind will take place beginning September 11. The Kentucky Horse Park, the host to the 2008 World Equestrian Games, Rolex Three Day Event, High Hope Steeplechase to name a few as well as the daily Parade of breeds and the Museum of the Horse, to name a few. The famed Horse Capitol of the World, has plenty of beautiful Thoroughbred farms which are also available to tour through Horse Country Tours (http://www.visithorsecountry.com).
If you are looking for a break from horses, there are plenty of Bourbon tours in the area, including Woodford Reserve, Maker’s Mark and Four Roses as well as the newly opened Castle & Key distillery. The microbrewery scene is another fixture in Lexington, featuring Country Boy, West Sixth and Blue Stallion to name a few besides Alltech which hosts a beer and bourbon tour located on the edge of downtown. If you like hiking and the like, the Red River Gorge provides a plethora of trails and interesting sites. Kentucky is also known for its caves, a hour drive will get you to some of the most interesting formations in the country.
There are plenty of restaurants in the downtown area, including Dudley’s, Jonathan’s at Gratz Park, Le Deauville, The Blue Heron, Toney’s Stakes & Seafood, Porofino, Windy Corner, The Grey Goose and Nick Ryan’s, just to name a few. If you are looking for something a bit more quiet, Midway is a quaint town, reminiscent of a movie set, the town has shops and restaurants to suit most tastes.
We strive to make the month a fun filled time and hope that we can accommodate those interested.