Shadwell Farm is a large horse farm in the heart of Lexington, Kentucky. The farm is about 1,000 acres and was founded in 1817 by the future president of the United States Ashland. Shadwell currently has around 300 horses on their property including broodmares for breeding and yearlings training to be racehorses.
Shadwell Farm hosts several events throughout the year from traditional riding lessons to modern-day racing events such as the Bluegrass Stakes. Visitors can get a sneak peek inside what it takes to maintain a thoroughbred horse operation through seeing Shadwell's facilities and watching trainers work with the horses. Visitors are also welcome to watch races from one of the two-screened viewing areas during select days when races are happening.
Approximately 10 miles from downtown Lexington, people who are interested in the farm can easily get to Shadwell by car. In addition, there is a free shuttle service available from Tates Creek Centre to the farm on certain days of the week. There is also an event schedule posted at http://shadwellfarm.com/calendar/.
There is a gift shop on site that has a selection of Kentucky Proud goods and horse racing-related items such as clothing and toys for children. Visitors can also purchase souvenirs including framed prints of champion horses that once roamed Shadwell's pastures.
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