Cynthia Bohn’s Horse Country Picks

The hills of Horse Country are chalk full of fast horses, beautiful landscapes, legendary stud farms and maybe a bourbon distillery or two. Dr. Cynthia Bohn, owner of Equus Run winery and vineyard in Midway, is well-versed in the beauty of Horse Country. Here, she takes us through a few of her favorite sites.

“In Lexington, I can visit over 200 horse farms within a 10-mile radius, and experience our scenic gem of racing, Keeneland Race Course.”
Horse Farm Tours
Various locations website

Some of the most legendary racehorses of our day reside in the horse farms surrounding Lexington. “Zenyatta, a racehorse that captured the hearts of racing fans with her infectious personality, resides at Lane’s End Farm," says Cynthia, “and American Pharaoah is the star of horse racing and lives at Coolmore.” Celebrity horses like these are often difficult to track down for a photo op, but we recommend booking a tour at Coolmore for the chance to spot American Pharaoah.

Horse Country Drives
Various Locations website

Take a drive out just about any direction from downtown Lexington and you’ll soon find yourself surrounded by grazing Thoroughbreds and black and white rambling fences. “The idyllic Bluegrass horse farms and picturesque landscapes act as Lexington's 'ocean front' properties, with Keeneland as our boardwalk entry into paradise," Cynthia says.

Bourbon Distilleries
Various Locations website

There are 9 bourbon distilleries nestled within the rolling hills of Horse Country just 35 minutes from downtown Lexington. Cynthia is partial to Woodford Reserve. “It’s nestled in the scenic landscape of the Bluegrass region and produces world-class bourbon.”

The Kentucky Horse Park
4089 Iron Works Parkway website

Whether you’re a true equestrian or just an admirer of the horse, the Kentucky Horse Park has something for just about everyone. “Have your picture taken with the Man o' War statue, and tour the facility to see the many different horse breeds,” says Cynthia, “or, take a picnic and enjoy a day in the Bluegrass!”

Dr. Cynthia Bohn

Dr. Cynthia Bohn

Dr. Cynthia Bohn has been instrumental in the rebirth of Kentucky’s wine industry after having spent 30 years at IBM as an electrical engineer, executive manager, international marketer and professor at the IBM Harvard Business Institute. She started the Kentucky Grape & Wine Council in the early 1980s, and went on to found Equus Run Vineyard, a vineyard and winery in Midway, in 1998. The vineyard is settled on 35 acres of beautiful Bluegrass land, and was voted by CNN Travel as a Must See Hidden Treasure of the United States.