Homes of the Stars – Part 1

Posted on February 20, 2008. Filed under: blogs, farm tours, horses, Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), KY, Lexington, The Bluegrass | Tags: , , , , , |

Let’s say that you’re a fan of Michael Jordan. And let’s say that you find out that he offers “calling hours” every so often in his home. Wouldn’t you like to know more?

Well, if you’re a fan of champion thoroughbred race horses and if that horse is retired in the Lexington, KY, area, you just might be able to go visit him. Some of the farms, although fewer and fewer, accept visitors by appointment. After all, these are still working farms. And breeding thoroughbred horses is big business.

But so is equine tourism – to the tune of $8.8 billion dollars a year, according to the Kentucky Equine Education Project. The Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau offers tourists a page of info on touring the farms. Visitors have a variety of options, ranging from group tours to independently arranging tours with the farms themselves.

Even if you don’t have a favorite horse to see, visiting the farms is a wonderful experience. Many farms are distinctive architectural wonders in themselves. Plus, the farm employees tend to be appreciative of their charges and happy to see interest in them.I tend to prefer calling individual farms myself. My next post tomorrow will cover ways to set up a tour.

(Bear with me. I’m still finding photos and learning this photo isnertion thing. 🙂 Thanks for your patience.)

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Rhonda,

That’s very interesting about visiting the horse farms. I’ve only been in Kentucky once, many years ago. My dad wanted to go to an antique car meet, so we drove there from Pittsburgh. Like a lot of young girls, I was horse mad, and we actually drove by Churchill Downs, but didn’t stop. (Nothing was going on at the time.) Kentucky is a beautiful state, what little I saw of it any way.

I haven’t used Word Press yet, so have no idea how to help you with the pictures. There should be a graphic somewhere to click on where you can upload the photo. If you can use basic HTML instructions, try adding align=”left” (or “right” or “center” to the image code, i.e. .

Linda / Lyndi

Hiya, Linda. Thanks for stopping by and saying “hey.” (Or here in horseyville, maybe it’s “hay.” ;->) Anyway, thanks for the extra pointers on the photos. I’ll give it a whirl while fiddling with my Luke photo from yesterday.

Rhonda,

I was able to figure out how to insert a picture in WordPress. But I have WordPress connected to my webpage, so I’m not sure how different my version is from the one on the WordPress server, but try this:

When you are creating your post, below that box is a menu called Upload, and a button called Choose File. Click Choose File – then you find the file on your computer and press the Upload button below that.

Then you can drag your picture to the text box with your image. If your image is too large, you can edit the image.

To edit the image, click the small picture icon Mine shows a picture of a tree. in the list of icons at the top of your blog post window. It will put the URL of your picture in the top line of the window that appears. You can then add some space around your picture and resize the pic and arrange where you want the picture to show up.

I still haven’t mastered where the picture will show up in my posts yet. i click on Left and it shows up on the right of my post, by I’m left handed, so maybe my life is all backwards.

I’m still trying to figure out why I can’t get a new paragraph in my blog posts when I managed to do it yesterday. Some setting must have gotten switched off – oh well. It’s a learning experience.

Good luck.

Thanks, Sandy. I really need to get this under my fingers. Even I think my blogs have too much copy and not enough pictures. I’m still thinking like a reporter writing articles.


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