University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and Ag Equine Programs hosted the annual Farm and Facilities Expo. In addition to visiting the premier central Kentucky horse farm where great racers like 2020 Kentucky Derby winner Authentic live, farm managers and horse owners were able to get a grasp on farm layout and planning, pasture establishment and spray options for farms of all sizes also, engaging non-horseman in the racing industry.
Professor Ray Smith with the University of Kentucky says they’ve been doing this expo for the last 12 years and it also gives them an opportunity to talk about research happening at UK, making it an educational event for farm owners of all sizes. Smith believes this behind the scenes look is an important part of Kentucky’s culture that should be passed on.
“Horse racing is the sport and it’s not just the racing, it’s maintaining those horses and breeding those horses and the whole industry is just part of Kentucky and it’s nice to be able to highlight that on tours like this and highlight that to anybody who is interested,” said Smith.UK Farm and Facilities is building a new visitor center and museum on the farm, expected to be completed by next year.