Driving into Lane’s End Farm is a bit of challenge. Between the impossibly green pastures stretching into the horizon, jaw-dropping barns and world class horses turned out in every direction, it’s difficult to keep your eyes on the road even at a crawl. This equine sanctuary situated just outside Lexington, KY, is all at once a living exhibit to the Thoroughbred and a bustling working farm just like any other…only the muck piles here contain the droppings of A.P. Indy, Lemon Drop Kid and Candy Ride, to name a few. But still, muck is muck.
The stallion roster at Lane’s End is indeed notable, but we came for the other half of the equation: the broodmares. Lane’s End is one giant maternity ward here in late autumn, and the level of attention and care is better than most hospitals. We caught up with Broodmare Manager Charles Campbell to see how the farm effectively manages such a large operation day in and day out.
Lane’s End is something you have to see to believe. And you can. The farm is one of dozens in the Bluegrass that has opened its gates to the public as part of a newly launched initiative—called simply, Horse Country—to increase transparency and education within the thoroughbred industry. To see a full list of participating farms and book your visit, check out visithorsecountry.com.