Horses On Demand: The Thoroughbred Industry’s Virtual Farm Tour Directory

by | 03.20.2020 | 4:30pm
Claiborne Farm

With a growing portion of the population staying home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of Thoroughbred farms in Kentucky are helping folks pass the time by offering virtual tours through their social media channels.

The first farm to open its doors to the quarantined public in this manner was Claiborne Farm, which walked viewers through its typical tour of its stallion facility on March 17, answering questions posted in the livestream's chat along the way. Other operations have followed suit since then, many of them banded together under the Horse Country banner, which has opened up the farms for in-person tours at an unprecedented level in recent years.

Below, we'll be keeping a one-stop list of embedded videos for the virtual farm tours that have been made available in the past and in the coming days, along with a schedule of upcoming virtual tours as they are announced. If your farm is hosting a virtual tour, please contact us through our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Claiborne Farm
March 17 – Stallion Tour – Algorithms, Mastery, Runhappy, War Front

Mill Ridge Farm
March 18 – Farm Tour – Oscar Performance and mare/foaling barns

Stonestreet Farm
March 20 – Mares and Foals

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program
March 20 – Farm Tour, Training Exhibition

Mill Ridge Farm
March 20 – Mares and Foals, Yearlings

Mill Ridge Farm
March 23 – Office Tour with Headley Bell (Part 1)

Mill Ridge Farm
March 23 – Office Tour (Part 2), Yearlings, Sir Ivor's foaling stall, Oscar Performance, Foaling barn (with new foals) with Headley Bell

Taylor Made Farm
March 23 – Foaling Barn tour

Claiborne Farm
March 24 – Foaling Barn Tour

Mill Ridge Farm
March 25 – Walking Tour, Yearlings and Foals

Lane's End
March 25 – Stallion Barn (Quality Road, West Coast, Union Rags, Honor Code, City of Light, Candy Ride, Liam's Map) Yearling Barn, Mares & Foals in field

Denali Stud
March 25 – Foaling Barn tour with meet and greet with a resident Denali mare and foal

Hallway Feeds
March 25 – Office Tour

Diamond Creek Farm (Standardbreds)
March 26 – Office tour, Mare barn, Mares and foals in fields, Stallion barn, Reproductive lab

Taylor Made Farm
March 26 – Tour of Aaron and Marie Jones Barn

Mill Ridge Farm
March 27 – Walking the fields with Headley and Price Bell

Hallway Feeds
March 27 – Warehouse tour

Spendthrift Farm
March 27 – Future Stars of Tomorrow

Mill Ridge Farm
March 30 – Walking fields of mares and foals with Headley and Price Bell

Taylor Made Farm
March 30 – Yearling barn, Full-brother to Songbird

Spendthrift Farm
March 30 – Stallion complex tour, The “U” Barn, Nashua Statue, Mitole, Free Drop Billy, Mor Spirit

Old Friends
March 30 – Monday Mornings with Michael Blowen – Dinard, Archie's Echo, and Little Silver Charm

In addition to the farm tours, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame has several live feeds available through its Foal Patrol series, giving live looks at six pregnant broodmares as they prepare to foal, the foaling process, and the early days of that foal after he or she is born, as well as the life of Three Chimneys Farm stallion Gun Runner.

A list of available Foal Patrol feeds can be found here.

Upcoming Virtual Farm Tours (all times Eastern unless otherwise noted)

Tuesday, March 31
10 a.m. – Claiborne Farm – Mares & Foals and Marchmont Cemetery (Facebook Live and Instagram Live)

Wednesday, April 1
10:30 a.m. – Mill Ridge Farm (Facebook Live)
12:30 p.m. – Lane's End – Farm tour with Bill Farish (Facebook Live)
1 p.m. – New Vocations – Wednesday Walkthrough (Facebook Live)
2 p.m. – Denali Stud – Special birthday celebration for Serena's Song, who turns 28 on April 4

Thursday, April 2
2 p.m. – Taylor Made Farm –  Handicapping 101 featuring Medallion Racing (Facebook Live)

Friday, April 3
10:30 a.m. – Mill Ridge Farm (Facebook Live)

Monday, April 6
10:30 a.m. – Mill Ridge Farm (Faebook Live)
TBD – Old Friends – Monday Mornings with Michael Blowen

Tuesday, April 7
2 p.m. – Claiborne Farm – Retired Mares and Aftercare (Facebook Live and Instagram Live)

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