Nearby Equine Entertainment and Events
There’s a reason why Lexington, Kentucky, is known as the horse capital of the world! At Clarion Hotel Conference Center North, we offer comfortable accommodations and family-friendly amenities during your stay at the heart of equine heaven. In addition to being centrally located to all of the notable horse-centered attractions in Lexington, we also offer a special “Discover Our Horse Heritage” package that we hope you will take advantage of during your stay.
Kentucky Horse Park
At Clarion, you're just minutes away from all of the excitement and grandeur of the Kentucky Horse Park. Located just four miles from America’s premier horse park, our hotel offers excellent amenities, comfortable accommodations, and fun on-site recreation for the entire family. From horseback and pony rides across the park's rolling countryside to world-class equestrian races and competitions, the Kentucky Horse Park has something for all horse lovers. Learn about horse breeds and history in the KHP's International Museum of the Horse, take a horse-drawn tour of the grounds, or watch as an on-site leather artisan crafts saddles, harnesses, and other gear.
This beautiful park features various equine events throughout the year, such as the Rolex Kentucky and the National Horse Show. Visit the Hall of Champions, take a walking tour of the onsite horse barns, and enjoy the huge variety of horses that this unique facility has to offer.
Annual Events at the Kentucky Horse Park
- April 11-14 KY Spring Premier Saddlebred Show
- April 25-28 Rolex KY 3 Day Event
- May 8-19 KY Spring Hunter/Jumper
- May 24-26 KY Inv. High School Rodeo
- June 5-16 Country Heir Horse Show
- June 21-23 MidSouth Pony Club Rally
- June 26-30 Silverama Arabian Championship
- July 17-21 USEF/American Vaulting Association National Championship
- July 24-August 4 - KY Summer Horse Show
- August 7-11 USEF Pony Finals
- September 10-15 Rocky Mountain Horse Show
Activities at the Kentucky Horse Park
- Horse Drawn Tours
- Hall of Champions Show
- Parade of Breeds Presentation
- Shop talk with the farrier
- Mare and Foal Show
- The American Saddlebred Museum
Keeneland Race Track
Clarion Hotel Conference Center North is just minutes from Kneeneland Race Track, a renowned track and global auction venue in Lexington, Kentucky. Whether you're traveling to Keeneland to witness one of the four yearly auctions or to catch the thoroughbred races in April or October, Clarion Hotel Lexington is the ideal choice for comfortable accommodations. Offering a convenient location, a wealth of amenities, and well-appointed rooms, our hotel is a haven after a day of equestrian excitement.
Now in it's 75th year of service, Keeneland continues to be the leader in the world of thoroughbred racing and sales. The track runs Wednesday through Sunday, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and on Easter Sunday.
Keeneland Race Track Annual Events
- April 5-26 Spring Meet
- October 4-26 Fall Meet
- April 8 Two year olds in training sale
- September 9-20 Yearling Horse Sales
- November 5- 15 Breeding Stock Sales
The Red Mile
Located six miles from Clarion Hotel Conference Center North and known for its red clay, one-mile track, the Red Mile is the second oldest harness track in the world. For more than 130 years, harness racing's elite have converged on the Red Mile to stage some of the greatest equine battles in history. The Red Mile Standardbred Meet is August 4 – October 6.