Fayette County

Fifth-graders get hands-on Thoroughbred experience at Keeneland

Monte Ashford, 10, of Lexington, a student at Athens-Chilesburg Elementary School, hugged Rosie, a 12-year-old mare, during a field trip to Keeneland on Thursday. About 2,900 fifth-graders from 31 area schools will visit Keeneland this week to learn about the Thoroughbred industry in Kentucky.
Monte Ashford, 10, of Lexington, a student at Athens-Chilesburg Elementary School, hugged Rosie, a 12-year-old mare, during a field trip to Keeneland on Thursday. About 2,900 fifth-graders from 31 area schools will visit Keeneland this week to learn about the Thoroughbred industry in Kentucky. aslitz@herald-leader.com

For the seventh year, Keeneland will host fifth-graders from area public and private schools for an up-close, in-depth look at the Thoroughbred industry.

The tours begin each day in the Sales Pavilion, where students can participate in a mock horse auction. They also visit educational stations touching on Keeneland’s history, careers in the Thoroughbred industry, horse and rider safety, and track landmarks.

And of course, they get to pet horses.

About 2,900 fifth grade students tour Keeneland to learn about the thoroughbred industry in Kentucky.

“Keeneland is always excited to welcome these students, who are enthusiastic and eager to learn about anything related to horses,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said in a release. “The tours are a fun way to introduce them to an important part of where they live and encourage a lifelong connection to Keeneland and the Thoroughbred industry.”

The program has hosted more than 18,000 students since its inception, according to Keeneland’s website.

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