Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Margaret grew up in the middle of horse country, just down the road from the farm where Man O' War was standing stud. When he died, Margaret's father took her as a very young child to Man O' War's funeral - very few people can say that they went! After operating a horse feed company for a number of years, Margaret quit to start Horse Farm Tours, Inc. With her contacts with the farms and managers, she has managed to get into several of the horse farms for tours. Horse Farm Tours, Inc has been in business for 30 years.
Currently in his 6th season as a tour guide with Horse Farm Tours, David is a lifelong Kentucky resident with deep Lexington family roots. Retired after a 40-year newspaper career and serving actively for 4 years with the US Air Force, David now enjoys leading horse farm tours. He received his formal education at Eastern Kentucky University. David is married to a Lexington horse farm office manager, which helps keep him connected to the Thoroughbred industry. David loves Kentucky, Lexington, and enjoys sharing all the great things they have to offer with our visitors.
Leslie started riding horses when she was eight years old on Beaumont Farm in Lexington. While studying at the University of Kentucky, she took equestrian classes at Spindletop Farm. Formerly, Leslie led elderhostel tours of Lexington for the University of Kentucky. She enjoys people and horses, and has a lot of fun leading horse farm tours, which allows her to meet people from all over the world.
Born on his grandparents' farm in Nicholasville, Kentucky, Leslie moved to Lexington when he was one month old. Leslie attended the University of Kentucky and began to study Engineering, but later switched to become a Music major. He attended Eastern Kentucky University, where he received a degree in Engineering Technology, focusing on drafting and design. Leslie then served in the US Marine Corps Reserves from 1966 - 1972. He has two uncles that were blacksmiths, both of whom are in the International Blacksmith Hall of Fame, and one of whom shod fifteen Kentucky Derby winners, including Secretariat. Leslie is currently in his second season as a tour guide with Horse Farm Tours. Leslie and his wife, Karen live in Lexington and enjoy the horse world.
Ernie is a lifelong resident of Lexington, Kentucky. He retired after 50 years as a jockey and Thoroughbred horse trainer. He and his wife have been married for 53 years and still stay connected to the Thoroughbred horse world.
Roy is a transplanted northerner, having spent his wonder years growing up in upstate New York, moving to West Virginia in the early 80’s to live life at a ski resort for 25 years, and then to the Bluegrass pastures of Kentucky to continue his adventures…Roy continues to enjoy the road less traveled by sharing the thoroughbred industry here in Lexington while raising twin teenage boys with his wife.
Tom was born in New York but moved to Lexington when he was three years old and has lived in Lexington on and off since. He is very interested in the thoroughbred horse industry, having been to the Kentucky Derby twice and more times than he can count to Keeneland Race Track. He has several friends that work in the horse industry and he tries to stay up to date with what they have going on at work. Tom graduated from Midway College, he has the distinction of being the second male to graduate from an all-girls college. He and his wife of 39 years have two lovely daughters who also live in Lexington(no he didn’t meet his wife at Midway).
Ruth was born in nearby Versailles, Kentucky, at the age of ten her family moved to Lexington. Ruth worked with her husband for twenty five years in his training stable and after fifty five years of marriage they are still together and love the world of the thoroughbred horses. Her biggest thrill was when her own horse (Blond Witch) won a race at Keeneland at odds of 52 to 1 on the day before Halloween.