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.
Sue was born and raised on a farm in Harrison County, Kentucky. She enjoyed the farm life growing up, including horseback riding. Sue graduated from Harrison County High School and received a B.S. degree in Bacteriology from the University of Cincinnati. She received her Master's Degree in Bacteriology from the University of Kansas. Sue then came back to Cincinnati to do research and teach at the University. It was there that she met her husband in the laboratory and accompanied him to Atlanta, Georgia, where he had a post-doctoral position at the CDC. While in Atlanta, Sue worked in research at Emory University. Eventually, they returned to Lexington and Sue became the supervisor of Clinical Microbiology at University of Kentucky Hospital until she retired in 2011. She has been a horse farm tour guide for the past four years. Sue enjoys meeting new people and showing them the beautiful Bluegrass region.
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.