The 2023 Secretariat Festival is incredibly fortunate to include this very special farm tour in our slate of activities. Hill 'n' Dale at Xalapa is perhaps the most beautiful horse farm in Kentucky and often called "the Biltmore of the Bluegrass." This storied breeding and training facility located in Paris, Kentucky on the former grounds of Xalapa Farm traces its history all the way back to 1827.
The magnificent Bourbon County property also has decades-long ties to the Chenery and Hancock families. It bred Hildene, the blue hen mare who produced the Meadow Stable's own 1950 Horse of the Year Hill Prince as well as champion First Landing, sire of Riva Ridge. The farm also served as the training facility for Buckpasser, Ruffian, Dahlia and Wajima, and its scenic grounds were part of the set location for the Hollywood film "Seabiscuit."
Today, Hill 'n' Dale at Xalapa features a renowned stallion roster that includes two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, leading sires Good Magic and Violence, and 2013 Secretariat "Vox Populi" Award winner Mucho Macho Man.
This very special privately guided Hill ‘n’ Dale at Xalapa experience offers the full Stallion Tour as well as an expanded behind-the-scenes motor coach tour showcasing the many rarely seen attractions of this historic property. Allow approximately 2 hours for the full farm tour.
Please know the Hill 'n' Dale at Xalapa Tour will end at approximately 11:00 a.m. -- with plenty of time to catch the noon unveiling and dedication of the Secretariat Park in downtown Paris. All Hill 'n' Dale Farm tour participants will receive a complimentary gift as a keepsake of their visit. Don't miss the special opportunity to visit this remarkable Bluegrass treasure!
The Hill 'n' Dale at Xalapa Farm Tour is currently sold-out. However, should cancelations occur, additional tickets may be available for purchase on the day of the event at the Secretariat Festival Headquarters located at 570 Main St.
PLEASE NOTE: TOUR TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED. Tour-goers can proceed directly to the farm or catch the complimentary shuttle bus departing from downtown Paris at approximately 8:40 a.m. For those who prefer to drive directly to the farm, Hill ‘n’ Dale at Xalapa is located 15 minutes outside of Paris. Enter thru the 1027 Stoney Point Road back gate and proceed to Breeding Shed parking. We request that all guests check-in at Xalapa 10 minutes prior to the tour. For more information, please call (502) 473-1036.