The Outriders Society Outing at Lane's End

One of the many outstanding perks of being a member of The Outriders Society, the volunteer arm of the Kentucky Derby Museum, is to attend our annual Thoroughbred Farm trip. Our goal is to see a Kentucky Derby contender. This experience is scheduled in the fall of the year to hopefully offset the hot and humid Kentucky weather but must be carefully planned not to interfere with the September Sales and the preparations of that major multi-day event when many farms will have their future decided: Will our foals sell? Will we buy a future Kentucky Derby Winner?

On Thursday, August 18th Lane’s End welcomed our group of 28 who qualified for an invitation to this outing by donating at least 40 hours of service to KDM this year. At this particular farm Kentucky Derby contenders are certainly in no short supply. Standing stud for them is Lemon Drop Kid and Steven got Even who both ran in 1999 and Curlin who ran in 2007. We also got to see other greats such as A.P. Indy, Quality Road and Mind Shift. It was an afternoon filled with education and awe. Even though we did not get to see Ms. Zen we did have a marvelous time.

This outstanding tour began with lunch at Darlin’ Jeans in Midway – if you haven’t experienced this step back in time I highly suggest you plan a visit. The food is good but the service was excellent. This quaint eatery is located at the end of an antique and gift shop lined street. I know this is cliché but truly A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL.

Want more information on volunteering for the Kentucky Derby Museum??? Click on the GET INVOLVED link or call me, Julie Henry @ 502.637.1111x 336.

Julie Henry Volunteer Coordinator, Kentucky Derby Museum

(Note: Zenyatta is currently in foal to Bernardini at Lane's End farm.)