Debra Sabia

BY Debra Sabia
09 May 2019 / Stanford / Kentucky

Do you love both riding and history? If so, you won’t want to miss a visit to Arcadia Farm. Built in 1836 by Isaac Shelby Jr., the son of Kentucky’s first Governor, Arcadia is located just 50 minutes south of Lexington in the historic community of Stanford. The 15 room mansion is considered to be one of the most distinctive historic homes in the state and is on the National Historic Registry. Nestled on 625 acres of bluegrass countryside our private gated property was originally part of a land grant gifted to the first governor of Kentucky, Isaac Shelby, for his war service by President George Washington. Our property borders the Governor’s restored home known as Traveler’s Rest where Governor Shelby lived and was later buried. Together the two estates offer 1200 acres of scenic riding along open fields, wood trails, gentle rolling hills, and along Hanging Fork River. We offer gentle adventure rides and overnight lodging at our 3 bedroom fully furnished Bunkhouse Apartment. We are also conveniently located to Kentucky’s famous Bourbon Trail, Historic Shaker Village, the Kentucky Horse Park, and Lakes Harrington and Cumberland. See us at:, and Ladies Retreat for Six! Make your reservations now for our fully furnished three bedroom one bath apartment. Each room has two twin beds so bring a friend or bunk with a new one! The apartment has a fully furnished kitchen, dining area, living room, washer and dryer. Cost for the retreat $260 per person. Rate includes access to our private gated property and its riding trails, lodging for three nights, three prepared dinners, one stall or paddock for one horse for three nights. (10% discount for HTCCA Members!) Thursday, May 9th: Day of Arrival! Get settled in. Ride if you’d like. Try out our mile long race track! Meet and greet in the Event Barn with dinner to follow. Friday, May 10th: Trail ride! We can show you the way and visit on horseback the Historic Shelby Cemetery the smallest state park in Kentucky. Hamburger Cook-Out and socializing in the Event Barn in the evening. Saturday, May 11th: Another day of trails! Hiking and fishing in the afternoon if you’d prefer. Pulled pork B B Q Dinner in the Event Barn. Sunday, May 12th: Take a day to ride or pack up and head home.


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