Horses, Bourbon, and Books

Over the weekend, I attended the annual Kentucky Romance Writers "Spring Into Writing" Workshop. Our guest and speaker for the event was Scott Eagan, of Greyhaus Literary Agency. It was a most extraordinary weekend!

On Friday, several KYRW members toured Claiborne Farms, (pic to the right) in Paris KY, Three Chimneys Farm, in Midway KY, and the Woodford Reserve Distillery, (bottom photo) in Versailles KY. Now, I don't know a lot about horse racing, and to be honest, it's not something I've ever been terribly interested in. And to say bourbon is not one of my favorite things to drink would be a huge understatement. Despite these things, I had an absolutely fabulous time.

I was fascinated by the history of Claiborne Farms... entranced by the vibe the place gave off. I couldn't help but be impressed when the groom who was our tour guide showed us Pulpit, the stallion whose stud fee is $50,000, and Blame, the Breeder's Cup Classic Champion and the only horse to defeat the famed Zenyatta. It was also way cool to see Secretariat's grave.

At Three Chimneys farm, it was impossible not to marvel at the beauty of the stables. And I'll admit to a big "wow" moment when we got to meet Big Brown, (pic to the left) the 2008 KY Derby and Preakness winner... as well as meeting Dynaformer - Barbaro's sire - whose stud fee is $150,000! And it was... ahem... really educational to witness a stallion cover a mare and all that entailed! Call me uninformed, but I really had no idea all that was involved in breeding thoroughbreds.

The smell inside some of the distillery buildings at Woodford Reserve were realllllly strong and not so pleasant, but the process of distilling bourbon was fascinating! The three stills (pic to the left) that are used as a part of the process came from Scotland, and they were huge!

So what's my point?

I like to learn. Even when it's about things that maybe I've not been interested in before. Information is power, so I want all of it that I can get. It's part of the reason I love books so much. I can be entertained and educated at the same time.

In my next post, I'll talk more about what Scott Eagan had to say to us. He had some really valuable information for our members, and gave us a look at the publishing industry from the inside. I know we'll be talking about his workshop for a long time to come!

But for today I wanted to share a little about our Friday adventures, and point out the fact that information and learning is EVERYWHERE! And when you're a writer, so are stories. The horse farms and the distillery are experiences I won't soon forget!

Happy reading and writing!


  1. I had a wonderful time. I've lived here several years, and I had never been to Claiborne or Woodford. I learned so much. What a spectacular day!

  2. Hey Amy. I love the horse farms up here. They are beautiful. glad you had fun...

  3. It looks like you guys had so much fun! I hated to miss, but my son's championship game was this weekend. Hopefully next year!!

  4. Excellent Blog Amy!! Even if you did show a picture of my behind. I always enjoy your blogs! And the pictures.

  5. Teresa,
    Your behind is TINY! And besides... I was just trying to show how big those still are in comparison to a person!

    Thanks for stopping by,