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FALL 2016

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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Visitors to Lexington, Ky., can choose among three self-guided tours through farms that make up "The Horse Capital of the World." IN 2015 AFTER AMERICAN PHAROAH SWEPT THE TRIPLE CROWN AND BREEDER'S CUP Classic to become the first horse to win thoroughbred racing's Grand Slam, he made tracks for his old Kentucky home. Now enjoying life at Ashford Stud near Lexington in the heart of Bluegrass Country, the celebrity stallion is just one of the star attractions in this city dubbed "The Horse Capital of the World." Surrounded by rolling hills dotted by more than 100 picturesque horse farms, Lexington is equally famous as the epicenter of Kentucky bourbon distilleries that produce this country's only native spirit, according to the Kentucky Distillers Association. Add a splash of Southern small- town feel and you have an original American destination. A six-hour drive from Charlotte over the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lexington is accessible by direct flights on American Airlines as well. Lexington native Chad Baker — team lead for INT Technologies in Charlotte and president of the city's University of Kentucky alumni chapter — often goes home for games and to reconnect with family. "Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year given the foliage change," he says, referring to the cornucopia of gold, crimson and burnt orange boughs that line byways and create a glorious show of color against bluegrass meadows. Chad Baker FALL 2016 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE 83

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