Kevin Lay, stallion groom and tour guide at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky was presented the first Lexington Hospitality Award received by a member of Horse Country. The Lexington Hospitality Awards, presented by VisitLEX, the Bluegrass Tourism Marketing Association, and the Bluegrass Hospitality Association, were awarded at a luncheon at the Keene Barn at the Keeneland Race Course Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

The Lexington Hospitality Awards honor front-line, non-managerial staff and volunteers in the tourism industry who have demonstrated exceptional service. As stallion groom and long-time employee of Claiborne Farm, Lay is part of the team that hosts Horse Country tours of Claiborne Farm year-round. To date, Claiborne Farm has hosted approximately 11,000 guests ticketed through Horse Country, Inc.

“Kevin has a special way of making guests feel welcomed and comfortable at the farm,” said Allison Bishop, Communications Manager at Claiborne Farm. “The entire Claiborne team knows how deserving he is of a hospitality award and we are thankful for the opportunity to recognize him among peers and within the tourism industry.”

The awards honor front-line workers throughout the Bluegrass Region, where tourism employs more than 27,500 people and contributes $3.2 billion to the region’s economy.

“We know that the staff who deliver the tour experience at our member locations are instrumental in creating affinity for our horses and our sport among visitors. It is their passion for their craft and their enthusiasm that connects guests with our incredible horses and member locations,” said Horse Country Board President Price Bell, Jr. of Mill Ridge Farm and Nicoma Bloodstock. “We celebrate Kevin as an ambassador of Horse Country, and we are delighted that his talents were recognized amongst so many incredible nominees.”


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