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Celebrating Kentucky Derby Day With Equestrian Style Decor Inspiration


Happy Kentucky Derby Day! As a lifelong Kentucky resident I love the history and culture of our great state. The historic Kentucky Derby and beautiful horse country is perhaps what Kentucky is best known for.



Talk Derby To Me


I have not attended a Kentucky Derby, but I hope to in the future! People around the world celebrate the day with derby day parties, dressed in their finest attire and sporting festive hats to mark the occasion.


Kentucky Derby Collectible Art Print


Here is my gorgeous vocal and piano student Ashby all dressed up and attending the Derby today!

Image may contain: Ashby-Lee Foutch, standing

Instagram @AshbyLeeFoutch


I have always loved horses, English country and equestrian style decor, so today I thought it would be fun to take a look at some beautiful Kentucky Derby themed and equestrian style decor inspiration. *This post contains affiliate links.

Winner's Circle Display: I love nothing more than creating spaces for equestrian inspired decor. This one is so simple that anyone can do it! Make it your own and have fun with it. Here are some tips on what to do...

Winner’s Circle Decor


In my recent Cottage Bedroom Reveal as part of the Beautiful Bedrooms Tour, I shared how I incorporated a touch of equestrian style in the room.




I recently purchased a beautiful horse pillow at Vintage Market Days in West Columbus, Ohio which I have used on the wing back recliner by the bookcase in our bedroom. I also styled the top shelf of the bookcase with a Kentucky Derby themed vignette.



Last fall I scored this collectible picture of historic Triple Crown winner, Secretariat the race horse at a local yard sale.

I didn’t really have a place for the picture downstairs, but when I gave our bedroom a makeover I finally found the perfect spot to display it on the bookcase. I have a small collection of vintage trophies that I also included in the vignette along with my dad’s childhood copper horse bank (which later became my Barbie horse)!  A couple of small plates with horses and an English hunting scene are also favorite yard sale treasures.


Equestrian Decor horse decor


I am always looking for more English Country and equestrian style decor inspiration. Here are  some of my favorite images from my Pinterest boards.


Eye For Design: Equestrian Chic Interiors

Eye For Design


Old English Style



Horse Country Chic: Equestrian Decor

Horse Country Chic


Love this charming equestrian-themed living room! Pinning for the framework

Eye For Design


Far Above Rubies: Ralph Lauren-inspired Spode Woodland

Far Above Rubies


From Ralph Lauren Paint, gilded frames against a front entry painted in Windsor green, with trim Polo Mallet White. A German Shorthaired Pointer makes himself at home on a classic settee.

Ralph Lauren


Classy Equestrian Dinner Settings Equestrian Table Settings



rustic living room... this would be for my country house

Restoration Hardware


Fox Run Manor

Decor Medley


The mudroom highlights equestrian gear — riding hats, a hunting horn, Scheeler's own show ribbons — as well as a photo of Scheeler's grandfather with his high school football team.

Country Living


Though it has been around for hundreds of years, English Country Equestrian Style  was brought into the mainstream of the home and fash...

Robin King Designs


Robin King Designs


Scenes of riders and their horses preparing for a hunt are Inspired by 19th century British sporting art.


Some of my love for this particular style has been influenced by my aunt Jennifer Lyon, an accomplished equestrian, artist and decorator. Here is one of her stunning custom horse portraits.


Gorgeous original custom horse portrait by Jennifer Lyon copyright

Joy Ride By Jennifer Lyon


You can check out more of her beautiful custom horse and dog portraits on her Facebook page.


2018 Kentucky Derby Official Poster

Well friends, thanks so much for visiting today! I hope you enjoyed the post. I finished it just in time to watch the derby…and I’m off!

Enjoy the race!


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  • Reply Tanya Holt

    I love all of this! So distinctly Kentucky. I’ve been in my new Kentucky home one year and I’m still working on the decorating. This gives me some inspiration… 🙂

    May 7, 2018 at 8:17 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Yay! So glad you found it inspiring! I am going to check out your blog!

      May 7, 2018 at 11:42 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    I admire equestrian decor, so this was fun for me. I’ve only visited Lexington, Kentucky, but it charmed me so that I’ll never forget the beauty of the horse farms.

    May 8, 2018 at 9:23 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Hello Sarah! Yes, Lexington is amazing. We live about 2 1/2 hours away but I have had to travel there every couple of months for doctor appointments over the past several years, and I feel very connected to the area. I hope you will get a chance to visit Lexington again sometime, and you are welcome to visit my blog anytime! Thanks for stopping by!

      May 9, 2018 at 10:18 am
  • Reply Cecilia

    Lovely collection, Amber! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

    May 6, 2019 at 6:17 pm
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