Kentucky Horse | High Stakes in the Bluegrass, National Geographic: Lawn Jockey Wear Silks Representing Farm

Lawn jockey statue tradition in horse country and Deep South.

The Bluegrass Region is rich with lore and traditions like the lawn jockey, a small statue prominently positioned on every farm with a lantern or hitching ring in one outstretched hand. Local legend says it memorializes Jocko Graves, who stood guard over horses for George Washington and froze to death holding a lantern in his hand. He was known as the faithful guardsman.

Modern day watchman and farm owner Dr. Smiser West walks out his office door toward the lawn jockey painted with the colors of Waterford Farm.

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