Welcome to Old Friends, a retirement home for thoroughbreds who have come to the end of their racing and breeding careers. Located just outside of Lexington in Georgetown, KY, Old Friends is a gem that I wish I had know about sooner and I’m excited to share it with you!
Founded in 2003 by former Boston Globe film critic, Michael Blowen, Old Friends now cares for over 150 horses across three states and attracts over 20,000 visitors each year. Their mission is to provide a the retired horses with the dignified retirement they deserve, and invite the public to visit. On the farm you can visit with racing stars like 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Silver Charm, three-time Santa Anita Handicap victor Game on Dude, Breeders’ Cup Champions Gulch and Amazombie, Belmont Stakes winner Sarava and Hollywood Gold Cup winner Rail Trip.
As a non-profit facility, Old Friends keeps the farm running through donations, charity events, and by offering guided tours ($10 a person). Currently, my friends over at My Kentucky Tee are running a fundraiser for Old Friends with a Campaign Tee. Now through July 20th you can pre-order your tee (these are separate from the Tee Of The Month) for $20 with $5 of each shirt going directly to Old Friends. I love the tee slogan “Life is best viewed through the ears of a horse.” Pre-order your tee here, you will not only be helping to support a great cause but also helping to spread the word about this amazing retirement home when you wear your tee.
If you haven’t already, I highly encourage you to take a drive out to Old Friends for a tour (more here on tours). This farm is a place where you can get up close to the horses.
Game On Dude the “dude” that loves jolly ranchers…however he is currently on a sugar-free diet which he’s not super happy about.
Amazombie (and his pet goats). Literally two seconds after this beautiful galloping photo he decided to spit his mouth full of grass all over me. Thanks bud.
Silver Charm won the 1997 Derby and Preakness. He also loves to give kisses to Michael (don’t try this on your tour).
Popcorn Delights (left) the Seabiscuit star!
These two^ were a hoot. My guide referred to them as the “frat boys” of the farm…always getting into mischief together. Be warned of the muddle puddle at the bottom of the hill. They’ve been known to splash right in it as tourists come to visit their paddock.
Little Silver Charm (the mini horse with diva status!)
Star Plus was the star of the show and the gets the best photogenic award! Ears up and tail swinging!
To order your Old Friends Fundraiser Tee, click here.
For other ways you can help out and offer your support, click here.