Old Friends

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Web Address: www.oldfriendsequine.org[1]

Location: Lexington, KY area

Phone: 502-863-1775

E-mail: contact@oldfriendsequine.org

Paypal link: Click the following link to the Old Friends "How To Help" page, then click the "Visa/Mastercard Donate" button beneath the heading "Make a Donation ONLINE with PAYPAL": [2]

Media coverage: Retired Thoroughbreds Find a New Home at Old Friends Farm in Georgetown, Kentucky

A Haven For Retired Champions

Old Friends Gets TV Exposure, Retirement Plan

Old Friends Welcomes Super Derby Winner Wallenda

Will's Way To Old Friends Bloodhorse 1/31/08

Special event: Old Friends Homecoming July 13-15

Showjumping to benefit OLD FRIENDS

2008 OLD FRIENDS CALENDAR

We’re planning a calendar for 2008. Great equine photographers such as Katey Barrett, Barbara Livingston and Robbi Meisel are all contributing photos and Katey is spearheading the publication. We aim to make it the best of all racing calendars with excellent detail and printed on heavy stock. It costs about $100 per day to feed our retirees. So we’re offering every day of the year for sponsorships. For a $100 donation you can have a name printed on the calendar for the day of your choice, on a first-come, first-served basis. You also get a free calendar. Well, I guess it's really not free if you’re forking over $100. Honor a loved one, a pet, your favorite horse, or a memorial date. If you want to help just send the tax deductible donation to Old Friends, 1841 Payne’s Depot Rd., Georgetown, KY 40324 and write Calendar on the check - include the wording you'd like for the calendar date. You can also donate with paypal or call the office with credit card info at 502-863-1775. [3]

EFFORT TO FLY WALLENDA HOME TO OLD FRIENDS FROM HIS STALLION DUTY IN JAPAN[4][5]

Media stories: A link to an extensive number of media stories about Old Friends [6]

Description of Rescue

Old Friends began in 2002 as a retirement and rescue facility for pensioned Thoroughbreds. Then news broke of the inconceivable death of Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand in a slaughterhouse in Japan in 2002 (read more about Ferdinand[7]). The discovery gave even more impetus to our organization. "We went from getting five emails a day to hundreds," noted President and founder Michael Blowen[8]. We knew such a death must never happen again. And so the plan became to bring at risk racehorses--those whose racing and breeding careers had come to an end--to Old Friends, provide them with the dignified retirement they deserve, and open the space to the public. By promoting these one-time celebrated horses through a campaign of education and tourism, we realized we could draw attention to all retired Thoroughbreds and all equines in need.

We are the only rescue / retirement facility that accepts stallions, & so we take exceptional pride in our pensioned champions, among them 1988 Eclipse-winning Turf Champion, Sunshine Forever[9] & one of the last great sons of Damascus[10], Ogygian[11]. In addition to our pensioned stallions, Old Friends is home to some very deserving retired mares & geldings. (See Our Horses [12]).

Old Friends is located in the heart of the Bluegrass at Dream Chase Farm in Georgetown, Kentucky[13]. Old Friends hosts two to five tours daily (click here for tour information and directions[14]), and while our guests come to visit a few ex-racehorses, they leave having been touched by the heart of a Thoroughbred hero. Old Friends is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization.

Rescue Network

It is essential to Old Friends' philosophy to work in cooperation, and not in competition, with other equine rescue and welfare organizations. Old Friends has enjoyed successes working closely with Thoroughbred Charities of America[15] and with The Exceller Fund[16] and ReRun[17]. Old Friends' work with The Exceller Fund and ReRun has included collaborating on the retirements of movie stars Popcorn Deelites[18] and Rich In Dallas[19], both of whom portrayed the legendary racehorse Seabiscuit in the hit movie of the same name. Popcorn Deelites is one of Old Friends' most popular retirees, and Rich In Dallas still flexes his star power by making public appearances to raise money for The Exceller Fund.

FOB Horses

Many FOBs are regular supporters of Old Friends, including contributing to the successful effort to return Wallenda from Japan to his forever home at Old Friends. In addition to our pensioned stallions, Old Friends is home to some very deserving retired mares & geldings. Old Friends horses run the gamut from also-rans and hard-knocking claimers, to Eclipse-award winning Champions (click here to see the Old Friends retirees![20]). They are cared for, loved, and waiting for you to come visit them!

Feedback from FOBs

From volunteers who have visited the rescue etc which may include relevant links to the discussion board about the visit.

I had the distinct pleasure of visiting Old Friends Equine at Dream Chase Farm in April. The horses were wonderful! Michael Blowen is one of the most caring and charismatic men I've ever met...he loves those horses from the bottom of his heart! It was an amazing experience...from the kissing pony Silver Charm to Rhulmann, who tried to bite me several times!

I encourage everyone to visit this wonderful place and meet the horses and staff.

Lor in PA

I have had the pleasure to visit Old Friends as well. Marty my tour guide was a wealth of information and Michael came over to speak with all of us. The horses were having a fun day rolling in the mud - it had been raining - and put on a good show for us. Here are some photos from my visit

WendyinMI

Questions from FOBs

This space available for FOBs to ask questions. Answers can then be worked into the above content if appropriate. Questions can be directed to Old Friends via the contact information above, or to Matt Bailis at mbailis@msn.com.