Silver Charm’s bio from Old Friend’s website. “I am a miniature horse, the smallest stallion at Old Friends, but I like to think that I am the smartest and the most handsome. Michael’s trainer, Lorita Lindemann, found me, on a big, smelly truck that pulled up one day at Rockingham Park in New Hampshire. I was on a one-way trip to a very bad place. Lorita paid $40 for me. She called me Brownie, put me in a stall and cleaned me up because I was a mess. It was fun at the track. People fed me lots of treats. I made friends, horses and humans, and goats, too. But after a while the people who ran the track said they didn’t want me around. Michael was moving to Kentucky and he said he’d bring me along. He re-named me Silver Charm, after my idol, the great Thoroughbred who used to stand at Three Chimneys and who now stands in Japan. Sometimes people see the sign on my paddock and say, “You’re not the real Silver Charm.” Well, I am just as real as he is, only smaller. And my mane is silver and I am charming. So my name is appropriate. I like living at Old Friends, surrounded by famous Thoroughbreds. They all take orders from me. I am the center of attention, not only because I’m adorable, if I do say so myself, but because I have appointed myself Old Friends’ official spokeshorse for equine rescue. You can help me help other horses by donating $25 for a share in me. Take my word for it, it’s an unbelievable bargain.”
John Holland, RT Fitch, Scott Beckstead, Silver Charm, me, Terry Fitch, Simone Netherlands
(with Cookie) & Michael Blowen at the press conference held at Old Friends, prior to the
2013 International Equine Conference held at the Kentucky Horse Park
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