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With much love and appreciation to Michael and Diane Blowen, I dedicate this page to Old Friends, the premier Kentucky Facility for Retired Thoroughbreds.

                                 Old Friends                                   Old Friends Blog



Meet Little Silver Charm, a star in his own right! Follow his quest to win the heart of Zenyatta on his facebook page.


©Silver Charm by Zee - used by permission from Old Friends


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.”




Michael and Silver Charm playing soccer ©vicki tobin





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



Enjoy a trip through photos, articles and videos to the little piece of heaven that is home to retired athletes.



Old Friends Office ©vicki tobin




Old Friends ©vicki tobin



Michael & Diane Blowen ©vicki tobin




Kentucky sanctuary saves retired thoroughbreds from slaughterhouse - The Boston Globe



 

Read About Old Friends in People Magazine





The Magnificent Retirees of Old Friends


 
Why Creator is more wonderful than Michael....






This is my boy, Creator. I've been sponsoring him for years - can't get enough ginger snaps and carrots!



Creator ©vicki tobin




Creator ©vicki tobin




Michael and Creator deep in conversation ©vicki tobin




Creator - the smile before the nip! ©vicki tobin




The Bribe from a Blacksmith school ©vicki tobin








            Old Friends 'In Depth' with Eric Donovan 

           





This is Popcorn Deelites [Pops], one of the horses that played Seabiscuit in the Movie.



Pops ©vicki tobin



Pops ©vicki tobin




Pops ©vicki tobin






This is Swans Way [Swannie], a favorite of mine.




Swannie ©vicki tobin





Swannie ©vicki tobin


 

 

 



This is Black Tie Affair who we lost on July 2, 2010 to cancer. You can read about Black Tie HERE.

                                                    1986 - 2010


Black Tie Affair ©vicki tobin




Black Tie Affair ©vicki tobin





                                        

                                                                                             A Haven For Retired Champions



                                                     American Profile: Rescuing Champion Racehorses




 
       Old Friends Equine on CBS Evening News

    









This is Sunshine Forever, Michael's favorite.




Sunshine Forever ©vicki tobin




Sunshine Forever ©vicki tobin



Sunshine Forever ©vicki tobin

 



Clever Allemont Arrives at Old Friends



©Old Friends - used by permisson




Clever Allemont ©vicki tobin






This is Ruhlman, another of my favorites, that we lost on December 24, 2008. Read about Ruhlman HERE.

                                                                               1985 - 2008


Ruhlman ©vicki tobin



Ruhlman ©vicki tobin



Ruhlman ©vicki tobin







This is Flying Pidgeon who we lost on December 5, 2008. He was one sweet horse. You can read about Pidg HERE.


                                                                                   1981 - 2008


©Old Friends - used by permission







This is Ogygian, one of the elder statesmen of the farm. Ogygian is the last son of Damascus
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Ogygian ©vicki tobin




Michael conning Ogygian to nab him for the Blacksmith school ©vicki tobin




This is Bull inthe Heather




Bull inthe Heather ©vicki tobin






This is Bull inthe Heather and his neighbor, Fortunate Prospect - the eldest horse on the farm at 30.



Bull inthe Heather & Fortunate Prospect ©vicki tobin






This is Makors Mark



Makors Mark ©vickitobin




This is Tour of the Cat



Tour of the Cat ©vicki tobin




This is EscapedFromNewYork, one of the Paragallo horses that made it to safety at Old Friends.



EscapedFromNewYork ©vicki tobin




This is Awad


Awad ©vicki tobin





This is Wallenda racing Michael



Wallenda ©vicki tobin










And last, but not least, we pay tribute to great Old Friends that left us too soon. They are at rest at Old Friends and forever in our hearts.




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