Georgetown, KY Horse-related Activities
Kentucky Horse Park; Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Home; Scott County Horse Farms; Tours; Riding, Lessons, and Boarding; Festival of the Horse
Nestled in the rolling hills of horse country is Old Friends, the peaceful home to over 50 thoroughbreds in the racing field. This 92 acre thoroughbred retirement farm is open for daily tours at 10:00, 1:00 and 3:00 with a reservation. Adults: $10, 12 and under are free.
At Old Friends the horses may not be racing anymore, but they are winners everyday. Founded in 2003 by former Boston Globe film critic Michael Blowen, Old Friends now cares for more than 115 horses across three states, most of them stallions whose racing and breeding careers came to an end. A “living history museum of horse racing”, the farm attracts nearly 20,000 tourists annually that get up close and personal with such stars of the turf as Breeders’ Cup Champion Gulch, stakes winner Marquetry, Hollywood Gold Cup Winner Rail Trip, Whitney Handicap Winner Commentator and millionaire gelding Arson Squad. These champions live alongside retirees like Swan's Way and Escapedfromnewyork, horses who never earned much more than our love and respect. Old Friends is also home to many deserving mares and geldings.
Every horse at Old Friends has a story to tell, and visitors to the farms can hear them all on the tour. Our guests come to visit a few ex-racehorses, but they often leave having been touched by the heart of a Thoroughbred hero.