Georgetown, KY Horse-related Activities
Nestled in the rolling hills of horse country is Old Friends, the peaceful home to over 100 retired thoroughbred race horses. This 136 acre farm is open for daily tours at 10:00, 1:00 and 3:00 with a reservation. 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 150 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 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners Silver Charm and War Emblem, Belmont winner Sarava, Three-time Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude and Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner and champion Amazombie. These champions live alongside retirees like Swan's Way and Mikethespike, 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.