Old Friends Equine

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Old Friends is a nonprofit equine retirement facility in Georgetown, Kentucky. It is the only thoroughbred retirement facility in the United States that accepts stallions.

The facility was inspired by the death of 1986 Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand, and created in 2002 by Michael Blowen who runs it almost entirely from donations.[1]

In 2009, Joann and Mark Pepper's farm in Greenfield Center, New York became a satellite operation of Old Friends Equine known as Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division named for U.S. Racing Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel who died in 2009.[2]

Notable residents in Kentucky[edit]

Notable residents in New York[edit]

Former residents[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Old Derby champs rescued by horse retirement farm | ajc.com
  2. ^ Int’l Fund for Horses - December 8, 2009
  3. ^ http://www.oldfriendsequine.org/horses/affirmed-success-12.html
  4. ^ Taylor's Special Euthanized; Awad to Join Old Friends Roster| bloodhorse.com
  5. ^ Bonnie's Poker, dam of Silver Charm, joins Old Friends - Thoroughbred Times
  6. ^ Old Friends Finding Company Outside Horse Industry| bloodhorse.com
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ Old Friends welcomes Sunshine Forever, Creator - Thoroughbred Times
  9. ^ Old Friends acquires pensioned Farnsworth stallion Fortunate Prospect - Thoroughbred Times
  10. ^ Futural Retired to Old Friends| bloodhorse.com
  11. ^ http://www.oldfriendsequine.org/horses/im-charismatic-981.html
  12. ^ a b Old Friends adds Kiri's Clown and Ballindaggin - Thoroughbred Times
  13. ^ Futural Retired to Old Friends| bloodhorse.com
  14. ^ Fraise, Ogygian Arrive at Old Friends| bloodhorse.com
  15. ^ Seabiscuit Horse To Be Featured at Keeneland| bloodhorse.com
  16. ^ http://www.oldfriendsequine.org/horses/sarava-4260.html
  17. ^ Fraise, Special Ring join Old Friends - Thoroughbred Times
  18. ^ http://www.oldfriendsequine.org/horses/thornfield-596.html
  19. ^ Old Friends Welcomes Super Derby Winner Wallenda| bloodhorse.com
  20. ^ Old Friends Welcomes Williamstown| bloodhorse.com
  21. ^ Bloodhorse.com - December 2, 2009
  22. ^ Old Friends Equine: A Retirement Home for Thoroughbred Race Horses Flying Pidgeon biography
  23. ^ Ruhlmann Arrives at Old Friends| bloodhorse.com
  24. ^ http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/national-news/2011/03/24/the-wicked-north-euthanized.aspx
  25. ^ Old Friends welcomes Sunshine Forever, Creator - Thoroughbred Times