thoroughbred retirement

Hold Your Horses: Blowen Clarifies Old Friends Relationship To New California Facility

Michael Blowen, founder and President of Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility based in Georgetown, KY, wishes to clarify an unauthorized press release issued yesterday announcing the affiliate “Old Friends West”. According to Blowen, no official agreement has been made with Elizabeth Neil or Doug Freeland to open a West Coast-based Thoroughbred retirement facility. Mr. […]

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Updated: Duo Claims It Will Open A West Coast Branch Of Old Friends

Editor’s Note: Michael Blowen of Old Friends Equine released a statement on Friday calling the following press release “unauthorized” and clarified the new facility will not be officially affiliated with Old Friends. Read his statement here. — Old Friends Farm, a popular retirement home for Thoroughbreds in Georgetown, KY, has agreed to have a new […]

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‘Beloved Champs’ Wake Forest, Kharafa Arrive At Old Friends

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement facility in Georgetown, KY., announced on Tuesday the arrival of two new notable retirees: Grade 1 winner Wake Forest and stakes winner Kharafa. Wake Forest was a Group 3 winner in Germany before relocating to trainer Chad Brown’s barn in 2015 for owners Michael Dubb, Sol Kumin and his Sheep […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: So Long But Not Goodbye

“The future depends on what we do in the present.” – Mahatma Gandhi It was about seven years ago that I wrote the first installment of what would become known as the “Aftercare Spotlight” series for the Paulick Report, and it’s fitting that, for me, the journey ends where it all began. It was about […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: The Gentle Approach Of Square Peg

“Autists are the ultimate square pegs, and the problem with pounding a square peg into a round hole is not that the hammering is hard work. It’s that you’re destroying the peg.” – Paul Collins, author of Not Even Wrong: A Father’s Journey into the Lost History of Autism In the town of Half Moon, […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Desensitizing Horses For Racing And Life

Everyone wants a horse that can handle its surroundings. Whether it’s the hustle and bustle of the sales grounds, the energy-charged environment on race day, the controlled chaos of a horse show or simply hacking out in unfamiliar territory, a horse that doesn’t lose its marbles and resort to “flight mode” when the unfamiliar or […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Ponying Off The Track

Tom and Clare Mansmann have a knack for off-track Thoroughbreds, there’s no question about that. At their Pacific Farms, Inc., an equestrian facility in Middleburg, Va., specializing in lessons, boarding, showing and sales, they transition off-track Thoroughbreds into everything from eventers and hunter/jumpers to fox hunters, trail horses and more and are often sought out […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Prospecting For Polo Potential

Growing up on his family’s Morgan horse farm, it was of little surprise that Nick Rennekamp would center his life’s work around horses. What was less obvious at the time was that his specialty would focus on Thoroughbreds, starting them under saddle, conditioning them as racehorses and training them for polo. The world of polo […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: A ‘Passport’ To A Second Career

There’s no doubt about it, Brookline was bred for greatness. Out of the iconic broodmare Cara Rafaela, a Grade 1 winner herself who produced the likes of superstar sire Bernardini, Brookline had some big shoes to fill. It was at Margaux Farm, a Thoroughbred training center located in Midway, Ky., that farm trainer Dermot Littlefield […]

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New Vocations Launches Annual Breeders’ Cup Pledge, Looking To Connections For Support

New Vocations announced today the launching of their annual Breeders’ Cup Pledge.   The program is seeking owners and trainers of Breeders’ Cup contenders to pledge a percentage of their Championship earnings to support their mission to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome retired racehorses. This will be the ninth year for the fundraiser which has raised over $480,000 […]

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