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Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm

1841 Paynes Depot Road, Georgetown, KY 40324
+1 502-863-1775
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Georgetown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Farms, Tours, Adventure
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Owner description: Horse Racing's Living History Museum! At Old Friends, the non-profit Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY, 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 cares for more than 135 horses across three states, many of them stallions whose racing and breeding careers came to an end. A "Rural Hall of Fame", the farm welcomes visitors to get up close and personal with such stars of the turf as Breeders' Cup Champion Gulch, Belmont Stakes winner Sarava, millionaire gelding Arson Squad, and many more. Hear their stories, meet them in person...Er..Horse. Our guests come to visit a few ex-racehorses, they leave having been touched by the heart of a Thoroughbred hero. Tours are daily at 10:00, 1:00 & 3:00 with a reservation.

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Lexington, Kentucky
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

A must see for anyone traveling to Lexington (Georgetown). The best attraction I have ever been to. Fell in love with the place immediately. John Bradley, our guide ,was a walking, talking wealth of horse racing lore. It just went by too fast

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

I was looking for things to do that our Texas and NJ friends would enjoy. I read about this place just in passing on another Trip Advisor review. Once I arrived and was waiting in the gift shop, I was a tad concerned this would be a bust (that's not a negative about the gift shop...but there were only 3... More

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Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

If you enjoy horses and storytelling, be sure and take a tour with Mike at the Old Friends Farm. A "retirement home" of sorts, every horse on the property, which includes winners of some of the sports' biggest races, has a history and Mike knows them all! After getting up close and personal with these thoroughbreds, you will walk away... More

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11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

My son and I loved visiting the horses and walking around the farm. He particularly loved the soccer playing pony as he plays soccer. It was a great stop in Georgetown.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We visited the farm for retired thoroughbreds and completely enjoyed the horses and the atmosphere. There were horses that had won millions in their careers only to have no place to retire prior to the opening of Old Friends Farm 11 years ago. It is a nonprofit organization We saw the last living male off spring of Seabiscuit and Secretary.... More

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Augusta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I'm such a sucker for animals, especially those that are past their primes and need some extra love. The volunteers here clearly love these animals and enjoy feeding them, talking to them and taking care of them each and every day. There is about a 1-1/2 hr tour where you learn many of the horses' stories and you get to... More

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GEORGETOWN
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Want to get up close with some of the finest horses in the business? This is the place for you! Old Friends is a family friendly attraction that allows former race horses to live out their golden years with a staff that has a heart of gold. You won't find anyone more dedicated to the care of retired race horses... More

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Rolling Meadows, Il
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Old Friends is just a bit a heaven for anyone that likes horses. They ask nothing of those in their care and let them live as a horse should live. Michael Blowen (owner) gives everything he has to provide for the horses care. Volunteers on the farm have many wonderful stories to tell about the horses you visit and feed!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I heard from word of mouth about the Old Friends Equine in Georgetown, Ky and decided to visit since I was in the area. I am so glad I did because it was a feel good experience, something which doesn't happen too often in your life. I have been a horse racing fan for over 30 years. Definitely aware of... More

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Marshall, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

It is an amazing man who turned his land into a place were retired race horses could live out their remaining years. They let you feed and pet the horses and give you amazing history of the horses they have on the farm.

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