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“What a Treat!”

Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Georgetown
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

This was an absolute treat! The fact that it is free makes it that much more of a special event for a family, though I would encourage anyone to make a donation. We are not "horse people" by any means, but I believe any type of person would enjoy the tour. Even our normally rambunctious sons (8 and 5) were interested and attentive. Our tour guide was personable and entertaining. Seeing these once majestic horses in their retirement home was very enjoyable, and you could feel the love that they are given by the staff consisting of mostly volunteers. Our tour lasted 90 minutes, and we were intrigued throughout.

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Reviewed July 27, 2013

This is a wonderful place and one we would not have missed. Our guides had many tales of the horses and their history, one could feel how much they love and care for these wonderful animals. Some of the stories bought us to tears, it is hard to imagine people treating these beautiful animals so badly. Being able to pet and feed many of them was amazing

It is impossible to say enough praises to Old Friends founder, owner and staff for this wonderful place where these retired animals can live out their days, it is such a pity there is a need for a place like Old Friends who can only look after a few of the many. God Bless them

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Reviewed July 20, 2013

This is a must-see for anybody who loves horses. Even if you know nothing about thoroughbred racing, you will be inspired by the stories of these wonderful animals and the love and respect that their caretakers have for them. To see the equine athletes "up close and personal," get to pet and feed them carrots, and feel secure in the knowledge that they are well cared for is very uplifting. Getting to visit and actually touch my old favorites, Ogygian, Sunshine Forever, and Kiri's Clown gave me goosebumps. When we visit Kentucky, Old Friends is always at the top of my list to spend time. Plan to walk a lot so wear comfy shoes and clothing - but it is worth every minute. We saw every horse they had, didn't want to miss a single one - so glad we did!

Thank Ruffian72
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

The visit to Old Friends was probably the highlight of my trip. We were lucky to have a tour by the owner, and his passion for these horses is evident in the way he talks to them and how they are cared for. He had many great stories, and it is wonderful to know that there is a place for retired horses where they can live out their long lives. They gently asked for a donation instead of a tour fee - I didn't feel any pressure but was happy to donate to this wonderful place.

Thank Lynn P
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

We had the opportunity to visit Old Friends in June 2013. My 7 year old daughter loves race horses and this was a great opportunity to see some retired horses and learn their history. We were lucky enough to have the founder join us during the tour and give us some personal insight into the horses. It was worth the trip out to Old Friends and we would definatey do it again if the opportunity arose. As for the horses being dirty, anyone with horses knows you can brush them one minute and the next thing you know they are out rolling in the dirt again - it is an endless cycle. There were definately flies, but all the horses we saw had on fly masks - not much more you can do when your have horses out in open pasture. It is too bad that there isn't a requirement to set aside some of a race horse's earnings to pay for their retirement (their own 401k plan).

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