Donations in any
amount can also be made to Old Friends by direct mailing to Old Friends at 1841
Paynes Depot Road, Georgetown, KY 40324,
by phone at 502-863-1775 via credit card, or through PayPal (PayPal information
is available on our web site at www.oldfriendsequine.org
Sponsor a share
in any one of our retired thoroughbreds by donating $100 and receive an 8 X 10
photograph of the sponsored horse, a signed share certificate issued in the
donor’s name, and a short biography of the horse. Shares make nice gifts to your horse loving
friends and family.
Become a Member
of the Old Friends family by donating $150 and receive a welcome gift as a
token of our appreciation.
Become a Best
Friend of Old Friends by making a donation of $1,000 or more and have your
name engraved on a plaque that will be mounted on the “Best Friends Wall”
displayed in the barn area where it will be viewed by daily visitors and dignitaries
that visit us at Old Friends.
Reserve a specific
date on our annual Calendar by donating $100 and provide us with the text
that you would like to have printed on that date.
Donate to a
Special Project (i.e., paddock fencing, run-in shed; automatic waterer, etc.). Information on specific projects is available on the "How to Help" page of our web site at www.oldfriendsequine.org.
In-Kind Donations of horse related
supplies (i.e., vet wrap, vaccines, blankets, fly masks, etc.) are gladly
accepted, as well as items and/or services that can be auctioned at our fund
raising events to generate income for Old Friends, sold in our gift shop, or
sold/auctioned online through our web site or on Ebay.
Old Friends is a non-profit organization that was founded in
2003 as a retirement facility for Thoroughbred horses whose racing and/or
breeding careers have ended, and is unique in the fact that it is the only such
facility in the United States that accepts stallions. With a mission to provide a safe and
comfortable place for these celebrated athletes to live out their natural
lives, Old Friends currently cares for a herd of 160 horses, 27 of which are
stallions. Old Friends is open to the
public 364 days a year, with walking tours that provide visitors with an
up-close and personal experience with horses that range from champion graded
stakes winners to horses that only raced at the lower claiming race
levels. Tour guides familiar with the history of each
horse provide an educational and entertaining narration along the tour, while visitors
may feed carrots to the horses and take pictures of their favorites. Visitors can also peruse the Visitors Center
and gift shop located on the farm where they will find literature and souvenirs
pertaining not only to our own horses, but thoroughbred racing in general.
Old Friends also provides educational opportunities for
scouting organizations and grade school classes, as well as internship opportunities to
college age students, with an emphasis on equine care/management and equine
2015 Top Four Accomplishments
1. In 2015 Old Friends opened a satellite facility at Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Kentucky, where we currently house 6 thoroughbreds and will eventually be able to house 10 - 12. This is the first such arrangement with a Kentucky race track and is operated under cooperative agreement between Old Friends, Kentucky Downs, and Simpson County Tourisim.
2. Old Friends acquired fee title to 44 additional acres adjacent to our Dream Chase Farm and was able to provide homes for 17 more thoroughbreds.
1. In late January of 2015 we lost our Quarantine Barn in a fire. During the coming year we are planning major renovations to a metal barn located on the new acquired 44 acres that will be come our new Quarantine/hospital barn.
Hay and grain for a herd of 160 horses – 2016 costs are estimated at $312,000
Farrier and veterinarian services – 2016 costs are estimated at $60,912
Volunteers to help with fund raising events and
to serve as tour guides on the farm
Quality auction Items for annual fund raising
5. Monetary contributions toward an Endowment Fund that will insure financial stability for Old Friends.
As President of Old Friends, I am always the first to admit
that I have the best job in the world. This
has become my life’s work and there is nothing more gratifying than knowing
that we care for Thoroughbred horses that have nowhere else to go in the latter
years of their lives. Regardless of
their accomplishments on the track, from champions like Silver Charm (1997 Kentucky Derby & Preakness winner) and Touch Gold (who spoiled Silver Charm's bid for the Triple Crown by winning the 1997 Belmont); War Emblem (who won the 2002 Kentucky Derby and Preakness) and Sarava (who spoiled War Emblem's bid for the Triple Crown by winning the 2002 Belmont); or Alphabet Soup (who won the 1996 Breeders Cup Classic) to horses that only succeeded in earning our
respect, they all deserve to be treated with the care and humanity found at Old
Our end goal is to provide for every thoroughbred that needs
a home. Sadly and all too often though, we
have to turn away horses that may be in dire need simply because we don’t have
the room or monetary resources to care for another horse. It
breaks our hearts when we have to turn away any horse, but the only way we can
expand our operation is to raise the money necessary to cover those additional
costs, and donations from individuals and companies are crucial to that goal.
For those who have donated to Old Friends in the past, we
are eternally grateful and hope you’ll continue to support this worthy
cause. For those who may consider
donating for the first time, rest assured that every dollar donated makes a
significant impact toward accomplishing our end goal. I invite everyone to visit Old Friends and
get to know us first hand.
Old Friends is open to horses in need throughout the
United States. We also have an active
program to identify horses that raced and/or bred in the United States who have
since been shipped to breeders outside the United States, and to bring those
horses home to Old Friends when their breeding careers have ended so they can live out their natural lives in the peaceful and tranquil environment that is Old Friends.
Preserve and highlight
horse racing and its cultural impacts on the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the
regional areas including and surrounding Lexington, with special emphasis on
the accomplishments, trials, and tribulations of horses retired at Old Friends.
Expansion of Old
Friends, and partnerships with other retirement facilities and farms
(nationally and internationally), to insure that all Thoroughbreds in need are
given a safe and comfortable place to live out their natural lives.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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