Montpelier, the home of James and Dolly Madison, has a new attraction for the thousands of tourists who visit each year. A 200-acre portion of the estate is home to a Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Farm run by Kim Wilkins.
The first TRF horses arrived at Montpelier in the fall of 2003. The equine residents include Correggio, the 1996 Eclipse Award winner as the nation's outstanding jumper.
"For much of the 20th century, under the stewardship of Marion duPont Scott (Montpelier's last private owner), Montpelier was one of the nation's premier equestrian centers," said Michael C. Quinn, former President of the Montpelier Foundation. "In partnership with the TRF, we are proud that Montpelier will continue to be a showcase for America's race horses."
TRF and Montpelier have renegotiated the leases. The upshot of the whole deal is that I need to reduce my herd by 23 horses. If you have room for one or two, please check the foster agreement on www.trfinc.org and see if you could possibly help me move these horses to caring homes.
I now have another great question to add to my list: Can ya shoot off it? Absolutely! Once.
As are my hands, so I am back to two finger typing. 35 and raining again; everybody’s favorite weather. Since I cleaned a boatload of tack yesterday, I guess I get to scrub toilets today. Just another one of those jobs volunteers won’t do. They also don’t show up in the rain, not that I […]
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