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."
So, Mr. Bai got his first set of front shoes in three or four years. Took him for a short spin in the field after that, and it went well. Hacked him a bit on Montpelier today, and he still doesn’t need a babysitter. I always rode him alone before and he was fine with […]
I rode six horses in my new saddle today, and everything went fine. I am still working on getting the padding right for each one, as I go from 15.2 hands to 17 hands, absolutely no topline or muscle to probably 200 pounds over weight and round as can be. That, and I’ve only had […]
Here is a picture of my lovely new saddle on the beautiful saddle stand Dave had made for me (we love Dave). I can drop the panels on both sides, and am supposed to keep saddle cleaning stuff in there. But, I have to admit, I use it largely as a bar. Hey! Everybody’s […]
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