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."
Through Mariposa, up the Dangerous Mountain roads, And pulled in at eight a.m. With his big truckload of hay behind the barn. With winch and ropes and hooks We stacked the bales up clean To splintery redwood rafters High in the dark, flecks of alfalfa Whirling through shingle-cracks of light, Itch of haydust in the […]
I brought up a few more horses to play with, and Mr. Coffin generously offered to come give them a test drive. The mare hadn’t been ridden in years. She arrived on Montpelier straight from the New Holland sale with a saddle mark, poultice, over grown feet and a big knee. We let her rest […]
Today my wonderful committee and volunteers spent the afternoon tagging equipment to sell this Saturday, and it was a job! We still have a bunch more to do, but it should all be set by Saturday. And Linda P showed up to help! Bravo for Saratoga for getting down here and getting involved! We kinda felt […]
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