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."
Winter is never going to leave. I feel like I am stuck in the Narnia Chronicles. Which was it? The first: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. C. S. Lewis. That one. Nothing but nonstop winter. Yesterday I wake up and it was 67 degrees and pouring down rain. Judging by the buckets I […]
Overwhelmed, that’s how I sometimes feel when the world gears up faster than I do. Going into winter I start to fret that there’s not much to do. Then I get used to maintenance mode. Coming into spring, I suddenly have six new horses that need to get cleaned up, shoes on and started, a […]
Are you kidding me? I ran out of round bales. Bought more. Ran out of those. Now we are tossing the last of the square bales. Guaranteed that if I plan on nasty weather until April for next year, it will be beautiful and I will be stuck with fifty extra round bales. Can’t win […]
And still got it wrong! Yeesh. I did break down and buy more hay after the 8 inches of snow we got down here. But, I mean, I had it budgeted perfectly right down to the very last bale. Every year, middle of March, the horses quit the hay and go on to grass. Even after […]
Oh yes, it did. Another eight inches of snow dumped on Montpelier last night. Fortunately, I did buy hay and put it out on Friday, so the ponies are still eating. However, enough already! This winter has been so hard on the horses. I’m exhausted. Dave is making dinner (we love Dave) and then I […]
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