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."
It was 74 degrees here today! That alone is worth a blog entry. But the real news is that I may be getting some interesting horses on Montpelier! A foster farm is closing, so I am taking those horses to another farm, which is willing to swap out for possibly very sound horses. Isn’t that […]
The horses seem to have flipped the Spring is Here switch. Six inches of snow, and they snub the hay, preferring to dig for grass. They are shedding. Personally, I think they should hold onto the hair, given the unpredictability of the weather around here lately. But I have been over ruled. So, I am […]
It is probably in the front yard, under the six inches of snow we got yesterday. I must have dropped it on my way in from the car. Well, I guess I will find it in April, if this stuff ever melts. I am so bummed. I had the hay perfectly planned. The timing is […]
I am so over snow. And I am running out of hay. If this mess doesn’t clear itself up and turn into spring pronto, I have to go find more round bales. Crappy winter, so they went through a little more than usual. At least the horses that have to come back to this farm […]
14 inches of snow, after rain rain rain, and now several days of 60 degrees. I am very, very happy for the warmer temps, believe me, but can we talk mud for a moment? Knee freaking deep. Boot sucking mud. Hah! Reggie wouldn’t come up this morning, so, being the hardworking, dedicated horsewoman that I […]
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