Montpelier, the home of James and Dolly Madison, has an additional attraction for the thousands of tourists who visit each year. A portion of the estate is also home to a Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Farm run by Kim Wilkins. The first Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation horses arrived at Montpelier in the fall of 2003. The equine residents have included 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, Past President of the Montpelier Foundation. “In partnership with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, we are proud that Montpelier will continue to be a showcase for America’s race horses.”
The association between Montpelier and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation could not have been possible without the continued generosity of the trustees of the Paul Mellon estate. The Mellon estate agreed to cover the costs of fixing up Montpelier’s barns and pastures in exchange for allowing the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation to set up shop on the land.
If you wish to visit Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation while you are on Montpelier, please call Kim at 540-748-7199 to arrange a tour and meet some of out horses.
More information about Montpelier may be found on their web site at www.montpelier.org.