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 now home to a TRF Farm run by Kim Wilkins. The first TRF horses arrived at Montpelier in the fall of 2003 and the farm will eventually be home to as many as 50 horses. 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, 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.”
The association between Montpelier and the TRF 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 TRF to set up shop on the land.
If you wish to visit TRF while you are on Montpelier, please call Kim at 540-748-7199 to arrange a tour and meet some of out horses. Calling ahead is always a good idea, because while we do have an office, with 250 acres and 70 horses, Kim doesn’t spend a lot of her time behind a desk!
More information about Montpelier may be found on their web site at www.montpelier.org.
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