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 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, 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.
Beginning Saturday, May 2, the TRF barn at James Madison’s Montpelier Estate in Orange County, Va. will be open to the public on weekends. The hours will be from 10 am until 4 pm every Saturday and Sunday through the month of September.
The barn will be staffed by knowledgeable volunteers who will be available to show visitors around the stable, introduce them to some of our rescue horses, and answer questions about TRF. Each volunteer will have written information available on all of our adoption and fostering programs as well. Our brochures will be available in the visitor center and new signs will be installed directing visitors to the barn. Additionally, our book, Saving Leslie Jones, is now available in the gift shop at the visitor center.
More information about Montpelier may be found on their web site at www.montpelier.org.
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