Category Archives: Horse Care/Protection

Old Friends Welcomes New Retirees Work All Week, The Pizza Man, and Syndergaard

The Pizza Man (left) and Work All Week.

GEORGETOWN, KY – AUGUST 21, 2020 – This week, Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY, welcomed three new retirees, stakes winner all.

Work All Week, a seven-time stakes winner, was owned and bred by Richard and Karen Papiese and campaigned by trainer Roger Brueggemann. The Illinois-bred son of City Zip was the champion male sprinter of 2014 after capturing the 2014 GR 1 Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Work All Week was retired from racing in 2015 at the age of six due to a stress fracture in his right knee with a 13-4-1 record from 19 starts and earnings of $1,511,071. In addition to his Eclipse Award as outstanding male sprinter, Work All Week is a two-time Illinois Horse of the Year.

The Pizza Man, another star for Papiese and Brueggemann, is a multiple GR1 winner. By English Channel out of the Lear Fan mare I Can Fan Fan, The Pizza Man is the only Illinois bred to claim victory in both the GR1 Arlington Million (2015) and the GR1 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (2016). He retired from racing in 2017 at the age of eight after being diagnosed with a chip in his left front ankle. He closed his career with 17 wins from his 36 starts and earnings of 2,158,941. Since retiring, The Pizza Man enjoyed a second career as a stable pony for his former trainer.

Syndergaard, owned by the partnership of Eric Fein, Christopher McKenna, Harris Fein, Guri Singh, and Jerry Walia, was named after New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard. The New York-bred son of Majesticperfection – Magic Belle, Magical Thinking, was a dazzling 2-year-old under the tutelage of trainer Todd Pletcher, cinching his maiden outing at Saratoga and going on to capture the Funny Cide Stakes over the same oval. That same year he was second in the GR1 Champagne, which led to a start in the 2016 GR1 Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, where he ended up 5th. He later moved to the barn of trainer John P. Terranova II. This year, the chestnut gelding was retired after his last start June 6 at Belmont Park with 17 Starts, 3 Wins, 4 places, 2 shows, and earnings: $477, 269.

“We are absolutely thrilled,” said Old Friends President Michael Blowen. “I wish everyone could see the absolute joy expressed by The Pizza Man and Work All Week as they celebrate in their paddock. And Syndergaard is just gorgeous. Thanks to their owners for trusting us and their fans for all their support.”

For more information, please call (502) 863-1775 or visit the website at www.oldfriendsequine.org.

Tell BLM: No Barbaric Surgeries on Our Wild Mares

At their current population numbers, private livestock outgraze wild horses 60 to 40 in the Confusion Herd Management Area (HMA) of western Utah. Of course, according to BLM, this means there are too many horses. As we know, the agency prioritizes livestock use ahead of our federally protected wild horses.

The BLM is proposing to round up nearly 90% of the Confusion HMA wild horses. They plan to sterilize (killing the WILD in wild horses) up to half of the 70 horses (mares & stallions) they plan to leave on the range.

Could it get any worse? Yep!

They plan to use the outdated and barbaric ovariectomy via colpotomy on the Confusion mares. This is an archaic procedure whereby a vet forces his arm up through the mare’s vulva and rips out her ovaries with a chain device that was used back in the 1800s (chain ecraseur).

This horror MUST STOP.

WE are the horses only voice. Please join us and raise your voice against this cruelty.

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

Old Friends Named Beneficiary of Charity for Champions Campaign

GEORGETOWN, KY – JULY 17, 2020 – Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events, and Maker’s Mark®, the original premium bourbon, announced the 2020 Limited-Edition Maker’s Mark bottle from the Charity for Champions program, which began in 2015, with the goal of raising money for Thoroughbred industry charities.

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement facility in Georgetown, KY, is once again proud to be named, for the fifth consecutive year, one of the official charity beneficiaries.

Home to such Breeders’ Cup Champions as Alphabet Soup (1996 Classic), Eldaafer (2010 Marathon), Little Mike (2012 Turf), and Amazombie (2011 Sprint), Old Friends cares for over 200 retired Thoroughbreds in six locations.

In addition to Old Friends, proceeds from the 2020 auction will support the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and the Race Track Chaplaincy of America’s COVID-19 relief efforts supporting industry stakeholders most in need.

The latest collection of limited-edition Maker’s Mark® bottles will feature James E. “Ted” Bassett III, a former Keeneland and Breeders’ Cup President who has long been regarded as Thoroughbred Racing’s Gentleman Ambassador.

“Old Friends is honored to team up with the National Racing Museum and Hall of Fame and the Race Track Chaplaincy of America to pay tribute to Ted Bassett,” said Old Friends President and founder Michael Blowen. “Mr. Bassett, who has visited Old Friends on numerous occasions, is an enthusiastic supporter. His ambassadorship on behalf of these great Thoroughbreds is unparalleled and we are overjoyed that Breeders’ Cup and Maker’s Mark are saluting him with this magnificent bottle.”

The 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 Championship races, is scheduled to be held November 6-7 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, KY.

Bottles can be reserved for a donation of $400, and fans can secure bottles now through the Charity for Champions page: CLICK HERE.

Bottle fulfillment and pickup information will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information, please call (502) 863-1775 or visit the website at www.oldfriendsequine.org.

Summer Camp-in-a-Box Brings Days End Farm Horse Rescue to Kids Everywhere

Over the past eight years, close to 200 children each summer flocked to Days End Farm Horse Rescue to attend our popular day camp. Youth play an integral part in sharing DEFHR’s mission, and our entire staff look forward to several weeks of fun and learning with the campers. When we were forced to close our traditional camp this year, we knew we needed to shift our focus to stay connected virtually with the children. Our management team spent hours discussing scenarios that would allow us to operate while keeping campers safe, but also inspired and committed. We came up with the perfect solution: Camp-in-a-Box.

Each child’s ‘Camp-in-a-Box’ includes hands-on projects, DIY experiments, online videos, and activities revolving around the DEFHR horses. Campers will also find out why caring for the environment is important to us at DEFHR. Each week’s activities center around an environmental theme as part of “WE CARE” (water, erosion, composting, agriculture, recycling, and ecology = WE CARE). WE CARE invites children to discover how caring for the environment also gives back to the horses.

Campers will receive trading cards of their favorite horses, our official camp shirt and bag, a field journal, and a field notes guide, along with other goodies for hands-on learning from home. The first week’s box also includes a “WE CARE Ambassador” certificate and pledge card.

“Whether it’s at the farm or at their home, we want our campers to have an inspiring experience and feel connected to the horses they love,” says Nicky Wetzelberger, DEFHR’s Community Outreach Director. “Camp-in-a-Box was our innovative answer to keeping our campers engaged from a safe distance this summer. This program also allows us to educate youth anywhere in the world, at any time, from the comfort of their home.

“DEFHR knows that the future of equine and animal welfare lies within our youth communities,” adds Wetzelberger. “Any opportunity for us to teach them about the importance of caring for the environment, each other, and animals is something we will continue to pursue and a program we are committed to growing.”

Days End Farm Horse Rescue – www.DEFHR.org

Contact:
Emily Daily
edaily@jumpmediallc.com

Grade 1 Winner Dinard Euthanized at Old Friends

Dinard at Old Friends (Photo: Laura Battles)

GEORGETOWN, KY – JULY 16, 2020 – Multiple graded stakes winner Dinard has died.

The son of Strawberry Road (AUS) was euthanized at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY, due to the infirmities of old age. He was 32.

Dinard had been pensioned at Old Friends since 2010. Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends, made the announcement of his passing.

Bred and campaigned by Allen E. Paulson and trained by Richard Lundy, Dinard (Strawberry Road (AUS) – Daring Bidder, Bold Bidder) was among the top three-year-olds in 1991.

He broke his maiden as a 2-year-old in his inaugural start at his home track of Santa Anita. Not three months later he earned his first graded stakes in the San Rafael (GR2) and soon after the Santa Anita Derby (GR1), which made him the favorite for the 1991 Kentucky Derby. But an injured foreleg took him out for the competition.

Other victories include the Los Feliz Stakes, and place finishes in the Grade 1 Strub Stakes and San Vicente Breeders’ Cup Stakes.  He finished out of the money only once in his career.

Dinard retired in 1992 with 8 starts, 4 wins and earnings of $590,250.

After retirement, Paulson sent the gelded Dinard to the Kentucky Horse Park with hopes he could be retrained for a second career, but foot and leg injuries prevented it. While at the park he was cared for by Georgetown local Beverly Sharp. Sharp fell in love with Dinard and Paulson gifted him to her on Mother’s Day. He remained with Sharp until 2010.

“He was my best friend for so many years,” said Sharp. “I want everyone to know how much I loved him.”

“Dinard was a great racehorse, a great companion, and a great elder statesman,” said Blowen. “We were proud to have him these 10 years. His kind spirit will be missed by all.”

For more information, please call (502) 863-1775 or visit the website at www.oldfriendsequine.org.

Wild Horses under Attack in DC & NV

Bad News from Washington DC: Take Action

Sadly, our elected representatives in Washington DC are pushing forward with full funding for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Wild Horse Disaster Plan which details massive roundups and includes the agenda to kill the “wild” in our wild horses through controversial surgical sterilization.

On Friday, the House Appropriations Committee passed the Fiscal Year 2021 budget of $122.6 million for the BLM Wild Horse and Burro program, despite the agency not having a “well-defined action plan.” This is more than a 25% budget increase from FY20. While the bill includes a prohibition on killing healthy horses, there is no guarantee that horses will not continue to end up at slaughter auctions. FY21 Appropriations now heads to the Senate.

We must convince the Senate to protect the “wild” in our wild horses and ensure that the extra money is dedicated to humane on-the-range management. Please take quick action today to speak up for these iconic animals.

Oppose BLM Elimination Plan for Moriah Herd in Nevada

The BLM is working fast & furious to wipe out America’s wild horses from the landscape of our public lands. Now the BLM Ely District, in eastern Nevada, is proposing to eliminate, or zero-out, all wild horses in the Moriah Herd Area – more than 700 wild horses are set to lose their homes, freedom, and families. Based on BLM’s history, at least some of these horses will end up in the slaughter pipeline down the road. Of course, true to their usual form, the BLM will continue to allow livestock grazing on these same public lands.

It only takes a minute; please raise your voice for our cherished wild horses now.

TAKE ACTION

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

Ginger Discusses Nomination of Controversial Anti-Public Lands Candidate as BLM Director

Photo credit: BLM.

The nomination of William Perry Pendley as Director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is rife with controversy and inconsistency. If this self-proclaimed “sagebrush rebel” has his way, we may no longer have federal public lands – making our wild horses and burros effectively homeless.

Pendley is well known for espousing the idea that our treasured public lands should be sold off. He has called man-made climate change “fiction” despite the ample support of scientific evidence and decried the origin of the Black Lives Matter movement as “a lie that spread like cancer.”

For the senators who now face the process of confirming Pendley’s nomination, the decision should be a simple one. If they represent the belief that public lands belong to every American, they must vote against Pendley. But, for the Republican-dominated Senate in our highly charged, politically-polarized nation, the decision is weighing heavily on some.

To watch Ginger’s take on Pendley’s nomination and what it could mean for our cherished wild herds, click here. Watch the video and then please take decisive action. It only takes a minute, and your impact may very well make history.

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

Fighting Back against BLM’s Nefarious, Brutal Plan for Wild Horses

TCF Founder and Director Ginger Kathrens recently teamed up with Charlotte Roe, retired diplomat and founder of the Wild Equid League of Colorado, on an Op Ed published in the Washington Examiner. It’s an article that exposes the truth about the BLM’s insidious plan for our last remaining wild horse and burro herds.

As Ginger said in a recent video, it’s time to speak truth to power. It’s time to bring these horrible plans to the awareness of the American people.

Please read and share this important article far and wide, so collectively we can raise our voices against BLM’s unjust actions and protect these iconic, beloved animals for generations to come.

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

Becoming Biloxi: The Journey of a Pryor Mountain Colt

While we wish that all our wild horses remained wild and free, that simply isn’t reality right now. In this new video presented by TCF Founder and Director Ginger Kathrens, we’re taken into the world of Biloxi, a Pryor Mountain colt who was removed from his home and his family as a youngster. Watch his heartwarming story unfold from his birth in the wild to his recent happy ending!

Happy Trails…

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

Speak Up for Humane Standards during Helicopter Roundups

Whether we like it or not (and we do not!), the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act allows for the use of helicopters to roundup wild horses and burros, due to a provision added in 1976.

More than 3,000 wild horses and burros are slated for helicopter roundup in Nevada in the coming 3-4 months. And if the current trend continues, thousands more will be targeted for roundup by helicopter next year.

Helicopter drives (sometimes called “stampedes”) are traumatic and injurious, and we must call upon BLM to minimize this risk as much as possible.

BLM Nevada is requesting public comment on its use of helicopters in wild horse and burro management.

PLEASE – take a moment to sign our petition outlining the humane standards necessary to minimize the danger to these cherished animals (as much as possible)!

**Don’t delay! Deadline is midnight June 30th, to ensure BLM receives it by the deadline. It only takes a moment to add your name!**

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org