What an amazing day Saturday was! Many people had the perfect idea about how to begin the long weekend: by visiting the farm. The clear, mild weather put the horses in a mellow mood and everyone, human and equine, enjoyed each other.
And it wasn’t just that Saturday’s visitors were numerous. It was the magnificent heart they showed. If you’ve been to either of our locations, you’re probably familiar with our donations containers. Normally, all that’s generously left there goes toward caring for our horses, but the Kentucky farm contributed all donations from Saturday, May 25 to the Oklahoma State University Animal Relief Fund to help provide medical supplies and other care for the equine survivors of the tornado that devastated that area. The disaster especially hit home for us, since the Celestial Acres Training Center sustained so much loss of equine lives and property. Celestial Acres stood Proper Reality (1985-2010) before he was retired from stud to our Kentucky farm.
The donations for the equine survivors of the tornado exceeded our wildest hopes at $600.28. OF gratefully thanks all who gave, and the Hagyard Pharmacy (at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute), which is coordinating local donations of funds, equine medical supplies, halters, lead ropes and other equine care products to the Oklahoma State University Animal Relief Fund through June 1.
And, as if all this wasn’t enough to make Saturday eventful, in the midst of it, the new edition of the Daily Racing Form Old Friends Magazine arrived! If you enjoyed the first issue, wait till you see this one! With the 2013 Belmont Stakes approaching, the cover guy is 2002 Belmont winner Sarava in a superb photo by Barbara Livingston (who intrepidly sat on the grass of his paddock one evening a few weeks ago as the handsome guy frolicked all around her). Feature articles cover—of course—Sarava, the Bobby Frankel Division of OF at Cabin Creek Farm in New York, Rapid Redux, and Arson Squad.
Or is the real centerpiece Little Silver Charm’s reflections on “The Secret of My Success”? Other pieces introduce our unsung heroes, the veterinarians and other caregiver specialists without whom we could not exist, the Old Friends Gift Shop (if you haven’t seen it in the last year or so have a look at its appeal these days), and neither last nor least, those essential OF staffers, the cats who so tirelessly and skillfully manage the office, barn, house, and even garage at Dream Chase Farm.
30 horses are profiled with photos, lifetime past performance stats and insights from some of the people whose lives they have touched, and the ”Old Friends Hall of Fame” pays tribute to 19 horses who have passed but whom we will never forget.
Contributors include Glenye Oakford, Nicole Russo, Joe Nevills, Bill Mooney, Jay Hovdey, Michael Blowen, and on every page, vivid and gorgeous, majestic or whimsical, are many, many outstanding color photos, most of them by Barbara Livingston.
Old Friends thanks the Daily Racing Form for producing another even more memorable keepsake, and the individuals and organizations who sponsored the issue. Recognition is also due to volunteer Barbara Fossum who coordinated with the DRF through every step of both issues—outstanding job, Barbara!
The new issue is available for $10 at Old Friends or $15 by mail.