November 23, 2014

He’s coming…

Silver Charm in his racing days. Photo by Laura Battles.

Silver Charm in his racing days. Photo by Laura Battles.

Excitement is rising at Old Friends – and we’re very busy! – as we prepare for the arrival of 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Silver Charm at the end of the month. If you missed the news, here’s the original announcement in the Blood-Horse.

As most readers of this blog probably know, Silver Charm will not be available for visits immediately. Like Game On Dude and Amazombie a few months ago, he will be in quarantine. We take the safety precaution of quarantine very seriously and will enforce it. Here’s our barn manager, Tim Wilson, explaining why quarantine is so important Tim starts at 1:05, but don’t skip Dude and Amazombie (or the end)!

But soon as quarantine is over and the 1997 Derby and Preakness winner has had a chance to settle in comfortably, we have all kinds of fun in the works. We hope you’ll come visit Silver Charm and participate in the other celebratory events with us! Keep your eye on the OF web site, Facebook page and this blog for more information.

Silver Charm’s upcoming arrival, and Ava Lotta Hope’s unexpected going from us, have combined for me in good memories and warm thoughts of another mare we loved and remember with fondness, smiles, and gratitude for the happy times she shared with us:  Silver Charm’s mother, the tough-knocking race horse, superlative dam, and lovely, lovely lady, Bonnie’s Poker (1982-2010). It’s prompted me to go back into my old photos and I’d like to share a few pictures of her during her years at Old Friends. They’re not up to Laura’s standards, just snapshots, but I hope you’ll enjoy them.

Beth

Bonnie's Poker, dam of Silver Charm, at OF, May 2009

Bonnie’s Poker, dam of Silver Charm, at OF, May 2009

Bonnie's Poker and her best friend, Narrow Escape, enjoy the first snowfall of winter, 2008

Bonnie’s Poker and her best friend, Narrow Escape, enjoy the first snowfall of winter, 2008

Bonnie in the snow, another winter

Bonnie in the snow, another winter

And another piccie, same day

And another pic, same day

Bonnie and Narrow Escape enjoy a mutual scratch,

Bonnie and Narrow Escape enjoy a mutual scratch,

Bonnie in October 2008

Bonnie in October 2008

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  1. Kathy Breakall

    Absolutely adored Bonnie’s Poker. Planning a trip to visit all of the newbies and also to renew Old Friendships.
    klb

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