March 28, 2017

We have a winning Old Friends Silks design!

All of us at Old Friends send a warm thank you to everyone who mailed in the 112 wonderful Silks Contest entries. I’ve never judged a contest where choosing a winner was so  hard. There were many, and I do mean many, designs that would have done us proud. Michael and we other judges covered a whole desktop with finalist entries. Deciding took quite a long time and much deliberation and  discussion because of all the love, thought and creativity that went into the entries. Wow! On behalf of all the judges, thanks to all of you so very, very much. It’s only one of the many ways so many of you find to give Old Friends’ residents the support and caring they deserve.

In the end, we had to choose one design from among several we loved. So here it is, our favorite of all the Old Friends silks.

170328 Official Silks of Old Friends

Our winning silks were designed by Sana Sulaiman. Thank you, Sana!

I created this graphic based on the paper entry form, and Bloodline Products will get both to work from. It takes time to hand-sew a set of racing silks, and might be that Bloodline Products has other orders in line ahead of us—you know, like for the Keeneland meet maybe?—but I can hardly wait to see our silks in all their satin glory.  I’ll post photos here as soon we’ve got them.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…  Our residents are basking in the warmer weather and nibbling their fresh green grass, which at this time of the year they love even more than treats.

170328 Alphabet Soup

Alphabet Soup enjoys the warm breeze in his mane.

170328 Geri

So does Geri.

You can almost hear them sigh with comfort as the breeze turns warm and the sun shines on their backs – no blankets! “Naked horses!” Laura announces with glee as she rushes out yet again with her camera.

170328 Silver Charm pauses for grass

Silver Charm stops for a bite of tender lawn on the way to his stall in the evening.

170328 Timmy

Timmy watches.

170328 War Emblem being War Emblem

While War Emblem just has a good old time being War Emblem.

170328 Hussonfirst

Do we need a caption here? Hussonfirst.

170328 Marshall Rooster

Marshall Rooster

170328 Tinner

Peek-a-boo! (No name needed in this caption either).

The Saturday before, Judge’s Case and Archie’s Echo were lucky to get an acupuncture session from Dr. Bernie Smith and Dr. Angela Infante. Did they ever enjoy the way these sessions relieve aches and pains! Old Friends extends grateful thanks to Drs. Smith and Infante, who donated their expertise and time to make these two old guys feel a relaxed “Ahhhhh!”

Judges Case gets acupuncture 1

Is Judge’s Case smiling? I think he might be.

Archie gets acupuncture

Ooo, that’s the spot! Archie’s Echo.

170328 Dinard and Early Pioneer share feed

Sharing a meal with a buddy is another recipe for feeling good. Dinard and Early Pioneer.

170328 Eldaafer

Eldaafer in the sunset (or, I know you’ve got carrots hidden in that camera bag, Laura).

170328 Area 51

Whee! Lion Hunter, Cherono, Saint Aloysius, Rail Trip. And gang. There’s a little politicking going on in this bunch lately. Rail Trip is #1, but will Cherono stay #2, or will Photon get the promotion he’s angling for?

170328 Area 51 cool shot

Cherono and Saint Aloysius. Or, Framed by Gossip. Photon and…?

Acupuncture photos by Tim
Outdoor photos by Laura


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One response to “March 28, 2017

  1. Amy Gulbrandson

    Another great virtual visit to Old Friends….beautiful photos! 🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎

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