Monthly Archives: November 2020

November 28, 2020

He could provide themes for many films. Inevitably, he’d star in an Old Friends Blog Visit. So why did Little Silver Charm wait so long? Maybe it was generosity, letting the larger and less cute horses have their day in the limelight. Or maybe, thinking back, Little Silver Charm actually did star in one of the earliest Old Friends Blog Videos, in the genre’s more modest days. Be that as it may, yesterday the photogenic mini graciously stepped forward to share a few grooming tips, assisted by a supporting cast of Jane and Michael.

The Premiere Miniature Horse at Old Friends (see video) has, of course, starred in Old Friends Virtual Tours, not to mention countless live tours, sports videos, and two books. Now, to please his many friends and fans whose presence and admiration he misses, he has graciously obliged with this offering.

So here it is. Old Friends Blog Visit 28, Little Silver Charm’s Grooming Tips.


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November 16, 2020

Caught in the act!

It’s great to have so many people on the farm who are able with a camera. It means that a good deal of what happens gets recorded. Some of it may not seem so important at the time, just the everyday doings of the same old residents and staff. In later years snapshots of daily life often prove the most valuable of records, once times and faces (horse and human) have changed, the evocations of some of our best memories.

Another kind of photo easy to overlook at the time are the captures of silly moments. Sometimes accidentally, sometimes very much on purpose, Laura or Rick or Tim or a visitor to the farm, might end up in possession of an especially cute, or characteristic, or fun, or downright embarassing, moment. A moment that’s utterly useless as a calendar photo, or a publicity portrait, or a gift shop postcard, yet just wonderful for the smiles these moments bring to all of us who love the horses.

Here are a few such moments with horses (and people) caught in the act by Laura during the fall of 2020.

A truly embarassing moment for Patch and Stormy Liberal. The multiple graded stakes winners get beaten in a race by Little Silver Charm and Michael (while Ide looks on).

And in case you’ve doubted the tour guides’ reports that Little Silver Charm is indeed a house horse, here’s the proof, caught in living color, as he not only goes indoors but brings Michael in with him.

Amazombie and Rapid Redux, caught in the act of being gorgeous.

Tuneintobow and Saratoga Episode caught telling secrets.

While Windy Land and He Loves Me Not share a bromance moment.

And Green Mask acts like … well … like Green Mask.

And Sarava acts like Green Mask.


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November 7, 2020

Breeders’ Cup 2020 has been an exciting two days. Though the stands couldn’t be open to the public due to the pandemic, this year’s two days showed racing at its best and all the horses had safe runs. This year’s Breeders’ Cup featured four victories by hugely talented horses who have Old Friends retirees, past and present, among their ancestors. They are:

Vequist, winner of the Juvenile Fillies. This two year old girl, who looks to have a bright future, is a great-great-granddaughter of Gulch.

Gulch (1984-2016). Photo by Laura Battles.

In the Dirt Mile a course record was set by the handsome gray, Knicks Go, whose sire Paynter is by Awesome Again.

Awesome Again on his recent arrival at Old Friends.

Now that Awesome Again has made his home with us, we will no doubt be constantly celebrating the achievements of his descendants. Awesome Again, a Breeders’ Cup Classic winner himself, has been one of the foremost sires of his era (as Game On Dude and Awesome Gem would no doubt agree if they could read this blog). Old Friends is honored to give a home in retirement to this superstar.

This year’s most prestigious Breeders’ Cup race for fillies and mares, the Distaff, was won for the second time by Monomoy Girl, who also won in 2018. The superlative Monomoy Girl gets some of her talent from her second damsire (great-grandpa), the unforgettable Williamstown.

Williamstown (1990-2015). Courtesy of Equisport Photos.

Williamstown was, of course, a son of Seattle Slew.

The Distaff, the Classic, several of this year’s Breeders’ Cup races, were exciting competition among especially impressive fields, but maybe the biggest thrill of all was Whitmore‘s win in the Sprint. Seven-year-old Whitmore, a fan favorite co-owned and trained by Old Friends supporter Ron Moquett, is a great-great-great-grandson of the one and only Ogygian.

Ogygian (1983-2015). Photo by Laura Battles.

And hey, did you catch the great closeup of Joel Rosario wearing his Old Friends face mask in the Classic post parade? Woo-hoo! Thank you Joel, and all of you amazing supporters whose generosity keeps us going during these challenging times!



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