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“If you love horses, you'll like this place”

Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Georgetown
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Horse Racing's Living History Museum! At Old Friends, the non-profit Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY, the horses may not be racing anymore, but they are winners everyday. Founded in 2003 by former Boston Globe film critic Michael Blowen, Old Friends cares for more than 135 horses across three states, many of them stallions whose racing and breeding careers came to an end. A "Rural Hall of Fame", the farm welcomes visitors to get up close and personal with such stars of the turf as Breeders' Cup Champion Gulch, Belmont Stakes winner Sarava, millionaire gelding Arson Squad, and many more. Hear their stories, meet them in person...Er..Horse. Our guests come to visit a few ex-racehorses, they leave having been touched by the heart of a Thoroughbred hero. Tours are daily at 10:00, 1:00 & 3:00 with a reservation.
Georgetown, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“If you love horses, you'll like this place”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

This is a retirement home for old race winners, many of whom were rescued. The guides know their personalities well, some of them you can feed, pet, etc. Each horse has a story, so kids can get bored easily. If it's mid-summer hot or particularly cold, the tour can be a little rough. They do have a golf cart for elderly, invalids to ride in. It's only worth $10/person if you really love horses.

Visited March 2013
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Davis, California
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“Retired thoroughbreds, living the good life”
Reviewed 23 November 2013

This was an interesting place. Our guide (you have to go with a group at a set time) was too enthusiastic ("isn't he a beaut" over and over again). But the horses were fun to be around, particularly feeding them carrot treats. It is nice to know that these animals will be well taken care of, after their years in the spotlight.

Visited June 2013
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Illinois
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“Wonderful place to visit!”
Reviewed 2 November 2013 via mobile

Such a nice & relaxing experience. My daughter was in horse heaven being able to feed the horses & loving on Little Silver Charm. Our guide was very knowledgable and spent 2hrs with our group. Such beautiful animals who in their prime, gave their all for nothing in return...truly living out a wonderful life in retirement. I would definitely go back for another visit.

Visited October 2013
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Union, Ohio
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“Don't miss Old Friends”
Reviewed 25 October 2013

The helpful woman at the Tourist Information Bureau recommended Old Friends to me and it is a wonderful place! I loved being able to feed the horses carrots and pet them and hear their life stories. The volunteer guide was wonderful and enthusiastic even on that chilly afternoon. I learned so much in a hands-on way. An unexpected treat in Georgetown.

Visited October 2013
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“amazing experience”
Reviewed 22 October 2013

As a lifelong horse lover, and because our time living within easy driving distance from Kentucky is coming to a close, my husband and I took a trip to Old Friends this year for my birthday. There are just not words enough to explain what a wonderful experience this was.

This farm is a place for retired thoroughbreds to live out their lives with comfort and dignity. In a lot of cases, once a racehorse is no longer earning money for its owners from racing or through breeding, it will be sold or abandoned. This farm was started in response to some high profile cases of famous racehorses sadly ending up being slaughtered.

Some of the horses here are donated, some are purchased from dismal conditions. Some still belong to their previous owners, but are living at the farm for their retirement, and some belong to the farm outright. Some are quite famous, having earned a lot of money throughout their careers, while others are virtually unknown. They all have a home here.

The tour costs $10 and lasts about an hour. The tour guide takes you through the farm, between the paddocks, and introduces you to the residents of the farm. You have an opportunity to feed treats to the horses while your guide tells you some of the history of each horse you meet. The horses are all accustomed to the tours, are eager for some carrots, and are all mostly good about being fed by hand. It is clear, even from a few minutes of interacting with them, that each horse has a very distinct personality, which helps to make the mission of the farm more powerful - how can you look at these amazing individuals and see them as a commodity?

The farm has a visitors center with a gift shop, and all of the proceeds go to the farm, which is a nonprofit organization. It is worth every cent you spend and donate to help these amazing animals. This was really one of the most amazing and humbling experiences, and I recommend it to horseracing fans and animal lovers alike.

Keep a look out for the farm's miniature horse, Little Silver Charm, too!

Visited October 2013
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