Old Friends Joins Forces with Senior Living Community

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2009 GI Toyota Blue Grass S. runner-up Massone is one of the Old Friends residents at Ashton Grove | Laura Battles

Old Friends, the non-profit organization that cares for over 200 retired racehorses near Georgetown, Ky., has formed a unique arrangement with Georgetown's new Ashton Grove Senior Living Community, which is located a few miles from the Old Friends property. Equine retirees from Old Friends will live at Ashton Grove, which is positioned on approximately 40 acres of former Hill 'n' Dale Farm land. Ashton Grove has eight fenced paddocks, a 12-stall barn, and run-in sheds under construction. Old Friends hosted a grand opening of the new location Friday.

“This is a dream come true,” said Old Friends founder and president Michael Blowen. “Retired horses. Retired people. A match made in heaven.”

The new partnership will combine Thoroughbred retirement with a senior retirement community. Old Friends has already moved seven horses to the new location, with more to follow in time. Eventually, when pandemic protocols ease, Ashton Grove will be open to a small number of visitors by appointment only.

The Old Friends residents currently at Ashton Grove are MGISW Daytona (Ire) (Indian Ridge {Ire}), GI Preakness S. runner-up and GSW Magic Weisner (Ameri Valay), Chilean champion and MGSP-US Porfido (Chi) (Mash One {Chi}), MSW and MGSP Secret Getaway (Skip Away), and GISP Massone (Menifee), as well as hard-knocking winners Ireland's Eye (Cowtown Cat) and Bo's a Ten (Patton).

“Ashton Grove is excited and honored to have Old Friends horses in our backyard,” said the senior living community's executive director, Davonna Saeir. “I am so happy that our beautiful property will provide a sanctuary for these majestic creatures, and I know their presence will give our residents great joy. Having these retired thoroughbreds at Ashton Grove is a win-win, and we are grateful for our partnership with Old Friends.”

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