virtual tours

Virtual Secretariat Festival Set for Oct. 10 & 11

The 12th annual Secretariat Festival will be held as a virtual event Oct. 10 and 11 owing to restrictions and recommendations brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. "We cannot replicate the in-person fellowship that our fans have enjoyed at our Festival events in the past," said Kate Chenery Tweedy, daughter of Secretariat's late owner Penny Chenery. "But as we started contemplating a virtual format, we realized that it would present some opportunities that we have been able to harness and present to Secretariat fans all over the world. Now and...

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Your Horse Country Needs You!

Across the world, the economic tsunami triggered by the pandemic has been stemmed, to some degree, by massive government interventions. But these can only go so far, whether in funds, duration or reach. Beyond those margins, many hugely deserving enterprises find themselves perilously exposed--and it will fall onto society, onto each one of us, to help determine which are worth saving. Broadsided by this unaccountable emergency into a sudden, existential crisis, Horse Country is now turning to the community it serves and making its own case for salvation. That's a...

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Silving Linings: Price Bell

Today, I wanted to share some moments that have meant a lot to me these past few weeks. When we started doing virtual tours, it was initiated to continue the mission of Horse Country, and to hope to lessen the blow to fans who wanted to come visit, but were now not able. However, I have been so inspired by giving the virtual tours, because viewers appreciate them so much. I share here a screen shot from one where an ER doctor on the front lines watched, and ambulance workers...

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Taylor Made Farm Sees the Bright Side With Virtual Tours

If it's a tour featuring a barn where none other than American Pharoah was raised, you can guarantee racing fans are going to eat it up. Taylor Made Farm conducted their third live virtual tour Monday, Mar. 30 with a walk through their Yearling Complex, where so many eventual GI winners--including the Triple Crown Champion--have grown and developed. As with the rest of the Visit Horse Country virtual tours, this one was a hit. Within just the first two hours after the video was posted, it had received 4,000 views....

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Old Friends Debuts Virtual Tours

Old Friends, the popular Thoroughbred retirement facility located in Georgetown, KY, debuted the first in a series of virtual farm tours Monday that will allow visitors to continue to monitor the activity of the farm's over 100 equine retirees during this time of the COVID-19 quarantine. "Monday Mornings With Michael," is, as the title implies, hosted by Old Friends founder Michael Blowen and will feature brief visits with a handful of horses each week. Old Friends is posting the clips across its social media channels and also at the Old...

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