The board of directors of Horse Country voted unanimously to add the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's Chestnut Hall facility in Prospect, Kentucky to its membership roster.
“Since our first tours in 2015, the members of our not-for-profit organization have opened their gates to more than 150,000 leisure travelers, fans, clubs and schools in service of our mission of fan development for racing and equine sport,” said Anne Sabatino Hardy, executive director of Horse Country. “Aftercare is a critical part of the story of racing and experiential storytelling is an effective and compelling way to share our love of the horse, land and people. While we've supported TRF in previous endeavors, we're happy this new program allows us to welcome them to membership.”
Chestnut Hall represents the realization of a dream of local businessman, Bill Carstanjen, CEO of Churchill Downs Inc. to preserve the historic farmland. Carstanjen oversaw the restoration of the 25+ acre property to an active horse farm and sought out the TRF as his partner to provide a home for retired racehorses.
Among the small herd of retired Thoroughbreds who will welcome tour guests at Chestnut Hall is graded stakes winner Warrior's Club (Warrior's Reward). The 7-year-old, who won the 2018 GIII Commonwealth S. for the Churchill Downs Racing Club, will retire to the facility thanks to a grant from the club.
Chestnut Hall is the fourth TAA-accredited aftercare organization to join Horse Country. Tours are now offered at https://visithorsecountry.com/trf-chestnut-hall/ or https://www.trfinc.org/trf-sanctuary-farm-at-chestnut-hall/.