February 21, 2013                                           Sunshine Forever © Candice Chavez


Old Friends Along
the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Feb. 23rd, 2013

Historic Seelbach Hilton Hotel
in Louisville, KY
call Jennifer at 502-585-9292
for reservations.


Save the dates in 2013:

Ferdinand's Ball
May 2nd, 2013
Frazier History Museum
in Louisville, KY 
click here for info


Old Friends Annual Homecoming

May 5th, 2013
at Old Friends Kentucky


Old Friends at Oheka Castle
June 5th, 2013
Oheka Castle 
in Huntington NY

Little Silver Charm's
Facebook Page!

The drama! The laughs! Follow the Old Friends spokeshorse  

Donate To Help!




Find us on Facebook


New Features!
Check out our website for two new features about some of the extraordinary people who help Old Friends.  Featured Volunteer and Featured Artist.
click here!
From Michael..
    The current issue of Bloodhorse features 12 game changers in thoroughbred racing. Barbara Banke, John Hendrickson and Marylou Whitney are on the cover with Hidden Lake and me. Old Friends is flattered to be in such distinguished company. At this point, on the cusp of our 10th anniversary, it would be easy to sit back with our feet up and sip a little (or maybe a lot) of Woodford Reserve. But this wonderful acknowledgement is just a reminder that we have to work harder to provide dignified retirement for more of these great athletes. We just brought Disturbingthepeace to Old Friends and Sean Avery is in the waiting room. But we got messages from the Detroit Zoo today and they need a help for two Thoroughbreds. We're still trying to find a suitable spot for Beantown Gal and dozens of others. We owe it to them and to those who've placed their confidence in our program to venture forth to create more and better situations for these great athletes. And it's not just us. It's Our Mims and After the Races and dozens of other groups working toward the same goal. The Thoroughbred Aftercare program, headed by Mike Ziegler, is a great step in the right direction for the future. It looks as if many of the retirement and re-training groups will be eligible for funds on a regular basis. Our gratitude goes out to all of our retirees and to the Bloodhorse for this amazing designation. But, it's only a start.

Fifth Annual Old Friends
Along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®    

Tickets still available! 

On February 23 the Seelbach Hilton Hotel will host the 5th annual "Old Friends Along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®" dinner and Bourbon-tasting.

The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday February 23 at the hotel, located at 500 South Fourth Street in downtown Louisville. Tickets are $100 per person, and the hotel is also offering Kentucky Bourbon Trail® guests a special reduced room rate of $119 per night.  


The benefit will be highlighted by a four-course Bourbon-themed feast as well as live and silent auctions of exclusive equine artwork, autographed Bourbon items, racing memorabilia, fine jewelry, and more.


"We can't thank the Seelbach and the Kentucky Distillers Association enough for their support, " said Old Friends President and Founder Michael Blowen, "This is one of the most exciting evenings on our fund-raising calendar and we hope everyone will come out and join us."
"We are very proud to be hosting this event for the fifth consecutive year," said Seelbach Events Coordinator Jennifer Biesel.  "It's a wonderful evening that combines two of Kentucky's signature industries - Bourbon and horses-all in the Seelbach's historic setting."
The night begins in The Seelbach's beautiful Grand Ballroom. There, a wide variety of appetizers will be served and Kentucky's iconic distilleries will offer samples of the Commonwealth's finest brands, including Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Woodford Reserve, and Town Branch.
Guests will then proceed to the hotel's Five Diamond, Triple AAA-Awarded Oakroom for a two-course Bourbon-themed dinner designed by the Seelbach's Chef de Cuisine Patrick Roney. This year's featured menu:


Pan Roasted Scallops
Shitake Mushroom and Sweet Pea Puree
Lemon-Bourbon Beurre Blanc


Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin
White Bean and Brussels Sprout Cassoulet
Bourbon Braised Belly


Guest will then return to the ballroom for an assortment of wonderful desserts from pasty chef Bridget Knight and enjoy the action of the live auction conducted by auctioneers Tom Sayre and Curt Sharff. 


Tickets to the "Old Friends Along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®" are $100 and reservations can be made by calling the Seelbach's Jennifer Biesel at (502) 585-9292.


The Seelbach Hilton is a four-star diamond luxury hotel located in the heart of Louisville, KY. Built in 1905, the hotel appears on the National Register of Historic Places and it is considered a landmark to "the golden era." For more information see www.seelbachhilton.com.
For more information about Kentucky's signature Bourbon industry and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour call the KDA at (502) 875-9351 or visit them online at www.kybourbon.com and www.kybourbontrail.com.

Kroger Cares! About Old Friends     
We now have rechargeable Kroger Gift Cards. Kroger will donate 4% of your spending back to Old Friends! Email Sylvia@oldfriendsequine.org or call us at 502-863-1775 if you'd like to order one. They are $5.00 and are preloaded for $5.00. Charge them by check, cash or credit card over and over!   Kroger is in 31 states! Your purchases can make a big difference!

Learn more by clicking here. 


River Downs Helps Old Friends!   
From our friends at RIVER DOWNS! Historic Grandstand Seats Sale - Iconic seats available beginning February 19. Seats are available for purchase on a first-come basis and will be on sale for a limited period, beginning today through Frid
ay, March 22nd. Only 300 of the historic seats are available and they will be sold for $25 each; limit ten per person. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Old Friends, a non-profit organization and facility that cares for retired thoroughbreds. Racing enthusiasts interested in owning a piece of thoroughbred racing history can call Vicky Litz at 513-354-8295 or Mary Ann Hacker at 513-354-8296. Learn more here. 




Old Friends, 1841 Paynes Depot Rd.,

Georgetown, KY  40324

502-863-1775 www.oldfriendsequine.org



Old Friends at Cabin Creek Farm
The Bobby Frankel Division

483 Sandhill Rd., Greenfield Center, NY  12833