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Wilson and Lori Reed, wearing her Team Wilson visor, have a chat.

A gelding saved in agonizing decision at auction

It was down to the dark gelding or the barren broodmare; she could only take one. Knowing that whoever she passed over would most likely meet a horrific end in the slaughterhouse, Beverly Strauss of MidAtlantic Horse Rescue agonized between the two horses at the New Holland auction on a hot July day in 2006. In the end, and with a breaking heart, she chose the gelding. Relatively young at age nine, the off-track Thoroughbred who previously raced under the Jockey Club name Pardner, a son of wining racehorse Deputy Minister, was squeezed onto a trailer heading for the safe haven […]

Fasig-Tipton and Blue Horse Charities have pledged $50,000 to replace the Old Friends barn destroyed by fire last weekend. Photo courtesy Old Friends

Fasig-Tipton gives $50K to rebuild at Old Friends

GEORGETOWN, KY – Old Friends founder and President Michael Blowen announced today that Fasig-Tipton, through its subsidiary Blue Horse Charities, has donated $50,000 toward the cost of rebuilding a barn destroyed in a fast-moving fire. The horse charity’s “hospital barn” burned to the ground last weekend after the roof caught fire. Two horses, Alphabet Soup and Archie’s Echo, were evacuated minutes before the structure became fully engulfed. No horses or people were injured in the blaze. Soon after the conflagration, Old Friends began fundraising to build a state-of-the-art, fireproof structure. Today Blowen excitedly announced that with the Fasig-Tipton/Blue Horse Charities […]