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Gulch in retirement at Old Friends. Photo by EquiSport

Breeders’ Cup champion Gulch dies at 32

GEORGETOWN, Ky.—  It was with a heavy heart that Michael Blowen, founder and President of Old Friends, announced the passing of Gulch. The 1988 Breeders’ Cup Sprint Champion and Eclipse Award winner was euthanized Jan. 17 due to complications from cancer. At 32, Gulch was the oldest living Breeders’ Cup Champion. A son of Mr. Prospector out of the Rambunctious mare Jameela, Gulch has been a resident of the Thoroughbred Retirement Center based in Georgetown, KY, since 2009 and was one of the farm’s of flagship stallions attracting visitors and fans from all around the country. As both a runner and a sire, […]

Feather and owner/rider Scotty Sherman took home a hunter championship last Friday, beating a field of fancy Warmbloods!

Feather the T’bred floats to the top in hunter ring

With a feather-light, 15-foot stride, an ex-racehorse named Feather jumps around hunter courses as silently as her name implies, but with the steely strength of a champion who will fight and win against all comers. The six-year-old Thoroughbred mare, who had four races under the Jockey Club name She’s From Money, was just a “skinny, scrawny” racetrack reject about two-and-a-half years ago. But in the hands of owner Scotty Sherman of Hunting Horn Farm in Maryland, and talented rider Jennifer Marshall, the mare who was rejected by others for less-than-spectacular looks, has been taking down the Warmblood competition, one after […]

William Cox, chairman of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's Second Chances program Wateree Correctional Facility joins TRF herd manager Sara Davenport at the fence line.

Q&A: Horses help inmates heal and move on

William Cox freely admits he’s one of “those people” who really was raised in a barn. And all these years later, after college, law school, and launch of a successful legal career, it is in the barn where he has witnessed daily miracles proving that second chances really do work. “I’ve seen inmates come in here who have no skills, no relationships, broken homes—the don’t have anything or anyone. And then they build a relationship with a horse, and it has a profound effect on them,” says Cox, chairman of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s (TRF) program for inmates and retired […]