Old Friends president and founder Michael Blowen

Old Friends president and founder Michael Blowen

Anne M. Eberhardt

Old Friends Receives Grant from ASPCA

Funds of $50,000 to provide new paddocks for more retirees.

Old Friends, a non-profit Thoroughbred retirement facility, has received a second $50,000 grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The announcement was made Nov. 21 by Old Friends founder and president Michael Blowen.

In 2009 Old Friends was one of five organizations chosen to participate in the ASPCA’s “Rescuing Racers Initiative,” a $1 million granting opportunity made possible by a donor designed to support horses impacted by the racing industry. Old Friends also received a $50,000 grant in 2010.

The majority of the funds will be used to construct four new paddocks on Old Friends’s Dream Chase Farm near Georgetown, Ky., allowing the organization to provide safe retirement for more Thoroughbreds.

Old Friends supports more than 100 retired racehorses, including a dozen on its satellite facility in New York, Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division.

Most recently Old Friends permanently retired grade I winner and prominent sire Afternoon Deelites, Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Prized, and Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) winner You and I. The farms are open to tourists daily by appointment.

“We are so grateful for this funding,” said Michael Blowen in a release. “We appreciate the support and confidence the ASPCA has in Old Friends to continue its mission.”

In 2010 the ASPCA awarded more than $1 million in the form of 93 grants to equine rescue groups and humane organizations in 32 states, nearly doubling the $546,789 distributed in 2009. The ASPCA works to protect and aid horses through legislation, advocacy, education, targeted grants, and enforcement of the carriage horse and cruelty laws in New York City.