About Us

Our mission at Old Friends is to provide a dignified retirement for thoroughbreds, champions and "unknowns" alike.

Photo by Connie Bush

Old Friends is a non-profit organization established in 2000 by Michael Blowen and is based out of Georgetown, Kentucky. We began as a retirement and rescue facility for pensioned thoroughbreds, but in 2002 in response to the public outcry after the slaughter of Ferdinand (winner of the 1986 Kentucky Derby) in Japan, we changed our mission and began focusing on "at risk" race horses who's racing and breeding careers had come to an end.

We pride ourselves on providing the public the opportunity to meet these once celebrated thoroughbreds and offering the horses a place to live out their lives in a comfortable setting while raising public attention/awareness to the needs of equines, specifically retired/at risk thoroughbreds.

Old Friends at Cabin Creek Farm The Bobby Frankel Division owned by JoAnn and Mark Pepper is named in honor of trainer Bobby Frankel a native New Yorker and long time supporter of Old Friends Mission. He died November 16th 2009 after a battle with leukemia. After his passing, Michael Blowen president of Old Friends in Georgetown Kentucky decided that the New York branch would be dedicated to Bobby Frankel, receiving it's first retiree on November 30th 2009.


Old Friends, Cabin Creek
Cabin Creek Farm
483 Sandhill Rd
Greenfield Center, NY 12833
Phone: 518-698-2377

Old Friends, Inc.
1841 Paynes Depot Rd
Georgetown, KY 40324
Phone: 502-863-1775
Fax: 502-863-1776

Our Horses

Zippy Chippy

- 1991 by Compliance out of Listen Lady
- 19 year old gelding

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Crusader Sword

- 1985 by Damascus out of Copernica
- 25 year old stallion

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Cool N Collective

- 1997 by Ruhlmann out of Panther Run
- 13 year old gelding

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New Export (Rio)

- 2001 by Exile King out of Important Daisy
- In Memory 2001-2010

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