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'This rejuvenates them': Old Friends Farm opens new location at retirement home

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Posted at 7:30 PM, Oct 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-13 11:01:52-04

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) — Old Friends Farm is where some of the greatest athletes of all time retire and spend the rest of their days. Now some of those horses will be connecting with some other special retirees.

Residents at Ashton Grove Senior Living look out over 80 acres of land. Several retired racehorses, who are a part of Old Friends Farm, roam the rolling hills.

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"All of this fabulous land back here, it had been the home to Hill N Dale Farm, in a previous incarnation. I knew it would be great for the horses, the grass is really good, We just did a few fence repairs, a little of this and a little of that, and now they're here," Michael Blowen, President and Founder of Old Friends Farm.

The residents can visit the horses whenever they want—coming together for a match made in bluegrass heaven.

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"A lot of times, they've gone through a lot of loss. They've lost their husbands, they've lost their spouses, they've lost their homes, they've lost their vitality. This rejuvenates them. This is truly something that they can look forward to seeing every day, and they feel like they're home," Davonna Saier, Executive Director of Ashton Grove Senior Living, said.

Old Friends plans to have 30 horses at this location.