TRF's Ivory Lady Goes To Bluegrass Breakfast

Ivory Lady, one of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation year 2000 retirees will visit Keeneland's Breakfast with the Works on Toyota Bluegrass Day, April 15, 2000. Handling Ivory Lady for the benefit of breakfast guests will be her Blackburn Correctional Facility caretakers.

Ivory Lady's visit will give guests at breakfast a chance to pet a Thoroughbred racehorse. Also on display will be TRF's renowned program for retirement and rehabilitation of Thoroughbreds no longer useful for the racing industry while offering inmates in TRF's prison program a chance to reclaim their lives. With the generous help of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Kentucky's racing and breeding industry, TRF has established a program at Lexington's Blackburn Correctional Facility where up to 70 horses at a time can rest and be rehabilitated for private adoption.

We chose Ivory Lady for this event because she is so calm and gentle. She will be a great horse for kids to get close to," said Melissa Klick, TRF's Horse Placement Coordinator based in Lexington. Ivory Lady is an 18-year-old mare by Sir Izor out of Native Dancer mare Easy Virtue. She raced six times at Belmont and Saratoga, trained by the late Woody Stephens, and broke her maiden in 1985. TRF obtained her last January at a sale when she didn't bring more money than the slaughterhouse would give for her.

"Not only is she a sweet horse, but a horse that represents so much of what TRF is about," commented Monique Koehler, Chairman and Founder of TRF. "Ivory Lady is well bred and had plenty of bold black type on her catalog page but she had trouble carrying foals and was no longer useful to someone. She was going to fall through the cracks if we didn't save her."

Breakfast at the Works, a popular Keeneland tradition, offers fans the opportunity to experience the excitement and beauty of morning workouts at one of the world's most beautiful racetracks. The TRF exhibition will be the highlight of the family type activities offered in conjunction with the live morning workouts. Face painting, caricatures, and photos in pint-sized jockey silks are also being served with a Southern Style Hot Buffet Breakfast. General admission and parking are free for the breakfast at the Keeneland Grandstand and Paddock. Breakfast is from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. with Ivory Lady entering the paddock at 8:45 a.m. Kids will receive a free souvenir horseshoe.

For more information call the TRF at 800/728-1660. The TRF is a national, volunteer, non-profit organization whose mission for over 18 years has been the rehabilitation, retraining and retirement of Thoroughbred horses no longer able to compete. A pioneer in horse rescue programs, the TRF remains the largest organization of its kind in the nation, providing lifetime homes for former racehorses at farms located in Kentucky, Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Illinois. At the Wallkill Correctional Facility in Wallkill, New York, and the Blackburn Correctional Facility in Lexington, Kentucky, inmates learn vocational and life skills through their care of the horses; and at the Hickey School in Baltimore, Maryland, juvenile detainees benefit from a similar program. A comparable farm in Ocala, Florida will open in May 2000. Through its adoption program, the TRF places suitable horses in carefully screened private homes.

(Ivory Lady is sponsored by The Blood-Horse, Inc., Publisher of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care).

About the Author

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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