Limited Edition photobook of 500, signed by Old Friends Founder Michael Blowen. Thirty pages with over 50 photos chronicling the story of Silver Charm’s life in retirement, reflections on his personality, what he means to Michael, and so much more. Thanks to our wonderful contributing photographers Laura Battles, Rick Capone, Mary E. Greene, Cindy Grisolia, Steve Haskin and Joyce Patci.
Limited Edition photobook, signed by Old Friends Founder Michael Blowen. Twenty pages featuring the founding stallions of Old Friends with commentary by Michael: Creator, Sunshine Forever, Awad, Fortunate Prospect, Ogygian, Ruhlmann, Precisionist, Kiri’s Clown, and Taylor’s Special. Thanks to our wonderful contributing photographers Laura Battles, Rick Capone, Mary E. Greene, Beth Shannon, Kate Dunn, John McDaniel, Evyonne Baker.
Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Silver Charm’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness wins with this popular poster of Silver Charm racing through time by the incomparable Barbara Livingston. Measures 11.75” x 27.5”; printed on heavyweight poster paper. Ships rolled in a tube.
This District® Women’s Perfect Tri ® tee is a 50/25/25 poly, combed ring spun cotton, and rayon blend. Short sleeve, V-neck, tear-away label, and 1×1 rib knit neck. Embroidery: Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement.
Colors: navy frost (cream), heathered teal (cream), heathered lavender (purple), purple frost (cream). Sizes: M-L-XL-2X-3X. Runs small; for looser fit order up one size.
Our Hane’s 100% ComfortSoft® cotton short-sleeve t-shirt features a crew-neck, tag-free label and lay-flat collar. Embroidery: Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement. Colors: ash (deep green), deep forest (daffodil), oxford grey (butter yellow). Sizes: S-M-L-XL-2X
Our Bella+Canvas® Unisex 3/4 sleeve baseball tee features contrast raglan sleeves and neck trim in a 50/25/25 Airlume poly/combed and ring spun cotton/rayon blend. Embroidery: Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement. Color: Grey/Emerald (emerald). Runs small. For looser fit order up one size.
This Ogio® Ladies Luuma pullover fleece hoodie has a 57/38/5 modal/poly/spandex fleece blend, tag-free label, cowl neck, metal grommets and side vents. Color ivory snow (dark green). Sizes: S-M-L-XL-2X.
Our Sport-Tek 1/4 zip sweatshirt features 2×2 ribbed cuffs and twill taped neck. 65/35 ring spun cotton/poly fleece. Color: Green (yellow). Embroidery: Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement. Sizes: S-M-L-XL.
This Port & Company pullover hoodie sweatshirt is 50/50 cotton/poly fleece, with a two-ply hood, dyed to match draw cords, and front pouch. Color: Dark Heather Gray (butter yellow). Embroidery: Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement. Sizes: S-M-L-XL.
This Port Authority Torrent Waterproof Jacket is 100% polyester with a polyester mesh-lined body and zip-off hood. Waterproof zippers, zippered pockets. Embroidery: Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement. Color: yellow (black). Sizes: S-M-L-XL-2X-3X. Runs small. For looser fit, order up one size.
This Port Authority mid-weight fleece vest is 100% polyester with a reverse coil zipper chin guard and bungee cord zipper pulls. Color: Forest green (daffodil). Embroidery: Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement. White. Sizes: S-M-L-XL-2X.
Our Two-Charms t-shirt features Silver Charm and Little Silver Charm on a Gildan 100% heavy cotton short-sleeve t-shirt. Screen printed, tear-away label. Color: White. Sizes: S-M-L-XL-2X.
Our embroidered Port Authority 100% garment-washed cotton twill baseball cap has an unstructured profile and self-fabric slide closure with buckle and grommet. Embroidery: Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement. Steel blue (cream), Khaki (dark navy), Pink (dark pink), green (daffodil).
Our Port Authority Cool Release baseball cap is 100% polyester has an unstructured profile and self-fabric slide closure with buckle and grommet. Embroidery: Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement. White (black).
Our embroidered Port Authority 100% garment-washed cotton twill baseball cap has an unstructured profile and self-fabric slide closure with buckle and grommet. Horse name embroidered on front; silks on the back. Silver Charm: Stone (green); War Emblem: Black (green); Einstein: Stone (black).
Our Deneen Pottery stoneware coffee mugs are individually crafted and hand-thrown right here in America. Dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe. Choose from 12-oz footed mugs in blue, cranberry and hunter green. Mugs feature our exclusive Old Friends medallion.
Our two-color Libbey wrap-style pint glasses feature the horse’s silks, horse pedigree and information, and the Old Friends logo. (Glass is clear. A white insert was used for ease of reading text.) Horses: Silver Charm, War Emblem, Alphabet Soup, Game on Dude, Touch Gold, Sarava.
Like many before him in the Bluegrass State, Michael Blowen, a former “Boston Globe” entertainment writer, fell in love with horses, specifically Thoroughbreds. When he opened the Thoroughbred retirement farm Old Friends in Kentucky in 2003, he never dreamed his idea would grow so big, so fast. Today, Old Friends is home to more than 130 horses, many of them stallions, as well as geldings, mares and one loveable miniature horse named Little Silver Charm. Join journalist and horse lover Rick Capone for the story of Old Friends and the horses that call the farm home.
This sequel to the author’s History of Old Friends revisits the unforgettable history of this horse retirement home. When Michael Blowen first dreamed of creating Old Friends, he envisioned a place where Thoroughbred stallions could retire with dignity following their racing or breeding careers. He also wanted people to visit the iconic
horses. In 2003, vision became reality when Old Friends opened on leased land with a miniature horse named Little Silver Charm, a gelding named Invigorate and a mare named Narrow Escape. Today, the two-hundred-plus-acre farm in Georgetown has more than 130 retired Thoroughbred stallions, geldings and mares, including two Kentucky Derby winners.
Little Silver Charm combines the best of his popular blog with photographs from Barbara Livingston, Equisport Photos, Connie Bush and others. In his inimitably witty style the miniature horse tells the story of life at Old Friends, the daily events, the quirks of his Thoroughbred fellow retirees, and his important work as the farm’s official spokeshorse.
When Barbara Livingston’s first Old Friends book was released in 2002, the simple concept of chronicling famous and some not-so-famous Thoroughbreds in their senior years lit a spark within horse-racing aficionados and further editions followed. Now, Livingston brings us Old and New Friends, featuring nearly 100 retired horses including Old Friends retirees Ogygian (cover), dual classic winner Silver Charm, champion Hidden Lake, Slamming, Mixed Pleasure and Halo America. And in a slight departure from the earlier editions, Livingston also features some younger subjects this time, including the 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra and the 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
The 2021 Old Friends/Daily Racing Form magazine with cover boy Little Mike is here! This year’s edition features founder Michael Blowen sharing Daily Racing Form anecdotes, a challenging pandemic year, our unique relationship with Breeders’ Cup, Barbara Livingston’s award-winning photography, plus photos and thumbnails of our 125+ retirees.
Old Friends halter tags make great key fobs that proudly display the name of your favorite retiree. Each tag measures approximately 1.5 inches in diameter. Polished front with the name of the horse; back unpolished with “Old Friends”. Limited quantities: Alphabet Soup, Awesome Gem, Arson Squad, Bellamy Road, Birdstone, Cherono, Game On Dude, Hogy, Little Mike, Nicanor, Patch, Silver Charm, Stormy Liberal, and The Pizza Man.
Hand-crafted from maple and walnut Kentucky hardwoods, these cutting boards make practical, beautiful gifts. Horse Head measures 6” x 3/4” x 8”; Jockey Silks measure 8” x 3/4” x 7 1/2”.