Welcome to my world, I’m Lyra Miller proprietor of The Guesthouse at Rosecrest Farm and Lil’s Coffee House and all round helpmate for Rosecrest Farm. I love my world and sharing it with friends via The Guesthouse and Lil’s. They in turn have encouraged me to share it more widely via a blog, so here we are!

 


IT’S A WRAP

IT’S A WRAP

The Preakness is over and it was a good win for Early Voting, a son of Gun Runner.  His trainer’s decision not to run him in the Kentucky Derby proved to be a good one.  Speaking of the Kentucky Derby…..WOW!  What a race, Rich Strike with Sonny Leon aboard had the trip of a lifetime.  Just think of it, Owner, Rick Dawson claims Rich Strike for $30,000 on September 17, 2021.  With 21 points Rich Strike is on the also eligible list and the day before the Kentucky Derby he finds out because of a withdrawal they can run.  It was the first time in the Kentucky Derby for any of the connections and they win!!  That win, and the win by Briland Farm’s homebred Secret Oath in the Kentucky Oaks, keeps the dream alive for all the smaller operations in this business. Hit The Limit loving on her new baby. Mo Buckets ’22 snuggled in the straw So let me get to our babies!!!  You’ve read about the first five,  and those of you who have been to the farm have seen some or all of the others.  April 9th Hit The Limit decided that three weeks over her due date was long enough.  She started nesting at 10:25PM, and 30 minutes later she delivered a nice colt by Goldencents that weighed in at 120 pounds.  He was a little slow to stand up but he was very good at scootching around the stall.  Three days later, Mo Buckets, who was only two weeks past her due date, delivered another Goldencents colt.  This guy wasted no time scootching, he... read more
It’s March and the Madness has started.

It’s March and the Madness has started.

The starting 5 are on the ground and the 7 players yet to arrive will be produced by the mares watching at left. Mares will, as we all know, produce the added players when they are darn well ready! We’ve had five babies so far and the mares have been very considerate with their foaling times, unusual but very nice that they all delivered before midnight. At Point Guard = Flame Mingo ’22 Goldencents filly out of Flame Mingo Flame Mingo was the first to foal on March 12th only 7 days past her due date.  She started nesting just after dinner. She ate all of her dinner which made us think she wasn’t really thinking about having her baby too soon.  But her water broke at 9:40 p.m. and within 10 minutes she had a cute Goldencents filly.  The filly has a beautiful wide blaze as you can see and was up within the hour.  It was a really cold night so she was glad when we turned the big heater on so she could get nice and toasty.  We’ve nicknamed her Flamingo.  Power Forward Position = Caradini ’22 Candy Ride filly out of Caradini The next night Caradini decided it was time to have her baby.  She was only two days past her due date which was typical for her.  After coming in about 4:00 p.m. she unlike Flame Mingo, did not eat her dinner.  She nibbled on a little hay and was quite agitated. Her water broke at 8:54 p.m. and 13 minutes later delivered a filly by Candy Ride.  We may have to nickname her... read more
Born To Run

Born To Run

I have lots to catch you up on …so I’ll start with the B&B. We have been very busy with many of our regular guests who come every year, but had to take last year off, as 2020 was a year that wasn’t. We’ve also been meeting many new guests that seem to enjoy finding a place to rest, relax, and commune with all the horses on the farm. As guests spend time on the farm, it’s fun to hear their stories about which horse they have identified as their favorite. Sweet Halory ’21 The last two weeks the guests have had the rare experience of having Chuck doing all farm tours. Recently he had a couple, Tamera and Lyle from Illinois, who also knew a good friend of Chuck’s from years ago. He’s realizing how enjoyable it can be to introduce our guests to Rosecrest Farm, the horses and the resident cats and kittens but also hearing the stories that our guests bring. Ok… you might be wondering why Chuck is doing the farm tours and my sister, Linda, is in the kitchen every morning preparing breakfast. Well I fell and broke my kneecap, so for the time being I am not able to bend my knee. Hopefully I’ll be able to start rehabilitation soon, many adjectives come to mind to describe how I feel about this situation but I’m trying to stay positive and looking for the silver lining. So let me get back to the most interesting topic…horses. I’ve already shared our first six foals with you so let me share the rest. Sweet Halory ’21... read more
Our First Six Foals of 2021

Our First Six Foals of 2021

The Derby’s been over for a week and life is still crazy. Unlike last year the Kentucky Derby was run on the first Saturday in May with spectators and they sang “My Old Kentucky Home” YEA!!!! We were cheering for Hot Rod Charlie since we have close ties to some of his connections…and he was being ponied by “Coach” Lava Man. Hot Rod Charlie didn’t win but he ran a good race and was on the board. He seems to be getting better with every race. I wish I had gotten several blogs written since January, but I didn’t and I will attempt to catch up in this blog and one or two more. In summary we delivered 12 babies. 9 fillies and 3 colts. As you can see it was the year for fillies, and as always I believe all of them will be great racehorses. Malibu Gem ’21 by Practical Joke So, back to February 9th, Malibu Gem delivered a beautiful long legged filly by Practical Joke. And, as usual Gem was a few days past her due date and giving us very few signs that foaling was getting close except for being more irritable than usual. As you can see from this photo they both were content to rest before getting up. But once up, she was quick to nurse. The next day we had a severe ice storm that took out our electricity at the foaling barn for about twelve hours. Kentucky Utilities did a great job that day getting electricity on for so many, one of their employees even offered to hold a light... read more

It’s A New Day, A New Year, And New Dreams

Expecting Mamas It’s January 2021, and hopefully a much better year than 2020. I’ve decided to try and put 2020 behind me so I will not conjure up negative memories but look forward to all the positive possibilities and changes in the coming year. Miss Dixie Rose ’19 As many of you know, January 1st is the official birthday for every Thoroughbred. “Happy Birthday!” Here’s Miss Dixie Rose, he didn’t bury his face in cake but instead found a mud puddle to splash in…what mother has not had a little boy do that? Exhausted After Birthday Celebration The weanlings have become yearlings. Yearlings are similar in personality to teenagers! They are feeling independent and giving a glimpse of their personality by the way you see them interacting with their peers and the people working with them. There are times they are very calm and resting as a group like this picture taken on January 1st. I think they were resting after their birthday celebration. And then other times they are acting out the term “horse play”. Horse Play Some days it’s easy to watch their antics for hours, many of our guests have gotten great pictures doing this but now that they’re yearlings they have been moved to the yearling complex on the back farm referred to as Wilshire Farm at Rosecrest. Here they will graze a lot, grow a lot, and play a lot. Later this summer they will start spending time separated in their own paddocks. Their first step of getting their head out of a herd mentally (we hope). Arriving New Destination Then there are the... read more