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!

 


Magical Rose, Indeed

Magical Rose, Indeed

It’s been two and a half months since I’ve written you and MR. MONEY is one of the favorites for this Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile — the race his daddy GOLDENCENTS won. Not only is Goldencents the only two-time Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner ever, but Mr. Money is from our boy Goldencents’ very first crop. Sooooo, you’re thinking I finally sat down to write about the big race coming up this weekend, aren’t you? ….You would be wrong! I’m writing to share a very special weekend just concluded, and the career debut of our 4-year-old filly named MAGICAL ROSE and her new owner Wheaton Hardwick. Many of you know Wheaton from Lil’s Coffee House, where she has worked for the last three years.  She started when she was 14.  Some of you who have stayed at the B&B have seen her attending to the horses on Rosecrest for the last year.  Those who know Wheaton have seen an ambitious and capable young lady positively bloom since she joined Pony Club in January of 2018. But her love of horses started long before then.  Wheaton started attending summer riding camp at Moss Landing (click here to read more about their great facility) nine years ago.  She graduated to being a junior counselor for the last five years.  After a good foundation from Nicole Patenaude at Moss Landing, Wheaton joined Pony Club almost two years ago. About one year ago, Wheaton asked if she could come to the farm to see what goes on with the horses.  Well, she didn’t just watch…she pitched in mucking stalls, leading horses, grooming... read more
Revolutionary War Roots

Revolutionary War Roots

Have I mentioned that I love Paris?  That I love the history here?  That I love the people here?  That I love having Lil’s and meeting all the native Parisians, and the wonderful way that stories have of revealing themselves??? But I’m getting ahead of myself. First, for reference, here’s a map showing Rosecrest and Wilshire Farms along Winchester Road / US 627. We’ve met and become good friends with Chilly Cox, who used to own our farm and called it Duncan Farm when he raised Thoroughbreds on these acres.    We asked “Why Duncan Farm?”  He said, “I inheirited it, and that’s what my mother always called it.  I never really thought about why!” We’ve asked many people since then if they know the story about the name “Duncan Farm”, to no avail. Thursday night, we hosted a 64th Bourbon County high school reunion dinner at Lil’s after-hours.  It was great fun to see the folks reconnect, enjoy their stories and more than a few had memories of very different dining at the old J.J. Newberry’s.  Fun. As we were locking the doors, classmates were loathe to leave so out on the sidewalk still visiting and Earl Sosby, who grew up on Claiborne, asked me about Lil’s and how we came to own “the old Duncan Farm”. Soooooo, I asked once again, “Do you know why it was called the Duncan Farm?”  And he DID!!! It was, he said, named for the Revolutionary War officer who originally owned it.   Captain somebody Duncan.  …Eureka!!!! He said to find a copy of the early history of Paris and Bourbon County... read more
It’s a wrap on the 2019 Foaling Season

It’s a wrap on the 2019 Foaling Season

We’ve had a very busy 14 days.  It started on April 25 at 5:10 AM with Hit the Limit going into labor and delivering a healthy, very leggy colt by Classic Empire. This year the mares have decided to go past the average 340 days of gestation, to an average of 352.  And they’ve not been giving a lot of notice of being close to delivery.  Good thing we have Hugo on close watch to see the small indications of imminent delivery and he calls so Chuck and I are there for the delivery.  Usually very little help is needed with the actual delivery, but the men did need to assist Hit The Limit a little with delivering this 125 lb. colt with good size, shoulders and hips. As usual we collect the colostrum from mama and feed it to the foal as soon as possible.  Good thing with this boy, since it took him two hours to get his legs under him and stable enough to stand, after a little help getting up. So the next day Get Back Anne started showing signs of labor about 3:20 AM.  She was ready, but the foal was not in the correct position.  Luckily after walking the mare for about 15 minutes, the foal got into position and at 3:55 she delivered a healthy 118 lb. colt by Goldencents.  Annie was exhausted and needed to rest for about 25 minutes. This colt is very flashy, with a great blaze and lots of chrome, as you can see.  I’m sharing this photo that shows his very long legs, but I’m sure when he’s... read more
Riding in Style to Vet Clinic

Riding in Style to Vet Clinic

Ten days until the Kentucky Derby. You’d expect me to be writing with excitement about our boy Goldencents having a Derby Horse from his very first crop, right? Nope! We had five mares left to foal when this past week started. Born To Be Winner and Get Back Anne were both overdue (since the 8th) and Born To Be Winner is a maiden, which always makes me a little nervous. Maidens are mares having their first baby. You never quite know how they are going to react to the foaling and mothering thing. (Get Back Anne has already had a foal and was a good momma.) Hit the Limit’s due date was the 13th and Ivanka’s due date was the 15th… so that’s four of the five.  Orientatious was just hanging out since she isn’t due til May 6. During the waiting game, my morning starts with our guests asking, “Any new babies last night?” and my answer was the same, “No, none of the girls are even acting like they’re close to delivering.” As most of you know, there are signs to watch for and we weren’t seeing any.  One of the first signs is the mare will produce milk, so you’ll see their bag start to swell.  Well, nobody had a bag on Sunday, on Monday, on Tuesday.  So we were surprised when Born To Be Winner gave birth to a Jimmy Creed colt at about 4:45 AM on Wednesday the 17th. With no bag – meaning she was not producing any milk – we had to feed the little guy one of our bottles of colostrum... read more
It really and truly is Spring!

It really and truly is Spring!

Spring, like pregnant mares, doesn’t read a calendar. No matter what the calendar says, there is generally a day in the Bluegrass when you just know that Spring has finally come. This year, it was a glorious Sunday (aka March 17) when we’d had a couple of warm days the week before.  On that day, the sun was shining and there was just a beautiful spring smell in the air.  The grass was beginning to green thanks to the warm days that week, and maybe that’s what created the beautiful smell.  It’s hard to describe, but when it comes, it fills your heart. And this year, we were blessed on that particular day to be celebrating the arrival of three foals in six days the week before.  Icing on the cake. The first was Suzy Malibu.  This was her second pregnancy, and so far she seems to be a creature of habit – good ones.  Once again, she foaled at the civilized hour of 10 PM and once again she was right on the average gestation of 340 days…. on March 9.  Just like last year, she didn’t give many signs… just got restless for an hour and then, “OK, it’s time!” Her colt by Jimmy Creed was anxious to throw his long legs around in a few attempts to get up, and he did spring up all by himself in just 35 minutes.  He didn’t stay up long but then he got up again and immediately figured out nursing.  He appears to have a voracious appetite!  After about an hour, he finally laid back down and took a nap. ... read more