Are You Watching Me?????

Are You Watching Me?????

Some of you may remember “The Florida Girls” from last winter.  Now that they have been here for more than a year, they have acclimated to the Kentucky winter and have their winter coats, so no additional blankets were needed this spring.  But they have kind of tended to do things together, and eight days into March, we were waiting for Our Unbridled Gem (whose due date was Feb. 23) and D’Chili Pepper (due date Feb. 26) to foal. If you want a reminder of their foalings last year, click here  to read about the Florida Girls hating our winter of 2015 and “Chili” foaling and click here to read about Our Unbridled Gem’s story. The March weather in Kentucky this year has been unseasonably warm, making being at the barn much more comfortable for us humans.  Our Unbridled Gem was enjoying the weather and looked to be very content to hold on to her baby indefinitely.  D’Chili Pepper was of the same mind, and she was showing no signs of getting close to delivering. The only one looking like she might deliver was our mare, Miss Dixie Rose.  So for several days, Miss Dixie kept us on our toes, thinking “Today is the day.”  And then the next day, “Today is the day.”  Our Unbridled Gem wanted to know why we kept looking at her, and D’Chili Pepper had us convinced she had no intentions of having her baby in the immediate future. Soooooooo, at 11:30 PM on March 8, while refilling water buckets, D’Chili surprised us by saying, “It’s time!” and within about 20 minutes, it was all over...
Historic Downtown Paris, KY

Historic Downtown Paris, KY

Virtually all of downtown Paris, Kentucky is a 96-acre Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the town features the eight-member Paris Antiques & Gallery District, a Walking Tour of historic buildings, the nationally accredited Wallis Arboretum, the award-winning Hopewell Museum, the oldest standing tavern (Duncan Tavern) in the state of Kentucky, a micro-brewery, a micro-distillery, more than ten downtown restaurants and a dozen boutiques for guaranteed friendly shopping. Amy Hess, of KET’s Kentucky Life, visited Paris last fall.  See the friendly, beautiful and fun result...
What a Weekend

What a Weekend

The Guesthouse was bustling this past weekend as it was chosen as the destination for a reunion of TriDelts from Iowa State University.  Eight of the ten checked in Thursday, toured the farm and met all the 26 babies on the ground. They had a lot of compassion for the two mares still waiting to foal — Mamboalot and Rose of Siena.   Many of them are mothers and the mares’ bulging bellies made them wince in remembrance.  As with most guests staying here, they were hoping both would deliver during their stay, so they could join in the celebration of a new foal. Well, on Saturday morning Mamboalot made their wishes come true when she delivered a beautiful filly by Pioneerof the Nile.  [Yes, this time it really WAS by Pioneerof the Nile. 🙂 ]  As you may know, American Pharoah is by Pioneerof the Nile.  I thought, “I need to get a bet down since the Preakness is this afternoon and this little girl by Pioneerof the Nile arrived this morning.”  Didn’t happen. The girls were ecstatic to see the new baby and Mamboalot was a proud Mama and willing to let everyone get a good look at her filly.  As one group was admiring the cutie pie, I told them, “Stay a little longer, if you can, and watch the baby try to remember how to lay down.”  The girls looked at me quizzically, but they stayed and enjoyed seeing baby’s dilemma. As I’ve mentioned on my blog before, instinct tells foals from birth how to get up, but is not as strong for laying down the first...
Silver Charm Arrives at Three Chimneys in 1999

Silver Charm Arrives at Three Chimneys in 1999

For 18 years, I was the Communications and Marketing Director at Three Chimneys and had the honor of helping welcome 1997 Kentucky Derby Silver Charm to his new home in July of 1999.  I was so “taken” with him and the experience that I sat down late in the day after he arrived and wrote the following.  This week marks the first Kentucky Derby since his return to the United States from Japan, his trainer (Bob Baffert) has the two favorites for this year’s race (American Pharoah and Dortmund), and Charm’s reunion with Gary Stevens will be part of the Derby coverage, so Lyra thought you’d enjoy the following…. It’s exciting anytime a new stallion arrives at the farm… a new career for him, a new patriarch for us.  The Sallee Van pulls up, the big door is opened, the ramp extended and the new kid on the block takes his first tentative or, sometimes, aggressive steps on to Three Chimneys soil. But this time was different.  I wasn’t a part of Three Chimneys when Seattle Slew arrived, so nothing had prepared me for this day. We didn’t have much time to ready a red carpet for Silver Charm.  We only learned late Sunday afternoon that he would be arriving between 1:30 and 2:00 the next afternoon – Monday of the July Sales.  The other members of the Three Chimneys team covered for me at the sales and I went to the office Monday morning to fax notice to the local media that the Third Leading Moneywinner in history would be arriving in Midway in less than five hours....
More Bourbon County Historic Sites

More Bourbon County Historic Sites

It’s APRIL and things are hopping in the Bluegrass!  You can always tell when Keeneland is getting ready to open by how there are soooooo many more people in Downtown Paris…and they come from all over the world.  Literally.  The Guesthouse at Rosecrest Farm is fully booked for the month of April, most of the people who come in to Loch Lea Antiques are looking for horse items, and there’s lots of excitement about “Who will make the Kentucky Derby.” People talk about what a big deal it is going to be to have the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland this November, and it is a great thing, but they don’t realize what a huge deal every April is!  Keeneland hosted 270,093 people at the 2014 Spring Meet, and 251,574 last Fall.  The Breeders’ Cup is going to sell 28,000 reserve tickets for each of the two days of Breeders’ Cup races this year…..which would put this fall with the Breeders’ Cup only 10 percent ahead of last spring’s meet! My point is that Keeneland and the lead-up to the Kentucky Derby is a big, big, BIG deal economically for the Bluegrass every April.  It’s spread out over the entire month, and some people come year, after year, after year.  We love it. So here’s some more information for you about those 25 Historic Highway Markers in Paris and Bourbon County.  The Guesthouse at Rosecrest Farm is located in the southern half of the county, and I’ll tell you about the four located in that part of the county.  Click here by the way, if you’d like to go back to our first posting about the...
Bourbon County Points of Interest

Bourbon County Points of Interest

Because of its name, one of the first things people ask at the Guesthouse is about Bourbon County and the Birthplace of Bourbon. By way of introduction, I’m Lyra’s friend who is a History Nut and part-owner of Loch Lea Antiques in Downtown Paris.  She’s asked me to tell you about some of the many historical sites of interest in the area.  In Bourbon County alone, there are twenty-six Kentucky Historical Highway Markers, so we’ll start there, and with the one about Bourbon….. As the Hopewell Museum (a must-see in Downtown Paris, by the way) wrote, “The markers on this tour take you from the earliest pioneers through the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. They introduce you to citizens who impacted the history of the county, state, and nation. You will learn about early churches, education, and African American history along with the roles of industry, transportation, inns, and taverns in the county’s development. “Along the tour you will encounter Paris, a thriving small town with a historic courthouse and beautiful old homes. And like the earliest explorers, the limestone-based soil, winding creeks, and rock walls will encourage you to explore Bourbon County, Kentucky’s history. “ One of our favorites is Historical Marker #2295, which explains the history of Bourbon whiskey and Jacob Spears, one of the first distillers of Bourbon County, Kentucky.   It’s located at Crossroads of Clay-Kiser & US 27, Paris. There was a lot of Bourbon made in the county.   In the Bourbon County 1810 census, there were 128 distilleries listed, a total production of over 146,000 gallons of whiskey valued at over $48.000. Every community in Bourbon...