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Calumet Farms Opens Their Gates to Kentucky Spring Horse Show Participants

Lexington, KY - May 16, 2007 - Calumet Farms, one of most historic and beautiful farms in Kentucky, generously opened their gates for fellow horsemen on Monday, May 14. Equestrians from the Kentucky Spring Horse Show had a chance to glimpse at one of the most successful racing operations in the world.

Organized by Betsy Fishback, director of community relations for the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, equestrians were invited to take a driving tour of the farm, which includes over 800 acres. They saw numerous barns, horses breezing on the racetrack and brand-new foals frolicking in the pastures. Although the farm is not open for public tours, it was graciously made available by Arianne de Kwiatkowski for the equestrians from the horse show.

The tour was led by Mrs. Bill Witman, whose husband is the farm manager at Calumet. She led the group to the Calumet Farm cemetery, which has the headstones of their most famous residents, including Whirlaway, Citation and Alydar.

"The cemetery was beautiful and full of historical monuments," said one horse show guest. "The entire farm is flawless and breathtaking."

The guests enjoyed watching new foals sleep in the grass and run across the paddocks.

Built in 1924, Calumet Farm's horses have won the Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing twice. They have been the nation's leading owner 12 times and the leading breeder 14 times. The farm was purchased in 1992 by Henryk de Kwiatkowski and is "once again active in all facets of the Thoroughbred industry."

The Kentucky Spring Classic Horse Show gets underway at the Kentucky Horse Park on Wednesday morning, the start of a five day run that features six rings of exciting equestrian action.

Thursday's grand prix is the second of seven events in the Hagyard Challenge Series, a summer-long series of major jumper competitions. The Hagyard Challenge Series features $170,000 in prize money. In addition to incredible money in the Hagyard Challenge Series, sponsored by the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, there will be a Leading Rider Award for $30,000. The Leading Rider Award is sponsored by Turftown Properties, Dean, Dorton & Ford, Fifth Third Bank, Fort Dodge, Hagyard Pharmacy and Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa. The $50,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix is the highlight of the week on Sunday afternoon.



Photo Credit: A foal at Calumet Farm is intrigued with the new visitors. Photo (C) 2007 Jennifer Wood.

 

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