- From March 2023 Issue
- Written by Maggie Kimmitt
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It’s a long way from the glamour of Saratoga’s select yearling sale and the glitz of the Gulfstream Park winner’s circle to the bucolic Mt. Carmel Hounds hunt field in Baltimore County, Md. Call it the road less traveled. But that’s exactly the path multiple graded stakes winner Lochte took en route to his forever home with veterinarian Dr. Trevor Wells.
Picture this. Retired Thoroughbreds researching retirement communities and planning their golden years. After Googling "OTTB", "Foxhunting", "Amenities", "Five-Star Care", "Mid-Atlantic", they hit the mother lode. Oh yeah, this is it–they're going to Jeff and Michelle Rosenkilde's Hunting Fields Farm in Monkton, Md.
The story here is not that the stakes-winning Breeders’ Cup champion gets to retire at Happy Acres. The story is your good-to-average, unremarkable horse goes on to have a remarkable after-story.”
As the founder and director of The Foxie G Foundation, Laurie Calhoun is accustomed to receiving “those” calls. You know the ones – alerts from fellow rescuers who come upon a registered Thoroughbred while flipping lips at auctions. The rallying cries indicate that a horse is in the slaughter pipeline and the clock is ticking. In her role, Calhoun has seen and heard more than most horsemen can imagine. But five years ago, one call stopped her in her tracks.
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