A big thanks to Fran Taylor and Maker's Mark for setting up the most incredible weekend ever for the MMSC team! On Saturday, we loaded up Fly (in a Sallee Horse Van that they provided free of charge) and took her to Keeneland to give a demonstration on our mission of re-training ex-racehorses. Poor little girl's stall was facing the track where the race horses were in the midst of their morning workouts and she was quite anxious to know what she was doing back there, but she behaved beautifully throughout the demo, proving to all who were in attendance just how smart and brave thoroughbred ex-racehorses can be. Fly and Melissa will be competing this weekend at Octoberfest here at the Kentucky Horse Park. Keep checking our Twitter for details.
After the demo, Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron gave the MMSC team a behind-the-scenes tour of the racetrack. While in the empty jockey room who should walk in but both Calvin Borel and Kent Desormeaux! We told them a little bit about the Center and they were nice enough to pose for pictures with us!
The MMSC Team with Chris McCarron.
The MMSC Team with Calvin Borel.The MMSC Team with Kent Desormeaux.
Finally, Director of Guest Relations, Susan Haehlen, gave us a behind-the-scenes tour of the clubhouse, the skyboxes, and the press box. We rounded out the tour by peeking in Keeneland President Nick Nicholson's office and stopping by former President Ted Bassett's book-signing.
The MMSC Team with Susan Haehlen.
Thank you to all who made this day at Keeneland possible! We had a fun-filled, educational day and while educating the public and furthering our mission!