2017 May – Taylor Made Horse Farm Tour
Taylor Made Horse Farm – California Chrome Photo by Joseph Rey Au & Helena Hau
The Taylor Made Horse Farm Tour was definitely a highlight for the year. Thanks to Jim Potter and Neil Fisher for pulling this event together. And a special thanks to Bill Daugherty, a new BGS member, for getting Taylor Made to allow us to tour and meet California Chrome.
After planning the trip to Taylor Made Farm for several months in advance, as the day approached, the forecast called for rain and thundershowers, something that no amount of planning can prevent. However, when Saturday morning came there were some clouds but no rain and it looked like it might work out. When we arrived at Taylor Made Farm we were greeted by Neil Fisher and his wife with some very welcomed warm coffee. It wasn’t clear how many club members would show up on a potentially rainy day and at 8:00am! To our surprise, the event was very well attended by 31 Bluegrass Members (18 Porsches), the 2017 Keeneland Concours Raffle Porsche and four guests. Everyone was very excited to go on the tour.
Our hosts, Laura Darnell and Autry Graham (photographer who stood on the hood of her car and hung out of the car’s window to capture all those little German sports cars) were very happy to have us all and gave us a very warm welcome. We started the tour by watching a video explaining the complexities of running a major stallion/broodmare/yearling/sales company, something that most of the visitors were unfamiliar with. We then walked up to the stallion complex and got to enjoy seeing the reigning horse of the year, California Chrome, who, in the morning sunlight, really showed off his Chrome, not unlike all the Porsche’s that attended the event. The breeding shed was our next stop where we received a thorough explanation of the breeding process. We then caravanned through the beautifully maintained farm to visit the broodmare barn where we saw lots of mares with their new foals, some born as early as January. Then back to our cars and off to the yearling barn that contained horses that were being prepared for the upcoming yearling sales at Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton. Thus, we could learn all about raising race horses, from conception through birth to preparation for their upcoming role as racing stars! Two opportunities for investment were discussed during the visit where one could become involved in the racing industry without having to invest at the million dollars plus level. One option is to invest in a partnership that buys and sells horses at the various sales and the other is a racing partnership where one can own a piece of a horse and follow it through its racing career. Our final stop before heading off to lunch at Ricardo’s in Versailles was at the newly opened Gift Shop and Golf Course that is part of the Taylor Made family of businesses, what a great property.
Much thanks need to be given to Taylor Made Farm, Laura Donnell, Autry Graham and to Bill Daugherty, a new member of the club who helped facilitate our visit to the farm.
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You can access the photos taken at Taylor Made on May 20 by going to their website