Twilight Ridge at Manchester Farm

 

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Dappled out and looking good, 1985 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Twilight Ridge still commands respect from the other horses at Manchester Farm near Lexington, Ky. Mares and yearlings in nearby paddocks raced to the fence as Twilight Ridge walked by.

 

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At the age of 29, the pensioner by Cox’s Ridge is part of the “senior group” of Manchester mares yet maintains a youthful personality and maneuvers easily through her daily routine. While getting a bath, she will drink from the hose. She likes to scrunch up her nose and move it side to side.

 

 

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Manchester managers Bobby Powell and John Gray enjoy a moment with the mare.

 

 

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Twilight Ridge was then returned to the field she shares with  Lakeway and Lake Travis.

 

 

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Look for the editorial feature “Catching Up” on Twilight Ridge in an upcoming issue of The Blood-Horse. Written by Claire Novak, the feature will highlight some of the wonderful stories shared by the farm staff at Mike Rutherford’s Manchester Farm.

 

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kittybay

Are you sure she's 29?? She looks wonderful! I love the picture where she's playing with the hose, such bright eyes. She looks like she'll live another 10 at least! Thanks so much for sharing.

10 Jul 2012 3:08 PM
cagftl99

My thinking is that horses that are well maintained and cared for as many of the industries name animals are, just don't show their age. She looks very happy and cared about. Wondering at what age do the mares get retired from the breeding shed?

10 Jul 2012 3:25 PM
skyfire

Very beautiful photos -- life on the farm looks so serene -- nice job Manchester Farm!

10 Jul 2012 7:27 PM
the foxx

What a racemare Lakeway was. Since 1972 only she and Secretariat ran 1 1/8 mile Grade-1 races twice in under 1:47?

10 Jul 2012 8:28 PM
Lakeway

Great article, and awesome to see Lakeway - one of my all time favorites...

Can't wait for the editorial feature.

11 Jul 2012 12:41 AM
davidgv78

I was a huge fan of Lakeway!! I was 16 years old and was at Santa Anita when she won the Santa Anita Oaks. She was a fast filly!

11 Jul 2012 2:05 AM
peggy conroy

Really classy mare, many thanks for the pics. I just bred my Sp. Bid mare to  Cox's Ridge stallion, Eltish, who looks so much like this mare it's scary. Hoping for similar results with my foal!

11 Jul 2012 8:09 AM
deb

no gray on that girl!  I wish I looked as good!! wow.  she has aged well.  Good for you baby.

11 Jul 2012 9:49 AM
anna12

most mares get retired anywhere from age 20 to no later than 26, but normally it's 22 to 24 yrs old when their retired.

11 Jul 2012 11:11 AM
gammyp

I can't believe she is 29 either! What a beauty. Yes, great job everyone involved in this great ladys care.

11 Jul 2012 11:55 PM

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