Grade 1 winner Ring Weekend will live out his days at the Old Friends Retirement Farm in Georgetown, Kentucky.
After competing at 14 different tracks and in 25 stakes races, Ring retired sound and tried his hand at 3-day eventing with Olympian Phillip Dutton. He showed tremendous promise but unfortunately suffered a career-limiting injury in turnout and moved on to an easier job with a long-time friend of the Duttons. Ring’s had a lot of fun the past few years, hacking out on miles of trails, galloping on the beach, and learning to walk out with hounds.
After careful consideration by everyone who loves him, the decision was made to relocate him to Old Friends where he can truly retire.
Ring arrived at Old Friends last week (photo below) and is settling in well. “He’s amazing and so smart,” said Old Friends founder Michael Blowen. “No fuss. Just a head held high with a relaxed curiosity.”
The West Point team is incredibly appreciative of the work done by Graham and Anita Motion, Phillip and Evie Dutton, and Julie Lake over the past three years. They are true ambassadors for off-the-track Thoroughbreds.
Terry Finley said, “Horses like Ring Weekend don’t come around too often, and we’re grateful for the fun ride he took us all on. If in Kentucky, I encourage you to plan a visit to the Old Friends Farm located just a few miles from Keeneland. Say hello to Ring and another West Point chestnut grade one winner, Awesome Gem.”
Ring Weekend at Old Friends: