Montpelier, the home of James and Dolly Madison, has another attraction for visitors – 150 acres of the estate is home to TRF retired racehorses. The first TRF horses arrived at Montpelier in the fall of 2003.
“For much of the 20th century, under the stewardship of Marion duPont Scott (Montpelier’s last private owner), Montpelier was one of the nation’s premier equestrian centers,” said Michael C. Quinn, past president of the Montpelier Foundation. “In partnership with the TRF, we are proud that Montpelier will continue to be a showcase for America’s race horses.”
The association between Montpelier and the TRF could not have been possible without the continued generosity of the trustees of the Paul Mellon estate. The Mellon estate agreed to cover the costs of fixing up Montpelier’s barns and pastures in exchange for allowing the TRF to set up shop on the land.
Kim Wilkins manages the farm, specializing in retraining and adopting as well as lifetime homes for retirees.