Thoroughbred Farm Tour

On August 6 Bonnie and I had the opportunity take the Thoroughbred Farm Tour with a group from The Villages Lifelong Learning College. The tour started with a bus trip to Ocala and the Ocala Breeder’s Sales (O.B.S.) training and sales grounds to watch the thor­oughbreds train on the synthetic one-mile racetrack. (Unfortunately, the track was being repaired so we did not see the horses train.) Next stop the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders mini-museum for a brief visit and history lesson. We then visited one of the multimillion dollar Thoroughbred farms to see the incred­ible stallions, mares and the newborn foals. We also visited two other smaller farms. Last but not least, a short ride back to restaurant overlooking the track at O.B.S. for a great ranch style lunch. Our instructor was Thomas Sweeney.

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