2012 Travel South Showcase
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Old Friends

Travel South USA will once again join forces with Tourism Cares, the travel industry non-profit dedicated to preserving the travel experience for future generations, during the 2012 Travel South USA Showcase, March 4-7, 2012 in Louisville, KY to raise money for the Old Friend’s – A Kentucky facility for retired thoroughbred horses.

A full campaign to raise donations before and during Showcase is planned with proceeds to be donated to this worthwhile facility. The funds raised through these efforts will be used to develop a special Travel South Paddock at Old Friends.

Old Friends, based in Georgetown, KY, is a treasured tourism site which hosts thousands of tours and visitors a year. While guests come to visit ex-racehorses, they leave having been touched by the heart of a Thoroughbred hero. "When the news broke of the inconceivable death of Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand in a slaughterhouse in Japan in 2002, we went from getting five emails a day to hundreds, noted President and founder Michael Blowen. We knew such a death must never happen again. And so the plan became to bring ‘at risk’ racehorses--those whose racing and breeding careers had come to an end--to Old Friends, provide them with the dignified retirement they deserve, and open the space to the public. By promoting these one-time celebrated horses through a campaign of education and tourism, we realized we could draw attention to all retired Thoroughbreds and all equines in need.”


Text “TOUR SOUTH” to 50555 
to make a $10 donation with proceeds to benefit Old Friends-a Kentucky facility for retired thoroughbreds.

note: you make a maximum of three text donations of $10 each for a total of $30 per month.

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