Michael Blowen answered the phone on a chilly November morning, and the familiar voice of Sandy Hatfield on the other end asked one single question:
“You got room at your farm for an old gray stallion?”
In a single moment, a dream 17 years in the making was no longer a dream–but a reality. Sworn to secrecy until it became official that Silver Charm was coming home, Michael found himself simply unable to contain the excitement building inside. So, he did the only thing he could think of. “I got on the golf cart, and I had to go to the back of the property where it was just me and the horses. I ran around like an 8 year old on Christmas… It was the most exciting moment of my life,” he remembers.
Less than a month later, December 1st, 2014, Michael pulled a very special halter off his mantle and headed down to the barns on a particularly unpleasant, wet, and cold Kentucky day. An all white truck and trailer turned the corner into the long Old Friends driveway as Michael waited. As the trailer rolled to a stop, a ramp dropped on its flank and Sandy Hatfield walked one pearly white steed out of its belly and home… to meet Michael, halter firmly in his grasp.
The moment his hand reached out to stroke Silver Charm’s neck, Michael’s face told a story decades in the making, full of emotions deeper than the deepest reaches of the ocean, and more powerful than even the strongest of tides….
Read the full story of “Silver Charm: The Horse of Many Lifetimes” in the Winter 2019 issue of The Thoroughbred Experience. Subscribe today and don’t miss this and many other amazing stories that truly capture the heart of horse racing.
Photo by Laura Battles of Michael Blowen and Sandy Hatfield with Silver Charm courtesy of our friends at Old Friends Farm.