Stonestreet opened its gates for the program to give us a private tour on our last morning in Kentucky. With RTIP graduate Hillary Neese working as our tour guide, we were shown the farm and stables, each named after a wine. At the first stable, we watched Stonestreet workers walk weanlings from the barn to the pasture and we were greeted by Barbara Banke, who took her time to answer questions and take photos with us.
We eventually made our way to look at some broodmares and their foals. After looking at the foals we walked to the final pasture that houses Rachel Alexandra and two other retired broodmares. Hillary answered more questions about the lives of the retirees and about Rachel as we gathered along the fence line and took photos.
The tour at Stonestreet was one of the highlights of the trip as it showed us a lot about the breeding operation on the mare’s side. Former RTIP’er Hillary was both inviting and knowledgeable.