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Ali Goes to Runnymede

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Whenever I think of Runnymede Farm, I think of the word passion. Passion for their clients, and passion for their horses.

Spend one minute talking with Chief Executive Officer of Runnymede, Brutus Clay, and you will see the passion first-hand.

Throughout the tour, Brutus beamed with joy as he talked about the deep family tradition that is intertwined within Runnymede. His great grandfather, Colonel Ezekiel Clay, founded the farm in 1867 and since then, four consecutive generations have been involved in breeding thoroughbreds. I think it is safe to say that the farm is in good hands with Brutus.

After explaining the history of the farm, we toured a barn that housed mares and their foals. Timing was on our side that day as we got a front row seat to see them turn out a few foals and mares in the paddock.

We then made our way to a large paddock where we waited anxiously to see a set of foals and mares be turned out in the same paddock for the first time. This process can be a little tricky, and even sometimes dangerous, but all of the mares of foals cooperated that day and it was time to watch them have some fun.

One of the colts in the paddock was out of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, and standout mare Beautician. He stayed nestled up close to his mother most of the time, but it was still evident that he loved to run. When Beautician would take off running in the paddock, the colt would follow suit and run alongside the mare.

After watching the foals play, we received a tour of the rest of the farm where we saw more colts and got a bit more background about the farm.

At the end of the tour, Brutus went out of his way to make sure all of our questions were answered and we saw everything we wanted to on the tour. Every staff member we met at Runnymede could not have been nicer and went out of their way to make us feel right at home.

I encourage you to book your tour of Runnymede today so you can experience the same passion I witnessed first-hand.