Our Mims Retirement Haven
Location: Paris, KY
Average Number of Thoroughbreds: 80
Seventeen years have passed since the incorporation of Our Mims Retirement Haven as a nonprofit. Until her passing in August of 2020, Haven creator Jeanne Mirabito oversaw the restoration of health to many mares from disparate backgrounds. No matter where they came from or how they got to the Haven, each mare that arrived found sanctuary in Paris, Ky., where love and attention is doled out as freely as individualized veterinary and nutritional regimens.
Today, the Haven is home to nine Thoroughbred mares and one gelding—Elmhurst, the 1997 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner and maternal grandson of Our Mims. He arrived in 2011 and is a favorite of fans and visitors. Exciting Bucket is the oldest resident at age 32, and more than half of the mares at Our Mims are 25 or older.
The Haven always solicits volunteers to feed, groom, assist farriers and vets, mow, and help with general farm maintenance.
Fans have traveled to Our Mims from all 50 states and more than 20 countries. Visitors are welcome by appointment to see the Haven’s residents and walk the cemetery, where almost all of the Haven’s past horses have been buried. Each grave is marked with a stone and plaque indicating the horse’s name and birth and death dates.
On May 7, 2017, the ashes of 1986 Eclipse Award champion older male Turkoman were interred in the cemetery.
Farm residents have included Australian-born Princess Royale (who died at age 30); Turkoman’s dam Taba, who lived to 32; major stakes producer Iza Valentine (33), Grade 1 winner Lotka (30); Alydar’s and Our Mims’s Grade 1-winning sister Sugar and Spice (27); and nine-time stakes winner Bel’s Starlet (27).
To honor Jeanne, the Haven will continue to ensure all current and future horses that grace the Haven’s paddocks are cared for in a manner respectful of Jeanne’s wishes and of which she would approve. Board members Pete Mirabito, Ann Cheek, and Sidna Madden are dedicated to keeping Jeanne’s dreams alive by taking care of her charges and the place that her love, sweat, and tears built, and will endure to be the place where human and equine souls can find peace.
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