PRTF Boys Enjoy Sun, Fun and Fishing at World-Class Horse Farm

Darley Farms

The sun was out and the fish were biting for the boys from PRTF on May 25 at  Gainsborough Farm.  The 700-acre horse-breeding facility, one of five owned by Darley Farms in the Lexington area, includes a lake stocked with bluegill, catfish, crappie and more. The boys had everything they needed to haul in the big ones – poles, worms and Gainsborough employees who volunteered to make sure the boys had a good time.

And did they ever! The boys reeled them in almost as fast as they could bait their hooks and cast away. “That’s a big one,” exulted one young man, as he reeled in his fourth catch of the day. “I’m gonna name him Whopper!” Another boy, heeding the advice of a savvy Gainsborough volunteer, pulled in a catfish that registered nearly 4 pounds.

PRTF Fishing

PRTF Fishing


The boys also enjoyed playing cornhole, volleyball and horseshoes, and got to pet  thoroughbred horses. The day was capped off by a cookout, featuring hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans and an assortment of cookies that disappeared very quickly.

Smiles were in evidence on faces young and old. As the boys lined up before lunch, Henry, who’s worked at Gainsborough for 17 years, shook his young companion’s hand and said, “Thank you for a great day.”

Mary Bourne, office manager at Gainsborough, said two of the employees on hand for the event had volunteered despite working the night shift. It was clear that the day had been as meaningful for them as it was fun for the kids.

“You can’t go wrong teaching a child to fish,” said Henry.

PRTF Fishing

Gainsborough is one of five horse farms in the Lexington area owned by Darley Farms, a global thoroughbred operation which houses stallions in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia. It is owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, emir of Dubai, and vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates.


Written by Chris Jones, Sunrise Associate Director of Communications.

Jake Pelfrey