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Charity of the Month

Friday, March 31, 2017
Launched in 2012, the TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program sponsors Thoroughbred-only classes at horse shows across the country. The program was the brain child of Thoroughbred trainer and New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) President Rick Violette, who worked with former New York Racing Association Director of Racing P.J. Campo to get it started.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Founded in 2012 by Denali Jordan, Humanity for Horses (HFH) is a California-based equine sanctuary. With approximately 105 Thoroughbreds in their care today, the organization will ultimately be able to take in up to 400 Thoroughbreds.

Friday, December 30, 2016
Galloping Out, an Illinois-based retraining and rehoming organization, created by the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association began when, according to Jan Ely, program coordinator, “the last remaining horse slaughter house was shut down in 2007."

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
The Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA) is an organization that ministers to the spiritual, emotional, physical, social, and educational needs of racetrack workers. Founded in 1972 by Salty Roberts, the RTCA has had an impact at racetracks across the United States and beyond.

Friday, September 30, 2016
Founded in 1996 as an extension of the Kentucky Humane Society, ReRun, Inc., is a Thoroughbred rehabilitation, retraining, and rehoming organization now located in New York. Executive Director Lisa Molloy has been with the organization since 2012 and has seen significant growth over the last couple of years.

Friday, July 29, 2016
The Elite Program, commonly known as Groom Elite, was founded by Susan O’Hara in 2001. O'Hara owned Thoroughbred racehorses and believed that her horses would perform better and have a better chance of retiring sound if their daily caretakers were provided with horsemanship training. Groom Elite trains racetrack grooms across the country in basic care and handling techniques.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
In 1981, Dr. Peter Bosomworth, Debbie Marcum, Rusty Cheuvront, Becky Howard, Jim Howard, and Mary Quattrocchi launched a dream. They believed so strongly in the benefits of horseback riding for individuals with disabilities that they founded Central Kentucky Riding for the Handicapped.

Friday, April 29, 2016
The United Pegasus Foundation (UPF) was created by Helen Meredith in 1994 as a home for retired racehorses in California. UPF, originally based in Meredith’s half-acre backyard, now has two major facilities, both over twenty acres.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
The Kentucky Racetrack Chaplaincy (KRTC) was established in 1989 as a division of the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America. Today, the ministry serves Churchill Downs, Ellis Park, Kentucky Downs, Turfway Park, and four Thoroughbred training facilities in Kentucky as well as Belterra Park in southern Ohio.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Bev Dee created Bright Futures Farm in 2000 when she met and fell in love with her first rescue horse, a retired Thoroughbred named Brite Decision. Previously, Dee thrived in corporate America but she never knew anything was missing until she met Brite.

Monday, February 01, 2016
The Square Peg Foundation, a one-of-a-kind riding program, was founded in 2004 by Joell Dunlap and her husband, Darius. Dunlap grew up around horses and became a riding instructor early in her career. In her work with different riding programs, she noticed a unique need.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015
One of the organizations TCA proudly assists is the Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racers (CANTER) affiliate in Colorado. CANTER Colorado was founded in 2008 and is currently directed by Jamie Girouard. As stated on CANTER's website, the organization is “committed to rehabilitating, retraining, and rehoming each horse in our program.”

Sunday, December 06, 2015
Since 1971, the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America (RTCA) has been providing supportive services to backstretch workers across the country. The organization functions with the guidance of a national board of directors and constitution. The New York (RTCANY) branch of the chaplaincy—founded in 1986—is currently led by Chaplain Humberto Chavez and works with the Saratoga, Belmont, and Aqueduct tracks.

Monday, November 02, 2015
Founded by Robin Brookins and Royce Clay in 2007, the Oklahoma Thoroughbred Retirement Program works to repurposing Oklahoma-bred Thoroughbreds at the conclusion of their racing careers.

Friday, September 25, 2015
In 2010, Steuart Pittman and a small group of Thoroughbred enthusiasts formed the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) to meet the growing demand for Thoroughbred advocates and educators. Their mission is to facilitate the placement of Thoroughbreds in second careers by increasing demand in the marketplace and serving the farms, organizations, and trainers who care for them

Wednesday, September 02, 2015
In 2002, Bev Strauss and Virginia Suarez co-founded MidAtlantic Horse Rescue (MAHR) along the Sassafrass River in eastern Maryland. Strauss and Suarez shared a vision: to purchase slaughter-bound Thoroughbreds, repurpose them, and send them to forever homes.

Friday, July 31, 2015
In 2006, Thoroughbred owner John Hettinger dedicated 1,000 acres of his farm to a permanent haven for retired Thoroughbreds. Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue (ATBR) in Pawling, New York, is Hettinger’s living legacy and a paradigm of Thoroughbred aftercare.

Monday, June 29, 2015
“Rehoming Thoroughbreds can be addictive, the more you rehome the more you want to rehome,” said Kimberly Clark the president and founder of Thoroughbred Placement Resources (TPR) in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. “When horses come though our program and then go on to adoptive homes, it fuels you to put more time and energy into the next one."

Friday, May 29, 2015
In 2002, while working in marketing and community relations at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Kentucky, Elisabeth Jensen and then farm co-owner Bill Casner sought to find an effective means to give back to the Thoroughbred industry while making a significant impact within the community.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
“This is the best job I’ve ever had,” said Ruth Plenty founder of Harmony and Hope Horse Haven in Portal, Arizona near Rodeo, New Mexico. “Horse rescue can be terrible heartache but there is also nothing more rewarding. You just do the best you can.”

Monday, March 30, 2015
“We are unique in that we only focus on high risk Thoroughbreds,” said Caroline Betts the founder and president of Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue (SCTR). “Our program was created to provide a safety net for Thoroughbreds that have run out of options.”

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
In 1996, while traveling together on a plane, Rob Whiteley of Liberation Farm said to Fred Seitz of Brookdale Farm that Bluegrass farm workers deserved greater recognition and support for their tremendous contribution to the industry.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
In 2007, when the economy was in the midst of a recession, a group of Central Kentucky equine advocates saw a need for an all breed equine rescue and rehabilitation organization. The group formed the Kentucky Equine Humane Center, a non-profit organization that provides care for horses surrendered by their owners or rescued from perilous situations within the State of Kentucky.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
“I can’t explain what just happened." "I was so flooded with emotion." "It made me feel forgiven." "I feel like the world has dropped off my shoulders.” These are some of the sentiments that Bob Nevins hears from veterans upon completion of the Saratoga Warhorse experience.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
“I wanted to become part of the solution,” said Nicole Smith about working to find a suitable retirement for Thoroughbreds at the conclusion of their racing careers. Smith, a lifelong equestrian, became interested in the post racetrack welfare of Thoroughbreds when a representative of a retirement organization spoke during one of her college classes.

Monday, September 29, 2014
On any given day on the backside of tracks across the U.S. you’ll find owners, trainers, jockeys, backstretch workers and, increasingly, volunteers with the Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racers (CANTER). Founded in 1997 as a solution to help retiring racehorses find new homes, CANTER’s services have become a welcome resource on the track.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
“I had always heard that horses were very therapeutic, and as the parent of a special needs child, I wanted to better understand this so I began volunteering at Horses Help, a therapeutic riding organization," said Dannielle Marturana.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
“The horses don’t know that it’s Thanksgiving”, stated Joanne Adams Executive Director of the Belmont Child Care Association, Inc. in New York, when describing the 365-day per year care that is provided to horses by racetrack backstretch workers. These non-traditional work schedules of those employed on the backstretch present a unique challenge for families with young children.

Thursday, June 26, 2014
It was 2005 when Sara Busbice met two kind-hearted businessmen that were concerned about the future of Thoroughbred racehorses once their days on the track were over.

Thursday, May 29, 2014
At the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC), in a typical day you may see a farrier drop by, a horse on a lunge line, or a horse draped in a banner of colorful plastic flags. It’s all in a day’s work for the center where all horses are matriculated into the Horse Centered ReSchooling Program®.

Monday, April 28, 2014
The backstretch of a racetrack is more than a place of employment, it’s a small community. A community of people living and working hard to care for horses who never take vacations and where a horse’s “sick day” means even more work for the horsemen.

Monday, March 17, 2014
“So, an accountant walks into a barn…” sounds more like the start of a bad joke than the start of a successful racehorse re-training and adoption facility, but the story starts similarly for LoneStar Outreach to Place Ex-Racers (LOPE) and founder Lynn Reardon.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Employment at a horse farm in Central Kentucky isn’t a job; it’s a lifestyle with a unique set of challenges. Blue Grass Farms Charities (BGFC) recognizes this.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
As a long-time horse racing fan and racehorse owner, Karin Wagner saw that Thoroughbreds had so much more upside left after their racing careers were over.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The Illinois’ backstretches may look a bit different than the rest of the country, youthful in-fact. It is common for racetracks to house workers that provide direct care to the racehorses, but Illinois is one of the few states allowing children to reside on their backstretches as well.

Monday, November 18, 2013
Jeanne Mirabito was 17-years-old when she saw Calumet Farm champion, Our Mims, win the Coaching Club American Oaks on TV.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
The glamour of the front side of a New York racetrack can often stray your mind from the thousands of backstretch employees who work seven days a week caring for all the superstars you see on the racetrack.

Monday, September 16, 2013
“I really felt like I wanted to bring the old guys home,” said Stephanie Brennan about starting...

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Delaware Park is serious about the health and welfare of their horsemen who fill the race cards...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Former racehorse trainer Patti Shirley established the Equine Encore Foundation in 2005 in Tucson,...