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TCA provides grants to approved nonprofit organizations that work to support Thoroughbreds and the people who care for them.


The Kentucky Racetrack Chaplaincy: Backside Ministry in Kentucky and Southern Ohio

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. KRTC operates in a variety of venues ranging from community […]

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Bright Futures Farm: Thoroughbred Advocacy, Retraining, and Placement

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. She said, “To take a horse from a bad place and see […]

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Square Peg Fits a Unique Niche in the Thoroughbred Community

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. There were therapeutic riding programs for handicapped children, and there […]

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CANTER Colorado: Rehoming Racers in the Rockies

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.” Nationally, CANTER USA maintains […]

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New York Racetrack Chaplaincy: Working to Serve the Backstretch Community

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, […]

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Oklahoma Thoroughbred Retirement Program: Providing Aftercare for Oklahoma-Breds

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; OTRP is the state’s oldest non-profit aftercare organization. Over the last eight years, the program has grown to include five facilities that house OTRP horses. An average of 50 […]

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The Retired Racehorse Project: Creating a Demand

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 […]

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MidAtlantic Horse Rescue: Working to Repurpose Thoroughbreds in Maryland

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. Since 2002, the MAHR team has repurposed over 800 Thoroughbreds. Their farm has 90 acres dedicated solely to […]

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Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue: A Living Legacy

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. On any given day, ATBR is home to over 150 horses. Some of these horses are in training […]

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Maryland Organization Aims to Help Horses, Horsemen and Veterans

“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 […]

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