Featured TCA Charity of the Month

Each month TCA will highlight one of the many charities that was selected as a TCA grant recipient.

Our grants are made possible by the support of our generous donors. As TCA believes it is our duty to be good stewards of any donation made to us, our charities must meet the rigorous criteria set forth in our annual grant application.

We are proud to assist so many worthy charities working to uphold our mission of creating a better life for Thoroughbreds both during and after their racing careers by supporting rescue, retirement and research and by helping the people who work with them.

Featured Charities:

TAKE2 Works to Bring Thoroughbreds Back to the Show Ring

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....

=> Read More
Humanity for Horses Offers Sanctuary in Northern California

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. HFH obtains horses directly from owners and trainers who can no longer care...

=> Read More
Galloping Out: A Team Effort

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.” Over the next three years, operational details were ironed out and in 2010 Galloping Out...

=> Read More
Race Track Chaplaincy of America: Serving Race Track Workers for Decades

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. Together, the Chaplains, Councils, and...

=> Read More
ReRun, Inc.: Retraining for Success

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. “Adoption...

=> Read More
The Elite Program: Educating Caretakers Across the Country

The Elite Program: Educating Caretakers Across the Country 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...

=> Read More
Central KY Riding for Hope: Advocates for Ability

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. The non-profit was renamed Central Kentucky Riding...

=> Read More
United Pegasus Foundation: A Home for Retired Racers

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. Between the two facilities, UPF is home to 76 horses, most of which...

=> Read More
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...

=> Read More
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...

=> Read More
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...

=> Read More
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...

=> Read More
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...

=> Read More
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...

=> Read More
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,...

=> Read More
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...

=> Read More
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...

=> Read More
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...

=> Read More
The Race for Education Provides Assistance for Farm and Backstretch Families

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. As they worked to identify...

=> Read More
Harmony and Hope Horse Haven Offers Sanctuary in the Desert

“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.” Located in a rural...

=> Read More
Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue: Investing in Horses and Adopters

“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.” Founded in 2008, SCTR’s all volunteer staff...

=> Read More
Children of Horse Farm Workers in Central Kentucky Aided by Educational Fund

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. This hard-working group is often described as the backbone of the breeding industry,...

=> Read More
Kentucky Equine Humane Center: Rescuing and Rehabbing in the Bluegrass

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...

=> Read More
The Power of Horses is Enlisted at Saratoga Warhorse

“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 who have been touched by the Saratoga Warhorse experience. Nevins...

=> Read More
The Exceller Fund Finds its Niche

“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...

=> Read More
CANTER: Providing Options at the Track

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...

=> Read More
After the Homestretch: Working to Rehab Thoroughbreds in Arizona

“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. A high school teacher without prior horse experience, Marturana seemingly was...

=> Read More
Belmont Child Care Association, Inc. Provides Children With a Leg Up

“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...

=> Read More
Friends of Ferdinand Focuses on Finding the Right Fit

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. The duo, who were horseracing fans, did the administrative leg work to create a non-profit organization with the goal of giving Thoroughbreds...

=> Read More
New Approach to an Old Technique

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...

=> Read More
Maryland Horsemen’s Assistance Fund Caring for Those in Need

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. However, in Maryland the...

=> Read More
Texas Racehorse Retraining and Adoption Facility Focuses on the Basics

“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. LOPE prides itself by utilizing a...

=> Read More
Blue Grass Farms Charities Reaching Beyond the Racetrack

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. Located in Lexington, Ky. and founded in 2003, by people in the horse industry who saw a need for resources for employees...

=> Read More
Long-time Race Fan Creates Vibrant Rescue Facility

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. Without a background in training or direct care of horses, she surrounded herself with top horsemen and put her business and financial savvy...

=> Read More
700 Children Served with Racing Industry Charitable Foundation

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. This...

=> Read More
Our Mims Brings the Spotlight Back to the Horses

Jeanne Mirabito was 17-years-old when she saw Calumet Farm champion, Our Mims, win the Coaching Club American Oaks on TV. Although she meant to exclaim to her family, “I will own a horse like that someday,” she instead said, “I will own that horse someday.” Years later, after finding...

=> Read More
New York’s Backstretches Leading Healthcare Initiatives

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. The Backstretch Employee Service Team (BEST) focuses all their energy on...

=> Read More
TCA Helps Final Furlong Bring Gunpowder Creek to the Dressage Ring

“I really felt like I wanted to bring the old guys home,” said Stephanie Brennan about starting her Thoroughbred retirement charity, Final Furlong, based in Ocala, Fla. Final Furlong provides a segue for retiring Thoroughbred racehorses to be safely rehabilitated and repurposed. The program targets at risk horses and...

=> Read More
Clinic Provides Free Care with Delaware Horsemen’s Assistance Fund

Delaware Park is serious about the health and welfare of their horsemen who fill the race cards year after year. The Delaware Horsemen’s Assistance Fund (DHAF), founded in 1966, is dedicated to providing benefits, aid, assistance and relief to grooms hot walkers, exercise riders, trainers, and other backstretch licensees...

=> Read More
Equine Encore Provides Permanent Retirement Under the Tucson Sun

Former racehorse trainer Patti Shirley established the Equine Encore Foundation in 2005 in Tucson, AZ, as a provider of a safe haven for successful racehorses after they leave the racetrack in the form of a new career or a dignified retirement. The foundation primarily provides permanent retirement homes for...

=> Read More