Florida TRAC relocating to bigger facility in Fort Pierce
Down an unpaved, sun-bleached path off Okeechobee Road, Florida TRAC has found a new home.
Florida TRAC, a thoroughbred retirement and adoptive care program supported by The Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred After-Care Program (www.gpaftercare.com) and others, has relocated from Palm City to an 80-acre property with 75 stalls, two arenas, an artesian pond and a lodge in Fort Pierce, Florida.
“We’re very happy to work with our horses at such a wonderful facility,” said Barbi Moline, a member of TRAC’s Advisory Committee. “Our former farm at Stuart West (in Palm City) was great, but we outgrew it. It was 25 acres with 10 stalls. Our Fort Pierce farm has lots of grass and stalls for every horse. And that’s important because some horses are heat sensitive and need to be in during the day. We’ll be able to provide more individual care and training for each horse.
“The facility is great to host kids from 4H with its two arenas, and we’ll be able to hold fundraising events in the lodge. I think we’ll have more adoptions from the added exposure. We’ll have a lot more visibility.”
Norm Berube, TRAC’s on-site farm manager, will work with as many as a dozen volunteers through the week as former racehorses are rehabilitated and retrained so they can be matched with and adopted by loving owners.
Timothy Ritvo, President and GM of Gulfstream Park and a member of the Board of Directors of The Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred After-Care Program, said TRAC’s new facility will give more racehorses a chance to flourish in second careers and find new homes.
“The farm allows TRAC to continue its outstanding work in rehabilitating and retraining our equine athletes,” Ritvo said. “TRAC’s reputation continues to grow as a caring and safe environment for retired Thoroughbreds. We’re proud to support an organization that promotes the health and well being of horses each and every day. Hearing about a horse who has been adopted into a loving home is a great feeling.”