Patience and Devotion: Thoroughbred Caretakers Provide Homes for Life
During our recent Breeders’ Cup or Bust fundraising trip through California, we weren’t able to share with you all of the stories we discovered and the people we met. You’ll meet two more of them here.
Pam Berg and Priscilla Clark represent the many dedicated individuals across the country who devote their life’s work to taking in ex-racehorses, giving them a home, and helping them to thrive long after their racing careers are over. It’s a difficult job, with funding and maintaining support a constant concern.
Both Berg and Clark came from the racing industry and many years ago decided they had to do something to help horses coming off the track. Since 1995, Berg has operated GEVA, Inc., a farm tucked away in a valley known for its wineries where 33 Thoroughbreds call home. More than 350 miles south in remote Tehachapi, Calif., Clark has been re-homing racehorses for three decades. She now has 70 at Tranquility Farm.
GEVA and Tranquility are among nearly 20 organizations supported by CARMA, a non-profit that raises money for retired California racehorses. CARMA and other groups like it depend largely on donations. As you’ll see in this video produced by Scott Jagow, the devotion of people like Berg and Clark is worth supporting.