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Emptying The Ocean With A Teaspoon: The Challenges Of Aftercare

This is Part 2 in a three-part series looking back at the last decade’s evolution in Thoroughbred aftercare. You can read Part 1 here. It’s easy to scroll through the Horse Care or Aftercare news sections on trade publication websites and feel pretty good about the state of Thoroughbred retirement and rehoming. It seems groups […]

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A Decade In, How Are We Doing With Thoroughbred Aftercare?

A decade ago, the word “aftercare” was not part of the industry vernacular when talking about Thoroughbreds leaving the racetrack. There were a handful of nonprofits which had battled the tide of horses retiring from racing for years. The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation launched in 1983, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program in 1992, Thoroughbred Charities of […]

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Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Accredits 40 Organizations In 2019

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced today that 40 Thoroughbred aftercare organizations have been awarded accreditation effective immediately. The list of 40 organizations includes 32 that were reaccredited and eight that received accreditation for the first time. The TAA, the only accrediting body in Thoroughbred aftercare, now has a network of 74 organization with approximately 160 […]

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Pocket Aces Racing Announces Partnership With The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center

Pocket Aces Racing LLC (PAR) is pleased to announce the formation of a partnership with The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC). After an extensive review of aftercare organizations, PAR feels the MMSC is best suited to meet the needs of our retired horses. Pocket Aces Racing LLC pledges to donate a percentage of the entire […]

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Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center Announces Opening Of Satellite Facility In Illinois

The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) is pleased to announce the opening of its first satellite facility at The Ranch in Frankfort, IL (www.theranchfrankfort.com). The MMSC is a nonprofit organization that focuses on reschooling off-track Thoroughbreds by building a foundation of skill sets through its Horse Centered Reschooling Program(SM) prior to adoption to facilitate and […]

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Kentucky Horse Park Buck Off Challenge Benefits Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, Other Charities

The Kentucky Horse Park is gearing up for some great charity, AND excitement during the summer show series. The Kentucky Buck Off Challenge, a mechanical bull-riding contest, will take place on July 30th at 6:00 pm in the Bluegrass Jockey Club Tent. Admission to the event is $30 in advance or $35 at the door, and includes […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Teaching And Learning

Last Sunday during the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, a retraining and adoption facility for retired Thoroughbred racehorses, took full advantage of a prime location on the Kentucky Horse Park grounds to showcase the facility and horses to the masses at the inaugural Omelette and Mimosa Brunch.  In addition to brunch, the event […]

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Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center Re-Homes Record 62 Thoroughbreds In 2016

In 2016, the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center in Lexington, KY, celebrated a record number of Thoroughbreds who were re-trained and adopted through its non-profit program. The year’s total of 62 re-homed off-track Thoroughbreds is an organization record. “Thoroughbreds are timeless; they have reigned supreme in equestrian sports,” said MMSC Director Susanna Thomas. “They are smart, […]

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Secretariat Center Awarded ASPCA Grant, To Launch Lay Up Component For OTTBs

The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC), located at the Kentucky Horse Park, is pleased to announce the award of a generous grant from the ASCPA to launch the MMSC’s Clean Start: Let Down and Lay Up project, an off-site program for Thoroughbreds coming directly off the track that need rest and rehabilitation prior to being […]

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Large Farms Step Up To The Aftercare Plate With In-House Programs And Policies

Equine aftercare has been an increasingly important issue to most people involved in the Thoroughbred industry for quite some time. Years ago, when it was decided that a horse’s racing days were done, the horse may simply have “gone away.” Rarely was the owner asked where he or she would like the horse to go, […]

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