thoroughbred retirement

Old Friends Receives Donation Of Stone Grave Markers From Kentucky Monument

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement facility in Georgetown, KY., has received a gracious donation from the Bardstown-based Kentucky Monument company. Owned by Pat and Shannon Spalding, and specializing in granite headstones and personalized memorials, Kentucky Monument has donated three new markers for graves in Old Friends’s horse cemetery. In addition, the company has made a […]

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NHC’s Million Dollar Man, Michael Beychok, Relished The Moment That Changed His Life

He had done all he could to put himself at the mercy of fate, using his most trusted figures and knowledge to land on the horse who would carry life-changing circumstances on her shoulders in addition to the 122 pounds on her back. So as the field for the ninth race at Golden Gate Fields […]

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Study: War Horses Aren’t More Likely To Suffer Soundness Issues In Retirement

Over the last decade, the Off-Track Thoroughbred (OTTB) has become more and more popular with amateur and professional riders of sport horses. It would seem the breed is picking up steam for a resurgence in the English disciplines, where it has been elbowed out by Warmbloods in recent years. While Thoroughbreds are gaining acceptance in […]

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New York Horsemen Sponsor New Vocations Stall In Memory Of Trainer Rick Violette

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) is sponsoring a stall at the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program’s Lexington, KY, facility, and it has been named in honor of the late Rick Violette Jr. An accomplished trainer and former president of the NYTHA, Violette was a steadfast supporter of New York’s horsemen and backstretch workers. […]

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Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Board Elects Mike Meuser New President

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance board of directors elected Mike Meuser as its new president and elected nine new board members. “The 2019 TAA board is an incredibly talented group of individuals from all areas of the Thoroughbred industry,” Meuser said. “I will make every effort to utilize my years of non-profit experience to lead the transition between […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: The Smiling Thoroughbred, And How Trick Training Can Help You

I am the founder of the Square Peg Foundation, where we employ rescue horses (many of them OTTBs) in a therapeutic riding program for kids. People sometimes ask what it takes to get a new horse ready for our program. The WHY I was introduced to trick training when trying to figure out how to […]

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Illinois Horsemen Pledge $1 Per Start At Arlington And Hawthorne To TAA

The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association has pledged $1 per start at Arlington International Racecourse and Hawthorne Race Course in 2019 to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. In addition to its support of the TAA, the Illinois THA created and supports Galloping Out, a TAA-accredited organization in North Riverside, Illinois that focuses on retraining, rehabbing, and adoption […]

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2019 Accreditation Applications Now Available From Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

The 2019 application for accreditation by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is now available on ThoroughbredAftercare.org. Thoroughbred aftercare nonprofits interested in applying must complete the application by the closing date of April 1 at 6 p.m. ET. Since TAA accreditation is only granted for a specific period of time, organizations with accreditation status ending in 2019 […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Ozzie Is Stepping Out And Stepping Up With Liberty Training

Today, we’re bringing you the new incarnation of the Aftercare Spotlight. Each month, we’ll publish a column from a different person training an off-track Thoroughbred telling us what they’re working on with their horse and what they’ve learned from the process so far. Our goal is to bring our readers a variety of perspectives and […]

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Hold Your Horses: Blowen Clarifies Old Friends Relationship To New California Facility

Michael Blowen, founder and President of Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility based in Georgetown, KY, wishes to clarify an unauthorized press release issued yesterday announcing the affiliate “Old Friends West”. According to Blowen, no official agreement has been made with Elizabeth Neil or Doug Freeland to open a West Coast-based Thoroughbred retirement facility. Mr. […]

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