thoroughbred retirement

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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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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Updated: Duo Claims It Will Open A West Coast Branch Of Old Friends

Editor’s Note: Michael Blowen of Old Friends Equine released a statement on Friday calling the following press release “unauthorized” and clarified the new facility will not be officially affiliated with Old Friends. Read his statement here. — Old Friends Farm, a popular retirement home for Thoroughbreds in Georgetown, KY, has agreed to have a new […]

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‘Beloved Champs’ Wake Forest, Kharafa Arrive At Old Friends

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement facility in Georgetown, KY., announced on Tuesday the arrival of two new notable retirees: Grade 1 winner Wake Forest and stakes winner Kharafa. Wake Forest was a Group 3 winner in Germany before relocating to trainer Chad Brown’s barn in 2015 for owners Michael Dubb, Sol Kumin and his Sheep […]

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