On Aftercare
Retired Thoroughbreds Making a Difference

On Aftercare: Vance to Head New Vocations New York Division

I first met Amanda Vance when I was working for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and we invited her to bring some off-track Thoroughbreds from her lesson/retraining facility, North Country Horses, to the Run for the Horses 5K road race to benefit Saratoga-area aftercare organizations. The morning ...

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On Aftercare: Q&A With Retired Racehorse Project’s Carolyn Karlson

The first Racehorse Retraining Symposium was organized by Steuart Pittman in 2009 as a clinic for people and organizations wanting help in transitioning Thoroughbreds from racing to second careers. At the time, Carolyn Karlson was a business school professor and as well as a trustee of ...

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Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue Makes a Major Move

Monumental changes are in the works at Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue (ATBR). Since its inception in 2006, ATBR has primarily operated as a sanctuary situated on an annex of Akindale Farm, the beautiful home and Thoroughbred operation of the late John Hettinger. That is about to change. ...

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On Aftercare: Cannon Chorus Finds His Purpose Helping Others

Cannon Chorus (War Chant) is 17 hands and beautiful. He sold at Keeneland September for $150,000 in 2004 and raced only once finishing sixth. The road had some twists and turns but now, in his third career as the go-to horse for the team at Long ...

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On Aftercare: Florida TRAC Brings Happiness Back to a Special Boy

Henry Ford once said: "My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me." For Andrew Byrd, an 11-year-old from Port St Lucie, FL, his first best friend was a horse named Bridger who came into his life two years ago. Andrew rode ...

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On Aftercare: Viva Pentelicus

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Outside of Modesto, CA, Julie Baker, founder of Healing Arenas, is launching a new project for first responders through EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association). The new program is part of an already ambitious roster of ...

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On Aftercare: A Life Well Lived

The first thing that you notice about Worldly Slew, now known as Sonny, is how his ears are always forward. He stands placidly as the therapeutic riding instructor, Cathy Lamando, the student, 6-year-old Nero, and a volunteer prepare for the riding lesson. As part of his ...

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On Aftercare: Who is Donner

Who is Donner, also known as 'the deer'? He ran as Smart Gorky, a 2003 NY-bred by Gorky Park out of Smart Jane (Smarten). He raced six times, never hit the board and earned only $2,870. He retired at age three and by his fifth birthday, ...

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On Aftercare: Do The Right Thing

Sponsored by Runhappy When in doubt, do the right thing. For his entire life, it seems that Fuhrious Warrior (Langfuhr) was destined to bring people together. As a racehorse, he attracted a following across the U.S. inspired by his name, its meaning, and how he embodied ...

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Rerun Q&A With Lisa Molloy

"My experience especially in New York is that horsemen care and they have, in most cases, been fully prepared to help cover the costs of rehab. Nothing is ever going to be perfect, but we are heading in the right direction. New York racing has a ...

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