ReRun Maryland at Greener Pastures, located at the former Wear family estate in Cecilton, Maryland, will launch a series of educational programs August 23 with "Evaluating the Ex-Racehorse for a Second Career." The one-day seminar will be aimed at owners of ex-racehorses or those interested in adopting or purchasing an off-the-track Thoroughbred.Certified judge Jennie Meade of Fox Shadow Farms and Jean Marie Evringham of Most Time Farms, an experienced event rider and ReRun adopter, will conduct the seminar. The first half of the day will be spent in a classroom setting where participants will learn about the unique issues facing a person who has acquired an ex-racehorse to retrain for a second career.
Topics to be covered include attitudes of off-the-track Thoroughbreds, assessing and rehabbing past injuries, and extra costs associated with owning an ex-racehorse. Following a lunch break, the remaining half of the seminar will offer re-training advice and hands-on experience utilizing the horses awaiting adoption at ReRun Maryland."ReRun is dedicated to the creation of loving homes and bright futures, and to that end we are working toward the education of potential adopters or purchasers of ex-racehorses," said Jennifer Haas, Education Director of ReRun Inc. "Many horses can be brought back to a high level of usefulness, and we are assembling a qualified team of speakers who know how to do just that. Beginners and advanced riders alike will find this seminar valuable."The second seminar to debut, "Racehorse Ownership 101: Getting Into the Business," will be held September 6, and focuses on the ins and outs of racehorse ownership. The day-long seminar will give potential racehorse owners and fans of racing alike insight into the racing industry."ReRun gets a lot of calls from Thoroughbred owners seeking placement for their horses because they are getting out of racing," explains Shon Wylie, president of ReRun, Inc. "Our hope is that by presenting an accurate picture of the Thoroughbred industry, we can help to create responsible owners who get into racing for the right reasons. We hope to instill in new owners a love for the horse itself, and to teach them that in the event that their horses are not cut out for racing, there is still a viable outlet for them."The seminar will cover a variety of topics for the first-time Thoroughbred owner such as different ways to acquire a racehorse, selecting a trainer, licensing, accounting issues, veterinary expenses and syndicate formation. In addition, attendees will be given time to get up close and personal with the horses. Guest speakers will include owners, trainers, veterinarians and a host of others involved in racing in various capacities.Both seminars will begin at 8:00 a.m. with a continental breakfast and conclude at 3:30 p.m. with a farm tour and hands-on horse activities. The cost will be $75 per person and include admission and programs for Delaware Park on the Sunday following the seminar. Lodging in a B&B atmosphere will soon be available at the farm on a first-come first-served basis. All proceeds will benefit ReRun Maryland at Greener Pastures.The seminars will continue monthly through November. To register for the seminars or for more information, contact ReRun Maryland at 410-275-2600.