(Edited press release)
ReRun, the non-profit Thoroughbred adoption group, and Bella Rosa Riding Academy in Howell, N.J., have established a new program, “Catch Riders,” to educate and improve the horsemanship skills of young riders using Thoroughbred ex-racehorses.
The Academy’s equestrians of all riding levels will handle and retrain two ReRun horses awaiting adoption. Padrino and Hong Kong Express are the first horses in the program.
Monica Barr, owner of BRRA, launched the idea for her students after she adopted a ReRun horse name Bella Theresa.
Bella proved to be so popular with students that Barr renamed the farm (formerly Tall Oaks Farm) in her honor and arranged to foster two more ReRun ex-racehorses to be retrained by her students as show prospects.
ReRun president Laurie Lane said, “This program provides ReRun’s horses with not only a training opportunity, but also gives them exposure to prospective adopters who take lessons at the farm. Hopefully, they will catch the attention of students who want to call them their own.”
Another ReRun horse, Mr. Denim is also being fostered by the farm for the Freehold-based 4H Above and Beyond Group.
Visit www.rerun.org for more information on ReRun and the horses available for adoption.