Zenyatta may be retired, but she remains the gift that keeps on giving. Through her memorabilia and her “Moneigh” paintings she has contributed to such worthy charitable organizations as CANTER (the Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses), the Racetrack Chaplaincy, and Re-Run.
“We are having so much fun with her before she leaves for
“She just finished painting her latest set of Moneighs for Re-Run and has worn halters for the Racetrack Chaplaincy and Canter, just to name a few. One was at the Spendthrift Gala right before the September yearling sale, and it was in the silent auction for a horse charity. Then with CANTER, she has halters, and photos. They have made up T-shirts with her photo on them and sold them as well Zenyatta did a TV segment on this the other day, showing some of the things she has done to help. We’ve also been able to donate a lot of her shoes, and she went through a lot of them because of all the dancing and strutting she did.”
CANTER, founded in
“This is a wonderful story that needs to be told,” said CANTER’s Bonnie Adams, who started up CANTER
CANTER’s goal has been to help owners and trainers list the horses they want to sell. CANTER then refers buyers to them to work out a transaction. Thoroughbreds on the track and ponies can be listed on CANTER's Web site (CanterUsa.org).
“So, earlier this year the Mosses donated a Zenyatta halter for our first fundraiser in
“The Derby Restaurant in
For the Zenyatta celebrations prior to the Eclipse Awards, CANTER designed a new Zenyatta T-shirt in her racing colors and sold it at Hollywood Park, where they raised additional money. The shirts are still available on Ebay, at The Derby Restaurant, and they plan on selling them Dec. 26 in conjunction with Santa Anita's Zenyatta parade.
“Thanks to Zenyatta and her immense popularity, we are having great success, and now have eight CANTER horses at our facility," Adams said. "All of them will be cared for and trained until we find the right home for them. Zenyatta’s fans can show their support for their favorite horse, while helping other racehorses who need a home. Having her halters to auction off, and having Zenyatta T-shirts to sell have made a huge difference for CANTER SoCal, and for the horses we can now help.”
While Zenyatta has been doing her part, contributing to CANTER and other organizations and charities, the Shirreffs' are enjoying their final days with her before she leaves for
Everyone seems to want a part of her these days, but as Dottie says, “For the time being, we still have the real horse to hug and play with.”