Grade I winner Cost of Freedom, claimed for $8,000 at Betfair Hollywood Park Dec. 21, appears headed for retirement as he nears the ripe old age of 11.
After 15 years of fighting to pay the bills, Priscilla Clark, president of Tranquility Farm, is in the process of downsizing her model horse retirement operation and relocating to Northern California.
More than 20 accredited racehorse retirement facilities will share in $1 million in grants, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced Dec. 11 in Tucson, Ariz.
Comma to the Top, whose victory in the 2010 CashCall Futurity (gr. I) topped a highlight-filled career, has been retired but will remain with trainer Peter Miller as a stable pony.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance has announced that 23 accredited facilities are now eligible to receive financial grants from the organization for the ongoing care of retired Thoroughbreds.
The Maryland-based Days End Farm Horse Rescue's emergency rescue team deployed to Spokane, Wash., at the request of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Nov. 18 to help 63 malnourished horses.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced Nov. 8 that it has hired James Hastie as the its executive director, effective Nov. 18, 2013.
Some of horse racing's biggest stars are stepping up to the plate to support New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program by pledging a percentage of their purse earnings from the 2013 Breeders' Cup World Championships.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is teaming with California Retirement Management Account at the Breeders' Cup World Championships to promote awareness of Thoroughbred aftercare.
There are many ways to raise awareness and money for Thoroughbred aftercare, and at the recent Barretts October yearling sale one idea proved very successful.
The inaugural two-day Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium drew 800 participants to Pimlico Race Course Oct. 5-6.
Glenye Cain Oakford takes us through the Retired Racehorse Training Project event and asks various participants why they choose Thoroughbreds and former racehorses. watch video
A horse competition in Staunton, Ill., Oct. 20 will be held to benefit Thoroughbreds Helping Thoroughbreds, an organization that aims to promote the retired Thoroughbred as a capable horse breed for competition off the track.
The inaugural Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, dedicated to developing second careers for retired Thoroughbred racehorses, will be held in Baltimore. Twenty-six trainers from the U.S. and Canada will participate.
A guest blog from Emily Walden on her OTTB Bluegrass Knight. read blog
The deadline for horse shows, horse trials, and events to apply for Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) awards at horse shows during the 2014 show season is Sept. 30.
Roman Silver, who in his post-racing career competes as Sterling, surged to the lead in the last event on the program's schedule to earn the TAKE2 High-Score Thoroughbred Jumper Award for 2013.
Lotka, the 30-year-old Kennelot Stables' mare by Danzig, died Sept. 10 at Our Mims Retirement Haven near Paris, Ky. where she had been a resident since August 2008. She was buried in the Haven's cemetery.
Washington's Thoroughbred Showcase--featuring more than 30 former racehorses to prospective new owners--will be held Aug. 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the WTBOA Sales Pavilion at Emerald Downs.
As the concept of positive reinforcement gains popularity, researchers are trying to confirm its effectiveness at a more baseline level. According to a group of Midwestern equitation scientists, training young horses to load into a trailer is equally effective and stressful whether they’re trained using positive or negative reinforcement.
A new venture following the Starlight Racing model by Laurie Wolf and Barbara Lucarelli, StarLadies, picked up more yearlings at the Aug. 5-6 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale.
Most everyone—even our horses—loves a good massage, right? But results from a new study by Italian researchers suggest that horses might like the Tellington method—termed “T-Touch”—even more.
New York-bred Funny Cide, who won the 2003 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will celebrate the 10th anniversary of those classic victories Aug. 4 at Saratoga Race Course.
Equine Advocates, a non-profit equine protection organization and sanctuary in Chatham, N.Y., hosted its 12th annual benefit dinner Aug. 1 at the Saratoga Springs City Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Thirty non-profit organizations that found new homes for 805 Thoroughbreds in 2012 were beneficiaries of the grants.
The Thoroughbred Incentive Program, which encourages the retraining of Thoroughbreds into other disciplines after racing or breeding careers, is offering a performance award pilot program for the second half of 2013.
Positive stories about horses that were retired at the right time and able to have lives beyond the track. read blog
Aftercare needs a long-term strategy. read blog
The board of directors of Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center located near Georgetown, Ky., announced July 30 the election of Dr. Steven Allday to the organization's board.
Many horse owners don't think about equine stereotypic behaviors until they own a cribber, a stall walker, a weaver, or a horse that passes his time with any abnormal behavior. But these stereotypies are more important than some might think: They could indicate compromised equine welfare. Recently, Chilean researchers set out to evaluate the prevalenc...
Old Friends at Cabin Creek, the New York division of Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement center in Georgetown, Ky., will be hosting two special events this summer to coincide with the Saratoga Race Course meet.
Children aged 7 and older as well as adults lined up to take advantage of the free rides in the Del Mar infield July 21 as part of the Time to Ride program.
The 10th annual New Vocations Charity Horse Show was a huge success with more than 1,100 entries and $50,000 raised to support racehorse aftercare.
Thoroughbred Charities of America announced July 16 the awarding of grants totaling $502,058 to 72 Thoroughbred industry-related non-profits that work to uphold TCA's mission.
Cervical vertebral malformation (CVM) is considered, by some, a diagnosis that leaves a horse with little hope of an athletic career. But according to recent study results, some carefully managed CVM horses could have a productive future ahead of them, after all.
Horsemen at Suffolk Downs are hosting a golf tournament Aug. 15 to benefit retired Thoroughbred racehorses.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance has enacted a plan for both buyers and consignors at Thoroughbred auctions to automatically contribute a small portion of their respective purchases or gross sales to the organization.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and California Retirement Management Account have announced a new matching funds program beginning with the upcoming 2013 race meeting at the seaside track opening July 17.
New Vocations Charity Horse Show will celebrate its 10th year of showcasing the Thoroughbred's athleticism and versatility beyond the track July 6-7.
On July 13, Pimlico will host the second annual Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show, featuring retired racehorses showing under their Jockey Club names. The show is part of the Thoroughbred Alliance Show Series.
Owners who’ve had horses with gastric ulcers know firsthand how frustrating—and expensive—it is to manage animals with this often chronic condition. And with an estimated 75% of horses suffering from gastric ulcers, it’s no surprise that treatment and prevention of the condition—which is common enough to have its own acronym,...
Garden State racing star Who's the Cowboy has been retired and in the next day or two will return to the New Jersey farm where he was born.
Over the past two years, Arctic Bright View, a pure white son of Panoramic, has experienced an exciting adventure to Tinsel Town and back, and he lives to tell the tale. read blog
Jockey Rosie Napravnik is the honorary host for the Old Friends at Cabin Creek fourth annual kickoff cocktail party to be held July 20 from 7-11 p.m. at the Saratoga Polo & Golf Club in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Hall of Fame jockeys Pat Day and Chris McCarron are among those scheduled to participate in the inaugural "Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning Event" at the Kentucky Horse Park's Covered Arena.
Colonial Downs and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at James River are joining together to host the first-ever "Mr. TRF" Second Chances Stakes, a competition of ex-racehorses June 29.
Many riders suspect that horses training in stressful situations don’t always retain what they’ve learned. But researchers have recently found that the same is true when the stress comes after the training session. Recent studies by French behavior scientists have revealed that when it comes to helping your horse retain what he learns during t...
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced it has received applications for accreditation from 27 aftercare facilities that hope to be eligible for grants in 2013 and 2014.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance has received $39,000 from the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training, representing combined contributions from buyers and consignors and OBS.
Knowlton and Tedisco will receive their awards at Equine Advocates' 12th Awards Dinner and Charity Auction Aug. 1 at the Saratoga Springs City Center.
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