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  • Retraining Clinic Series Aug2012cKimberly Godwin Clark, founder of the Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc. a501(c)(3) charity,  and author of the book “New Track, New Life” will hold a clinic series this summer to share the fundamental training techniques she has gained from a lifetime of working with Thoroughbreds before, during and after their race careers. 

  “New Track, New Life” explains the foundation all racehorses have – the knowledge and skills they acquire at the track and how to transition and retrain them. Clark’s training techniques are proactive, using the horses’ previous experiences as a springboard to teach them the skills need to be integrated into a new life off the track. This is an unmounted clinic.  Witness and learn from the retraining of the horses at Leighton Farm.  There are always a wide range of horses in training, from just retired from racing, to horses with training problems, horses that are competing and everything in between.  Magnificent Mr. Z who is entered in the Retired Racehorse Project $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover will be one of the horses being worked with.  He retired from racing in November 2016 and is now in the early stages of retraining.  If you participate in the entire series you will ...
  • New Track, New Life on Off to the Races Radio Show ntnlecover1000Click here to here Kimberly Godwin Clark, executive director and author talk about her new book, New Track, New Life. To find out more about New Track, New Life and find out how to get it, click here!
  • 2016 Fall Newsletter reggie11 Through placement, support, education and rescue, we strive to make a difference. Please help us make this difference by supporting our work.     Click here to find out how.   ANOTHER RAGS TO RICHES STORY Because of You!   Exaggerator wins the Preakness with Kent Desormeaux up.  His track pony is Charolais, by Holy Bull.  Rescued by Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc. and rehomed with outrider, Lisa Mcklveen. In 2009, Kimberly Clark was still galloping and training racehorses but she had also been formally rehoming retired racehorses for a over a year.  “I was asked if I was interested in buying a couple horses that were turned out at a nearby farm.  The racing forms and breeding of the horses looked good to me, so I agreed to go take a look.” said Clark. She was not prepared for what she would see.  Charolais and another horse, Grandpa Cat were in a small field languishing.  It was clear that it was just a matter of time before they died.  Their body conditions were later assessed by a veterinarian at 1 which is the lowest on the Henneke Scale. “He was so dehydrated that as I reached out to touch his body, the hair came off in my hand.” “Charolais walked right ...
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  • 2015 Fall Newsletter TadStar1500 Thoroughbred Placement Resources Newsletter In This Issue Tad Coffin Heroes For Horses Not Apologizing! Clever Notion Thank You!   Quick Links You Can Help! Volunteer Donate More On Us                                   Through placement, support, education and rescue, we strive to make a difference. Please help us make this difference by supporting our work.     Click here to find out how.   Constant as the Northern Star Representing the Athleticism and Greatness of the Thoroughbred   Constant Star, winner of the 2012 Breeder’s Bridge to High Performance Contest has been adopted by Gold Medal Olympian, Tad Coffin. She is in the best hands possible because you gave her this chance. Constant Star, a retired Thoroughbred racehorse of extraordinary talent has found a forever home with Olympian, Tad Coffin. Coffin rode the Thoroughbred Ballycor to win team and individual gold at the 1975 Pan Am Games, team and individual gold at the 1976 Montreal Olympics and team bronze at the 1978 World Championships at Lexington. “Because of your support, Star can demonstrate the incredible potential of OTTB’s.” The connection between Coffin and Star began with Kimberly Clark’s interest in the saddle that Coffin has created and spent the last twenty years perfecting. This ground breaking technology allows a horse to show the full expression of his athletic ability as it sympathizes with the horse’s movement. Constant Star’s ...
  • Spring 2015 Newsletter HeroHorsesRectangle Thoroughbred Placement Resources Newsletter Spring 2015   Quick Links You Can Help! Volunteer Donate More On Us   Through placement, support, education and rescue, we strive to make a difference. Please help us make this difference by supporting our work.     Click here to find out how.   Veterans are Coming to TPR! Horses Helping Heroes, Heroes Helping Horses Many studies show horses help people, but in this case the veterans are going to help the horses too! Come to our Open House and help us  launch our new “Heroes Horses” Program for Veterans, Active Military  Members and their families.  This free event will be held at beautiful Leighton Farm and will include demonstrations, food and fun! You do not have to be a veteran to attend-we want you to learn about this program and then spread the word!! It is well documented that horses help people, but in this case the horses are going to  help our veterans, but they in turn, will help these wonderful horses. The peace and tranquility of Leighton Farm and her horses will provide a place for wounded warriors, active military, veterans and their families to experience farm life. By holding this event and celebrating the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) national Help A ...
  • Upcoming Clinics at Leighton Farm! Aug2012aKimberly Godwin Clark, founder of TPR, Inc., counsels, consults and teaches owners and trainers how to successfully transition and retrain retired Thoroughbred race horses. 

  Clark’s training techniques are proactive, using the horses’ previous experiences as a springboard to teach them the skills need to be integrated into a new life off the track. Clark hosts a clinic series at Leighton Farm to teach horsemen how to better understand and train retired Thoroughbred racehorses  .
She has written an online book, “New Track, New Life” which explains the foundation all racehorses have – the knowledge and skills they acquire at the track and how to transition and retrain them. It is available free to the public on the goodhorse.org website. You have the horse and he has the skills to be ridden and handled as a racehorse and now you want to transition them into pleasure or show riding skills.  Or maybe you have some questions or issues you want to learn about. Come to Leighton Farm on one of the scheduled dates.  Horses in training here,  will be used to demonstrate techniques needed to successfully transition and provide a solid foundation for any discipline.  You can use these same techniques to give ...
  • Fall 2014 Newsletter Alicia Watkins and “Birdie” have much in common.  They both have learned to trust again. Thoroughbred Placement Resources Newsletter Fall 2014 In This Issue You Gave Her a Chance Heroes For Horses Five Years Later….. Breed Ambassadors Thank You!   Quick Links You Can Help! Volunteer Donate More On Us   Through placement, support, education and rescue, we strive to make a difference. Please help us make this difference by supporting our work.     Click here to find out how. What Does Your Support Mean? It Means Everything!   At only two years old, That’s What I Mint was minutes away from being humanely euthanized. TPR was able to step in and get her the much needed care she needed. Today, because of you, Mint is a happy, healthy three year old.  A frantic call had been made to TPR making a plea for the life of two year old Thoroughbred filly, That’s What I Mint. “In this case, we were able to say YES! We can help her.” said Kimberly Clark, Executive Director of TPR. Without the extraordinary support of our donors who contributed to our 2013 end of year fundraising campaign, we never could have said yes. With their support, Mint was able to receive that much needed surgery from Spurlock Equine who donated their skills, to repair her displaced slab fracture. Her rest and recovery time on one of our foster farms was made ...
  • Minutes Away From Euthanasia, TPR is Able to Help ThatsWhatIMintFace0`A frantic call had been made to TPR making a plea for the life of two year old Thoroughbred filly, That’s What I Mint. “In this case, we were able to say YES! We can help her,” said Kimberly Clark, Executive Director of TPR. Without the extraordinary support of our donors who contributed to our 2013 end of year fundraising campaign, we never could have said yes. Mint had never even raced and now had a slightly displaced slab fracture. The prognosis was very good, with surgery and time to heal.   Her breeder/owner could not afford to rehabilitate her so the decision was made to euthanize her. Fortunately Mint had friends, who contacted TPR. Thanks to our donors, we had the funding to provide Mint with the care she so desperately needed. With their support, Mint was able to receive the required surgery to repair a displaced slab fracture. Mint received that much-needed surgery from Spurlock Equine who performed the surgery at cost, donating their incredible expertise to repair her displaced slab fracture. Her rest and recovery time on one of our foster farms was made possible by funding received from The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. These days Mint is sound and sassy. She was ...
  • CREATING BREED AMBASSADORS – Once Again, You Made a Difference In 2014, Mystical Harbor (AKA “Fellow”) qualified at Training Level for the 33rd Colonel Bengt Ljungquist Memorial Championships (The CBLMs), which are the Regional Championships for Dressage. Prior to these championships “Fellow” had competed only three other times.  Even though it was doubtful that he could be competitive–a young, untried Thoroughbred against a lot of seasoned warmbloods–it was thought that showing in such company would be good for him. However, Fellow seemed to thrive in the electric atmosphere at the Lexington, VA, show and placed an amazing 9th out of 50 Training Level Champions! It is hoped that Fellow will catch the eye of a top dressage rider who will want to take him all the way to the top of national or even international competition.  Linda Zang see great potential in him. Fellow’s success is part of Kimberly Clark’s vision for TPR: “A major goal of my work here at Leighton Farm is to create breed ambassadors to pave the way for other special Thoroughbreds.” Kimberly stated. It surely seems that Fellow has done just that! TPR has already produced 4 star Eventer, Rocky Times, now competing under the name of Houdini .  He is a solid representative of our work and  ...
  • Get The Gift That Gives Back! “Living Life at Full Tilt” 2015 Equine Art Calendar by Barbara Rush – featuring 12 frameable works of inspiring equine art! Worth OVER $500 Purchase this beautiful calendar for yourself or give it as a gift.  This version was customized especially for TPR and each sale benefits our charity and the horses we serve! The horses get $5 for each calendar sold, it’s just that easy. Go to http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/817918?__r=60231&s=w to order yours today!
  • ALITTLE SIMPLICITY – How Much of a Difference Do We Really Make?? Little Guy in 2007 with a Henneke body score of 1.The “Little Guy” is the story of perseverance and dignity for a little horse who did not know how to give up. He has been rewarded with the best life ever because of your support of TPR! We picked him up from a farm in 2007. We were told that the owner/breeder had abandoned him there so the farm just stopped feeding him. LG was an unbroken 5 year old colt. None of the local rescues would take him because he was a colt. When we became aware of his situation, we went and got him out of there. There were other horses there being fed and cared for. There he stood in a 12×12 dirt paddock with no shelter or food. “I have no idea how he survived that long”, said Kimberly Godwin Clark. He survived the transition to Leighton Farm and over the next year we nursed him back to health, castrated him and then broke him to saddle. In 2009 he became the luckiest horse in the world when Linda Crawford became his devoted owner. Now he lives a life of love and security. For several years he divided his time between Vermont and Virginia and then in 2013 Linda sent ...
  • TPR Newsletter – Summer 2014 SoldierUpdates on the work we have done because of the generous support of our donors and volunteers. Click Here to Download This Newsletter   TPR Website   |   Donate   |   Volunteer   |   Contact Us Summer 2014  A SOLDIER SAVES A SOLDIER Your Support at Work     As “Soldier”  stood on the line at the auction in New Holland, he wondered how he had gotten there.  Frightened and alone, he did everything asked of him, even being ridden through the auction – he never took a wrong step. Somehow he knew he was in trouble – this wasn’t a good place to be.  “Soldier” didn’t know what was going to happen, but it was obvious by his “battle scars” he’d been through a lot.  As luck would have it, someone bought him and got him out of there.  Now he was on a farm, with a friend and he was safe – right? The reality was that Soldier was living on borrowed time and he didn’t even know it.  Once the new owners discovered that Soldier had vision issues in both eyes, they didn’t want him.  If a home weren’t found for him soon, he would be sent back to the sale to try his luck again with the kill buyers.  Soldier’s need was ...
  • TPR Receives Equus Foundation Horse Whisperer Designation messengerforPostThoroughbred Placement Resources has been designated as the Rusty & Ashley Holzer Horse Whisperer Grant Recipient for 2014.  Horse Whisperers is the Equus Foundation’s named grant program for a special group of people and organizations with an extraordinary kinship with horses. The program is for donors who are inspired by the magical and powerful impact horses have on our lives – http://www.equusfoundation.org/horsewhisperers.php. The Equus Foundation Board of Directors designates those charities deemed most worthy of grants each year as Horse Whisperer Grant recipients.  TPR is one of only 13 to receive this honor in 2014.    
  • The 2014 Maryland Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show, Recap and Results DrJames_TiffanyWandyUPPER MARLBORO, Md., June 18, 2014— The 2014 Maryland Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show to benefit Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc. was held on Memorial Day weekend at Prince George Equestrian Center and for the first time it was open to all breeds. “For our second year, we chose to offer a new format and open the competition to all breeds, to further promote our beloved off-the-track Thoroughbreds,” said Kimberly Clark, the founder of TPR, which hosted the now annual horse show which raises money awareness for OTTB’s. “We wanted to emphasize that you don’t have to own an OTTB in order to support responsible racehorse retirement.” TPR works to retrain and find qualified homes for retired Thoroughbreds, as well as to educate owners, trainers and the general public about the value of retired racehorses as show and pleasure horses. TPR takes in an average of 35 horses annually. Each horse receives basic care, including vaccinations, coggins, blacksmith and dental care, in addition to boarding. The horses are retrained over a 90-day period. Although all of the training and riding time is donated by Leighton Farm, the home of TPR, the cost of the 90-day retraining program is approximately $2,120 per horse. Upon completion ...