You Give These Horses Hope and the Gift of a Happy Future!
Meet the horses you help when you support our work. These are the faces of TPR. The horses who are receiving the care, rehabilitation and training they need to have a wonderful life.
Scat is a two year old gelding who was injured in his first race. This injury required surgery so the decision was made to retire him from racing to pursue a career as a pleasure horse. His owner supports our organization and has sent many wonderful horses here for their after care and placement. Scat will be given the time to heal, rehabilitate and then receive the training to evaluate what his best purpose will be. Without you, TPR would not be here for Scat!
|“Punkie”, registered name, Dancing Spunky will be 30 years old in 2018. He spends his days being pensioned with Cloud’s Honor, the love of his life. He is also the safe, calm Ambassador of Retired racehorses when people come to Leighton Farm to learn and help. Punkie was a modest racehorse but he did his best each and every time he raced. His career ended with a catastrophic fracture to a sesamoid taking two years to become sound. Once sound, he was a reliable race horse pony, teaching countless horses to be ridden and gallop.|
|Lady is a vision of loveliness both inside and out! She has an impressive race record and then retired to be a brood mare. She had some babies but became difficult to keep in foal so the decision was made to find her a new line of work. She is here at our training center receiving the training needed to be successful in her new endeavor. With those looks and her kind and easy going temperament we think she’s going to be a super star at the age of 12 when we find the right human for her!|
|At five months Graycie was rescued by Clark’s mentor in rescue and aftercare. The purchase of Graycie as a yearling is how they met and began Clark’s work with retired racehorses. Graycie, now aged 16, will live out her days in sanctuary with us. She inspired and financed the retirement program we now call Thoroughbred Placement Resources. Almost all of the $85,000 she earned as a racehorse went to helping other racehorses find new lives once their careers ended.|
|Birdie was horribly abused after he left racing. He is a kind horse who had lost all hope. Over time he has recovered from much of the abuse he suffered, but due to trust issues, he is not a good riding horse. Birdie and Wills have bonded and find strength in their partnership. Our hope is to keep them together. Birdie participates in our Hero Horses Program. With your help, we will keep them together forever.|
|Beautiful Wills is one of those horses who has one issue after another. He is a kind and sweet soul who has suffered epm, ulcers, mysterious lameness that comes and goes in addition to being very reactive when being ridden. He and Birdie are best friends and our goal is to either find them a home together as pasture mates or to keep them here together. They need each other and because of your support, they are able to stay together and participate in our Hero Horses Program.|
|Gather Around or Gus as we call him is 22 years old. He suffered a catastrophic fracture to his accessory carple bone, but with love and dedication, healed and became sound to ride after several years of rest and rehabilitation. Gus now is a supreme Ambassador of the gentleness of retired racers.|
|Handsome Ya came to us in August 2017. He didn’t have a fantastic future a sa racehorse so his owner retired him. He came to us as a calm, easy going colt. Yas has undergone our preliminary work consisting of castration, dental, basic veterinary and farrier care. Ya next had a 90 day rest and relaxation period as we got to know him. At only 4 years old we have found they need the time to catch up on some growing! He is currently in our training program learning the fundamentals to create a good foundation. He will be offered for adoption once he completes our retraining for fundamentals program and have evaluated him for his best purpose for a successful future.|
|Q. What do you do with a four-year-old barely broke to ride Thoroughbred that spooks and cribs?
A. You turn him into an Ambassador for his breed and show people that Thoroughbreds CAN compete against any breed for horse!
Bred to be a racehorse, Fellow was big, strong and highly reactive but he also showed great potential – if he received training. Without you, he would never have the chance to shine a light on his breed as a Third Level dressage competitor on the National stage. Read more about Fellow……
|Wheresmokethrsfire arrived at TPR as a problem horse. We decided to make lemonade out of lemons by successfully addressing these issues and giving him the training needed for him to shine! Presenting properly trained Thoroughbreds such as Smokie, to top trainers is an important element of what we do. The more other riders and trainers hear icons such as George Morris, Joe Fargis, Jim Wofford and Linda Zang extol the virtues of Thoroughbreds, the more demand and appreciation there will be for retired racehorses. Ultimately, we will see Thoroughbreds competing and winning at the highest levels in all disciplines. Then many more will find homes after racing, but this can only happen with your support. (George Morris shown riding Wheresmokethrsfire in the picture to the left) Read more about Smokie……|
|Scotty has had a busy life. He is a West Virginia bred Who raced at Charlestown but did not have what it takes to be a successful racehorse. He then was purchased and shipped to England to be trained as an Eventer. He was competing at the 2* level, which is one level under Olympic level, when he was brought back to the US where he successfully communicated that he did not want to event any longer. He was sent to TPR at the age of 16. Now 18 years old, Scotty resides at Leighton Farm. While he is not interested in the upper levels of eventing, he is a crack jumper and does much to promote the cause of Thoroughbred potential.|