- Boyd and Scott, a Dynamic Duo
by Eleanor Davis
When your interests range from Eventing to fox hunting to trail riding to park patrol, what kind of horse do you ride? While Thoroughbreds are famous for their blistering speed on the track, Scott Nickel has found a willing partner for all of his equestrian pursuits in Boyd, an off the track Thoroughbred.
A fan of the breed, Nickel began looking for a new partner as it came time to retire his old horse from the rigors of Eventing. Nickel found Thoroughbred Placement Resource’s website, and saw Boyd under a list of adoptable horses. After discussing his experience and goals with head trainer Kimberly Godwin Clark, she felt that Nickel could offer the horse a great home. As soon as he met Boyd, Nickel was impressed with the Maryland-bred gelding’s easygoing, friendly demeanor.
For the first few months of their relationship, the pair worked on groundwork and on the flat in order to give Boyd a solid foundation. “I had no reason to rush him,” Nickel explained. As the two have developed in their relationship, Nickel has found that Boyd’s good temperament is a huge plus. “When we have a bad approach ...
- Sepulveda Finds Her Way
by Eleanor Davis
Kay Corcoran Hart wasn’t necessarily looking for a horse a year ago, but Kim Godwin Clark, founder and trainer at Thoroughbred Placement Resources, invited her to come meet a Thoroughbred mare named Sepulveda anyway….
A Great Brain
Kay certainly wasn’t expecting a quiet, willing partner when she swung a leg over the young thoroughbred on that windy winter day, but that is exactly what she found in Veda. “That’s what Kim kept impressing on me, that had this great brain, and it’s absolutely true,” Kay explains. Kim noticed the horse’s exceptional personality from their very first ride. As the pair was warming up, a large tarp got loose and was hurtling towards the arena. While Kim expected the worst, and was preparing to do an emergency dismount, Veda simply looked at the tent and went about her business. At that moment, she knew Veda was truly something special.
A Growing Partnership
As Kay’s partnership with the mare has grown, she’s found Veda to be a consistently confident, intelligent horse. Kay has continued to develop her dressage work while lightly starting her over fences as well. Kay has also discovered that Veda loves to go on trails. “I took her out to ...
- Reggie Rises Beth deStanley goes all in when it comes to her farm, Foxrock Stables. When she’s not teaching, training, managing the boarding business, or coaching, she’s showing. She and her husband and daughters enjoy going to horse shows in and around Virginia, trailering the family’s favorite mounts, and showing when they can.
A few towns from Foxrock lived Reggie, a bay who raced as Roaring Point. A lingering leg injury left him with a persistent infection. He was sidelined, standing in a field. Instead of healing, his infection (a sequestra) was getting worse.
Reggie’s TPR Transformation
Reggie’s owner contacted TPR. He needed surgery, or he would need to be put down if he didn’t get treatment in time. But his former owner “couldn’t go through with it.” Without help, Reggie’s future was very dark. But with TPR’s intervention, he could get the surgery he needed, and his prognosis was excellent.
TPR took Reggie in. Thanks to the generous and wonderful services of Spurlock Equine, Reggie received the life-saving procedures he needed. Then, as he progressed through recovery and retraining, Kimberly Clark told her friend Diana McClure, an expert horse woman with ties to the hunter jumper community about Reggie’s potential. Diana was friends with Beth.
Thanks But ...
- Alittle Simplicity gets Alotta Love
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.
During the early days I created a blog (click here) to show donors what it would take to get him on the right track. He had so many supporters that I wanted them to see what a difference their actions had made for this wonderful horse.
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 ...
- Cleveland gets to Breathe!
Cleveland – registered name Clever Notion suffers from paralysis of his left vocal cord which is often called “roaring.”
Imagine struggling for each breath while having to carry out a job that requires you to carry a human around.
Horses are expensive and it’s very hard to find them a place in this world if they can’t be ridden, especially when they are young. At the age of 5, Cleveland likely has 25 to 30 years of life left.
Our goal: To give him the gift of a comfortable and useful life by making it possible for him to breathe.
The way to help Cleveland was “tie back,” or prosthetic laryngoplasty which replaces the paralyzed muscle with a suture to hold the affected cartilage out of the airway for exercise. Without this surgery, he would struggle to breathe for the rest of his life.
Due to the generosity of our donors, Cleveland received the surgery he needed in October. He will have 6 weeks stall rest and then will transition to turn out for another 6 weeks and finally enter the TPR retraining program where he will receive the skills he needs for a successful future.
Once he completes the training program and we determine what ...
- Not Apologizing We became aware of “Pauley” registered name Not Apologizing, in December 2014 when we received a call from Bowie Training Center. His owner was distraught and not sure what would become of him. She was seriously considering humane euthanasia because she didn’t think anyone would be willing to take him on with the injury he had. Kimberly Clark made the trip to Bowie the day after her conversation with a good Samaritan at Bowie. What she found was an adorable and extremely sweet three year old gelding. Like most retiring racehorses he simply needed an opportunity. While he did suffer from a non-displaced fracture to his sesamoid bone, the remedy was simply time to heal. He owner thought because he would need stall rest and then rehabilitation before retraining could begin, that no one would want him. Several days after the visit to Bowie, we picked Pauley up and took him to the farm to begin his new life.
At this point he underwent 4 months of stall rest which he handled like a champ! After that he was restarted with the basics that every riding horse needs upon retiring from race training. He was entered in the Retired Racehorse Retraining ...
- Learning to Dance – Salsa and Julie by EvelynAnn Bruno
What do you do with a retired racehorse named Salsa? Well, you take her out dancing, of course!
Julie Parent was looking for just the right dressage prospect and after much searching a dear friend and Equine Massage Therapist Betsy Novotny, suggested Julie contact Thoroughbred Placement Resources (TPR). Head Trainer, Kimberly Godwin Clark suggested Julie go to foster facility Six M Farm to see what was available. Salsa (barn name Elsa) was adopted by Julie Parent January 31, 2015.
Elsa was foaled on Cinco de Mayo in 2011 and is a Pennsylvania bred. With only four career starts, she never hit the board, making her a lightly raced prospect with a well rounded education! “Kim said she was super sweet in the stall with a kind eye, and a very nice mover. That was one of my key criteria, since I was looking for a horse that I could train in dressage,” commented Julie.
Elsa is not Julie’s first Off-Track Thoroughbred (OTTB), she is her second. After her first OTTB mare, Julie did not expect to be lucky to find a horse as wonderful as Elsa. With her graceful gaits and natural self carriage, Elsa has proven to be a ...
- Lionshare and Whitney Realize the Dream! by Eleanor Davis
Most dressage riders yearn to earn their USDF bronze medal and move up the levels with their equine partner. While Whitney Johnson’s to-do list includes the typical goals, like moving up a level and improving her horse’s medium trot, she also has a dream that’s a little bit different from the norm. She hopes to ride her Maryland-bred Off the Track Thoroughbred, Lion’s Share, in a freestyle demonstration at Maryland Million Day to raise awareness about the breed’s talent for dressage.
Whitney first ran into “Leo” when he was still on the track.
“It was love at first sight,” she says, citing his big expressive eyes and sweet face.
Through the help of a friend in the industry, as well as Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Whitney was able to network and talk to Leo’s connections. Whitney was able to attend his last race, and very soon after adopt Leo due to his lack of ability as a racehorse. After a few months to let down and relax, Whitney brought Leo to his new home, Stonebrook Farm.
Whitney and Leo began working together to develop as a dressage team. Whitney worked hard to establish trust with Leo, after he’d spent so many ...
- Turning Questions into Confidence with Tiffany, Titan and James When Tiffany Wandy finished graduate school and began working, she started looking for a horse. But not just any horse. Tiffany had set her sights on upper level eventing, and needed the right partner to compete with the best.
Where could she find the smart athletic prospect she needed?
At first, her search led nowhere. She checked out countless horses, ads and videos. “I knew what I was looking for, and I hadn’t really found the right horse. I was leasing a horse at the time and boarding up in Joppa, Maryland. The trainer knew that I was looking around and wasn’t really having any luck. And she mentioned that Kim has a really good eye for horses. She had heard she gets you with the right horse.”
Tiffany found a mare on the TPR website who looked like she might fit. But when Tiffany called, she learned the horse had just found a new owner.
But then Kim mentioned another horse — a new arrival which she hadn’t put on the website yet. Knowing Tiffany’s trainer, she agreed to show Tiffany the new horse.
“And that’s how I met James,” Tiffany said.
In James, she found a partner who was athletic and super smart. ...
- Zen and Kelly on the Rebound She raced as Rebounding, but her friends call her Zen. This friendly Thoroughbred filly, born on April Fool’s Day 2007, had made just one start, and then found herself in need of a new career.
The high school student who met Zen seven years later was also looking to bounce back. Kelly wanted a first horse to help her build up her confidence as a rider.
Finding Something Special
The first thing you notice when looking at pictures of Kelly and Zen is how snuggly they are. They clearly have something very special together. Over their first year, both have made great strides, even though Kelly was unsure what to look for in a horse when they met.
Zen was living at a nearby farm, after her retraining through TPR. But the owner’s schedule had grown too demanding. So, TPR stepped in to help Zen find a new horse-human partnership where both Zen and her rider could flourish.
Kim reached out to Kelly and her trainer, and they went to visit Zen with no expectations, just to see the horse.
The Day Kelly Met Zen
Kelly describes their first meeting: “I remember walking into the barn, meeting the owner, and I walked into Zen’s stall. And the horse turned ...
- Minutes Away From Euthanasia, TPR is Able to Help 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 ...
- Doctor James August 2014 – Doct0r James is currently competing at the Preliminary Level in Eventing and recently successfully completed his first one star event.
From Tiffany Wandy, Jame’s owner: Two and a half years ago, I finally found myself in a position to own a horse again. I had just finished graduate school and decided that I wanted to find the perfect OTTB to partner with in eventing. Day after day, I pored over online ads and watched countless videos of young prospects. I called many owners and tried many horses. None of them were quite right.
One night I was out with non-horsey friends and one asked me whether finding the right horse was like experiencing a “Say Yes to the Dress” moment. I responded with something less dramatic, a brief explanation of proper conformation, a trainable attitude, and natural athleticism. The next morning, I set off early to see two horses in Virginia. Neither one was exactly what I was looking for, but there was still time left in the day for a visit to Leighton Farm to meet Kim Clark and her horses.
I had emailed Kim previously about a gray mare that had been listed on her website. She told ...
- FOLLOWING SATDNITEJUKBOX – Your Gifts Continue to Give In our Spring Newsletter, we told you about Satdnitejukbox. At the age of 10 years old, he had been stuck at the track for over 15 months after his last race with no prospects to get off until TPR got involved
Due to the generosity of donors like you, the TAA, TCA and ASPCA, he was able to get to foster giver, Sandra Tilghman and begin training for a new life after his race career ended.
Now just six months later, “Record” is a successful show horse for two young riders! He has gained over 100 pounds, healed from the skin disease and received flatwork basics and beginning jump training.
Expert handling coupled with his easy going nature has made him a perfect fit for young riders to have success at the local shows.
Record now has a solid future as a show AND pleasure horse! He will be offered to a qualified home so that Sandra can take on yet another retired racer and work her magic.
“Without the many supporters, “Record” would still be at the track waiting for a chance at a new life,” stated Kimberly Clark.
- ROCKY TIMES AND KATIE FREI REPRESENT! Because of You, He is in the Right Hands Some retired racehorses are so athletic, so high strung and reactive that only the advance rider is a good fit. This isn’t a problem so long as the horse gets into the right hands. Rocky Times is one of those “high strung Thoroughbreds,” but lucky for him he got into the right hands so his hyper-reactiveness proved to be a great asset in his new career – Three Day Eventing.
Rocky Times wasn’t much of a racehorse, but once he got into the hands of Katie Frei, he became an incredible success as a Three-Day Eventer. “Houdini,” as Katie calls him, has risen to the top of his second career, successfully completing his first 4 Star Event at Rolex Kentucky, this year—the top level of difficulty in the eventing world.
It is because of the funds we receive from donors like you that horses like Rocky Times which were once less than mediocre can—in the right hands—rise to stardom in a second career. You make it possible for us to get race horses into the best possible hands. Our having such latitude allows each graduate from TPR to find his best career and eventually become ambassadors for the Thoroughbred. Thoroughbreds are bred ...
- 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 wasn’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 urgent, but available TPR funds had already been devoted to horses like Mint, Midnight, and Sharon. One of the saddest things about our work is that there is always another – and another.
However, TPR sprang ...