Success Stories

  • Sepulveda Finds Her Way 15388648_10208556988106310_177963919_o 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 roaring-point-reggieBeth 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 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. 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! clevelanddonors500 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 firsthuntWe 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 1000loveby 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! 1000winportraitby 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. Finding Leo 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. Developing Trust 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 Titan first recognized eventWhen 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. Finding James 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 Zen reboundingShe 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 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 ...
  • Doctor James DoctorJamesJumpAugust 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 SatdnitejukboxFaceIn 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 2013RebeccaFarm2nd450Some 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 SoldierAs “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 ...
  • Constant Star tprhat The Breeder’s Bridge to High Performance Contest was hosted by JMS Sales and Beezie Madden.  We submitted this video of Star.   She ended up the winner and went to the Madden’s Cazenovia, New York Training Center to be ridden by top rider, Callie Schott under their training program in August 2012 for 90 days training. Click here to read about it. Beautiful Star had been off the track since the age of two, being hacked and allowed to grow by a loving owner. Then at five years old she began serious work at Leighton Farm. As she built strength, her incredible potential became obvious. Star is 16 hands and has no vices. Click here to see all of her videos. See her only dressage show and first show ever!  She won both classes with a 66% and 67%! John Madden Sales, Inc. Announced Breeder’s Bridge to High Performance Contest Semi-Finalist! “Cazenovia, NY – April 11, 2012 – After careful review of 139 applications, John Madden Sales, Inc. is pleased to announce the semi-finalists for the Breeder’s Bridge to High Performance Contest. Entries were received from an impressive and wide variety of backgrounds and bloodlines.” Star shows great potential in everything she does. With the jumping, ...