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2018 Fall TPR Newsletter

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You Give These Horses Hope and the Gift of a Happy Future

Meet a few of the horses you help when you support our work.  These are the faces of TPR.  Just some of the horses who are receiving the care, rehabilitation and training they need to have a wonderful life.

Your support gave Scat Jack the year he needed to heal and recover from his surgery.  It meant the difference between a life of pain or a productive life with a future.  Scat is now 3 years old, and has grown to a little over 16 hands.  He’s successfully rehabilitated from his surgery and participating in our very successful retraining program.  He’s now looking for his forever home.  All of this has been possible because of the support we receive from you!

“Punkie” is about to turn 31 years old!  He’s a sanctuary resident at Leighton Farm, the home of Thoroughbred Placement Resources.  He is an ambassador of  the retired racehorses, demonstrating to everyone who visits how kind and gentle they are.  He also represents the commitment we have to providing these horses with the life they deserve.  Without your support Punkie  would not have this wonderful life where he continues to give.


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.
Wheresmokethrsfire was sent to us last year because he was not a good fit for his owner.  He was put into our retraining program to receive the training needed to enjoy a successful future.  Because of you, he now has the skills he needs.  Smoke is currently available for adoption.  We expect him to find his forever home in the near future.  None of this would happen without the support of our donors.
Birde and Wills

They need your help.  Birdie and Wills have both suffered in their past.  They bonded and have found strength in their partnership.  They need each other and because of your support, we have been able to keep them together while we look for a home. We continue to seek a suitable adopter who will keep them together but this is a very difficult placement since neither is a good riding horse You can donate directly to their campaign here.


A Thank You From His Adopter



Kimberly Godwin Clark, Executive Director of Thoroughbred Placement Resources contacted Not Too Spicy’s adopter to interview her about how things were going. “ I told her I would like to do an article for our end of year newsletter about their story.  She readily offered to email new pictures and details about what they’ve been up to.  When I received her email, I was deeply touched.  I contemplated for a day or so and then decided that I cannot tell this story better than Megan had.” Clark said. 

A little about Spicy, he left the track at the age of 3 and went to a wonderful owner who wanted only the best for him.  The years passed and she began to have health issues causing her to need help in rehoming Spicy to a safe place.  She did everything she could to prepare him for rehoming, including sending him to a trainer but a home could not be found.  Spicy was on the wait list to get into the TPR program and arrived at Leighton Farm this summer.  We were able to evaluate him to determine what sort of home  he would need.  Being 12 years old with only basic training is a tough placement but it can be done if there are resources to enable it.  We were able to do this because of you, our donors.  Without your funding and support this happy story could not have happened.  Below is the touching email from Megan, Spicy’s proud owner:

Spicy has been with me 4 months (exactly to the day today!) But I feel like I’ve had him so much longer. He’s the most sensitive horse I’ve ever worked with which can make him difficult at times but also extremely rewarding. He’s becoming the kind of horse that I know would walk through fire for me if I needed him to.

Spicy and Megan enjoy a lesson.

Unfortunately our first little horse trial got cancelled due to rain, but I think it was kismet because I still think it was a little too big of an ask so soon for him. All the pieces are there and I know I just need to be patient and kind, and he’ll give me more than any other horse has.

He self-loads and trail rides fantastic. I LOVE trail riding this horse. We’re currently working on logging hours for TRRIP awards which is a really excellent way to get involved with TIP without even needing to compete. We’re well on our way to our 25 hour patch 🙂 We went on an 8 mile ride that involved a couple road crossings and some rocky terrain and Spicy led for most of it. While he was very careful to alert our group to the benches dotted along the trail he otherwise had a very cool head even though we passed other horses, bicyclists, baby carriages and even some hunters! At the end of the ride he felt like he was more than ready to do another 8.

We’ve also begun taking lessons with a local USDF silver medalist who absolutely adores him. She’s really helped me in working on unlocking the tension he has over his back and getting him to stretch into the bit. It’s been slow progress but he tries so hard, and he really blew her out of the water with his amazing canter.

I haven’t jumped him since I took him cross country schooling at the end of September. I feel like we have plenty to work on without drilling him to jump on very soft ground and hurting his confidence. But oh my god, that schooling trip. His jump is unbelievable and he absolutely strutted back to the trailer when we were done.

I’m still not sure what I want to ‘do’ with Spicy yet. My only goal so far with him is to have a good relationship and let him tell me what he likes. All I know is that every day going to see him at the barn is a pleasure and I am so, so fortunate to have this horse in my life.

From Patti, his owner who contacted us for help.  “This makes me feel SO good about Spicy’s  new home.  Megan obviously loves him, has really figured him out, and totally gained his trust.  I wanted the best for him and I couldn’t have asked for more! “


Giving Tuesday, November 27, 2018 kicks off your end of year fundraising campaign. We need you. To help the horses go to goodhorse.org or mail to TPR, 13130 Molly Berry Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 Call us at 410-802-8425.


Your Gift of Time to Make the Right Match


Rye and Rico.  Rico is a pit bull terrier who was having his first experience with horses. He and Rye hit it off immediately.”Winston” registered name Whiskey n Gambling arrived at TPR during the summer of 2017 because his owner could no longer afford to care for him.   He had been rescued from the track the prior year and was intended to be a pleasure horse for his owner.  We evaluated Winston and thanks to our donors we were able to put him in our retraining program where he demonstrated the skills to ensure a successful life as a pleasure or show horse.  In November of 2017, Winston was adopted by Trish Hechter, of Hechter Equine Body Works. She acquired him because she had lost her mare of 22 years and new that TPR was the place to go to find a new horse.

Trish is very happy with the adoption saying, “Kim has a nice eye for a horse and she is part horse herself, so she isn’t going to attract a horse that is going to be a problem in the first place, so I felt very comfortable getting a horse from her.”  Once Trish brought Winston home, she renamed him Rye.  “Rye is wonderful. I love Rye”, she goes on to say, adding “He is nice because he is not a baby, but he is a baby.   He is six years old this year and so it was very nice because he already knew how to go trail riding. He has been off the track about a year and a half, so, it was nice for me that I didn’t have to do all that work. Rye was a snuggle bug, he is extremely affectionate. Rye has grown over the past year so he’s about 16.2 now. He’s cool, the last month or so he is really coming into his own”.

When asked how he transitioned to a barn with four other horses, Trish stated “He was very very easy.    He gets along nicely with everybody.  I put him in a field next to the other gang and then I put each one in with him for a half a day or all night or something like that and in a couple of days he was getting along with everybody. He was happy.”

As for considering adoption, Trish advises “Take your time.  Know that to do the job well in transitioning a horse off the race track, and in truth it doesn’t matter if the horse was only there for training or whether he was there for ten years, it’s going to take a good 18 to 24 months to get the horse where you really are happy with him and you are moving forward more days than not”.  With the help of TPR, Rye was easily transitioned to a wonderful pleasure horse in less than a year.

#GivingTuesday is the kick off of our End of Year Fundraising Campaign.  The horses rely on you and the success of this campaign throughout this next year.  If you are participating in #GivingTuesday, please remember the horses.  You can donate or hold a FB Fundraiser.  Contact us and let us help!  This year we are campaigning to raise the funds to keep two beautiful friends together Birdie and Wills.  If every person we reach out to donated just $2 we could keep up our good work!

To DONATE click here.  Please spread the word about the important work we are doing with your help.


Reaching out to the young

The first annual Hobby Horse for Hope Fun Day at Leighton Farm was a great success! Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc. (TPR), held the event for children under the age of 12 on September 29, 2018.  A group of a dozen or so children participated in the event, learning how to participate in training level dressage and to test their riding skills as well as have a fun day on the farm. We had our annual tack sale the same day.  The children were able to try out the fastest growing “equestrian sport” Hobby horsing, participating in three classes:

  • Horse race— the children raced their hobby horses around a set course
  • Dressage— the children rode their hobby horse around the ring mimicking a basic dressage test
  • Hunter/jumpers—the children watched one of the TPR horses take some jumps and then they tested their skills as a jumper

This event is timely as Hobby Horses are enjoying a revival all over the world, even earning coverage from networks and programs on ESPN and ABC, and in publications like The Wall Street Journal. They are fun and carefree and allow almost anyone to participate in the wonderful world of riding – (well almost!) This enables people who love horses to experience some fun while supporting a great cause. At TPR we understand the premise “if they don’t know about you, they can’t support you” and this is a fun way to spread the word about our work.   The event was a lot of fun for the children and provided an opportunity for their parents to learn more about TPR.   




Why it’s so Important

The Problem
Today, most top riders and trainers choose breeds other than thoroughbreds, even though thoroughbreds historically have excelled at the highest levels of the major equestrian disciplines. Approximately 20,000 thoroughbred foals are born for racing annually. Most will retire before age five. Because other breeds currently are more fashionable, there is not enough demand to ensure that each thoroughbred finds a home after racing.
Our Solution
TPR envisions a future where thoroughbreds are once again in demand, where their incredible talent makes them the breed of choice for professionals and amateurs alike, and where every retiring racehorse has a chance at a good life after racing. By 2020, TPR has set a goal of rehabilitating, thoroughly retraining and rehoming 12 horses per year. 
Sponsorship Opportunities
Scat Jack
Good Horse Fund
The Good Horse Fund supports the rehabilitation, retraining, and rehoming of at least 12 retired racehorses every year. It typically takes 18 months to put a proper training foundation on a horse  after  medical or therapeutic care. Our annual, average cost for these horses is $10,000. To meet our goal of rehoming 12 horses every year, TPR is seeking sponsorships of $5,000-$120,000 per year. For more information please contact us.
Mystical Harbor Blue Ribbon Fund
The Blue Ribbon Fund supports the development of breed ambassadors. This option is ideal for individuals and companies who are looking for a thoroughbred to represent their brand or anyone who wants to see thoroughbreds once again excel away from the racetrack. Mystical Harbor, currently in training at TPR, is the embodiment of TPR’s efforts to develop thoroughbreds into breed ambassadors. He came to TPR barely trained, but clearly precocious. We have channeled his exuberance and extraordinary athletic ability into success in the dressage ring, where he is competing at Third Level. He is just starting to realize his potential in a sport where thoroughbreds are a rarity at the higher levels. We intend to take him to Grand Prix, the highest level of dressage, but we need your help to get him there. To provide for training and competing Mystical Harbor, TPR is seeking a sponsorship of $50,000 per year. For more information please visit www.leightonfarm.com/mystical-harbor.
Sponsorship Impact
TPR provides everything the retired racehorse needs to realize its potential: medical and therapeutic care, best in class retraining, and expert placement services.
TPR’s rehabilitation services give every horse a chance. Many racehorses retire with physical problems that require surgery or rest and rehabilitation before they can be rehomed. These horses are difficult to place due to the cost of treatment and the specialized care they require. With time and proper care, many of these horses will recover fully and be excellent candidates for adoption. At TPR, we have extensive experience in lay-ups, post-surgical care, rehabilitation, and a long record of success.  

Your DressageTPR’s training program produces horses who excel at all levels and in a variety of disciplines. Our best in class, comprehensive approach to retraining combines over 30 years of experience riding and training thoroughbreds with careful attention to foot care, dental health, and nutrition, and guidance from the very best trainers, including Joe Fargis, James Wofford, and Linda Zang. Our graduates include Houdini, a four-star eventer, Constant Star, winner of the Breeder’s Bridge to High Performance Contest, Western trick riding performers, jumpers, hunters, dressage horses, and family pets. Mystical Harbor, currently in training at TPR, is competing successfully in dressage at Third Level. We have particular expertise in assessing undesirable behaviors and providing corrective training.TPR’s placement service matches horse and human. We take great pride in our ability to pair horse and human. Each horse is unique, and not every horse is suitable for every person. Because we thoroughly assess horses before offering them for sale or adoption, we are able to determine what type of person will be best for each horse. We work diligently to find the best possible match. Our long record of creating happy partnerships speaks for itself. 
Benefits of Sponsorship
  • Brand awareness and media exposure through advertisements at our events
  • Increase reach and exposure to new clients, customers, and businesses
  • Fulfill your Corporate Social Responsibility and community impact goals
  • Pride supporting elite athletes as they compete and break barriers
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