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Where is TPR, Inc. located?

Leighton Farm is located in southern Maryland, about 30 minutes from Annapolis and 30 minutes from D.C.  The address is 13130 Molly Berry Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.  Click here to find out more.

Did Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc. used to be called Thoroughbred Placement and Rescue, Inc.?

Yes, in the beginning we focused all of our efforts on the placement and rescue of retiring Thoroughbred racehorses. With time, we found that people needed support through information on training and handling them. We expanded our work to include important services such as publishing the book, New Track, New Life, to assist those who have or or are considering getting a retired racer. In addition, we hold clinics to help people learn about retraining and handling these wonderful horses. We are proud that because of our work, many horses have the option to find a good, stable home instead of requiring rescue. Although we do still rescue horses, we do much more…..

How does this work?

Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that works directly with race trainers and owners to help them place or sell their retiring racehorses. Horses located at Leighton Farm, the main facility of TPR are being let down, rehabilitated or are in various stages of retraining. Looking for a Home horses are available for adoption to an approved home at a very low adoption fee to cover base expenses. Adopters are required to sign an Adoption contract. Click here to see it.

Horses in our retraining program are located at Leighton Farm. TPR helps horses we cannot take possession of by posting Assisted Placements. We connect you directly with the owner or trainer. Assisted Placements can be On the Track, Off the Track and/or Looking for a Home. In many cases, the decision to retire them has just been made and we do not have the funds to move them off the track and into our program. Some Assisted Placements are off of the track and already located on a farm. Some have only been rested and have not started retraining while others already have a job.

Adopters must be approved to adopt through our organization. Simply fill out our reference application and submit it. Click Here to download our reference application, you will need Adobe. Click here to download Adobe, it’s free. We will contact you with the outcome and if qualified you will receive a Confirmation number signifying you have completed the application and been approved. Adopters must also agree to fill out and submit an update on their adopted Thoroughbred six months after the date of adoption. Click Here to see the form. We will email or snail mail one to you about two weeks before the due date. In addition all adopters must agree to an update by phone one month and one year after the adoption. A TPR representative will contact you during those times, please return their call in a timely manner. We want your new horse to work out and please know we are here to help you with any problems or needs that may arise. During the first year the adopter must allow TPR visit the Adopted Horse. We will contact you in advance to and give you at least 7 days notice we are coming for a visit.

Trainers and owners selling horses through the TPR program are asked to donate 10% of the sale price to TPR, Inc. This money goes directly to helping more horses find new lives when their careers end. Horses on the Looking for a Home page are in essence free to an approved home. The goal is to make this as easy and smooth a process as possible. 80% of the horses placed by TPR are free to a good home. We ask that you make a donation to TPR, Inc. when you get a horse through us to help cover expenses and keep this important program going. Without you, we can’t continue.

How do I become a qualified adopter?

1. Fill out the adoption reference form completely.  Click here to download it.  If you are having trouble with the form, contact [email protected] and we will provide the form in another format or take your application over the phone.

2. Email the form to [email protected]

Once you are approved you will receive a confirmation number from us in 10 business days (or less). This is the number that you include in inquiries about horses.  If you do not hear anything beyond 10 business days, please check back.

I’m qualified to adopt, now what do I do?

Once you are qualified you can receive contact information on Assisted Placements and arrange to see/meet horses here at Leighton Farm.  When inquiring regarding a specific horse,  provide your confirmation ID in the subject or body of your email and please include the name of the horse.

Why wasn’t I qualified to adopt horses through TPR?

1. Cases of animal abuse against you
2. Form was not filled out fully (no contact information, bad telephone numbers, etc)
3. References did not return our phone calls or emails
4. References did not provide corroborating information

Why must I re-qualify?

We may re-qualify you if it’s been over two years or more. For example, if you adopted a horse through us in 2009, we would potentially ask you to requalify in 2011. Why? Circumstances and people change over time and for the welfare of the horses we need to ensure that they are still getting an amazing home.

What is the next step when I see a horse on the site I am interested in?

If you haven’t already, fill out reference application so you will be qualified to adopt through us.  If the horse is in our retraining program we will schedule a time for you to come to Leighton Farm to meet the horse.  If it is an Assisted Placement, we connect you directly with the owner or trainer of the horse.  You are encouraged to have a vet do at least a basic ppe on the horse.  This will help determine if the horse is suitable for your needs.  At the track, vets are present all morning and it is relatively easy and inexpensive to do this.  There is a list of local vets on the TPR site for your convenience, click here to access it.  There are other vets in our area, the list was compiled from vets who have come and performed ppe’s in the past.  While I do require full disclosure from owners on any horses on my site, I also know that people can miss things.   If you think you’ve been deceived by an owner, contact us immediately.  People we assist are told if they are not truthful, they are barred from using the TPR site permanently.  It is very important that the trainers and owners we work with treat the potential adopters and the horses with respect.

Why would a trainer give a horse away for free?

With training fees at the track averaging $100 per day plus expenses, its no mystery why a trainer would choose to give a horse away rather than sell it for a few thousand dollars. Horses on the track must be let down before beginning their new career.

What if a trainer or owner is not returning my calls or email?

Contact TPR immediately at [email protected] or 240-216-5197.  We make it clear to anyone posting a horse on the site that they must return calls in a timely manner.  Everyone gets busy and many trainers and owners are not ready for the volume of calls they are about to get.  That said, we expect them to make an effort to keep up and when we get complaints, we contact them immediately.  Sometimes even tracking them down at the racetrack in the morning.  It’s frustrating to see a horse you are interested in and not be acknowledged.

What if the horse I’ve gotten is not working out?

First, contact TPR or contact the owner or trainer in the case of an assisted placement. We will first try to help make the adoption work by taking information and assessing the problem to see if there is any way to remedy it.  We have many resources to help.  Kimberly Godwin Clark, head trainer at Leighton Farm is here to consult and answer questions.  She has written a book, New Track, New Life to help with the transition and retraining of your new partner.  We will take the horse back but this normally takes time as we have on average a one year wait list to get into our program.  While your horse will take priority over horses that have not been in our program, we still must wait until a horse leaves to make space.   If possible we will put the horse back on the site and rehome him from your location.   

If it is an assisted placement, many trainers or owners will take the horse back.  It’s a good idea to ask them about this when you inquire about a horse.  Please understand that if the horse came off the backstretch the trainer cannot take the horse back unless he has access to a farm.  Stalls are only assigned to horses that are there to race.  It is against the rules to stable a horse at the track that is not going to race.  The trainer could lose his stalls for doing so.  Leighton Farm will take the horse and rehome him if there is space, but again, we have an extensive wait list so putting him on the site and rehoming him from your location can be a more efficient way to help the horse and you if the original trainer or owner cannot take him back.