Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc. improves the lives of Thoroughbred racehorses, both active and retired by providing training and rehabilitation while educating the public through the development of Breed Ambassadors.
We Create breed ambassadors
Not long ago the Thoroughbred was the breed of choice for American riders. Thoroughbreds such as Bally Cor, Jet Run, and Touch of Class enjoyed great success in the Olympic equestrian disciplines, but today many riders favor other breeds. With proper training and exposure, Thoroughbreds can be at the top of the show world again. Success with these horses will have a trickle-down effect. Owners and adopters will seek trainers who have experience with retired Thoroughbred racehorses and and this will increase their value. There will be more success stories and fewer failures. Linda Zang states, “There have been many success stories with Thoroughbreds in the three Olympic Equestrian disciplines, including winning medals. “
Presenting properly trained Thoroughbreds 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.
Currently, keeping a retired Thoroughbred racehorse and putting the correct training on him will cost more than the seller can recoup. The same amount of training on a Warmblood will pay about twice what a comparable Thoroughbred will bring. This causes people to get horses off the track and move them on quickly for a few thousand dollars where they will likely be resold again. This does not provide the training the horse needs to be desirable to upper level trainers. We can address this by selecting excellent Thoroughbred candidates and giving them the proper training they need. This will make them attractive to top riders. This will increase their value substantially.
We Provide help for horses with Training issues
Today retired racers are regaining their popularity as riding horses. Racetracks are creating programs to help find them homes once their race careers end. Moving horses off of the track quickly has become less of a crisis. There are consequences of moving the great number of horses into the hands of the public. More than a few horses end up with people who are not qualified to handle and retrain a horse directly off the track. In Dr. Andrew Mclean’s book, “The Truth About Horses” he references a study by researchers Odberg and Bouisseau. They found that of 3,000 non-racing horses sent to the slaughterhouse in France between the ages of two and seven years, 66.4% were condemned for “inappropriate behavior.” The fact that these statistics come from countries with well-established equestrian traditions gives no grounds for believing that the figures would be much different elsewhere.
We Provide help for Horses in need of Surgery or Rest and Rehabilitation
In addition to Thoroughbreds with training issues, there are horses who leave racing with physical problems. These can be successfully addressed through surgery or rest and rehabilitation. Horses like these are difficult to place due to the cost of rehabilitation and there are few who have the skills needed to correctly rest and rehabilitate these horses. In many cases, proper rest and rehab results in an excellent prognosis and a sound horse ready for a qualified adoption.
TPR has these specialized skills to address these high-risk categories of horses. Leighton Farm, the home base of TPR was designed for active racehorses to rest and rehabilitate. In addition, Kimberly Godwin Clark, principal equestrian at Leighton Farm is a professional exercise rider, owner and trainer with over 25 years’ experience. In her 25 years working at the track as a rider, trainer and racehorse owner, Godwin Clark took many horses to the farm for rest and rehabilitation giving her a quarter century of experience in properly handling horses. She now works with some of the top show trainers in the United States in order to develop their skills to produce correctly retrained and rideable retired racehorses.
Educate those who have or wish to have a retired racer.
Kimberly Godwin Clark, the founder of TPR has written a book, “New Track, New Life: A Guide to Understanding and Re-Training Your Off-Track Thoroughbred,” to promote correct training methods. It offers insight into the life the horse had as a racehorse and offers a better understanding of ex-racers. In 2016 it was published on Kindle and Amazon in both print and electronic formats. Clark is currently working on a second book that focuses on training horses and addressing problems. Additionally, TPR and Godwin Clark hold a clinic series at Leighton Farm to teach horsemen how to better understand and train retired Thoroughbred racehorses.