You guys know that I’ve been working with Pocket Aces Racing for almost a year now. In fact, it’ll be a year on September 18th, I believe.
It makes me extremely happy to see that PAR will now be working with the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center to rehome and retrain their retirees if the services are needed (no partners on the horse can take them). One of my great passions outside of racing is aftercare, and it was something I asked them about before I got hired on. I wanted to know that I would be working for owners who were responsible.
I was not disappointed. Even before this wonderful announcement broke, they’d been keeping track of their retired horses, some from as far back as the early 2000s (they formed in 2005). This isn’t anything new for this group; more people are just writing about them now. They’ve always been good people with the best partners and now, they have another amazing organization in their corner to help make sure every racer has a wonderful second career and forever home. They’ve pledged a percentage of the stable’s earnings to help offset training costs and that yearly donation will be matched by PAR management.
You can read the full announcement here and get all the finer details of this partnership.
MMSC is located in the gorgeous Kentucky Horse Park. If you’ve ever visited, then you know how beautiful it is out there. It can truly be called the Heart of Horse Country. They have a very thorough and impressive program which helps identify horses with their perfect person and vice versa. Part of their strategy is to also reach out to the non-racing horse industry and market the incredible abilities and natural athleticism of the American Thoroughbred. The breed is known to some as “King of Sport” for a reason.
They run primarily on volunteer power -which makes the news that PAR shareholders will get the opportunity to help hands on- even more exciting. As always, many rescues need volunteers and you don’t have to be a lifelong horse person to donate your time. There are tasks for everyone. They are a certified non-profit and are Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance approved as well.
If you’d like more information about how to volunteer or would like to also make a monetary donation to a TAA accredited, 501(c)3 institution (this means they are a certified non-profit) follow this link.
I’m very excited and proud to be associated with a wonderful ownership group like them. If you’d like to keep up with goings on or maybe even want to be part of the excitement, you can sign up for their monthly newsletter here. It’ll have updates on the horses, information for their contests (free stuff!!) and include major news like this partnership announcement.
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