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CANTER COLORADO RECEIVES FUNDING FROM ARAPAHOE PARK

August 30, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

AURORA, CO  (August 29, 2013) – After launching an aftercare program for retiring racehorses in April 2013, CANTER Colorado was awarded $10,000 from Arapahoe Park and the Colorado Horseracing Association to continue their work.  In addition to providing a free sales listing service for retiring racehorses, this donation enables CANTER Colorado to grow its racehorse rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming program servicing horses that have raced at Arapahoe Park.

“CANTER Colorado has shown real dedication to helping our horses find new homes once their racing careers are finished,” says Bruce Seymore, General Manager at Arapahoe Park. “We’re excited to be able to support CANTER Colorado in their ‘recycled racehorse’ retraining program and think this will be a real benefit to the horsemen at Arapahoe Park and the horses that run here.”

“We are extremely grateful to Arapahoe Park and the Colorado Horseracing Association,” said Jamie Girouard, Executive Director, CANTER Colorado.  “This wonderful donation will allow us to enhance our CANTER-owned program and further extend our services to the trainers and owners who race at Arapahoe Park.”

CANTER Colorado offers race trainers and owners free sales listings on the CANTER Colorado website to help those owners and trainers find non-race homes for their retiring Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, Arabian, Paint and Appaloosa racehorses, and working track ponies of any breed.  Volunteers work with Arapahoe Park horsemen throughout the racing season to publish information and photos of available horses ready to move into second careers.

Golden Casey

Golden Casey

CANTER Colorado volunteers have built strong relationships with the track management and horse racing professionals since 2012.  Those relationships have made it possible for CANTER Colorado to assist trainers and owners in transitioning their ex-racehorses into successful second careers.

“Our program has been so successful through the hard work and dedication of our volunteers,” states Girouard.  “A special thanks to Corey Kaye, Director of Track Relations, for her tireless efforts and long hours on the backside of the track working with trainers, owners, and track management.  Her work has greatly contributed to the success of CANTER Colorado.”

To find an ex-racehorse, volunteer, or to make a donation, visit www.canterusa.org/colorado.

About CANTER (The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses):  CANTER provides a free sales listing service to racing trainers and owners to help them find non-race homes for their retiring racehorses.   Some Chapters have incorporated a Phase 2 Program in which donated ex-racehorses are rehabilitated, retrained and rehomed.  CANTER Chapters serve racetracks in Ohio, New England, Colorado, Arizona, Illinois. Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California and the Mid Atlantic region and are approved to operate as a 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS. Your Donations are tax deductible.

About Arapahoe Park:

Arapahoe Park is located at 26000 E Quincy Ave, in Aurora, CO, and offers simulcasting and live racing for Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses, Arabs, Paints and Appaloosas every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Memorial Day until mid-August. www.mihiracing.com

It’s Back!!! CANTER Mid-Atlantic Online Auction Fundrasier

August 08, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Bid On Over 100 Exciting Items During the CANTER Mid-Atlantic Online Auction Opens August 14!

 

Rockville, MD (August 8, 2013).  CANTER Mid-Atlantic’s popular online auction fundraiser is back and bigger than ever: Bidding starts August 14 and ends August 21.  Proceeds from the event go directly to the care and training of ex-racehorses that have been donated to CMA. Graduates of the CMA re-training program evaluated for soundness, suitability and athleticism – have found successful careers in eventing, foxhunting, show jumping, dressage and more.

I Yam a Mandate, aka Tater, is a fabulously quiet guy looking for that perfect home where someone wants to wander through the woods, through the creeks and pop over a log here and there. Standing about 15.2, but currently round as a whiskey barrel, he would fit a variety of people comfortably and make them feel secure in any situation. An old injury means Tater can’t do heavy jumping, but he is very happy going for trail rides and doing some flat work. Available free to the best home, he is currently living in Frederick, Maryland, where he is working on his amazingly robust figure. Tater is a very light cribber and controlled with a strap. For more information, contact CANTER Mid Atlantic, or email allie@canterusa.org or call 301-980-0972.

The auction helps CANTER horses!
I Yam a Mandate, aka Tater
Available free to the best home, he is currently living in Frederick, Maryland, where he is working on his amazingly robust figure. For more information, contact CANTER Mid Atlantic, or email allie@canterusa.org or call 301-980-0972.

 

 

As in prior CANTER Mid-Atlantic online auctions, www.canterusa.org/midatlantic

bidders will find some amazing items including merchandise from Weatherbeeta, Five Star Tack, Cavalor Feed and services they may not have otherwise had the opportunity to purchase:

 

–       Lessons with U.S. Olympic Team Event Riders (all U.S. based riders)

–       Lesson with former U.S. Olympic Team Dressage Rider and FEI  Judge, Linda Zang

–       Lessons with Grand Prix Jumper and Hunter Riders/Trainers

–       Consultation with Blackburn Architects

–       Private Rolex Stadium Show Jumping Course Walk

–       Veterinary Services

–       Photography & videography

–       Sagamore Racing Hoodie & Cap

–       Shamrock Farm Tour

–       Subscription to Chronicle of the Horse

 

There are many more items, even for those without a horse haircuts and facials, homemade soaps, homemade brownies, artwork, jewelry and much more.

 

We are overjoyed at the support we have received for the work we do to transition ex-racehorses into new careers.  Thoroughbred racehorses are amazing animals and it’s through donations and fundraisers such as our online auction that give us the critical funds we need to keep the program going, said Allie Conrad executive director, CANTER Mid-Atlantic.  We truly appreciate the many offers that have come in this year to help support our work.  Because of that support this years auction is shaping up to be one of the best!

 

To find an ex-race horse, volunteer, or to make a donation, visit www.canterusa.org.

 

About CANTER (The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses):  CANTER provides a free sales listing service to racing trainers and owners to help them find non-race homes for their retiring racehorses.   Some Chapters have incorporated a Phase 2 Program in which donated ex-racehorses are rehabilitated, retrained and rehomed.  CANTER Chapters serve racetracks in Ohio, New England, Colorado, Arizona, Illinois. Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California and the Mid Atlantic region and are approved to operate as a 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS. Your Donations are tax deductible.

CANTER To Honor Top Off-Track-Thoroughbred Competing in Rolex 2013

April 23, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

70% of CANTER Re-Training Program Graduates Find New Careers as Event Horses

 

Rockville, MD (April 22, 2013). CANTER will present a leather show halter donated by Five Star Tack and a beautiful custom cooler from Exquisite Equestrian to the top placing Off-Track-Thoroughbred (OTTB) competing in Rolex 2013. Rolex, held in Lexington, KY, runs April 25 – 28, 2013.

 

“We are very excited to present an award to the top performing OTTB and rider. This award acknowledges the commitment of owners and riders who recognize the athletic ability of ex-racehorses and have the foresight to take a retired racehorse and transform him (or her) into an incredible sport horse,” said Allie Conrad, executive director CANTER Mid-Atlantic. “This is our third year presenting such an award at Rolex and each year I am overwhelmed at the ability and heart that these horses show during this very challenging competition.”

 

Ex-racehorses going through the CANTER re-training program are evaluated for soundness, suitability and discipline. About 70% of the horses going through the program demonstrate the courage, athleticism and mental acuity to succeed as event horses in which they must be able to compete in dressage, stadium jumping and cross country phases of the sport. Many other graduates have found success in the hunter or jumper ring, as pleasure horses and even barrel racing.

 

The winners will be announced following the competition and posted to the CANTER web site www.canterusa.org.

 

To find an ex-race horse, volunteer, or to make a donation, visit www.canterusa.org.

 

About CANTER (The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses): CANTER provides a free sales listing service to racing trainers and owners to help them find non-race homes for their retiring racehorses. Some Chapters have incorporated a Phase 2 Program in which donated ex-racehorses are rehabilitated, retrained and rehomed. CANTER Chapters serve racetracks in Ohio, New England, Colorado, Arizona, Illinois. Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California and the Mid Atlantic region and are approved to operate as a 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS. Your Donations are tax deductible.

 

About Five Star Tack: Five Star Tack is a maker of finely crafted bridles, halters and breastplates. For more information, visit http://www.fivestartack.com/index.html

 

About Exquisite Equestrian: Exquisite Equestrian provides custom tack room equipment, accessories, and horse/dog clothing for show-circuit horse training businesses. For more information, visit http://www.exquisite-equestrian.com.

 

1,000+ Ex-Racehorses Transitioned into Second Careers through CANTER Chapters’ Free Online Sales Listings

February 26, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Show Ring Success and Thoroughbred Incentive Programs Ignite Interest in Ex-Racehorses

 

Lodi, OH (February 26, 2013) – CANTER Chapters are celebrating a milestone year for transitioning ex-racehorses into second careers through their free online sales listings.  The 10 CANTER Chapters online sales websites served 596 trainers at 30 racetracks nationally in 2012 and successfully transitioned 1,015 racehorses nearing the end of their racing careers.

 

“Our horses try hard for us on the racetrack so our loyalty to them goes beyond their race careers,” noted Bob and Marcia Wolfe, trainers at Penn National Race Course, Grantville, PA.  “We feel very fortunate to work with CANTER to find great homes for our horses.  It’s the best program we’ve come across to display our available horses for buyers who are knowledgeable and sincere about their interest.  We’ve had tremendous success placing horses and continue to stay involved in their futures through regular updates from buyers.  It’s a great feeling to see our horses excel in secondary careers and we sincerely appreciate the efforts of all CANTER volunteers.”

 

In 2012, CANTER volunteers made over 600 trips in total to racetracks in Ohio, New England (Massachusetts), Colorado, Arizona, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California and the Mid-Atlantic region (Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia) to meet with trainers and owners of horses that were ready to retire from racing but are capable of beginning a second career.

 

National Standard during his racing years.

National Standard during his racing years.

 

“CANTER is a 100% volunteer organization,” said CANTER Executive Director, Nancy Koch.  “Our volunteers are dedicated to helping the Thoroughbred racing community find appropriate homes for their horses when they are ready for second careers.”

 

During racetrack visits, CANTER volunteers meet with trainers and owners to photograph, write descriptions of their sale horses and post that content along with the trainer’s contact information on the CANTER sales website.  The CANTER sales listings website receive between 35,000 and 55,000 visits each month.  In 2012, the site received a total of 651,783 visits.  Of those, 455,647 were returning visitors and 196,136 were new visitors.  And, 142,000 visitors accessed the site through their mobile device. 

 

The success of ex-racehorses turned show horses along with exciting new programs such as The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) that has committed $100,000 for Thoroughbred classes and high point awards is proving that ex-racehorses have more to give after the finish line.

 

“The response to the Thoroughbred Incentive Program has been immensely gratifying,” said Kristin Leshney, legal associate for The Jockey Club and the administrator of T.I.P.  “For 2013, we have approved 375 horse shows from 37 states Canadian provinces for participation in T.I.P.  That means thousands of ribbons and over 1,000 prizes will be available for Thoroughbreds in horse shows across the country.”

 

National Standard after he was purchased in 2012 by his new owner.  He looks happy!

National Standard, looking happy as he embarks
on his new career.

 

To find an your local CANTER chapter, an ex-racehorse, volunteer, or to make a donation, visit www.canterusa.org.

 

CANTER (The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses).

CANTER is a free service offered to racing trainers and owners to help them find non-race homes for their retiring racehorses. CANTER Chapters serve racetracks in Ohio, New England, Colorado, Arizona, Illinois. Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California and the Mid Atlantic region and are approved to operate as a 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS. Your Donations are tax deductible.

 

For more information on the Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program, visit www.tjctip.com.