Help us increase demand for Thoroughbred ex-racehorses and build the bridges to second careers. Thousands of people across North America are working on farms and racetracks to place these horses in second careers. RRP is working to build this community, promote these horses, and educate. Support us here.
2013 Makeover Report
Expanding the Market Report
How We Began
Retired Racehorse Training Project was formed in 2010 by myself and a small group of friends who felt strongly that Thoroughbred ex-racehorses were in need of advocates and educators in the sport and recreation riding world. We had conducted the Retired Racehorse Training Symposium in 2009 and were overwhelmed by the attendance and demand for more, both by nonprofit placement organizations and individuals who work to transition these horses to second careers.
Our first web site was launched at the end of 2011 with the announcement of our popular Trainer Challenge that drew thousands of fans to the Maryland and Pennsylvania Horse World Expos. The following year the 100 Day Thoroughbred Challenge provided a similar online and in-person educational experience, with the involvement of four top Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred farms.
Thoroughbreds For All Kentucky and Thoroughbreds For All Fair Hill were events organized in collaboration with local groups that continued to educate and to put horses in front of buyers. Other work with local groups spawned trainer challenges across the country.
The 2013 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium at Pimlico was the organization's first national gathering of the farms, organizations, and individuals that transition these horses to second careers. Twenty-six trainers in ten riding disciplines chronicled their work online over four months with horses who knew nothing but racing at the start. The weekend included seminars, demonstrations, and a sponsor fair. It was widely hailed as a landmark event experienced by 800 in person, thousands online, and an estimated four million through mainstream media in the local market. Thoroughbred Charities of America awarded RRP its Industry Service Award in recognition for the success of this event.
The RRP Board of Directors made a major commitment to growth in 2014, believing that Thoroughbreds after racing remain at a disadvantage in the marketplace. Unlike other major breeds Thoroughbreds are promoted primarily as racehorses. Millions are spent promoting Quarter Horses, Arabians, European warmbloods of various breeds, and others for recreation and riding. With the expansion of our work came the decision to acquire and use the abbreviated trade name, Retired Racehorse Project.
This year's plan includes publication of a state-by-state Resource Directory to identify and connect the racetracks in America to the people, organizations, and business that provide the training and placement services. It also calls for an expanded Thoroughbred Makeover on October 4 and 5 at Pimlico, to include a Marketplace of horses and an invitational team competition for America's Most Wanted Thoroughbred.
Our work is having an effect. Our 100,000 Facebook fans, 75,000 web hits per month, and thousands attending events in person all tip the scales toward Thoroughbreds for lots of undecided horse people. Success can increase value, giving racing owners an incentive to retire horses sound. Success means more accomplished trainers giving horses the skills they need to secure their futures.
There are two million horse owners in America. Over 25,000 Thoroughbreds are born to become racehorses each year. Let's introduce them. Now.
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Steuart owns and operates Dodon Farm Training Center where he trains horses and riders for three day eventing, dressage and jumping. He stands Salute The Truth, the only retired racehorse stallion in America to have evented at the advanced level. Steuart is a popular instructor and clinician both locally and nationally. He is also past president of the Maryland Horse Council and has been actively involved in efforts to revitalize Maryland Thoroughbred racing.
Christy owns and operates Larking Hill Farm and Training Center in Harwood, Maryland. She is a trainer, owner and breeder of racehorses, an ex-amateur jockey, and an active member of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association and the Maryland Horse Council. Christy is also Joint Master of Foxhounds of the Marlborough Hunt Club and competes in show jumping.
Rick Green has had a diverse career in marketing and in the ownership of several mid-size corporations. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he was the president and CEO of The Barton Gillet Company, a marketing communications firm for over 10 years. Since selling his interest in that company, he has been consulting with smaller non-profits and entrepreneurial start-up companies in Baltimore, Washington and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
He has had horses, thoroughbreds and others, for over 20 years and currently lives in St. Michaels where, he says he "tries to keep up with the needs of 4 retired racehorses and 3 other assorted pasture-mates."
Carolyn Karlson - Vice President
Dr. Carolyn Karlson is an owner of racehorses through Bourbon Lane Stables, past director of the Hillman Entrepreneur’s Program at the University of Maryland, and current Trustee of the University of Maryland. She is pictured here with one of those horses – Bourbon Courage – winner of the 2012 Louisiana Super Derby.
Sue Smith is the Executive Director for CANTER PA, a 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to re-homing ex-racehorses. A Mount Holyoke graduate, her professional background is in commercial and industrial real estate development. She is currently a board member for the Thoroughbred Alliance Show Series, fundraising for Thoroughbred aftercare through a series of horse shows which promote sport horse careers for ex-racehorses. An avid Dressage rider, Sue is also a board member for the International Equestrian Organization, the first dressage club formed in America. Most recently, she can be found writing guest articles about transitioning ex-racehorses for the popular sports site, Eventing Nation.
Laury Parramore - Secretary/Treasurer
A childhood love of Thoroughbreds re-ignited in 2004 when Laury Marshall Parramore returned to riding and horse ownership after being out of the saddle for 20+ years. A tolerant OTTB gelding put up with her initial "re-learning" curve, and now Laury enjoys low-level eventing with her current horse, a talented unraced Thoroughbred mare. When she's not riding and enjoying time with her family, Laury works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington, D.C., where she has built a career centered around partnerships, collaboration, communications, public affairs and work with nonprofit organizations.
Based in Lexington, Kentucky, Jen Roytz is a marketing and public relations professional whose client list includes businesses in the realms of healthcare, finance, equine and non-profit. She also writes the weekly "OTTB Showcase" column for the Paulick Report, the bi-weekly column "Hero of the Horse" for the Horse Collaborative, and has also written for Practical Horseman, Equus, ESPN.com, Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, etc. Jen is the former director of marketing and communications for Three Chimneys Farm and also developed and maintained the farm's aftercare efforts.
Jen holds a B. A. in communications with an emphasis in advertising and public relations from Morehead State University and an M. A. in integrated communication from the University of Louisville.
While growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, Jen showed hunter/jumpers, many of whom were off-track Thoroughbreds. Her interest in racing and horses in general brought her to Kentucky for college, where she book-ended her course loads with exercising racehorses in the mornings and schooling show horse prospects in the evenings. These experiences were the catalyst for Jen's passion for responsible racehorse retirement and re-homing.
In addition to sitting on the board of the Retired Racehorse Project, Jen is on the advisory board of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, the Make a Wish Foundation's Kentucky board, and volunteers with The Brooke, an international animal welfare organization dedicated to improving the lives of working equines in third world countries.
Glenye was Daily Racing Form's senior blookdstock correspondent from 1999 to 2013. She currently free-lances for Blood-Horse and many equine publications inside and outside of horse racing. She won a 2012 Eclipse Award for her video titled "Foaling Season" She is a lifelong horsewoman and member of Iroquois Hunt. She also serves on the University of Kentucky Equine Advisory Programs Advisory Committee.
Glenye and her husband Christopher, reside in Kentucky with their beloved horses and beagles.
Rosie Napravnik retired near the top of the jockey standings after her 2014 Breeders' Cup win aboard Untapable. She went beyond breaking records as a "lady jockey" and was put on horses in most of the Classic races in America, including all three legs of the Triple Crown.
Today Rosie is helping her husband Joe Sharp build a business as a trainer and starting a family. When asked to serve on the board of RRP, Rosie said, "Absolutely. I don't really understand what all of this fame is about, but if I can use it to get more people riding Thoroughbreds after they race then I guess it's a good thing."
Rosie has entered the 2015 Thoroughbred Makeover on a horse donated by Louise and Leonard Riggio to Makers Mark Secretariat Center. Her sister Jazz Napravnik trained a horse for the 2014 Makeover. Rosie grew up in a family that evented and showed, and she hopes to do more of that with her own OTTB Sugar, who also works as a track pony.
The RRP Booth BeggarRRP is a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (see letter from IRS granting tax exempt status here). Donations are tax deductible pursuant to applicable laws. Our mission is to facilitate the placement of retired Thoroughbred racehorses in second careers by educating the public about the history, distinctive characteristics, versatility of use, and appropriate care and training of the iconic American Thoroughbred.
To contribute, either mail a check to: Retired Racehorse Project, 440 Dodon Road, Davidsonville, MD 21035
Or click below to donate through Paypal.
We also offer sponsorship opportunities to businesses that seek to support either the full scope of our work or any part of it, including our:
· Retired Racehorse Resource Directory
· Thoroughbred Makeover: A Marketplace & National Symposium
· Thoroughbreds For All!
· Educational Programs and Horse Expo Appearances
· Or host an RRP fundraiser
Become a Founding Member: $45
A special two-year offer to recognize your commitment as we launch new programs in 2015. A Founding Membership costs $45 and lasts through 2016. Click here to join!
Retired Racehorse Resource Directory Mailed to your home with descriptions of 300 farms, trainers, organizations, and racetracks that transition Thoroughbreds after racing $8 value
Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine: Thoroughbred Makeover Issue The promotional issue of Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine published for RRP by The Horse Media Group will be sent to your home $5 value
2016 Subscription to Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine $20 value
Discount on RRP Logowear 10% off all items including shirts, jackets, saddle pads, jewelry, and more
Discounts from our Sponsors NTRA Advantage (John Deere, Office Depot, Sherwin-Williams) Exciting sponsor discounts to be announced
Access to Members-Only Events and Educational Webinars
A copy of the current financial statement of Retired Racehorse Training Project, Ltd. is available by writing 440 Dodon Road, Davidsonville, MD 21035 or by calling 410-798-5140. Documents and information submitted under the Maryland Solicitations Act are also available, for the cost of postage and copies, from the Maryland Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis, MD 21401, (410) 974-5534.
The Retired Racehorse Training Project is an effort to increase demand for retired Thoroughbred race horses as pleasure and sport horses through public events, clinics, training publications, videos and internet tools. Our mission is to facilitate the placement of retired Thoroughbred racehorses in second careers by educating the public about the history, distinctive characteristics, versatility of use, and appropriate care and training of the iconic American Thoroughbred.
The RRTP is a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax deductible pursuant to applicable laws.
Please join us in our efforts to promote OTTBs by sharing our links with your friends - feel free to share or print copies of our color brochure.
You can read a much more detailed article on our ideas for improving the market for OTTBs from Steuart Pittman's presentation at the NTRA Conference in October, 2011, here.