About the Retired Racehorse Project

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.

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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 48,000 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.

To support RRP in its work as a sponsor, donor, or volunteer, click here.

Sincerely, 

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Steuart Pittman

President, Retired Racehorse Project

RRP Board Members


Steuart Pittman


Steuart L. Pittman, Jr. - President

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.

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Christy Clagett

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.

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Jane Gilbert

Jane is past president of ReRun, Inc., and current president of Second Call. both non-profits committed to the placement of retired racehorses into second careers. She is also a past president of the New Jersey Horse Council, a board member of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association of New Jersey, a breeder and owner of racehorses and an "R" rated USEF judge for dressage, hunters, and jumpers. Jane is pictured here being presented the Van Ness Award by American Horse Council Director Jay Hickey.


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Rick Green

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."


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Carolyn Karlson - Vice President

Carolyn Karlson is a lifelong horse lover and a resident of Baltimore where she lives with her husband Bill, son Adam, and two ridiculous dogs who the neighbors refer to as "Cujo1 and Cujo2." She recently retired from her 25-year career as a professor and university administrator, having spent the past four years as the Director of the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program at the University of Maryland College Park. She holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. She is the owner of Ave Ravina, a 7-year-old OTTB who she bought as a 2-year-old and raced in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Delaware under her business Sisu Racing Stables. "Vina" is currently in training at Dodon Farms and recently began her eventing career. Carolyn also is a partner in Bourbon Lane Stables, though which she owns 12 racehorses currently in training or on the track in Kentucky and New York. She is pictured here with one of those horses – Bourbon Courage – winner of the 2012 Louisiana Super Derby.


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Malinda Lawrence - Secretary/Treasurer

Malinda is an attorney with the US Department of Justice. She owns two retired racehorses and competes in the sport of eventing. She is past Vice President of the Maine Combined Training Association.

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Brian Magness

Brian is Director of Development at the University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. From 1998-2005, he was the director of advertising and marketing for the Maryland Horse Breeders Association and was responsible for advertising sales in the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazine. Brian grew up on the historic Thoroughbred breeding farm, Worthington Farm, where his father was the manager. He also volunteers his time as Ring Steward for the annual Yearling Show for the Maryland Horse Breeders Association.

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Laury Parramore

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.


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Erin Pittman

Erin has a BS degree in Equine Science from Colorado State University and a Master's Degree in Equine Nutrition, also from Colorado State University. In 2001, she became an equine faculty member at the University of Maryland where she advised students in the Equine Business Management program and taught courses related to the nutrition, health and care of horses. She has been a member of the Maryland Horse Industry Board since 2005, representing the Equine Academic Community.

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Support RRP

DonationHorseThe 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.  



RRP Sponsorship

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

 To discuss sponsorship arrangements, contact Julie Magruder at julie or at 704-309-8055.

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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.

Mission Statement

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.