The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC), located in the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, the Horse Capital of the World, is a premier reschooling facility and showcase for adoptable Thoroughbreds. Founded in 2004, the MMSC uses its illustrious location to herald the athleticism of this amazing breed by teaching new skill sets to horses of all levels of ability using the Horse Centered Reschooling Program developed by MMSC Director Susanna Thomas so they can go on and be ambassadors for racehorses in new careers. The MMSC is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday (9 to 2) and proud to offer myriad educational opportunities for learning about and interacting with this remarkable horse–The Thoroughbred–America’s equine sports vehicle.
Do you think you and your Thoroughbred share a special bond? Then we want to see it!
Grab your cameras and your Thoroughbreds and get ready to show us the love! Starting on Monday, Feb. 1, submit a photo of you and your horse with a minimum donation of $5 (more is always appreciated) and be entered to win! To read the full contest details, click here. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners include $50, $30, and $20 gift cards, respectively, to Bob Mickler's: lifestyle and performance riding apparel.
This year's contest is sponsored by Bob Mickler's of Lexington, KY - your online destination for Performance Riding and Equestrian Lifestyle Apparel, Footwear, Accessories, and Gifts.
Join us on March 19-20 for a hands-on equine massage clinic using the The Masterson Method - an integrated, multi-modality method of equine massage - to be hosted here at the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center!
The Masterson Method - Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork, is a unique, interactive method of equine massage and bodywork in which you learn to recognize and use the responses of the horse to your touch to find and release accumulated tension in key junctions of the body that most affect performance. In contrast to most traditional modalities, it enables the horse to actively participate in the process of releasing tension. It is something you do with the horse, rather than to the horse. This participation and interaction is what makes the method fascinating for those who use it. In fact, if you do not allow the horse to participate, it does not work!
In this hands-onworkshop, you'll learn how to recognize and use the visual responses of the horse to your touch to find and release accumulated stress in key junctions of the body that most affect performance. Jim Masterson has successfully taught these techniques to hundreds of owners, therapists and trainers worldwide, enabling them to open new levels of communication and relationship with their horses.
The Maker's Mark Secretariat Center is thrilled and honored to announce the receipt of a grant from Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA). The grant will provide for feed, vet care, farrier care, and the training of our horses - all necessary expenses when transitioning an off-track Thoroughbred into a new career and a loving home. The MMSC prides itself on affording its horses everything they need to make this transition successful, from chiropractic care and acupuncture to specialized training sessions off-campus, and this grant will go a long way towards covering those expenses, allowing the MMSC to rehome more horses in need.
"We are proud of our recent accreditation by TAA and grateful for their support of what we do here at the MMSC and the way in which we do it," says MMSC Director Susanna Thomas.
The Maker's Mark Secretariat Center was accredited by TAA in late November. To earn accreditation, 501(c)3 non-profit organizations are evaluated upon their submitted application covering five key areas: operations, education, horse health care management, facility standards and services, and adoption policies and protocols. In addition to an extensive application review, all organizations are subject to site inspections of all facilities housing their horses.
Based in Lexington, Kentucky, the non-profit Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance accredits, inspects and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retire, retrain and rehome Thoroughbreds using industry-wide funding. Funded initially by seed money from Breeders’ Cup Ltd., The Jockey Club, and Keeneland Association, the TAA is supported by owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks, aftercare professionals and other industry groups. To learn more about the TAA and their accredited organizations, visit thoroughbredaftercare.org.
Introducing the perfect gift for horse lovers, as well as those who love the MMSC: the Georgia Lockridge Collection! Phone and eyeglass cases, iPad holders, cosmetic, cross body, and hand bags in eleven different equine designs, all hand-crafted, unique, and useful. Now available at the MMSC! See all available designs here.
The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC), located in the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, is a premier reschooling facility and showcase for adoptable off-track Thoroughbreds. Reschooling racehorses for new careers. Adopt a Thoroughbred, America's equine sports vehicle.
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