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.
Maker's Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.
At the MMSC, our adoptable off-track Thoroughbreds receive everything they need to make a smooth and successful transition to a new career in our holistic, interdisciplinary system - the Horse Centered Reschooling Program. The holiday season is fast approaching. On #GivingTuesday, please help us give our horses everything they need to ensure a wonderful home and a successful second career.
Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
92Y - a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around its core values of community service and giving back - conceptualized #GivingTuesday as a new way of linking individuals and causes to strengthen communities and encourage giving. In 2014, the third year of the movement, #GivingTuesday brought together 30,000 partners in 68 countries and registered 32.7 million impressions on Twitter, with its eponymous hashtag mentioned 698,600 times. Since 2012, online giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has increased more than four-fold, based on findings by Blackbaud and the Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, produced in partnership with the Case Foundation.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced today that 37 aftercare organizations, including the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center, have earned accreditation in 2015. This increases the Alliance’s total to 56 accredited aftercare organizations using more than 180 facilities across the United States and Canada.
“These organizations have gone through a rigorous accreditation process and have met or exceeded our Code of Standards,” praised Jimmy Bell, TAA president. “Our donors should feel confident that their investments in the TAA are going to organizations that provide the best care possible to our retired equine athletes.”
To earn accreditation, 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.
“This is an honor that we at the MMSC have been awaiting since the inception of the TAA," says MMSC director Susanna Thomas. "Being a young, independent 501(c)3, we had to wait the necessary 3 years before applying for accreditation. The TAA fills an essential role in the Thoroughbred industry. It brings all of us in the noble work of aftercare together and makes us all strive for a common level of excellence that should be both reassuring and celebrated by all those who donate their horses, their time, or their money to any accredited organization. We are thrilled to be recognized in this manner by the TAA."
Celebrate the amazing racing career 2015 Triple Crown Champion and Breeders' Cup Classic champion American Pharoah with Templeton Thompson's newest song, "Dark Horses & Longshots", which was performed for the first time at our fundraising party Sips 'N Saddles this year! Download the song now, and 50% of the sales will be donated to the MMSC to help our OTTBs find new careers and new homes. Follow this link to download the song, and support the MMSC!
Templeton is one of Nashville's sought-after session vocalists. She is a singer/songwriter, and has written songs that have been recorded on multi-million selling albums by country superstars Reba McEntire, Jo Dee Messina, Little Texas, Sherrie' Austin and more. She has performed on stage for audiences across the US, in Europe and in Japan, and right here at the MMSC! We are so thrilled to have her support and we thank all of you for listening and downloading this new song heralding the champion inside all Thoroughbred horses.
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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