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.
This hunk of handsome is bold but level-headed - a super combination for your next event horse! Plucky with a can-do attitude, this 16hh, 2010 gelding by Smart Strike out of Miss Shop is keen to please and likes a good time, particularly if jumping is involved. Jazz Fest aka “Jay Z” moves nicely and is easy on the eyes too. He had one start with a total earnings of $125! Clearly he was destined to be great in other arenas!
“Our goal,” says Director Susanna Thomas, “is to figure out who a horse is inherently, what its ‘horsenality’ is like, to strengthen its weaknesses, to heal its wounds, whether they be physical, mental, or spiritual, to ‘find out what the horse wants to be when it grows up,’ and then to find the perfect person to adopt it. That is our purpose, our privilege and our passion here at the MMSC.”
The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center offers two general Internship Positions in the Spring, Fall and Summer semesters for current college students. To apply, applicants must be college students in good standing with their current University and have a dedicated interest in learning.
Neither pictures nor words can fully communicate the thrill and the intense interest that filled the MMSC on Friday, Nov. 21 when Steuart Pittman and his colleauges Carolyn Karlson and Julie Magruder gave a presentation about bringing the 2015 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium to the Kentucky Horse Park. The conference room was packed with leaders of the racing industry and Thoroughbred supporters. Steuart's presentation, which included 2 moving videos by writer/photographer Glenye Oakford (http://gcoakford.com/), lasted a little over an hour. He then opened the floor up for comments and questions, which came from everywhere around the room. The consensus was that the Kentucky Horse Park was the ideal site, and there was much discussion about how to make this the biggest and the best TB Makeover to date! Guests lingered for an hour and a half afterwards and over wine and cheese fraternized and continued with lively and lengthy discussions about the Makeover. Our thanks go out to every guest who attended this important presentation, and we truly appreciate Steuart Pittman and his team for their vision and their dedication to creating and expanding a market for Thoroughbreds when they are finished with racing. Thank you all!