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.


MMSC Holiday Hours

The MMSC will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from Thursday, November 27 to Sunday, November 30 and for the Christmas and New Year holidays from December 24 to January 1.

The MMSC's winter hours begin on December 15. The barn will be closed from December 15 until the horses return to campus at the end of February. The office will be open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

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!

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“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.”

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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.

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Just click here and you will see a collection of gifts, each of which are sure to makes the recipients’ holiday bright while at the same time help feed, care for, and train an MMSC horse so that it can go on to a new job and a wonderful forever home. Check out our Caption Contest Calendar, our MMSC hats dipped in Maker’s Mark’s signature red wax, our Espana Silk products for horses, dogs, and people, the novel DREAM OF NIGHT (one of the main characters is based on MMSC Director Susanna Thomas), and the many FUN gifts (mugs, phone cases, coasters, playing cards and more!)  that you can emblazon with your favorite MMSC picture.

You can also support the MMSC through any of your online shopping this holiday season! Simply go to Amazon Smile, select the MMSC as your charity of choice, and for every item you purchase, Amazon will make a donation to the MMSC! Interested in shopping elsewhere on the world wide web for gifts? Not a problem! Go to, where you can shop over 1,500 stores and every time you make a purchase, the MMSC will get a donation!

Ho! Ho! Ho!  We’ll bet you’ll be pleased, and we thank you in advance for caring about our horses and their needs by making your gift purchases at our Holiday store. HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!

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