The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) is 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 3) and proud to offer myriad educational opportunities for learning about and interacting with this remarkable horse–The Thoroughbred–America’s equine sports vehicle.


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“A grand horse” is how Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott described this striking bay, 15.2, 2003 gelding by Wheaton out of Absoluta (IRE). Trained by Mott, with 65 starts and in the money over 50% of the time, Desert Wheat, aka “DW”, earned $752,539 and was retired sound. He is already broke to go Western and we are teaching him to go English. This can-do little horse has the brains, stamina, and desire to be grand in all kinds of new 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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On April 29th 2014 the Maker’s Mark Bourbon House & Lounge in Louisville, Kentucky will be holding a fundraiser for the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center to help raise awareness of our mission to reschool Thoroughbreds for new careers and showcase Kentucky’s iconic horses from our location at the Kentucky Horse Park. This cocktail reception will take place from 7pm to 9pm and will include appetizers, domestic beer, premium wells, and house wine by the glass, all for a $40 ticket, a portion of which will go to benefit the MMSC and the horses we help on a daily basis. In addition, the event will feature a drawing for a $500 table for Kentucky Derby night for 5 guests, including an appetizer platter and bottle service. Tickets can be purchased by clicking the following link: It is sure to be an enjoyable evening, so please plan on swinging by for cocktails if you’re in the Louisville area!