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.
Polls are now open in the Retired Racehorse Project’s 2015 Ambassador Award for the Thoroughbred Makeover. This award is intended to honor the Makeover team who has most inspired in other trainers, Thoroughbred owners and horse lovers an appreciation for the talent and trainability of the off-track Thoroughbred. Please vote for the MMSC Dream Team because of the responsible owners at My Meadowview Farm who retired this horse before he broke down, because of the commitment of former Olympian Dorothy Crowell who took on his training as a way to showcase the MMSC’s mission, and because of Rosie Napravnik, who put her name and her self on the line in support of the TB Makeover simply because she reveres Thoroughbreds and wanted to do anything and all she could to promote them. Voting is live at this link. Only one vote may be cast per IP address. Please share Rosie and Darren’s story with all your friends and family members, and vote for this remarkable and awe-inspiring team for the 2015 Ambassador Award.
Dare Me aka "Darren", 16.2hh, 2010 gelding by Johannesburg out of 2011 broodmare of the year Oatsee is a member of the MMSC Dream Team. He is an extraordinary horse with amazing talent who has the large responsibility of being the ambassador for the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center. Bred and raced by the Riggio family of My Meadowview Farm, he was donated to the MMSC to carry out the special role of being a “legacy horse” for our program. This means that because of his exceptional talent and unflappable mind, Darren is a prototype for the versatility and athleticism of the breed, which is what the MMSC is all about. Dare Me is athletic, sane, gracious, and all heart. Clearly an upper level eventing phenomenon to be. His adoption fee we hope will cover the costs of many horses’ needs at the MMSC who may not have his looks and talent, but whose stories and contributions to mankind are worthy of support and praise as well.
Famous jockey Rosie Napravnik was looking for a TB Makeover horse and chose Dare Me as her ideal mount. But given the fact that she was “in foal” at the time, she relinquished the early training of this horse first to the MMSC staff and then to acclaimed international eventer Dorothy Crowell. As soon as she had her beautiful son Carson, Rosie began to work in earnest with Dorothy to reschool this amazing horse. Rosie’s story of overcoming multiple former injuries and subjugating herself to learning how to not only reschool a horse from the ground up but also to learning a whole new way of using her body and riding a horse, even though she is a world class rider in her own profession, AND doing all this with a newborn infant, is nothing short of remarkable!
Please vote for this exceptional team! The MMSC Dream Team has dedicated themselves to promoting the athleticism and versatility of the off-track Thoroughbred, and their athleticism and tenacity has awed and inspired crowds wherever they go. Dare Me and Rosie are truly an inspiration, and deserving of this award and honor.
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Thoroughbred Charities of America announced today that it will host a fundraisingevent entitled "An Evening with Team American Pharoah" on Tuesday, October 27 from 7-9p.m. at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington, Ky. Horse Racing Radio Network's Mike Penna will host as Justin and Ahmed Zayat and Bob Baffert recount their thoughts about the history-making career of the Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah. All proceeds will benefit Thoroughbred Charities of America.
"We are excited to kick off an exciting Breeders' Cup week in Lexington with TCA's An Evening with Team American Pharoah. We look forward to sharing out thoughts about this great year all while benefiting an important charity," said American Pharoah's owner Ahmed Zayat.
"We are honored to spend an evening with this incredibly team and hear from them about the thrilling year they have had with the amazing American Pharoah, while raising money for TCA," said Erin Crady executive director.
Lmited tickets are available for $75 per person here or by calling 859-276-4989. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Sponsors include Fasig-Tipton and Woodford Reserve. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.
Just released! Templeton Thompson's newest song, "Dark Horses & Longshots", which was performed for the first time at our fundraising party Sips 'N Saddles this year, is now available for download! The song is inspired by 2015 Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah, and 50% of the download 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.
You're invited to celebrate Our Mim's Retirement Haven at the fundraising premier of the new movie "One Day". This documentary features a teenage girl who falls in love with a champion racehorse she sees on TV and 21 years later, fate brings them together. Their relationship forms a bond that leaves behind a legacy -Our Mim's Retirement Haven.
The film premiere begins with a reception at 6:00pm on Friday, October 9 at Equus Run Vineyards. Screening to follow at 7:15ppm. Tickets are available now - $50 for adults and $25 for students 17 & under. Seating is limited so buy yours online today! All proceeds benefit Our Mim's Retirement Haven. Click here to purchase tickets.
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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